Beer Styles

Competition Styles2018 World Beer Cup Beer category styles are listed below.

Use the 2018 World Beer Cup Competition Style List, Description & Specifications to help decide which category styles are the best fit for your entries.

Hybrid/Mixed Beer Styles

  • 1. American-Style Wheat Beer
    • a. Light American Wheat Beer without Yeast
    • b. Dark American Wheat Beer without Yeast
  • 2. American-Style Wheat Beer with Yeast
    • a. Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast
    • b. Dark American Wheat Beer with Yeast
  • 3. Fruit Beer
  • 4. Fruit Wheat Beer
  • 5. Belgian-Style Fruit Beer
  • 6. Pumpkin Beer
    • a. Pumpkin/Squash Beer
    • b. Pumpkin Spice Beer
  • 7. Field Beer
  • 8. Chili Beer
  • 9. Herb and Spice Beer
  • 10. Chocolate Beer
  • 11. Coffee Beer
  • 12. Coffee Stout or Porter
  • 13. Specialty Beer
  • 14. Rye Beer
    • a. Rye Beer
    • b. German-Style Rye Ale
  • 15. Honey Beer
  • 16. Session Beer
  • 17. Session India Pale Ale
  • 18. Other Strong Beer
    • a. Other Strong Beer
    • b. American-Style Imperial Porter
    • c. American-Style Wheat Wine Ale
    • d. American-Style Ice Lager
    • e. American-Style Malt Liquor
  • 19. Experimental Beer
    • a. Experimental Beer
    • b. Ginjo Beer or Sake-Yeast Beer
    • c. Wild Beer
  • 20. Fresh or Wet Hop Ale
  • 21. Historical Beer
    • a. Historical Beer
    • b. American-Style Pilsener
    • c. Dutch-Style Kuyt Beer
    • d. Adambier
    • e. Grodziskie
    • f. Finnish-Style Sahti
    • g. Swedish-Style Gotlandsdricke
    • h. Breslau-Style Pale Schoeps
    • i. Breslau-Style Dark Schoeps
  • 22. Gluten-Free Beer
  • 23. American-Belgo-Style Ale
    • a. Pale American-Belgo-Style Ale
    • b. Dark American-Belgo-Style Ale
  • 24. American-Style Sour Ale
    • a. American-Style Sour Ale
    • b. Fruited American Sour Ale
  • 25. Brett Beer
  • 26. Mixed Culture Brett Beer
  • 27. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
    • a. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Pale to Amber Beer
    • b. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Dark Beer
  • 28. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
  • 29. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout
  • 30. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
  • 31. Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
  • 32. Aged Beer
  • 33. Kellerbier or Zwickelbier
    • a. Unfiltered German-Style Ale
    • b. Unfiltered German-Style Lager
  • 34. Smoke Beer
    • a. Bamberg-Style Weiss Rauchbier
    • b. Bamberg-Style Helles Rauchbier
    • c. Bamberg-Style Maerzen Rauchbier
    • d. Bamberg-Style Bock Rauchbier
    • e. Smoke Porter
    • f. Other Smoke Beer

Lager Beer Styles

Styles of Other Origin

  • 35. Light Lager
    • a. German-Style Leichtbier
    • b. Australasian, Latin American or Tropical-Style Light Lager
    • c. American-Style Light Lager
  • 36.International-Style Pilsener
  • 37. Other International-Style Lager

Styles of European and German Origin

  • 38. Baltic-Style Porter
  • 39. German-Style Pilsener
  • 40. Bohemian-Style Pilsener
  • 41. Munich-Style Helles
  • 42. Dortmunder/Export or German-Style Oktoberfest
    • a. Dortmunder/European-Style Export
    • b. German-Style Oktoberfest/Wiesn
  • 43. Vienna-Style Lager
  • 44. German-Style Maerzen
  • 45. Munich-Style Dunkel or European-Style Dark Lager
    • a. Munich-Style Dunkel
    • b. European-Style Dark Lager
  • 46. Dark Lager
    • a. American-Style Dark Lager
    • b. German-Style Schwarzbier
  • 47. German-Style Bock or Maibock
    • a. Traditional German-Style Bock
    • b. German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock
  • 48. German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock
    • a. German-Style Doppelbock
    • b. German-Style Eisbock

Styles of North American Origin

  • 49. American-Style Lager or American-Style Cream Ale
    • a. American-Style Lager
    • b. American-Style Cream Ale
  • 50. American-Style Amber Lager
    • a. American-Style Amber Lager
    • b. California Common Beer
    • c. American-Style Maerzen/Oktoberfest

Ale Beer Styles

Styles of Other Origin

  • 48. Australian-Style Pale Ale or International-Style Pale Ale
    • a. Australian-Style Pale Ale
    • b. International-Style Pale Ale

Styles of German Origin

  • 52. German-Style Koelsch
  • 53. German-Style Altbier
  • 54. Berliner-Style Weisse
  • 55. Leipzig-Style Gose or Contemporary Gose
    • a. Leipzig-Style Gose
    • b. Contemporary Gose
  • 56. South German-Style Hefeweizen
  • 57. German-Style Wheat Ale
    • a. South German-Style Kristal Weizen
    • b. German-Style Leichtes Weizen
    • c. South German-Style Bernsteinfarbenes Weizen
    • d. South German-Style Dunkel Weizen
  • 58. South German-Style Weizenbock

Styles of Belgian and French Origin

  • 59. Belgian-Style Witbier
  • 60. Classic Saison
  • 61. Specialty Saison
  • 62. Belgian- and French-Style Ale
    • a. French-Style Biere de Garde
    • b. Other Belgian- and French-Style Ale
  • 63. Belgian-Style Pale Ale or Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
    • a. Belgian-Style Pale Ale
    • b. Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
  • 64. Belgian-Style Sour Ale
    • a. Belgian-Style Lambic
    • b. Belgian-Style Gueuze Lambic
    • c. Belgian-Style Fruit Lambic
    • d. Other Belgian-Style Sour Ale
  • 65. Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale
  • 66. Belgian-Style Dubbel or Belgian-Style Quadrupel
    • a. Belgian-Style Dubbel
    • b. Belgian-Style Quadrupel
  • 67. Belgian-Style Tripel
  • 68. Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale
  • 69. Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale70. Other Belgian-Style Ale
    • a. Other Belgian-Style Abbey Ale
    • b. Other Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale
    • c. Belgian-Style Table Beer
    • d. Other Belgian-Style Ale

Styles of British Origin

  • 71. English-Style Mild Ale
    • a. English-Style Pale Mild Ale
    • b. English-Style Dark Mild Ale
  • 72. English-Style Summer Ale
  • 73. Ordinary or Special Bitter
    • a. Ordinary Bitter
    • b. Special Bitter or Best Bitter
  • 74. Classic English-Style Pale Ale
  • 75. Extra Special Bitter
    • a. American-Style Extra Special Bitter
    • b. English-Style Extra Special Bitter
  • 76. English-Style India Pale Ale
  • 77. Scottish-Style Ale
    • a. Scottish-Style Light Ale
    • b. Scottish-Style Heavy Ale
    • c. Scottish-Style Export Ale
  • 78. English-Style Brown Ale
  • 79. Brown Porter
  • 80. Robust Porter
  • 81. Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
  • 82. Oatmeal Stout
  • 83. Scotch Ale
    • a. Traditional Scotch Ale
    • b. Peated Scotch Ale
  • 84. British-Style Imperial Stout
  • 85. Old Ale or Strong Ale
    • a. Old Ale
    • b. Strong Ale
  • 86. Barley Wine-Style Ale
    • a. American-Style Barley Wine Ale
    • b. British-Style Barley Wine Ale

Styles of Irish Origin

  • 87. Irish-Style Red Ale
  • 88. Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
  • 89. Export Stout

Styles of North American Origin

  • 90. Golden or Blonde Ale
  • 91. American-Style Pale Ale
  • 92. American-Style Strong Pale Ale
  • 93. American-Style India Pale Ale
  • 94. Imperial India Pale Ale
  • 95. American-Style Amber/Red Ale
  • 96. Double Red Ale
  • 97. Imperial Red Ale
  • 98. American-Style Brown Ale
  • 99. American-Style Black Ale
  • 100. American-Style Stout
  • 101. American-Style Imperial Stout