Belgian Pale Ale

Note: in the current (2015) BJCP Style Guidelines, Belgian Pale Ale is Style 24B in Category 24  Belgian Ale which contains the maltier to balanced, more highly flavored Belgian and French ales. Cheers!! Belgian Pale Ale Description Information on Belgian Pale Ale is somewhat difficult to find on the internet. There are so many different categories for Belgian beer that the lines between … Read more

Belgian Ale

Belgian ales are made in Belgium.  Belgian style ales are made everywhere else; sometimes they are made well, and sometimes not.  In the new 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, these beers are roughly categorized based on alcohol content and their balance.  The stronger, less malty and more bitter, well-attenuated beers with more yeast character are grouped in Category 25 Strong Belgian … Read more

2008 BJCP StyleGuidelines 14A – English IPA (India Pale Ale)

NOTE: In the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, English IPA is now Style 12C in Category 12 Pale Commonwealth Beer which contains pale, moderately-strong, hop-forward, bitter ales from countries within the former British Empire. The information below is still valid for the style, but when studying for the current BJCP exam, use this article as reference in conjunction with the current description. … Read more

Bohemian Pilsners (Czech Pilsener)

Bohemian Pilsners Description Bohemian Pilsners (sometimes called Czech Pilsners) are what all other pils are compared to. In 1842 it was the clear and pale colored beer.  Today, these beers tend to be somewhat darker than the typical “Modern” style pilseners.   These beers are crisp, well-balanced but complex and refreshing. What characterizes the style is … Read more

1D – Munich Helles

Another light lager, in gravity only, is the Munich Helles. It is a malt-forward German lager with a bready malt character with some sweetness from the pilsner malt. This beer was produced around the beginning of the 20th century in Bavaria to compete with the Pilsners which were becoming extremely popular at the time. It … Read more

12C – Baltic Porter

Note: in the current (2015) BJCP Style Guidelines, Baltic Porter is style 9C.   Category 9 Strong European Beer,  contains more strongly flavored and higher alcohol lagers from Germany and the Baltic region. Most are dark, but some pale versions are known. The information below is still valid, but for those studying for the new BJCP exam, it may … Read more

1B – Standard American Lager

Standard American Lagers are the “regular” strength versions of the lite American lagers. The style guidelines for this beer are almost identical as those for the lite versions. The only difference is that the hop bitterness may go up to the medium-low level, the body is light instead of very light, and of course the … Read more

Munich Dunkel Beer Style Profile

NOTE: In the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Munich Dunkel is now categorized as Style 8A in Category 8 Dark European Lager which contains German vollbier lagers darker than amber-brown color. Munich Dunkel is an old style of beer made famous in Bavaria, and especially in Munich. When advancements in malting came along maltsters were able to use the new controlled malting … Read more

2008 BJCP Style Guidelines 9A – Scottish 60 Shilling (60/-)

NOTE: In the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, The Scottish 60 Shilling 60/-, 70/-, and 80/- are all reclassified as Style 14A Scottish Light,  and Style 14B Scottish Heavy, and Style 14C Scottish Export in Category 14 Scottish Ale.  The original meaning of ‘schilling’ (/-) ales have been described incorrectly for years. A single style of beer was never designated as … Read more

2008 BJCP Style Guidelines 6A – Cream Ale

NOTE: In the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Cream Ale has moved to Style 1C in Category 1 Standard American Beer which describes everyday American beers that have a wide public appeal. Containing both ales and lagers, the beers of this category are not typically complex, and have smooth, accessible flavors. The ales tend to have lager-like qualities, or … Read more