Commercial Beer Calibration

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The 2015 BCP guidelines have published the best commercial examples for every category of beer. So if you want to compare your beer to a commercial beer in the same category you can.

To find the commercial beers for your particular category just select the category from the drop down list and the best commercial examples of that category will be shown.

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What Style is This Beer

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I have seen a lot of question asking “What style of beer is this?” Typically the question comes from people using ingredients they have on hand to brew a beer. Most brewing software will allow you to make an educated guess as to what style the beer is closest too.

The problem is that you have to go through multiple iterations. First looking to see what styles fit the OG and then narrow that down to what styles fit the FG. And then look at the SRM. And the process continues.

The worksheet below will let you know what style you have brewed. All you have to do is fill in the blanks and it will check your inputs against the BJCP 2015 guidelines and show you the style that meets your inputs.

Keep in mind that you just might have made a beer that does not fall within any specific guidelines. And the BJCP has been so kind as to give us a catchall category of ‘experimantal’ for those brews.

 

Enter the beer OG:

Enter the beer FG:

Enter the beer SRM:

Enter the beer IBUs:

etc.

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Beer Glass for each Type of Beer

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There are several different styles of glasses for beer drinking. You can find a description of each type of glass here. Or you can just look at the images for the beer you are interested and get the shape of the glass that is recommended for that particular beer style.

Pale Lager

1A. American Light Lager  Pub Glass
1B. American Lager Pub Glass
2A. International Pale Lager – Tall Beer Glass
3A. Czech Pale Lager Tall Beer Glass
4A. Munich Helles Tall Beer Glass
4B. Festbier Stein or Mug Pub Glass
5A. German Leichtbier Tall Beer Glass
5C. Helles Exportbier Tall Beer Glass flute
7C. Kellerbier (Pale Kellerbier) Pub Glass Stein or Mug

Pilsner

3B. Czech Premium Pale Lager Tall Beer Glass Pub Glass
5D. German Pils Tall Beer Glass
27. Historical Beer (PreProhibition Lager) Pub Glass

Amber Lager

2B. International Amber Lager Pub Glass Tall Beer Glass
3C. Czech Amber Lager Pub Glass Tall Beer Glass
6B. Rauchbier Stein or Mug
7A. Vienna Lager Stein or Mug Tall Beer Glass
7C. Kellerbier (Amber Kellerbier) Stein or Mug
19B. California Common Tall Beer Glass Pub Glass Stein or Mug

Dark Lager

2C. International Dark Lager Tall Beer Glass Pub Glass
3D. Czech Dark Lager Tall Beer Glass Pub Glass
8A. Munich Dunkel Tall Beer Glass
8B. Schwarzbier Tall Beer Glass flute

Bock

4C. Helles Bock Stein or Mug Tall Beer Glass flute
6C. Dunkles Bock Stein or Mug Pub Glass
9A. Doppelbock Stein or Mug Tall Beer Glass
9B. Eisbock oversized-wine-glass flute

Pale Ale

1C. Cream Ale Stein or Mug Pub Glass
5B. Kölsch Stein or Mug Pub Glass
12A. British Golden Ale Pub Glass
12B. Australian Sparkling Ale Pub Glass
18A. Blonde Ale Stein or Mug Pub Glass
18B. American Pale Ale Stein or Mug Pub Glass
24B. Belgian Pale Ale oversized-wine-glass snifter Belgian Beer Glass
25A. Belgian Blond Ale snifter Belgian Beer Glass oversized-wine-glass
25B. Saison Stein or Mug Pub Glass
26A. Trappist Single Pub Glass Tall Beer Glass

IPA

12C. English IPA Stein or Mug Pub Glass
21A. American IPA Stein or Mug Pub Glass
21B. Specialty IPA (all) Stein or Mug Pub Glass
22A. Double IPA snifter Belgian Beer Glass oversized-wine-glass

Amber Lager

7B. Altbier stange
11A. Ordinary Bitter Stein or Mug Pub Glass
11B. Best Bitter Stein or Mug Pub Glass
11C. Strong Bitter Pub Glass
14A. Scottish Light Stein or Mug Pub Glass
14B. Scottish Heavy Pub Glass snifter Belgian Beer Glass
14C. Scottish Export Tall Beer Glass flute
15A. Irish Red Ale Pub Glass
19A. American Amber Ale Stein or Mug Tall Beer Glass Pub Glass
24C. Bière de Garde Belgian Beer Glass oversized-wine-glass
26B. Belgian Dubbel goblet
27. Historical Beer (Kentucky Common) Pub Glass Stein or Mug

Brown Ale

13A. Dark Mild Stein or Mug Pub Glass
13B. British Brown Ale Stein or Mug Pub Glass
19C. American Brown Ale Stein or Mug Pub Glass
27. Historical Beer (London Brown Ale) Stein or Mug Pub Glass

Porter

9C. Baltic Porter Stein or Mug Pub Glass
13C. English Porter Stein or Mug Pub Glass
20A. American Porter Stein or Mug Pub Glass
27. Historical Beer (Pre-Prohibition Porter) Stein or Mug Pub Glass

Stout

15B. Irish Stout Stein or Mug Pub Glass
15C. Irish Extra Stout Stein or Mug Pub Glass
16A. Sweet Stout Stein or Mug Pub Glass
16B. Oatmeal Stout Stein or Mug Pub Glass
16C. Tropical Stout Stein or Mug Pub Glass
16D. Foreign Extra Stout Stein or Mug Pub Glass
20B. American Stout Stein or Mug Pub Glass
20C. Imperial Stout Pub Glass snifter oversized-wine-glass

Strong Ale

17A. British Strong Ale Stein or Mug
17B. Old Ale Pub Glass snifter oversized-wine-glass
17C. Wee Heavy Pub Glass snifter Belgian Beer Glass
17D. English Barleywine Pub Glass snifter
22B. American Strong Ale Stein or Mug Pub Glass snifter
22C. American Barleywine Pub Glass snifter
22D. Wheatwine snifter oversized-wine-glass
25C. Belgian Golden Strong Ale oversized-wine-glass goblet snifter
26C. Belgian Tripel snifter goblet
26D. Belgian Dark Strong Ale snifter Belgian Beer Glass oversized-wine-glass

Wheat Beer

1D. American Wheat Beer Pub Glass Stein or Mug
10A. Weissbier Pub Glass goblet
10B. Dunkles Weissbier Pub Glass Stein or Mug
10C. Weizenbock weizen flute
23A. Berliner Weisse goblet Pub Glass
23D. Lambic snifter stange flute
23E. Gueuze snifter stange Belgian Beer Glass
23F. Fruit Lambic snifter stange Belgian Beer Glass
24A. Witbier Stein or Mug Tall Beer Glass Pub Glass
27. Historical Beer (Gose) stange weizen
27. Historical Beer (Piwo Grodziskie) Stein or Mug Pub Glass
27. Historical Beer (Lichtenhainer) stange weizen
27. Historical Beer (Roggenbier) weizen
27. Historical Beer (Sahti) weizen flute

Sour Ale

23B. Flanders Red snifter Belgian Beer Glass flute
23C. Oud Bruin snifter Belgian Beer Glass flute

Specialty Beer

34A. Clone Beer
34B. Mixed-Style
34C. Experimental Beer

General Beer Styles by Category

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Beer Styles Sorted Using Style Family
For a lot more information on the style (searchable and sortable) you can go to the BJCP 2015 Guidelines (give it a few seconds to load… there’s a lot of information in the table).
This data below uses the new (2015) categories based on the style family or beer style name without regard to country of origin or history and is based primarily on color and yeast. There are fewer categories since the categories are broader. The number to the left of the style is the BJCP category number.

Pale Lager
1A. American Light Lager
1B. American Lager
2A. International Pale Lager
3A. Czech Pale Lager
4A. Munich Helles
4B. Festbier
5A. German Leichtbier
5C. Helles Exportbier
7C. Kellerbier (Pale Kellerbier)

Pilsner
3B. Czech Premium Pale Lager
5D. German Pils
27. Historical Beer (PreProhibition Lager)

Amber Lager
2B. International Amber Lager
3C. Czech Amber Lager
6A. Märzen
6B. Rauchbier
7A. Vienna Lager
7C. Kellerbier (Amber Kellerbier)
19B. California Common

Dark Lager
2C. International Dark Lager
3D. Czech Dark Lager
8A. Munich Dunkel
8B. Schwarzbier

Bock
4C. Helles Bock
6C. Dunkles Bock
9A. Doppelbock
9B. Eisbock

Pale Ale
1C. Cream Ale
5B. Kölsch
12A. British Golden Ale
12B. Australian Sparkling Ale
18A. Blonde Ale
18B. American Pale Ale
24B. Belgian Pale Ale
25A. Belgian Blond Ale
25B. Saison
26A. Trappist Single

IPA
12C. English IPA
21A. American IPA
21B. Specialty IPA (all)
22A. Double IPA

Amber Ale
7B. Altbier
11A. Ordinary Bitter
11B. Best Bitter
11C. Strong Bitter
14A. Scottish Light
14B. Scottish Heavy
14C. Scottish Export
15A. Irish Red Ale
19A. American Amber Ale
24C. Bière de Garde
26B. Belgian Dubbel
27. Historical Beer (Kentucky Common)

Brown Ale
13A. Dark Mild
13B. British Brown Ale
19C. American Brown Ale
27. Historical Beer (London Brown Ale)

Porter
9C. Baltic Porter
13C. English Porter
20A. American Porter
27. Historical Beer (Pre-Prohibition Porter)

Stout
15B. Irish Stout
15C. Irish Extra Stout
16A. Sweet Stout
16B. Oatmeal Stout
16C. Tropical Stout
16D. Foreign Extra Stout
20B. American Stout
20C. Imperial Stout

Strong Ale
17A. British Strong Ale
17B. Old Ale
17C. Wee Heavy
17D. English Barleywine
22B. American Strong Ale
22C. American Barleywine
22D. Wheatwine
25C. Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26C. Belgian Tripel
26D. Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Wheat Beer
1D. American Wheat Beer
10A. Weissbier
10B. Dunkles Weissbier
10C. Weizenbock
23A. Berliner Weisse
23D. Lambic
23E. Gueuze
23F. Fruit Lambic
24A. Witbier
27. Historical Beer (Gose)
27. Historical Beer (Piwo Grodziskie)
27. Historical Beer (Lichtenhainer)
27. Historical Beer (Roggenbier)
27. Historical Beer (Sahti)

Sour Ale
23B. Flanders Red
23C. Oud Bruin

Specialty Beer
34A. Clone Beer
34B. Mixed-Style beer
34C. Experimental Beer