Beer Styles and Flavors Cheat Sheet

from Garrett Oliver’s: “The Brewmaster’s Table”

  • Abbey – Strong, fruity, spicy, aromatic, complex
  • Altbier – Bronze-colored, snappy bitterness, full malt flavor
  • Amber – Color signals caramelized flavors in amber ales and lagers
  • Barley Wine – very strong, dark, bittersweet, malty, complex – a sipping beer.
  • Bière de Garde – Full-Bodied, herbal, flavors of anise and earth
  • Bitter – Fruity and racy, subtle, low carbonation, robust hopping
  • Bock – Dark (usually), strong, malty, toffeeish, full-bodied, restrained bitterness
  • Brown Ale – Dark, caramelized, fruity, light chocolate, light coffee
  • Doppelbock – Very strong, dark, toffeeish, with some sweetness
  • Dortmunder Export – Golden, dry, bready, moderate bitterness
  • Dubbel – Dark, fruity, complex, raisiny, spicy
  • Dunkel – Dark, malty, bready, moderate bitterness
  • ESB – “Extra Special Bitterness,” amber, fruity, slightly strong, hoppy
  • Framboise – Beer made with raspberries, can be sweet or dry
  • Gueuze – Pale, dry, funky, wildly complex, quite tart
  • Hefeweizen – Wheat beer with yeast, light-bodied, spritzy, clovey, banana like.
  • Helles – Golden, light-bodied, malty, bready, restrained bitterness
  • Imperial Stout – Very strong, dark, roasty, coffeeish, chocolaty, robust
  • IPA – “India Pale Ale,” amber, strong, dry, robust hop bitterness and aroma
  • Kölsch – Very pale gold, bready, lightly fruity, restrained bitterness
  • Kreik – Beer made with cherries; can be sweet or dry
  • Lambic – Fermented by wild yeasts; tart base for gueuze and fruit beers; funky
  • Märzenbier – Amber, bready, round, malty, caramelized, medium-bodied
  • Mild – Dark, lightly hopped, caramelized, raisiny, light-bodied
  • Oktoberfest – Should be the same as märzenbier but sometimes paler
  • Old Ale – Somewhat strong, dark, caramelized, fruity, balanced bitterness
  • Oud Bruin – “Old Brown,” dark, sweet and sour, fruity, juicy, raisiny, complex
  • Pale Ale – Amber, snappy, dry, fruity, hoppy, with some caramel flavors
  • Pilsner – If genuine – golden, dry, sharply bitter, flowery, bready, snappy
  • Porter – Very dark, chocolaty, coffeeish, caramelized, hoppy
  • Rauchbier – “Smoked beer”; smokey flavors and aromatics, juicy, caramelized
  • Saison – Dry, sharp, spicy, complex, refreshing, hoppy, slightly strong
  • Schwarzbier – “Black beer,” dark, bitter chocolate, dry, caramelized, bready
  • Scotch Ale – Dark, sometimes strong, malty, full-bodied, restrained bitterness
  • Stout – Black, coffeeish, chocolaty, can be dry or sweet, strong or modest
  • Trappist – Made by monks; strong, fruity, spicy, complex
  • Tripel - Pale, strong, dry, fruity, complex, spicy, rummy, spirituous
  • Vienna-Style – Bronze, sweetish, malty, bready, caramelized, light bitterness
  • Witbier – Belgian wheat beer; hazy yellow, light-bodied, citric, spritzy, slightly tangy

 

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