Style Guidelines

Note: Many of these 38 Main Categories contain numerous beer styles — They are not individual sub-categories with their own respective set of Gold, Silver, Bronze awards. Example: “Category 1 – Standard American Beer” could have Awards presented to an American Light Lager(s), an American Lager(S), a Cream Ale(s), and/or an American Wheat Beer(s). “Category 1” will have 3 Medal-placements awarded, not 12.

1. Standard American Beer

A – American Light Lager
B – American Lager
C – Cream Ale
D – American Wheat Beer

2. International Lager

A – International Pale Lager
B – International Amber Lager
C – International Dark Lager

3. Czech Lager

A – Czech Pale Lager
B – Czech Premium Pale Lager
C – Czech Amber Lager
D – Czech Dark Lager

4. Pale Malty European Lager

A – Munich Helles
B – Festbier
C – Helles Bock

5. Pale Malty European Lager

A – German Leichtbier
B – Kölsch
C – German Helles Exportbier
D – German Pils

6. Amber Malty European Lager

A – Märzen
B – Rauchbier
C – Dunkles Bock

7. Amber Bitter European Beer

A – Vienna Lager
B – Altbier
C.1 – Kellerbier
C.2 – Kellerbier: Pale Kellerbier
C.3 – Kellerbier: Amber Kellerbier
(“Kellerbier” listed in Category 27 of 2021 BJCP guidelines)

8. Dark European Lager

A – Munich Dunkel
B – Schwarzbier

9. Strong European Beer

A – Doppelbock
B – Eisbock
C – Baltic Porter

10. German Wheat Beer

A – Weissbier
B – Dunkles Weissbier
C – Weizenbock

11. British Bitter

A – Ordinary Bitter
B – Best Bitter
C – Strong Bitter

12. Pale Commonwealth Beer

A – British Golden Ale
B – Australian Sparkling Ale
C – English IPA

13. Brown British Beer

A – Dark Mild
B – British Brown Ale
C – English Porter

14. Scottish Ale

A – Scottish Light
B – Scottish Heavy
C – Scottish Export

15. Irish Beer

A – Irish Red Ale
B – Irish Stout
C – Irish Extra Stout

16. Dark British Beer

A – Sweet Stout
B – Oatmeal Stout
C – Tropical Stout
D – Foreign Extra Stout

17. Strong British Ale

A – British Strong Ale
B – Old Ale
C – Wee Heavy
D – English Barleywine

18. Pale American Ale

A – Blonde Ale
B – American Pale Ale

19. Amber and Brown American Beer

A – American Amber Ale
B – California Common
C – American Brown Ale

20. American Porter and Stout

A – American Porter
B – American Stout
C – Imperial Stout

21. IPA

A – American IPA

B – Specialty IPA
B.1 – Belgian IPA
B.2 – Black IPA
B.3 – Brown IPA
B.4 – Red IPA
B.5 – Rye IPA
B.6 – White IPA

22. Strong American Ale

A – Double IPA
B – American Strong Ale
C – American Barleywine
D – Wheatwine

23. European Sour Ale

A – Berliner Weisse
B – Flanders Red Ale
C – Oud Bruin
D – Lambic
E – Gueuze
F – Fruit Lambic

24. Belgian Ale

A – Witbier
B – Belgian Pale Ale
C – Bière de Garde

25. Strong Belgian Ale

A – Belgian Blond Ale
B – Saison
C – Belgian Golden Strong Ale

26. Trappist Ale / Monastic Ale

A – Trappist Single
B – Belgian Dubbel
C – Belgian Tripel
D – Belgian Dark Strong Ale

27. Historical Beer

A.1 – Gose (Category 23G in 2021 BJCP guidelines)
A.2 – Kentucky Common
A.3 – Lichtenhainer
A.4 – London Brown Ale
A.5 – Piwo Grodziskie
A.6 – Pre-Prohibition Lager
A.7 – Pre-Prohibition Porter
A.8 – Roggenbier
A.9 – Sahti

28. American Wild Ale

A – Brett Beer
B – Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer
C – Wild Specialty Beer

29. Fruit Beer

A – Fruit Beer
B – Fruit and Spice Beer
C – Specialty Fruit Beer

30. Spiced Beer

A – Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
B – Autumn Seasonal Beer
C – Winter Seasonal Beer

31. Alternative Fermentables Beer

A – Alternative Grain Beer
B – Alternative Sugar Beer

32. Smoked Beer

A – Classic Style Smoked Beer
B – Specialty Smoked Beer

33. Wood Beer

A – Wood-Aged Beer
B – Specialty Wood-Aged Beer

34. Specialty Beer

A – Clone Beer
B – Mixed-Style Beer
C – Experimental Beer 35 – New England IPA
(“21C” in 2021 BJCP guidelines)

A – New England IPA

35. New England IPA

(“21C” in 2021 BJCP guidelines)

A – New England IPA

36. Catharina Sour

(“X4” in 2021 BJCP guidelines)

A – Catharina Sour

37. No to Low-Alcohol Beer

(0.0%ABV – 0.5%ABV of other beer styles) 

A – No to Low-Alcohol Beer

38. Low-Alcohol Beer

(0.6%ABV – 2.5%ABV of other beer styles) 

A – Low-Alcohol Beer

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