Beer Style Guidelines

One of the most important parts of the BJCP is our collection of detailed style guidelines.


1. Standard American Beer

1A. American Light Lager

1B. American Lager

1C. Cream Ale

1D. American Wheat Beer

2. International Lager

2A. International Pale Lager

2B. International Amber Lager

2C. International Dark Lager

3. Czech Lager

3A. Czech Pale Lager

3B. Czech Premium Pale Lager

3C. Czech Amber Lager

3D. Czech Dark Lager

4. Pale Malty European Lager

4A. Munich Helles

4B. Festbier

4C. Helles Bock

5. Pale Bitter European Beer

5A. German Leichtbier

5B. Kölsch

5C. German Helles Exportbier

5D. German Pils

6. Amber Malty European Lager

6A. Märzen

6B. Rauchbier

6C. Dunkles Bock

7. Amber Bitter European Beer

7A. Vienna Lager

7B. Altbier

7C. Kellerbier

7C. Kellerbier: Amber Kellerbier

7C. Kellerbier: Pale Kellerbier

8. Dark European Lager

8A. Munich Dunkel

8B. Schwarzbier

9. Strong European Beer

9A. Doppelbock

9B. Eisbock

9C. Baltic Porter

10. German Wheat Beer

10A. Weissbier

10B. Dunkles Weissbier

10C. Weizenbock

11. British Bitter

11A. Ordinary Bitter

11B. Best Bitter

11C. Strong Bitter

12. Pale Commonwealth Beer

12A. British Golden Ale

12B. Australian Sparkling Ale

12C. English IPA

13. Brown British Beer

13A. Dark Mild

13B. British Brown Ale

13C. English Porter

14. Scottish Ale

14A. Scottish Light

14B. Scottish Heavy

14C. Scottish Export

15. Irish Beer

15A. Irish Red Ale

15B. Irish Stout

15C. Irish Extra Stout

16. Dark British Beer

16A. Sweet Stout

16B. Oatmeal Stout

16C. Tropical Stout

16D. Foreign Extra Stout

17. Strong British Ale

17A. British Strong Ale

17B. Old Ale

17C. Wee Heavy

17D. English Barleywine

18. Pale American Ale

18A. Blonde Ale

18B. American Pale Ale

19. Amber and Brown American Beer

19A. American Amber Ale

19B. California Common

19C. American Brown Ale

20. American Porter and Stout

20A. American Porter

20B. American Stout

20C. Imperial Stout

21. IPA

21A. American IPA

21B. Specialty IPA

21B. Specialty IPA: Belgian IPA

21B. Specialty IPA: Black IPA

21B. Specialty IPA: Brown IPA

21B. Specialty IPA: Red IPA

21B. Specialty IPA: Rye IPA

21B. Specialty IPA: White IPA

22. Strong American Ale

22A. Double IPA

22B. American Strong Ale

22C. American Barleywine

22D. Wheatwine

23. European Sour Ale

23A. Berliner Weisse

23B. Flanders Red Ale

23C. Oud Bruin

23D. Lambic

23E. Gueuze

23F. Fruit Lambic

24. Belgian Ale

24A. Witbier

24B. Belgian Pale Ale

24C. Bière de Garde

25. Strong Belgian Ale

25A. Belgian Blond Ale

25B. Saison

25C. Belgian Golden Strong Ale

26. Trappist Ale

26A. Trappist Single

26B. Belgian Dubbel

26C. Belgian Tripel

26D. Belgian Dark Strong Ale

27. Historical Beer

27A. Historical Beer: Gose

27A. Historical Beer: Kentucky Common

27A. Historical Beer: Lichtenhainer

27A. Historical Beer: London Brown Ale

27A. Historical Beer: Piwo Grodziskie

27A. Historical Beer: Pre-Prohibition Lager

27A. Historical Beer: Pre-Prohibition Porter

27A. Historical Beer: Roggenbier

27A. Historical Beer: Sahti

28. American Wild Ale

28A. Brett Beer

28B. Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer

28C. Wild Specialty Beer

29. Fruit Beer

29A. Fruit Beer

29B. Fruit and Spice Beer

29C. Specialty Fruit Beer

30. Spiced Beer

30A. Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

30B. Autumn Seasonal Beer

30C. Winter Seasonal Beer

31. Alternative Fermentables Beer

31A. Alternative Grain Beer

31B. Alternative Sugar Beer

32. Smoked Beer

32A. Classic Style Smoked Beer

32B. Specialty Smoked Beer

33. Wood Beer

33A. Wood-Aged Beer

33B. Specialty Wood-Aged Beer

34. Specialty Beer

34A. Clone Beer

34B. Mixed-Style Beer

34C. Experimental Beer

M1. Traditional Mead

M1A. Dry Mead

M1B. Semi-Sweet Mead

M1C. Sweet Mead

M2. Fruit Mead

M2A. Cyser

M2B. Pyment

M2C. Berry Mead

M2D. Stone Fruit Mead

M2E. Melomel

M3. Spiced Mead

M3A. Fruit and Spice Mead

M3B. Spice, Herb or Vegetable Mead

M4. Specialty Mead

M4A. Braggot

M4B. Historical Mead

M4C. Experimental Mead

C1. Standard Cider and Perry

C1A. New World Cider

C1B. English Cider

C1C. French Cider

C1D. New World Perry

C1E. Traditional Perry

C2. Specialty Cider and Perry

C2A. New England Cider

C2B. Cider with Other Fruit

C2C. Applewine

C2D. Ice Cider

C2E. Cider with Herbs/Spices

C2F. Specialty Cider/Perry