Beer Styles Study Guide
Today, there are hundreds of documented beer styles and a handful of organizations with their
own unique classifications. As beer styles continue to evolve, understanding the sensory side of
craft beer will help you more deeply appreciate and share your knowledge and enthusiasm for the
beverage of beer.
Take a deeper dive into America's craft beer styles and improve your ability to
describe the tastes, textures and aromas of beer. Here is your study guide that will
help prepare you for what you might encounter when tasting craft beer.
How to Use the Study Guide
The CraftBeer.com Beer Styles Study Guide (below and available as a PDF) is for those who want
to dive even deeper and includes quantitative style statistics not found in the Beer Styles section.
Using an alphabetical list of triggers from alcohol to yeast variety this text will help describe
possible characteristics of a specific beer style.
The best part of learning about craft beer is getting to taste and experience what you're studying.
Use the CraftBeer.com Tasting Sheet to help you analyze and describe what you taste and if it's
appropriate for a particular beer style.
The Beer Styles Study Guide may provide more information than many beer novices care to know.
However, as your beer journey unfolds, your desire for more descriptors and resources will grow.
Do All Craft Brewers Brew Beer to Style?
Craft beer resides at the intersection of art and science. It is up to each individual brewer to decide
whether they want to create beer within specific style guidelines or forge a new path and break the
mold of traditional styles.
Because so many craft brewers brew outside style guidelines, it is impossible to make a list that
fully represents the spectrum of beers being created today. CraftBeer.com Beer Styles include
many common styles being made in the U.S. today, but is not exhaustive.
Common U.S. Beer Styles
Craft brewers use a wide variety of ingredients to achieve the aroma, body, flavor and finish they
desire in their beer.