Beer Styles: Your Options

When it comes to beer styles, you have many, many options to choose from. Which one will you like the best? This is hard to tell, but you’ll have to give yourself the opportunity to make and try several if you plan to find the perfect choice. A beer style is a label that is given to the type of beer. This label will generally reflect the character of the product and often where it came from. Usually, on commercially sold beers especially, the process of styling a beer is one that comes from how it has been made over the years.

Styles of beer have a lot to do with how they taste, what they look like, how they smell and of course where they are made. Some common choices include these:

* Ale Styles: American amber, American brown ale, American porter, Chile Beer, Pumpkin Ale, Wheat wine, American strong ale, black & tan, American sour ale, American wild ale and many more from the Americas. In addition there are Belgian and French ales, English, Finnish, German, Irish, Scottish and Russian ales. * Lager Styles: These will include American Lagers such as American all-malt lager, American double pilsner, American Malt Liquor, Light Lager, Low Alcohol Beer and a wide selection of others. There are also styles that including Czech lagers, European, German, and Japanese lagers. * Cider Styles: New England Cider, Specialty Cider and Standard Cider * Hybrid Styles: Fruit and vegetable beer, Berbed and spiced beer and smoked beer * Mead Styles: Braggot, Fruick Melomel, Traditonal Mead and Metheglin

Although ciders and meads are not necessarily beers, they are commonly thought of and enjoyed by beer lovers nonetheless. Selecting the type of beer that will interest you is the key to making and enjoying great beer. Trying a new style of beer never hurt either.

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