Be a Brew Expert with this Beer Cheat Sheet!



Whether you’re at the bar with your drinking buddies or just chillin’ at home, we can’t deny that a bottle of beer always hits the right spot. We believe that in every occasion, there’s a perfect drink that will quench everyone’s taste. From classic ales to intense lagers to a more complex variation, start from the basic and know the kinds of beer. Your friends might even call you “The Beer Expert” after that night out!

Kinds of Beer

LAGER

PALE LAGER

  • The most popular style of lager
  • Clean, subtle, and mild with a crisp finish
  • Densely carbonated

DARK LAGER

  • More intense in color than pale lager because of added caramel syrup
  • Middle ground of lagers with a medium level of hops intensity and bitterness

PILSNER

  • Oldest type of lager
  • Transparent golden color with the most extreme bitter taste

ALES

BLONDE ALE

  • A rounded and smooth American classic known for its simplicity
  • Straw to light amber color with a light malt flavor and low-to-medium bitterness

HEFEWEIZEN OR WHEAT

  • Originated in Germany
  • Cloudy from wheat proteins and suspended yeast with little to non-existent hops
  • Bittering but with hints of banana and clove

PALE ALE

  • Often bronze or copper-colored with spicy, earthy, or aromatic flavors because of its distinctly high level of hops

IPA (INDIA PALE ALE)

  • A golden to amber-colored ale. It has a pleasantly hoppy aroma and an equally hoppy flavor
  • Plenty of malty sweetness from start to finish

BROWN ALE

  • Has a unique combination of nutty sweetness that tastes of caramel and toffee.
  • Has low alcohol content

STOUT

  • Rich, extra-dark, top-fermenting brew made with highly-roasted malts
  • Can either be strong and dry or sweet with nuances of coffee, chocolate, or molasses

PORTER

  • Lighter-bodied companion with a higher-than-average alcohol content
  • Old-school, dark-roasted at the beginning with hints of chocolate and mild roast in the finish

This article was first published as a special feature in The Kitchen Playbook