The Classification section explains how beer is classified. Every characteristic that can set beer apart, one from another, will be explained.
A beer can be described by what style it represents. A Beer Style is a definition of the general characteristics for a group of similar beers. See every beer style organized in a detailed Periodic Table. It's interactive, so click a style card to learn more about each one.
A beer can be described by what country and brewery it is from. Explore the world of beer, including the unique styles from each country and the thousands of breweries in them.
Beer is often called Ale and Lager, which relates to the type of yeast used in the brewing process. Learn the differences between Lagers, Ales, and another style of beer: the wild Lambic.
A beer can be described by its sensory characteristics including appearance (color, clarity, foamy head), flavors (mainly bitterness, sweetness, and sourness), aromas, body, and alcohol strength. Learn what these mean and how they're measured.
Some beers are marketed as Organic. The term Organic can be used for beer primarily if it's malt and hops used organic farming standards. Meeting guidelines for other parts of the process, such as storage, processing, packaging, and shipping, may be necessary as well.
Some beers are marketed as Gluten Free. Gluten sensitivity is a relatively new field of research. An estimated 0.5% of the population is gluten intolerant. However, an estimated 10.0% of the population may be glutent sensitive (Doctors' estimations range from 5 - 50%). Gluten is a protein naturally present in barley, wheat, and rye, the common cereal grains used in beer recipes.
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