Beer Style

Beer, ale, lager and stout styles and categories

Beers, ales and lagers come in many types, styles and variations. Please choose from the styles listed to find more of the beers you like.

Lager : Dark

Alhambra Mezquita

Alhambra Mezquita
75A dark copper lager brewed in Cordoba, Spain, home to a stunning 10th century mosque (mezquita). Rather strong for sipping in the blinding Spanish sun.

Asahi Black

Asahi Black
73Crisp but somewhat characterless for a black beer. Not unpleasant by any means but it promises more than it delivers.

Bennett's Classic Black
Tastingbeers.com Recommended - Winner

Bennett's Classic Black
83A rich, mellow, ruby-coloured stout that, being fairly sweet, would pair wonderfully well with some creamy desserts.

Bernard Cerne Pivo
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Bernard Cerne Pivo
An interesting and complex, unpasteurised, fresh-tasting black lager from a family-run Czech brewery.

BrewDog Zeitgeist

BrewDog Zeitgeist
78A black lager that drinks like a crisp, clean stout and is likely to be of more appeal to stout drinkers than lager buyers.

Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager
80The mellow roasted grain flavours are very enjoyable but it's the crispness and lightness that are the making of this beer.

Budwesier Budvar  Czech Dark Lager
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Lager - Winner World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Dark Lager - Winner World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Dark Premium Lager - Winner Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Budwesier Budvar Czech Dark Lager
88Clean, crisp and loaded with flavour. Full of character and taste yet surprisingly mellow at the same time. An excellent addition to the Budvar range.

Eisenbahn Dunkel

Eisenbahn Dunkel
85A clean-tasting, highly quaffable showcase for dark malts without the heaviness of a stout or a porter. The first of this month's excellent beers from a Brazilian microbrewery.

Full Sail Session Black

Full Sail Session Black
75A garnet-brown lager with enjoyable flavours on the whole and decent balance, but it would be a lot better if it were a little fresher.

Kaltenberg Dunkel

Kaltenberg Dunkel
78Quite a challenging dunkel with lots of character, brewed at Prince Luitpold of Bavaria's fairy tale castle.

Krusovice Cerne

Krusovice Cerne
75A tasty but very light-bodied beer, in line with its modest strength.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier

Köstritzer Schwarzbier
78A traditional ‘black beer' with character from the old East Germany, now in the care of Bitburger.

Meantime Union
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Vienna Red Premium Lager - Winner Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Meantime Union
80A tasty, quaffable and well balanced beer. The Cascade hops are held nicely in check in this Vienna-style lager.

Ochakovo Premium Black

Ochakovo Premium Black
77A deep ruby, Russian lager that is mellow and easy to drink. There are no striking flavours but instead a good mix of dark malt notes.

Primator Premium Dark

Primator Premium Dark
Rich chocolate aroma and flavour but with malt and hop dryness, grass and caramel aroma. Sweet and sugary in the mouth with a trace of roast and resinous hop. A rich, subtle and extremely drinkable da...

Regent Bohemia Dark Lager

Regent Bohemia Dark Lager
75An enjoyable dark Czech beer that has been available in the UK for a number of years.

Riegele Aechtes Dunkel

Riegele Aechtes Dunkel
70A rust-coloured, German dark lager with a pleasant nutty character. It doesn't quite come off in the bottle, however, but would be well worth trying fresh, on draught.

Sainsbury's  Franconian Style Dark Lager

Sainsbury's Franconian Style Dark Lager
80A full value, tasty beer with clean flavours and good balance. Franconia is the northern part of Bavaria.

Samuel Adams Black Lager

Samuel Adams Black Lager
78Tasty and mellow with plenty of dark malt flavours yet little of the associated bitterness.

Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel

Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel
78A clean and suppable, very nutty beer. This and the Asam Bock bear the ‘Weltenburger Kloster' name, which means they are still produced at the Weltenburg monastery in the world's second oldest brewe...

Beer off a duck's back
Can beer really hack it at the poshest of dinner tables? Ben McFarland books into tthe three Michelin star eaterie Fat Duck and finds out

Top of the chocs (Beer & Chocolate)
Ben McFarland gets all gooey at a beer and chocolate tasting

A salt on the senses (Beer & Seafood)
Beer can make a great accompaniment to salty seafood. Ben McFarland reports

Capital combinations (London)
Where in London can you eat good food and drink great beer at the same time? Ben McFarland found out

A beer lover's banquet (Ale & Pie Pubs)
A great deal of thought goes in to the Fuller's beer and food menu. Purely in the interests of research, Ben McFarland went along to a tasting session

A very big house in the country (Thornbridge Hall)
Richard Jones dons his gladrags for an evening of fine beer and food at the magnificent setting of Thornbridge Hall in the Peak District

The Hairy Bikers
Dave Myers and Si King are the Hairy Bikers: two-wheeled, globe-trotting, beer-loving chefs from North East England. Jeff Pickthall spoke to them

Oriental express
Last issue we got stuck into one of the gastonomic world's greatest creations - beer and curry. Now we explore beer's other perfect partner - a Chinese takeaway! Ben McFarland picks up his chopsticks

In hop heaven
Ben McFarland asks a panel of experts for their food pairings with the eminently hoppy India pale ales

Perfect with porter
In the latest of our series on beer and food, Ben McFarland looks at what to eat with porter.

Truly madly Munich
Relaxing with a few beers – oh, and maybe a chicken – is part of the Bavarian way of life for men and women, young and old. Andrew Burnyeat reports

A taste of Danish
For any beer aficionado, a visit to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark is a must. Andrew Marshall reports

If you're gong to San Francisco
There's more to this Californian city than meets the eye. Jeff Pickthall reports on a thriving beer culture

Parisian style
Adrian Tierney-Jones scouts out the best beers and the best bars in the French capital

Prowling around Prague
City breaks for the beer enthusiast have never been easier, and you couldn't do better than Prague. But where's the best place to find a good beer? Lubomír Sedlák reports

California soul
Ben McFarland visits the beer hot spots of sunny San Diego

Toronto the good
Canada is a major player in the beer revolution that is sweeping North America. Robert Hughey seeks out the beer venues in its largest city.

New York, New York,
Intrepid beer hunter Zak Avery explores the city so good they named it twice.

Ales from the riverbank
John Westlake embarks on a beer journey in Belgrade.

Paradise city
Zak Avery leads us on a beer tour of Copenhagen, Denmark's capital city.

Drinking cerveja in the sun
Joe Strange goes beer hunting in Lisbon, which isn't as difficult as you might think.

Little big city
Laurent Mousson watches beer worlds collide (gently) in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.

Everything you need to know about... malt
In the latest in his series on the ingredients of beer Nigel Huddleston looks at the role of malted barley

A day in the life of a brewer
Just what do they get up to all day? We sent Glynn Davis to find out.

Going against the grain
If you're a coeliac or have a gluten intolerance, then you have to avoid cereals like wheat and barley. But what happens if you're a beer lover? Daniel Cooper reports.

The final course
Ben Mcfarland British beer writer and regular BOTW columnist Ben McFarland has written extensively about beer's culinary kinship with food. Six things you shouldn't do at the dinner table: 1) Pick ...

Czech Republic: It's Czech, mate
The beers of the Czech Republic have long been revered but in recent years they have become widely available, too. Are they still as good? Ben McFarland reports

Ireland: Stout to the top
Ireland's beer consumption has been dominated by stout in general and Guinness in particular. But as the country changes through new wealth, are its drinking patterns changing too?

Germany - All around the world
Planning a trip to the World Cup? Richard Jones provides a guide as to what to drink and eat

Germany - Read Alt about it (Altbiers)
Altbiers are the dark, top-fermented ales popular in Düsseldorf and the Rhineland, as Adrian Tierney-Jones reports

Mexico - One upon a time in Mexico
The Aztecs claim to have invented beer, and Mexico's modern brewing scene is thriving. Gary Monterosso reports

Belgium - The Belgian Selection
Belgium produces the most varied collection of beers in the world; Roger Protz reveals what the beer lover will find there

Germany - I'll have a bitter, bitte
Alright , so it might not be a German beer but we just love puns. Sally Toms gets to grips with some of the true beer styles of Germany

The Baltics - Baltic blitz
The Eastern European countries of Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Latvia are still producing some exciting beers. Adrian Tierney-Jones reports

Australia - The brewers of Oz
For years we've been told that Australians wouldn't give a XXX

Western Europe - Beer from wine country
Although better associated with grape than grain, the nations of France, Spain, Italy and Portugal still have much to offer the beer lover. Richard Jones reports

Belgium - Beer country
Charles D cook explores Belgium, the ultimate destination for any beer fan.

New Zealand's true brew (White Cliffs)
Julie Ihle visits White Cliffs, an organic brewer whipping up a storm Down Under.

Canada - The great white north
Don Tse takes us on a journey to discover the beers and breweries of Canada.

The Netherlands - Beer in the Netherlands
Des de Moor shows that the Dutch have more to offer than just Grolsch and Heineken

Czech Republic - Thank you for the pilsner
The Czech Republic gave the world its most popular beer style. Alastair Gilmour sends his thanks

The Baltics - Eurostars
Adrian Tierney-Jones gives us the low down on some exciting Baltic countries producing excellent beers.

Germany - A very stately brewery
Roger Protz visits German brewery Weihenstephan, the oldest brewery in the world.

Germany - Bier culture
Andy Neil reveals all about the beer styles and culture of one of the world's greatest brewing nations.

Czech Republic - Innovation, not imitation
Jeff Evans visits the home of Primátor beer in the Czech Republic and discovers an established brewery throwing out some very exciting new beers

Italy & Spain: A brave new world
Italy and Spain might be best known for wine, or for cold lagers suitable for quenching a Mediterranean thirst, but there's a lot more going on. Adrian Tierney-Jones reports.

Japan: Big in Japan
Matthew Knott gets to grips with the beer scene in Japan.

Czech Republic: World famous
Local man Lubomir Sedlak gives us the lowdown on beer drinking and beer culture in the Czech Republic.

East Anglia: Full of Eastern promise
East Anglia has emerged from the shadow of one large brewer and is producing some of Britain's most exciting beers. Andrew Burnyeat reports

South West: Beer booming in Hardy country
The South West of England is associated with cider production but it has a thriving brewery industry too. Adrian Tierney-Jones acts as tour guide

North West: Still very much a family affair
The North-West of England is still a healthy area for quality beer. Andrew Catchpole picks out the best buys

Och aye the brew (Scotland)
Scotland has undergone a beer revolution in the last decade. Ben McFarland looks at what is on offer

London calling
Andrew Catchpole looks at the beers and breweries of Greater London, Middlesex and Surrey

A light in the Black country (West Midlands)
England's West Midlands has long been a beer heartland, built on its industrial past. Roger Protz looks at what is on offer these days

Border brews (Cumbria and Northumberland)
Adrian Tierney-Jones discovers the beers of England's most northerly counties, Cumbria and Northumberland

Scotland's true new Irn brews
Scotland has undergone a real ale revolution in recent years. Dominic Roskrow reports

Putting the ales into Wales
Jeff Evans discovers the beers and breweries of Wales

Treasures of the north west
In this issue Dominic Roskrow looks at the family brewers of Manchester as well as Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside

Northern exposure
Prosaic images of England's north west – rain, flat caps, black pudding, Vimto, hot-pot, meat-and-potato pies – are easy to bring to mind but are evidence of lazy thinking. Exploration of the nort...

God's own country
It covers 6,000 square miles, but does its beer measure up? Alastair Gilmour sets off for Yorkshire.

Tiger in the tank (Everards)
Everards is a family brewery with lots of plans. Dominic Roskrow paid it a visit

Raising Cains
Liverpool brewery Cains seemed to be going nowhere fast until two brothers turned it on its head. Andrew Catchpole reports

The beer that time forgot (Hook Norton)
Hook Norton in Oxfordshire is part visitor attraction, part brewery. It also makes great beer. Sally Toms went for a look round

200 Years of history
Daniel Thwaites is celebrating its 200th anniversary but as Dominic Roskrow reports, the company's keener to look forward than to look back.

Achel Trappists
Roger Protz turns his attention to Achel brewery and the ‘famous five' Belgian Trappist breweries

Brewing in the bard's back yard
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Scotland's new national drink
The opportunity to drink a few beers in Scotland has Alastair Gilmour on a ‘high'.

Scotland's biggest little brewery
Ben McFarland visits Harviestoun, a brewery at the forefront of craft brewing in Scotland.

Black Magic
Roger Protz travels to St James's Gate Brewery in Dublin to celebrate the iconic brand's 250th birthday.

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