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.

Pale Ale : Bitter

Adnams Lighthouse

Adnams Lighthouse
74A clean and quaffable, bright amber session ale, with plenty of taste for the ABV.

Batemans Hop Bine Bitter

Batemans Hop Bine Bitter
75Full of flavour, as you'd expect from Batemans, with a robust, bitter finish.

Bath Ales Wild Hare

Bath Ales Wild Hare
80An organic beer, substantial and robust despite its delicate colour, that stands up well to bottling.

Belhaven Belhaven Best

Belhaven Belhaven Best
53An amber-coloured, widget beer in a can, thin, dull and lifeless. I wish I could be more positive but there's really not much to commend.

Brakspear Organic Beer
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Blonde/Golden Ale - Winner

Brakspear Organic Beer
83Full-flavoured premium ale that could, perhaps, be a touch crisper.

Cains 2008 Culture Beer

Cains 2008 Culture Beer
90A full-flavoured and interesting beer that may prove a touch too sweet for some palates. Part of Cains' heavy investment in Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Cameron's Trophy

Cameron's Trophy
65Regrettably, like the other Camerons beers, ruined by oxidation. Beyond that huge distraction, one glimpses a fair example of the sweeter North-eastern style of bitter. A relic from the Whitbread empi...

Coniston Bluebird Bitter
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Coniston Bluebird Bitter
83An excellently constructed, fruity yet bitter copper ale.

Cotleigh Red Nose Reindeer

Cotleigh Red Nose Reindeer
70A beer that used to be bottle conditioned but is now filtered. The light-porous clear glass bottle does it no favours (cabbagey notes in the aroma).

Cropton Brewery King Billy Bitter

Cropton Brewery King Billy Bitter
70As is often the case with weaker bottle-conditioned beers, this golden ale is very dry and fairly gassy. Lacks the strength to condition long in the bottle, so drink it young.

Duchy Originals Organic Ale
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Duchy Originals Organic Ale
78A clean and pleasantly moreish beer, thanks to an initial subtlety in the finish.

Freeminer Brewery Co-Op Organic Premium Ale
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Freeminer Brewery Co-Op Organic Premium Ale
83Rather sweet for a such a hoppy beer – the interesting ingredient is Fairtrade Demerara sugar from Malawi – but lots of good, clean fruity flavours and a moreish dry finish. The continental hop st...

Fuller's Gales Swing Low

Fuller's Gales Swing Low
78An enjoyable quaffing ale with plenty of interest for its strength and fine clean flavours. Now brewed by Fuller's at Chiswick since the closure of the Gale's brewery.

Fuller's Mr Harry

Fuller's Mr Harry
78A full-flavoured, robust beer with the distinctive Fuller's hop thumbprint. Probably good with roast beef.

Fuller's Red Fox
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Fuller's Red Fox
80A perfectly balanced, biscuity autumnal ale. Too bitter for drinking with puddings but otherwise an interesting beer to experiment with food-wise.

Greene King Hop

Greene King Hop
75Greene King's Beer to Dine For repackaged. It's not particularly compelling but it's a pleasant enough, nicely balanced, shiny golden beer.

Hampshire Hare

Hampshire Hare
50Spoiled by the rough alcoholic notes.

Hampshire T'ale of the Dragon

Hampshire T'ale of the Dragon
73A robust beer for hop lovers, probably not balanced enough for other drinkers.

Harviestoun Try'd & Tested

Harviestoun Try'd & Tested
78Beer with balls', launched for the Rugby World Cup. As is typical of Harviestoun beers, hops dominate this amber-red ale from kick off to final whistle.

High Falls Genesee Cream Ale

High Falls Genesee Cream Ale
73One of America's longest-standing beers. Nicely balanced and not unpleasant but it needs to taste fresher to make a mark today.

Joseph Holt Fifth Sense

Joseph Holt Fifth Sense
73A powerful beer giving the impression of being just a bit too strong for its flavours to be fully appreciated.

Joseph Holt Thunder Holt

Joseph Holt Thunder Holt
75A tasty, well balanced strong ale described on the label as a ‘storm in a bottle'.

JW Lees Dragon's Fire

JW Lees Dragon's Fire
70Surprisingly malty for this day and age, but could taste a little fresher.

Marston's Pedigree

Marston's Pedigree
79A successful bottled recreation of a classic draught ale. It lacks the fullness of body of the cask original but it's a pleasant drink.

Mauldons Silver Adder

Mauldons Silver Adder
80Mauldons' 25th anniversary beer: a satisfying, tasty, fruity and hoppy best bitter, not to be confused with the brewery's celebrated dark beer, Black Adder.

Orkney Brewery Northern Light

Orkney Brewery Northern Light
75A pleasant, full-flavoured session ale with an informative back label.

Peak Ales Gardener's Tap

Peak Ales Gardener's Tap
78A strikingly tasty yet light textured, amber-red beer brewed on and for the Chatsworth Estate. The label carries a story of how the Chatsworth gardeners used to secretly tap into a pipe carrying beer ...

Randalls Envy

Randalls Envy
78A novel, copper-coloured brew the dryness and hoppiness of which would make it a good aperitif beer.

Ringwood Fortyniner

Ringwood Fortyniner
73A lighter-drinking beer than its strength would suggest.

Saltaire Fuggles Bitter

Saltaire Fuggles Bitter
75A nicely balanced and tasty, if very dry, bitter showcasing the Fuggle hop. The clear, informative labels of this and the Goldings Ale below set a new benchmark for bottling brewers.

Sharp's Special

Sharp's Special
83In contrast to some of the pasteurised beers in this tasting, the lightness of texture and the ‘wildness' of taste of this bottle conditioned amber ale are rather exciting. Full, fresh and satisfyin...

Spectrum Light Fantastic

Spectrum Light Fantastic
73Like most bottle-conditioned beers around this modest strength, this golden bitter struggles a bit to avoid being too dry, but it drinks okay. The first of several beers here from an East Anglian micr...

Stonehenge Ales Rudolph

Stonehenge Ales Rudolph
68A bronze beer that would be better if the chocolate flavours could fight their way through the dominant esters and bitterness.

Traditional Scottish Ales Lade Inn Waylade

Traditional Scottish Ales Lade Inn Waylade
78A very agreeable, substantial, golden session beer. Just a touch overcarbonated. All three of the Lade Inn beers featured in this issue are brewed at Traditional Scottish Ales.

Wells & Youngs Christmas Pudding

Wells & Youngs Christmas Pudding
75It doesn't taste like Christmas pudding but it's great if you like coconut.

Williams Brothers Gold
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Williams Brothers Gold
80A good-value, refreshing Scottish bitter using seven types of malt. Lots of clean flavours for its modest strength.

Williams Brothers Good Times

Williams Brothers Good Times
75A tasty, hoppy, light amber bitter augmented by the inclusion of elder flower and meadowsweet (a fragrant herb).

Windsor Castle SADLER'S WORCESTER SORCERER

Windsor Castle SADLER'S WORCESTER SORCERER
60I tried this golden beer a few months ago and the flavours were quite different, with more of a deeper malt character and a floral freshness. Hope this was just a rogue sample.

Wold Top Wold's Way

Wold Top Wold's Way
78A very refreshing, gluggable bitter, highlighting the fruity notes of Cascade and Golding hops – proof, once again, that beer does not have to be strong to be tasty. Inspired by the Wolds Way footpa...

Wychwood Duchy Originals Ale

Wychwood Duchy Originals Ale
78A hearty, satisfying, deep amber blend of assorted malt flavours and hops.

Wychwood  Hobgoblin

Wychwood Hobgoblin
73A tasty red-brown beer, just a little thick in the finish.

Wychwood Wychcraft

Wychwood Wychcraft
75Attractively packaged, flavour-packed beer that may be a touch too overpowering to be consumed in quantity.

Beer has a future with food
Increasingly people are experimenting with flavours and serving food with beer. Ben McFarland introduces our food column

Perfect Partners (Cheese & Beer)
Cheese is far more compatible with beer than wine, so why don't we serve the two together more? Ben McFarland goes on a road test

Be bold with beer
There's nothing wrong with a quality lager as an accompaniment to Indian food, but as Ben McFarland reports, there are other options

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

Set in stone
Ben McFarland attends a beer dinner organised by Stone Brewing, a San Diego microbrewery making some big beers

A very British dish
Few things are as well matched as beer and curry, but is it as simple as that? Sally Toms finds out

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

Pale and Interesting
Our panel of experts give you their take on what to munch with pale ale.

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

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.

Birra! Birra! Birra!
Adrian Tierney-Jones takes a beer lover's tour of Milan, a great base to explore Italy's burgeoning beer scene.

a beer romp in wine country
Matt Kirkegaard embarks on a Sideways-style beer romp in Western Australia, an area more commly associated with wines.

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

Everything you need to know about... hops
In the first of a series on the brewing of beer Nigel Huddleston looks at the role of the hop

Everything you need to know about cask conditioning
In the latest in our series Nigel Huddleston looks at the role of the cask in production

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

USA: American Beauties
During the last few decades the USA has experienced a beer revolution. Gary Monterosso reports

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

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

Belgium - Celebrating café culture
Charles D cook explores Belgium's legendary beer culture by revealing some of the best beer cafés.

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.

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

Hampshire, Kent and Sussex: In the garden of England
Andrew Catchpole looks at the brewers of Hampshire, Sussex and Kent

The pride of Yorkshire
Yorkshire is one of Britain's finest beer regions. We have extensively covered North Yorkshire in past issues. Here Barrie Pepper goes West and South

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

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

Far from Middling (East Midlands)
Several regions of Britain could lay claim to be its most fertile beer producer. One of the least celebrated is the East Midlands. Dominic Roskrow grew up there

Southern style
Dominic Roskrow gets to grips with the breweries of Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

UK Breweries
Breweries HAMPSHIRE Bowman Ales Ltd, Droxford Tel: +44 (0)1489 878 110 www.bowmanales.com Choice beer: Wallops Wood 4% The Crondall Brewing Co, Crondall Tel: +44 (0)1252 319 000 www.crondallbrewery.c...

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

Green & Pleasant Lands
Hampshire, Dorset & Wiltshire form an impressive pyramid of brewing, where traditional production and modern techniques exist side by side. Dominic Roskrow reports.

On a voyage of Discovery (Fuller's)
London brewer Fuller's is launching innovative new beers while keeping its core drinkers happy. Dominic Roskrow reports

Star of the East (Adnams)
Few breweries dominate their locality the way Adnams does in Southwold. Adrian Tierney-Jones visited it

Stays Sharp's to the bottom of the glass (St Austell)
Sharp's is challenging St Austell as Cornwall's biggest brewer. Roger Protz visited it

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

Marston's of the universe
Pete Brown visits Marston's Brewery in Burton upon Trent home of the legendary Burton Unions.

No ordinary Smith
Zak Avery goes behind the scenes at Samuel Smith's, Britain's most clandestine brewery.

Worthy of praise
Pete Brown visits the Worthington White Shield Brewery to explore the history of one of Burton's most legendary beers.

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.

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