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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.

Wheat Beer

Abbaye des Rocs Blanche des Honnelles

Abbaye des Rocs Blanche des Honnelles
74A strong wheat beer with plenty of taste, but a bit too chewy and heavy for my taste and a little dull on the whole.

Black Isle Organic Wheat Beer

Black Isle Organic Wheat Beer
68A Scottish take on this Belgian beer style. Over carbonation suggests that the sample was not quite as it should be.

Blue Moon

Blue Moon
76A somewhat tired and rather dull, Belgian-inspired wheat beer from the USA.

Brasserie du Bocq Blanche de Namur
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Wheat Beer - Winner

Brasserie du Bocq Blanche de Namur
Wonderful citrus kick and underlying caramel... A little

Brauerei Pinkus Hefe Weizen

Brauerei Pinkus Hefe Weizen
75Quite a thin, dry German wheat beer, but there's nothing here to dislike. Slightly tart and sour – which is welcome in a beer like this.

Brewery Huyghe Floris Apple

Brewery Huyghe Floris Apple
70Not as horrible as it sounds, but I wouldn't want to drink this on its own. It could work quite well with apple puddings, though.

Brewery Huyghe Floris Framboise

Brewery Huyghe Floris Framboise
75Over-the-top fruit flavour, but reasonably drinkable on the whole. Another beer for the dessert course. The colour of cherryade.

Brewery Huyghe Floris Honey

Brewery Huyghe Floris Honey
64Way too sweet. Having said that, I'm not a lover of honey but I found this quite pleasant – in small doses.

Brewery Huyghe Floris Passion

Brewery Huyghe Floris Passion
76Refreshingly sharp and acidic – feel those gums recede! – and consequently not as sweet or cloying as other beers in the Floris range.

Bridge of Allan Red Mist

Bridge of Allan Red Mist
68The key ingredient (somewhat obvious) is Scottish raspberries, but it's just too bitter.

Brouwerij Van Steenberge Celis White

Brouwerij Van Steenberge Celis White
79It's not subtle and it's not balanced, but you can't accuse this of being bland. An interesting beer with a good, light texture.

Cains Organic Wheat Beer

Cains Organic Wheat Beer
78Although not the most complex wheat beer you'll ever discover, this is a welcome addition to the Cains range – pleasant, clean and refreshing.

Daas Daas White

Daas Daas White
78A refreshing but not very complex witbier.

Eisenbahn Weisenbock
Tastingbeers.com Recommended - Winner

Eisenbahn Weisenbock
80Another fine beer from this Brazilian craft brewery. It has set its sights high with this one, with Schneider's Aventinus the top of the tree for this style, but it's a very good effort.

Eisenbahn Weizenbier

Eisenbahn Weizenbier
75Not the subtlest of weissbiers, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with it either.

Erdinger Dunkel
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Erdinger Dunkel
90Delicious, easy to drink and perfectly balanced. Teasingly understated in the finish, which makes it very moreish.

Erdinger Hefe Weiss
Tastingbeers.com Recommended - Winner

Erdinger Hefe Weiss
83Not very full bodied but otherwise faultless. Conveys class while not being overly flavoursome.

Franziskaner Hefe-Kristallklar

Franziskaner Hefe-Kristallklar
75Easy-drinking, pleasant but uneventful.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier
75Everything that should be is in this hazy yellow beer, although rather subdued. Big, lively foam.

Grolsch Weizen
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Wheat Beer - Winner World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Grain Only Wheat Beer - Winner – Tied

Grolsch Weizen
Sweet and fruit with a wheaty dryness. An appetising nose of banana, pear and cloves. An easy-drinking weissbier,

Grolsch Weizen
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Grolsch Weizen
83An easy-drinking Dutch weissbierstyle brew with mellow fruit flavours. Served in Grolsch's trademark swing-stopper bottle and very refreshing.

Gulpener Korenwolf

Gulpener Korenwolf
75Named after the overdramatic Netherlands word for a hamster (literally ‘corn wolf'), this Dutch beer combines four different cereals in its mass and is laced with elder flowers as well as coriander ...

Harpoon UFO Raspberry
Tastingbeers.com Recommended - Winner

Harpoon UFO Raspberry
80An unfiltered wheat beer, laced with raspberries. Very nicely balanced, clean and refreshing.

Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden
78The market leader. It's still a pleasant and well-balanced drink but it seems a touch thinner than before. The drop in ABV from 5% to 4.9% in the past year may have had some bearing on this.

Inbev Hoegaarden

Inbev Hoegaarden
76Having set the benchmark for the witbier style, this beer now appears to be going through the motions. It seems to have less flavour than when I last tasted it and drinks rather dull and tired.

Jacobsen Bramley Wit

Jacobsen Bramley Wit
73A new take on the Belgian wit bier style with apples added for a twist. Refreshing and quaffable but a little tarnished by oxidation wet paper notes. A beer to sup with roast pork?

Konig Ludwig Weissbier Hell

Konig Ludwig Weissbier Hell
Phenolic banana and clove in the nose, reflected on the smooth palate. Spicy, peppery, good grain notes. Prototype Bavarian Weizen, refreshing, tasty and quite complex.

Kronenbourg  Blanc

Kronenbourg Blanc
68The white bottle is a triumph of style over substance. It says absolutely nothing about the beer, which itself is a bit of an enigma. This tastes has none and tastes very artificial. Beer lovers will...

Lefebvre Blanche de Bruxelles

Lefebvre Blanche de Bruxelles
75An easy-drinking, hazy yellow beer with fairly subtle flavours. Nicely balanced.

Lovibonds Henley Gold

Lovibonds Henley Gold
78An Anglo-US take on a weissbier (the co-owner of this small brewery in Henley-on-Thames is American Jeff Rosenmeier). Rich, full-tasting, and happily not too cloying thanks to the pleasant tart notes....

Maisel's Weisse

Maisel's Weisse
75Disappoints a little, lacking the flavour its cloudy amber colour and strength promise.

Meantime Meantime Rasberry Grand Cru

Meantime Meantime Rasberry Grand Cru
81A refreshing, challenging, golden beer with a red blush, displaying skilful and well judged use of fruit.

Meantime Raspberry Grand CRU
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Flavoured Wheat Beer - Winner Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Meantime Raspberry Grand CRU
78This is a stronger version of the pleasant Taste the Difference Raspberry Wheat Beer that Meantime brews for Sainsbury's. But it's fuller, it's sweeter and it has a better balance and a kinder finish ...

Meantime Wheat Grand CRU
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Grain Only Wheat Beer - Winner – Tied

Meantime Wheat Grand CRU
Tart fruit and cloves. Typical wheaty sourness with hints of toffee and a touch of pepper. Refreshing and spicy with a good alcoholic warmth.

O'Hanlon's Goldblade

O'Hanlon's Goldblade
82A cross between a British ale and a Belgian witbier, and a successful one at that. Tasty, clean and quaffable.

Oettinger Oettinger Weizen & Grapefruit

Oettinger Oettinger Weizen & Grapefruit
69There's not much sign of beer in this cloudy orange confection but it's clean, fresh and better than spirit based alcopops. Perhaps there's a market among Pimms drinkers but it's not going to be of mu...

Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier

Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier
75A pleasant enough weissbier despite the lack of body and flavour for its strength and the rather disappointing finish.

Radomyshi Brewery Pshenychne Etalon Weissbier

Radomyshi Brewery Pshenychne Etalon Weissbier
73That rare beast: a weissbier from the Ukraine! Fabulous aroma but a little thin to taste.

Rebellion White

Rebellion White
75A pleasant and quaffable, English version of a witbier.

Reidenburger Weizen Premium

Reidenburger Weizen Premium
65An organic offering that delivers more than its nose promises.

Riva Dentergems Witbier
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Riva Dentergems Witbier
78A good starter for an evening in a Brussels bar, but fairly thin for its strength.

Samuel Adams Imperial White Ale

Samuel Adams Imperial White Ale
Hazy amber colour... Solvent, some fruit esters... Orange, coriander and sugary malt... Very sweet and very strong... Pleasant fruit aftertaste... Almost like a wine or a spirit... Incredibly full bod...

Schneider Aventinus
Tastingbeers.com Recommended - Winner

Schneider Aventinus
83Flavour-packed and a revelation for anyone who thinks all beers taste much the same. Possibly just too complex for some palates, but perfect for sipping with a piece of fruit cake.

Schneider Weizen Hell
Tastingbeers.com Recommended - Winner

Schneider Weizen Hell
80A sharply refreshing, muddy-yellow-coloured beer.

Schneider Weizen Original
Tastingbeers.com Recommended - Winner

Schneider Weizen Original
80A murky brown beer that, unless presented in the proper glassware, lacks visual appeal. The underplay of the main features makes it dangerously quaffable and moreish.

Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen

Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen
73Mellow and easy drinking. No great character but pleasant.

Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen

Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen
73A clean and quaffable bright beer, but perhaps a touch harsh in the finish.

Sharp's Honey Spice
Tastingbeers.com Recommended - Winner

Sharp's Honey Spice
80A clean and enjoyable, inventive beer that includes cinnamon, coriander and mixed peel. Plenty of condition makes it a lively drink.

Shongweni Robson's Wheat Beer

Shongweni Robson's Wheat Beer
75There's no shortage of taste in this wheat beer and you'll be happy if you like coriander, which is rather prominent.

St Austell Clouded Yellow

St Austell Clouded Yellow
73An interesting re-creation of a Bavarian weissbier, using vanilla pods, cloves and coriander to replicate the natural spicy, fruity flavours created by genuine weissbier yeast. Thinner and crisper tha...

St Austell Clouded Yellow

St Austell Clouded Yellow
79A well-balanced attempt to re-create weizenbier flavours through the addition of spices rather than using a wheat beer yeast. It's not very demanding or full flavoured but it's pleasant enough.

St Peter's Wheat Beer

St Peter's Wheat Beer
75More akin to a Belgian wit than a Bavarian weissbier. The label says it's unfiltered, but it pours clear. A pleasant, dark golden drink.

Tesco Finest French Wheat Beer

Tesco Finest French Wheat Beer
78A quaffable, interesting take on the blanche/witbier style, served in a large corked bottle that opens with a healthy pop.

Van Diest Fruli Strawberry Beer

Van Diest Fruli Strawberry Beer
72Remember Cresta, the soft drink advertised by the polar bear in shades back in the 70s? That's what this reminds me of. It's frothy, man.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
75Well-constructed and reliable beer from the world's oldest brewery (AD 1040).

Weizenland Weissbier Dunkel

Weizenland Weissbier Dunkel
73Unusual and adventurous but just fails to set the palate alight.

Weizenland Weissbier Hefetrub

Weizenland Weissbier Hefetrub
65Marred by a touch of papery, oxidation character.

Williams Brothers Grozet

Williams Brothers Grozet
75A well conceived, easy-drinking ‘gooseberry and wheat ale' that also contains the herb bog myrtle.

Wolf Straw Dog

Wolf Straw Dog
73The label describes it as a weissbier in the German style but there's none of the expected banana and clove flavours. A touch too tart for my taste.

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

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

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

Beer vs wine
Beer and wine go head to head at the Ra!n Bar in Manchester, at an event organised by JW Lees brewery. Sally Toms was there.

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

Wonderful wheat
Ben McFarland looks at wheat beers in all their forms, and how to pair them with different dishes.

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

The sweetest thing
This issue, our panel of experts look at how you can partner fruit beer with food.

Out and about in the heart of Belgium
Ben McFarland hits the road in rural Belgium in search of the perfect pint

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

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

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.

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

Everything you need to know about... yeast
In the latest in our series Nigel Huddleston looks at the role yeast plays

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

Everything you need to know about... fruit
In the latest in our series Nigel Huddleston looks at the role fruit can play in the production of quality beers from around the world

Everything you need to know about cereals
In the latest in our series Nigel Huddleston considers grains other than barley that can be used in beer

The culture club
Alice Whitehead explores the importance of yeast by taking a walk around the National Collection of Yeast Cultures.

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?

Belgium - Drink in styles
More and more people are taking the Eurostar train to Belgium to sample its beers at first hand. So how do you make sense of its many styles? Lewis Eckett reports

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

USA - Welcome to the house of fun (The New Belgium Beer Company)
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. At Colorado brewers The New Belgium Beer Company they 're looking to Europe with a big smile on their faces. Ben McFarland reports

Japan - Land of the rising sun
Although the big brewers still dominate, new regional brewers are springing up all the time, reports Andrew Burnyeat

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

The Netherlands - Refreshing the parts other beers cannot reach
Roger Protz goes behind the scenes at the gigantic Heineken brewery in Amsterdam

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

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.

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

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

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

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...

The beers of Eire
Iorwerth Griffiths explains that there's more to Ireland than stout.

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

Fresh and exciting (Veltins)
Our man takes a tour round one of Germany's great pilsener success stories

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

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

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