Lagers are generally lighter in body and more crisp than ales. The taste is usually clean, and they’re better served very cold.
Darker than pale lagers, dark lagers are usually lightly hopped and, not very heavy.
Relatively new style of beer. Light in color and body, pale lagers are slightly hoppy and well carbonated.
Bocks are brown to deep black with a medium-heavy body and a flavorful maltiness, without much hop character.
Ambers can be easily identified by their color, which can run from amber to deep red. Amber beers can be ales, like Irish reds, or lagers, like smoked beers.
These beers can include strong ales, like barleywines, seasonal beers, and fruit or spiced beers.
Ales are generally more complex and fuller in body than lagers. They’re usually maltier and more aromatic, as well.
Brown ales are dark and nutty, and usually medium bodied without to much hop flavor.
Porters are identified by their dark color, a light roastiness, and a hint of molasses like sweetness.
Stouts are dark, heavy, and roasted.
Pale ales range from light and refreshing to heavy and nearly unpalatable. They’re known for their bitterness.
Belgian beers can be dark or light, but are almost always rich and complex. They get their distinct flavors from Belgian yeast.
Sours are sour beer. Sours have a yogurt like tartness, introduced by certain yeast strains.
Wheat beers can be light or medium bodied and are very versatile when it comes to adding other flavors or ingredients.