From Porter to Pilsner: Beer Styles Quiz


By: Nathan Chandler

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About This Quiz

With the age of craft brewing coming to a head, there have never been so many different types of beer around the world. From dark to light, bitter to sweet, there are beers for every taste bud. How much do you know about various beer styles?

How did "stout" beers get their names?

Stouts are a popular type of porter. The "stout" refers to the higher alcohol content, which is often around 7 percent.


A roggenbier has a lot of which ingredient?

A roggenbier is loaded with rye. The rye imparts a lot of spiciness and sourness.


Hefeweizen originated in which country?

Hefeweizen is a type of wheat beer that originated in Germany. It typically has a moderate alcohol content.


In hefewizen, to what does the "hefe" refer?

In hefewizen, "hefe" means "with yeast." These are unfiltered beers that have an obvious cloudy appearance.


What is a word that you typically use to describe a saison?

Saisons are often spicy and fruity. Most of them have a golden color and very high amounts of carbonation.


Which style of beer is the darkest in appearance?

Porters are made from brown malt and they are typically so dark that they are virtually opaque. Porters are very similar to stouts, which usually have a higher alcohol content.


Which type of beer uses yeast that ferments at the top of the fermentation vessel?

Ales use what's referred to as "top fermentation" yeast. This yeast features quicker fermentation of about a week or less.


Lambic beers originally came from which area?

Lambics originated in Belgium. These beers usually have a sour, dry taste that has fruity overtones.


India pale is notable for which characteristic?

India pale ales are typically very hoppy. In recent years, extremely hoppy pale ales have been very popular with consumers.


An altbier is what type of beer?

An altbier is a type of brown ale. Altbiers are conditioned longer than most beers, and they are typically very smooth.


Gose beer generally does NOT have which trait?

Gose beers often have salty and sour traits, but hop bitterness is not readily apparent. They are a type of German sour beer.


Bock is what type of beer?

Bocks are a type of strong lager. It's a popular category featuring numerous subtypes, many of which have a dark brown color.


Porter was first made in which country?

Porter originated in Ireland. It was first brewed starting back in the 18th century.


Most Belgian beers fall into which category?

Belgium is known for its well-crafted beers. Most of the country's beers are ales as opposed to lagers.


In the U.S., which India pale ales tend to have the most concentrated hoppiness?

In the United States, hoppy IPAs are all the rage. Those that come from the West Coast (where fresh hops are more accessible) tend to have the most overt hoppy flavors, while those from the East Coast are generally more balanced.


Barley wine falls into which beer category?

Barley wine is a particularly potent type of ale. It often has an alcohol content that exceeds 10 percent.


What a common characteristic of malt liquor?

Malt liquor is a type of beer with higher-than-average alcohol content. It's made with malted barley.


What is NOT another name for milk stout?

Milk stout isn't called butter stout, but it's often called cream or sweet stout. Its sweetness comes from lactose, which is a milk sugar.


A dunkel is which type of beer?

A dunkel is a type of dark lager, and in fact takes its name from the German word for "dark." Brewers achieve the dark brown color by using Munich malts.


Wieb is which type of beer?

Wieb is a type of kolsch. It's an unfiltered wheat beer that's fairly uncommon but is still made in small batches by craft brewers.


Oyster stouts have actual oysters included as part of the brewing process.

If a typical stout isn't wild enough for your tastebuds, you might like oyster stouts. They're uncommon, but some brewers do use actual oysters as part of the creation process.


Which style of beer features carmelized malts?

Some Scotch ales incorporate carmelized malts. This process lends toffee notes that add a layer of tasty complexity.


A Marzen beer often has which trait?

Bavarian Marzen beers often have a distinct malty flavor. They are most frequently dark and bitter.


How is eisbock made?

Brewers partially freeze eisbock and remove the ice crystals. With the removal of that water, the beer becomes much more potent in terms of flavor and alcohol content.


What does the German word "lager" mean, anyway?

Lager is a German word for "to store." Lagers are fermented at relatively low temperatures for long periods of time.


The kriek style of lambic features which type of fruit?

Kriek lambic features cherries. Unlike most beers, lambics use wild yeast instead of the tightly-controlled yeasts used for most other beer styles.


What color is Helles beer?

Helles is a style of German lager that’s typically light yellow in color. It has a slight sweetness and very little bitterness.


Kolsch is fermented at which temperatures?

Kolsch is warm-fermented at temperatures between 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Genuine kolsch beer comes from Cologne, Germany.


Amber ale is a type of pale ale.

Amber ales are indeed a category of pale ale. They include extra ingredients (such as colored malt) that lends the brews their darker hue.


Blonde ales typically have what alcohol content?

Blonde ales have an extremely pale color, and they usually have lower alcohol content in the range of 4 to 5%. They have vastly different flavors from brewery to brewery.


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