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Aroma: grainy or corn-like, slight spicy or floral hop presence

Appearance: very pale straw to medium yellow, white frothy head, great clarity

Taste: crisp, dry, low bitterness, balanced, no diacetyl
Mouthfeel: light body, highly carbonated

ABV: 4.2-5.3

Overall: Very refreshing and thirst quenching
Aroma: grainy or corn-like, spicy or floral hops

Appearance: pale straw to gold, white frothy head, great clarity

Flavor: crisp, dry, low level of malty sweetness, bitterness low to medium, balanced, no diacetyl

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, highly carbonated

ABV: 4.6-6.0

Overall: Refreshing and thirst quenching, although generally more filling than standard/light versions
Aroma: pleasantly grainy sweet, low spicy noble hop, low background note of DMS, no esters or diacetyl

Appearance: Medium yellow to pale gold, creamy white head, great clarity

Flavor: slightly sweet, malty profile, low to moderately low spicy noble hop, clean and malty finish; no fruit esters or diacetyl

Mouthfeel:medium body, medium carbonation, smooth maltiness, no astringency

ABV: 4.7-5.4

Overall: Malty but fully attenuated Pils malt showcase
Aroma: grainy to somewhat sweet, may have initial sulfury note and low background note of DMS, no diacetyl

Appearance: light gold to deep gold, clear with persistant white head

Flavor: balanced pils malt and noble hops, touch of malty sweetness providing a smooth yet crisply refreshing beer; no esters, no diacetyl,

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation

ABV: 4.8-6.0

Overall: Balance and smoothness are the hallmarks of this style. Malt profile of a Helles, hop character of a Pils, and is slightly stronger than both
Aroma: light grainy pils malt character, flowery or spicy noble hops, may have note of DMS and initial sulfury aroma, no esters, no diacetyl

Appearance: straw to light gold, brilliant to very clear, creamy long lasting white head

Flavor: crisp and bitter, dry to medium dry finish, moderate and well attenuated maltiness, hop bitterness dominates and lingers in finish, strictly noble hops

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, medium to high carbonation

ABV: 4.4-5.2

Overall: Crisp, clean, refreshing beer that prominently features noble German hop bitterness accentuated by sulfates in the water.
Aroma: Rich with complex malt and spicy, floral Saaz hop bouquet. Some diacetyl acceptable, no fruity esters

Appearance: very pale gold to deep burnished gold, brilliant to very clear, dense and long lasting creamy white head

Flavor: Rich, complex maltiness combined with pronounced yet soft and rounded bitterness from spicy/floral Saaz hops. Some diacetyl acceptable, bitterness prominent but never harsh, balanced aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation

ABV: 4.2-5.4

Overall Impression: Crisp, complex and well rounded yet refreshing.
Aroma: low to medium grainy, corn-like or sweet maltiness, medium to moderately high hop aroma, often classic noble hops, some DMS acceptable, no esters, or diacetyl

Appearance: yellow to deep gold color, substantial and long lasting white head, bright clarity

Flavor: Moderate to moderately high maltiness, similar in character to Continental Pilsners but lighter in intensity due to adjunct use, medium to high hop flavor from noble hops, hop bitterness should not be coarse or harsh, should be smooth and well-lagered.

Mouthfeel: medium body with rich, creamy mouthfeel. Medium to high carbonation levels

ABV: 4.5-6.0

Overall: Substantial pilsner that can stand up to Continental variaties, refreshing but with underlying American adjunct flavor
Aroma: moderately rich Vienna/Munich malt, light toastiness, no diacetyl, no esters, caramel aroma is inappropriate

Appearance: Light reddish amber to copper color, bright clarity, large, off-white persistent head

Flavor: soft, elegant malt complexity in forefront, but with firm hop bitterness to provide balanced finish. Some toasted character, no roasted or caramel flavor, fairly dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-light to medium body, gentle creaminess, moderate carbonation, smooth, moderately crisp finish, may have slight alcohol warming

ABV: 4.5-5.5

Overall: Characterized by soft, elegant maltiness that dries out in the finish to avoid becoming sweet.
Aroma: Rich Vienna/Munich malt aroma, light to moderate toasted character, no esters, no diacetyl, caramel aroma is inappropriate

Appearance: dark gold to deep orange-red, bright clarity, solid off-white foam head

Flavor: initial malty sweetness, dry finish; toasted flavor, moderate hop bitterness, hop flavor low to none; balance is toward maltiness, but no sweet finish; caramel and roasted flavors inappropriate, no diacetyl or esters

Mouthfeel: medium body, creamy texture, medium carbonation, smooth

ABV: 4.8-5.7

Overall: Smooth, clean, and rather rich, with a depth of malt character. This is one of the classic malty styles, with a maltiness that is often decribed as soft, complex,and elegant but never cloying.
Aroma: Little to no malt aroma; Medium-low to no roast and caramel, hop aroma may range from none to light spicy or floral; can have low levels of yeast character, no diacetyl

Appearance: Deep amber to dark brown, bright clarity, ruby highlights, light tan head

Flavor: moderately crisp with some low moderate levels of sweetness; slight caramel and/or roasted malt flavors, little to no hop flavors, low to medium bitterness, no diacetyl, no esters, burnt or moderately strong roasted malt flavors are a defect

Mouthfeel: light to somewhat medium body, highly carbonated but still smooth

ABV: 4.2-6.0

Overall: A somewhat sweeter version of standard/premium lager with a little more body and flavor.
Aroma: Rich, Munich malt sweetness, like bread crusts (toast),hints of chocolate, nuts, caramel, and/or toffee acceptable, slight noble hop aroma acceptable, no esters or diacetyl

Appearance: deep copper to dark brown, often with a red or garnet tint, creamy and light to medium tan head

Flavor: Dominated by rich and complex flavor of Munich malt, usu. with bread crust light flavors, can be moderately sweet, but never cloying, mild caramel, chocolate, toast or nuttiness may be present; burnt, bitter, or caramel flavors from malt inappropriate,

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-full body, moderate carbonation

ABV: 4.5-5.6

Overall: Characterized by depth and complexity of Munich malt and the accompanying melanoidins. Rich Munich flavors, but not as intense as a bock or as roasted as a schwarzbier.
Aroma: low aromatic sweetness and/or hints of roast malt; clean, neutral, or rich Munich malt flavor, may have hint of caramel. Can be coffee like but not burnt. Low noble hop aroma optional, no esters, no diacetyl

Appearance: Medium to very dark brown in color, often with deep ruby to garnet highlights, yet almost never truly black, very clear, large persistent tan colored head

Flavor: light to moderate malt flavor, bitter-chocolate palate that lasts into the finish, never burnt, medium to low bitterness, noble hop character

Mouthfeel: medium-light to medium body, moderate to moderately high carbonation, smooth with no harshness or astringency despite use of dark, roasted malts

ABV: 4.4-5.4

Overall: A dark German lager that balances roasted yet smooth malt flavors with moderate hop bitterness.
Aroma: Strong malt aroma, toasty, low spicy hop aroma, no diacetyl, little to no fruit esters, may have light DMS aroma, some alcohol may be noticeable

Appearance: Deep gold to light amber in color, great clarity, creamy, persistent white head

Flavor: Rich Continental pale malts dominates, no caramelization, moderate bitterness, clean, well-attenuated, moderately dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation, smooth and clean

ABV: 6.3-7.4

Overall Impression: A relatively pale, strong, malty lager beer. Designed to walk a fine line between blandness and too much color. Hop character is generally more apparent than in other bocks.

Comments: Can be thought of as either a pale version of a traditional bock, or a Munich Helles brewed to bock strength.
Aroma: Rich, toasty malt aroma, clean, no diacetyl, low to no fruit esters

Appearance: Light copper to brown color often with garnet highlights, great clarity despite dark color, creamy, persistent off white head

Flavor: Complex maltiness dominated by rich and toasty Munich and Vienna malts, some caramel may be present, slight sweetness on finish, no roasted or burnt character

Mouthfeel: Medium to Medium-full body, moderate to low carbonation, smooth, slight alcohol warmth may be present

ABV: 6.3-7.2

Overall Impression: A dark, strong, malty lager beer.