These categories are determined by a combination of many factors. Some which  include; GABF styles, BJCP styles, and importantly what brewers in the State of  California are currently creating. As such, these style categories possibly could and should change from year to year. 

The head judge reserves the right to combine classes when the number of entries warrants. 

LAGER BEER STYLES 

  • Standard American Lager
  1. American Light Lager
  2. Northern American-Style Lager
  3. American Style Malt Liquor
  • International Lager
  1. Pale Lager
  2. Amber Lager 
  3. Dark Lager 
  • American-Style Pilsner or International-Style Pilsner
  1. Pre-Prohibition Pilsner
  2. European-Style Pilsner 
  3. German-Style Pilsner
  • Bohemian-Style Pilsner (Czech Lager)
  1. Czech Pale Lager
  2. Czech Dark Lager 
  • Pale European Beer
  1. Kellerbier or Zwickelbier
  2. German Leichtbier
  3. European-Style Export/Dortmunder
  • Munich-Style Helles
  • German/Vienna-Style Märzen 
  1. Vienna Lager
  2. Märzen/Oktoberfestbier
  • European-Style Dark Beer
  1. Munich Dunkel
  2. Schwarzbier
  • Bock
  1. Helles Bock/Maibock
  2. Traditional German-Style Bock
  • German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock
  1. Doppelbock
  2. Eisbock

HYBRID/MIXED ALES OR LAGERS & SPECIALTY STYLES

  • American Style Cream Ale
  • Kölsch 
  • German-Style Altbier
  • California Common
  • Baltic-Style Porter
  • American-Style Wheat Beer
  • German-Style Wheat Ale
  1. Kristal Weizen
  2. Hefeweizen
  3. Dunkelweizen
  4. Weizenbock
  • Berliner-Style Weisse*
  • Gose*
  1. Leipzig-Style Gose
  2. Contemporary Gose
  • Rye Beer* 
  1. Rye Beer
  2. German-Style Rye ale 
  • American-Style Fruit Beer*
  1. Fruit beer 
  2. Fruit & Spice Beer 
  • Pumpkin Beer*
  • Herb & Spice Beer*
  • Coffee Beer*
  • Chocolate Beer*
  • Smoked Beer
  1. Bamberg-Style Rauchbier
  2. Smoked Porter 
  3. Other Smoked Beer 

III. ALE STYLES

  • Historical Beer Styles 
  1. Lichtenhainer
  2. Grodziskie
  3. Adambier
  4. Kentucky Common
  5. London Brown Ale 
  6. Pre-Prohibition Porter 
  7. Finnish-Style Sahti
  • Blonde or Golden Ale
  • British Mild & Bitters
  1. English-Style Mild Ale
  2. Ordinary Bitter
  3. Special Bitter
  4. Extra Special Bitter
  • Standard British Ales
  1. English-Style Pale Ale
  2. English-Style Brown Ale 
  3. English-Style Porter/Brown Porter
  • British Strong Ales
  1. Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale
  2. Old Ale 
  3. English Barleywine 
  4. Other British Strong Ales
  • Scottish Ale
  1. Scottish Light
  2. Scottish Heavy
  3. Scottish Export 
  • Irish Red Ale
  • Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
  • Stouts (Dry) 
  1. Foreign Extra Stout
  2. Oatmeal Stout
  • Stouts (Sweet)
  1. Milk Stout/Cream Stout
  2. Tropical Stout 
  • Imperial Stouts 
  1. American Style Imperial Stout
  2. British Style Imperial Stout
  • American Amber & Brown Ales 
  1. American Amber Ale
  2. American Brown Ale 
  • American Porter & Stout
  1. American Porter 
  2. Robust Porter 
  3. American Stout  
  • American Pale Ale
  • English-Style India Pale Ale
  • American-Style India Pale Ale
  • New England-Style India Pale Ale
  • American Imperial IPA
  1. Double IPA
  2. Triple IPA 
  • Specialty IPA
  1. Belgian IPA
  2. Black IPA 
  3. Brown IPA 
  4. Red IPA 
  5. Rye IPA 
  6. White IPA 
  7. Brut IPA 
  8. Other Specialty*
  • Strong American Ale
  1. American Barleywine
  2. Wheatwine Ale
  3. Imperial Porter 
  4. Other American Strong Ales
  • Belgian-Style Witbier
  • Classic Saison
  • Specialty Saison*
  • Belgian & French-Style Ale
  1. Belgian Table Beer
  2. Belgian Blond Ale 
  3. Belgian Pale Ale 
  4. Grisette
  5. Biere de Garde 
  6. Other Belgian/French-Style Ales
  • Belgian Strong Ale
  1. Belgian Pale Strong Ale 
  2. Belgian Dark Strong Ale 
  3. Belgian Strong Specialty Ale 
  • Trappist Style Ale
  1. Trappist Blond/Single/Extra 
  2. Trappist Dubbel
  3. Trappist Tripel
  4. Trappist Quadrupel
  • Belgian Sour Ale
  1. Oud Bruin
  2. Flanders Red Ale 
  3. Other Belgian-Style Sour Ale* 
  • Belgian-Style Lambic
  1. Lambic 
  2. Geuze 
  3. Fruit Lambic*
  • American Wild Ale
  1. Brett Beer
  2. Mixed Culture Beer*
  3. Wild Specialty Beer*
  • Wood- and Barrel-Aged (stored in barrels previously containing wine, port, or sherry*)
  • Wood- and Barrel-Aged (stored in barrels previously containing spirits, i.e. brandy, bourbon, gin, rum, rye, scotch, tequila, and other whiskey)*
  • Alternative Fermentable Beer* 
  1. Alternative Grain Beer 
  2. Alternative Sugar Beer 
  3. Honey Beer 
  • Experimental Beer* 
  • Session Beer (beer less than or equal to 5% abv. that doesn’t already fit in a category)*
  • Chili Beer* 

 

IV. Other Styles

  • Hard Seltzer*
  • Kombucha*

 

*Please include specialty information about your beer for accurate judging