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Comparing Beer Styles: Final Gravity

A beer’s final gravity, measured after fermentation, is less than the original gravity of the wort because some of the sugars have been turned into alcohol, which is less dense. The final gravity affects the mouthfeel of a beer, and whether the finished product is satisfying. Too low of a final gravity will result in a beer that tastes 'thin'. The difference between the original gravity and the final gravity directly determines the beer's strength.

Beer Style Family

Final Gravity (SG)

Abbey Ale

1.012 - 1.022

Amber Lager

1.011 - 1.018

American Ale

1.006 - 1.018

Belgian and French Ale

1.008 - 1.024

Bock

1.012 - 1.035

Dark Lager

1.009 - 1.018

English Ale

1.004 - 1.018

German Ale

1.008 - 1.017

Lambic

1.003 - 1.012

Pale Lager

1.002 - 1.015

Pilsener

1.006 - 1.019

Porter

1.008 - 1.024

Scottish and Irish Ale

1.008 - 1.027

Specialty Beers

1.003 - 1.016

Stout

1.008 - 1.030

Strong Ale and Barleywine

1.013 - 1.031

Wheat Beer

1.002 - 1.025

 

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