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Comparing Beer Styles: Color

Beers vary widely in color, and range from light straw to amber to black. If you want to get a good look at your brew’s true colors, hold it up to the light. Brewing malts and grains determine what color your beer will be and standard scales, either the Standard Research Method (SRM) or the European Brewing Convention (EBC), quantify distinct color values. Usually, the color value derives from a visual comparison of a beer to a reference patch of colors.

Beer Style Family

Color (SRM)

Abbey Ale

5 - 18

Amber Lager

6 - 14

American Ale

2 - 22

Belgian and French Ale

3 - 22

Bock

4 - 47

Dark Lager

10 - 37

English Ale

5 - 34

German Ale

3 - 19

Lambic

4 - 15

Pale Lager

2 - 8

Pilsener

2 - 6

Porter

17 - 32

Scottish and Irish Ale

9 - 38

Specialty Beers

1 - 20

Stout

20 - 37

Strong Ale and Barleywine

10 - 22

Wheat Beer

2 - 27

 

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