Community Beer Wit

a guide to texas beer styles

With all of these prominent out-of-state breweries popping up in Texas, it made me think about all of the amazing beer we already have here and made in-state. ‘Texas doesn’t offer up certain styles though’ you might say. Oh really? Well check out the list we have compiled below. On any given day, we Texans have almost every single beer style available to us. Some are seasonal, some are one-offs, but a lot are year-round and can be enjoyed at all times. This beer style list comes from the Beer Judge Certification Program (with a few additions) and we tried to include as many breweries as possible. If your beer isn’t listed within a certain category, please let us know and we can add it.

Lite American Lager – Pedernales Lobo Lite, Shiner Light

Standard American Lager – Shiner Blonde

Premium American Lager – Hops & Grain Zoe, Pedernales Lobo, Twisted X Premium Lager

Dortmunder Export – Shiner Dortmunder Spring Ale

Real Ale Hans Pils

Real Ale Hans Pils

German Pilsner – Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap Pils, Real Ale Hans’ Pils, Community Texas Pils, Lakewood Zomer Pils

Bohemian Pilsener – Live Oak Pilz

Classic American Pilsner – Deep Ellum Rye Pils(ner)

Shiner with TX BBQ

Shiner with TX BBQ

Vienna Lager – Lakewood Lager, Community Vienna Lager

Oktoberfest/Marzen – Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest, Live Oak Oaktoberfest, Real Ale Oktoberfest

Dark American Lager – Shiner Bock

Mucich Dunkel – Franconia Dunkel

Schwarzbier – Live Oak Schwarzbier, Austin Beerworks Black Thunder, Shiner Black

Maibock/Helles Bock – Rahr & Sons Bucking Bock

Traditional Bock – Revolver Bock

Doppelbock – Live Oak Liberator, Real Ale 16th Anniversary

Eisbock – Franconia Eisbock (made once, no longer available)

Cedar Creek Lawn Ranger

Cedar Creek Lawn Ranger

Cream Ale – Infamous Hijack, Wimberley Brewing Co., Cedar Creek Lawn Ranger, Wicked Beaver Cream Ale, Panther Island Real Good, Braindead Brewing Gritz

Blonde Ale – Southern Star Blonde, Circle Alibi, Real Ale Fireman’s #4, Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde

Kolsch – Saint Arnold Lawnmower, Peticolas Golden Opportunity, Real Ale Brewer’s Cut #7, Rabbit Hole Mike Modano’s 561

American Wheat or Rye – Circle Wryteous Rye IPA, Guadalupe Americano, Revolver Blood and Honey, Karbach Weisse Versa, Black Star Co-op Elba, Lakewood Rock Ryder, Grapevine Monarch

Northern German Alt – Hops & Grain Alt

California Common – Real Ale Brewer’s Cut California Common

Dusseldorf Alt – Rahr & Sons Gravel Road (might be considered Northern German Alt)

Standard Bitter – Check your local brewpubs

Special Bitter – Check your local brewpubs

ESB – Independence ESB, Real Ale Phoenixx (best when served as cask), Circle Envy, Community Public Ale

Scottish 60-80 – Flix Brewhouse 10 Day Scottish Ale, Peticolas Great Scott!

Irish Red – Shannon Brewing Irish Red

Strong Scotch Ale – Texas Big Beer Renaissance Cowboy, Real Ale Highlander or Real Heavy, Guadalupe Scotch Ale

Hops & Grain Pale Dog

Hops & Grain Pale Dog

American Pale Ale – Uncle Billy’s Axe Handle Pale, Hops & Grain Pale Dog, Community Pale Ale

American Rye Pale Ale – Peticolas Rye’t On

American Amber Ale – Thristy Planet Thirsty Goat, Branchline Evil Owl, No Label Ridgeback, Saint Arnold Amber

American Brown Ale – Firewheel A Better Brown, Rabbit Hole Rapture, Real Ale Brewhouse Brown

American Red Ale – Four Corners Red’s Roja, Martin House Imperial Texan, Real Ale Red King, Peticolas Velvet Hammer, Four Corners Boss Lady

English Pale Ale – Peticolas Royal Scandal, Pinthouse Pizza Iron Genny (hybrid American/English)

Mild – Jester King Commericial Suicide, Brewpubs (Draught House, Barber Shop)

Southern English Brown – ??

Northern English Brown – Real Ale Brewhouse Brown

Brown Porter – Brewpubs

Four Corners Block Party

Four Corners Block Party

Robust Porter – Four Corners Block Party, Rogness OST Porter, (512) Whiskey Barrel Double Pecan Porter, Texas Big Beer Texas Crude

Baltic Porter – Hops & Grain Baltic Porter

Dry Stout – Pinthouse Pizza

Sweet Stout – Lakewood Temptress, No Label Elda M Milk Stout

Oatmeal Stout – Independence Convict Hill, Armadillo Ale Works Quakertown Stout

Oyster Stout – Real Ale Oyster Stout (Brewer’s Cut), Bearded Eel Shucking Stout

Foreign Extra Stout – Braindead Brewing Export Stout

American Stout – (512) Cascabel Cream Stout, Revolver Mother’s Little Fracker

Russian Imperial Stout – Austin Beerworks Sputnik, Real Ale 15th Anniversary, Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout, Bearded Eel THE Stout, Real Ale Commissar

English IPA – Pedernales Classic IPA, Revolver Mullet Cutter

Texas Ale Project 50 Ft Jackrabbit IPA

Texas Ale Project 50 Ft Jackrabbit IPA

American IPA – Take your pick, almost everyone has one

Imperial IPA – Again, many have IIPAs ((512), Austin Beerworks, Rogness, Karbach, etc…)

Black IPA/CDA – (512) Black IPA, Austin Beerworks Heavy Machinery

Belgian IPA – Lakewood Hop Trapp

Weizen/Weissbier – Live Oak Hefe, Pedernales, No Label Hefe, Circle Blur, Guadalupe El Hefe

Dunkelweizen – Shiner Dunkelweizen

Weizenbock – NXNW, Live Oak Primus

Roggenbier – Live Oak Roggenbier

Witbier – (512) Wit, Soon-To-Be Celis (the original), Deep Ellum Farmhouse Wit, Community Witbier, Adelbert’s Naked Nun (also Barrel Aged version), Bearded Eel Purple Unicorn

Belgian Pale Ale – Hops & Grain BPA, Saint Arnold Icon

Saison – South Austin Brewing Saison D’Austin, Karbach Barn Burner, Freetail, Jester King Mad Meg, Armadillo Ale Works Greenbelt

Biere de Garde – Rogness Beardy Guard, Adelbert’s Scratchin’ Hippo

Belgian Specialty Ale – Adelbert’s Flying Monks or Black Rhino

Berliner Weisse – Jester King Bonnie the Rare, Austin Beerworks Einhorn, Namaste Austinerweisse, Independence Red Bud, Live Oak Berliner Weisse

Flanders Red – Jester King RU-55, Collective Brewing Project Flanders Red

Flanders Brown – Jester King Ol’ Oi

Lambics – Jester King soon to have authentic lambic style beer

Belgian Blond Ale – Adelbert’s Rambler Ale

Belgian Dubbel – Adelbert’s Dancin’ Monks

Peticolas A Lost Epic

Peticolas A Lost Epic

Belgian Tripel – (512) 3, Namaste Brewing, Real Ale Devil’s Backbone, Peticolas A Lost Epic, Community Tripel

Belgian Golden Strong – South Austin Brewing Belgian Golden

Belgian Dark Strong – Ranger Creek La Bestia Aimable, Adelbert’s Flyin’ Monks

Old Ale – (512) 4, Independence Jasperilla, Southern Star Potentate

English Barleywine – Ranger Creek Small Batch #3

American Barleywine – Real Ale Sisyphus, Live Oak Treehugger, Deep Ellum Numb Comfort

Fruit Beer – Jester King Atrial Rubicite, Ranger Creek Strawberry Milk Stout, Twisted X Fuego (Jalapeno Pilsner. Scientifically jalapenos are fruit, but this might go under American Pilsner as well)

Traditional Ale (Sahti, Gose) – Jester King Gotlandsricka/Viking Metal, Real Ale Gose

Spice, Herb, Veggie Beer – Lakewood Punkel, Guadalupe Honey Ale, Rogness Yogi, Freetail Spirulina Wit, A lot of Freetail

Christmas/Winter – Almost all have a Holiday special beer (Rogness Holiday, Deep Ellum Darkest Hour, Community Regalement)

Rauchbier – Circle Smokin’ Beech, Cedar Creek Scruffy’s Smoked Alt

Other Smoke – Thirsty Planet Franklin Smoked Porter, Live Oak Smoketoberfest, Deep Ellum Rocktoberfest

Wood Aged – So many now (Jester King, Hops & Grain, Real Ale, Pinthouse Pizza, Karbach, Lakewood, etc…)

Texas has a large selection of brewpubs and they usually offer up many different styles. Also craft beer bars like Craft Pride in Austin or LUCK in Dallas are easy ways to not only support local, but to expand your palate and try different styles. Most breweries also offer tours/tasting rooms on the weekends which is another great way to try their beer fresh and get to know your brewers. Check ’em out, and drink up! And remember, support your local brewers. Cheers!

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