Beer Serving Temperature by Style

Beer Serving Temperature

Did you know that not all beers are created the same when it comes to their serving temperature?

Beer styles are unique and different from their counterparts. Novice beer drinkers presume that a dark stout is going to be heavier than the clear beer they are used to drinking. Sometimes a dark deep rich oatmeal stout is heavier than a blonde or golden ale, other times it’s a bright unsuspecting amber that is the heavier choice. Whatever style of beer you prefer you should take into account the recommended beer serving temperature. I say recommended instead of correct, because like I say in previous posts don’t be a beer snob. Let people enjoy their beer. The craft industry is 90% asshole free. Let’s keep it that way.

Originally, I was going to write this post out by beer style. Discovering how many beers fall into a specific temperature, I decided to organize by temperature instead. Enjoy! (all temps in Farenheight)

  • 33-40 degrees
    • American Macro Brews
    • American Light Lagers
  • 38-45 degrees
    • Pale Lagers
    • Pilsners
  • 40-45 degrees
    • Cream Ales
    • Blondes
    • Nitro Stouts
  • 42-48 degrees 
    • Wheat Beers
    • Lambics
  • 45-50 degrees
    • Dark Lagers
    • Pale Ales
    • IPAs
    • Stouts
    • Porters
  • 50-55 degrees 
    • Strong Lagers
    • Cask Ales
    • Belgian Dubbels

These are some broad examples of beer serving temperature and their correct styles, but it is a good starting point. That being said we generally drink our beers too cold. We’ve been trained that way. Macro-breweries (the big guys) have always kept their beer super cold because the colder the beer the less flavor. When you let a beer warm up a bit you get more aroma, better carbonation, and can taste more of the complexity of the beer.  Do you know what happens if it’s not served perfectly correct? Nothing, except you still get to drink a delicious beer. So it’s really a win-win.

Here’s a nice info-graph with most of the same information for easy reference.

beer serving temperature info graph










– Drink Up, SlyePup

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