...the style guideline committee made a completely different choice in terms of whether or not a beer different than what was being described should be included as a classic example.
I find that there's quite a few listed classic examples that do not agree with the actual beer style.
I often wonder if it's because head brewers and subsequently recipes change over time, or the style guidelines were really that far off when they were last revised.
I mean I was graduating high school in 2004, and I'm not sure how many classic examples changed from the 2004 to 2008 style guidelines revision because I wasn't really interested in judging beers during college.
That is certainly possible but I don't think it is the case with Negra Modelo, both because it is an industrial product and because I have been drinking it that long.
Their are other really odd classic examples like Sam Adams Light in 1A. I would like to think that beer used to be very different.