2018 National Homebrew Competition Styles

2018 National Homebrew Competition Styles

The National Homebrew Competition (NHC) styles are determined by the AHA Competition Subcommittee using the Beer Judge Certification Program’s 2015 Style Guidelines and previous years’ data. The following is a list of BJCP subcategories reorganized from the BJCP’s 2015 Guidelines into NHC Styles. NHC Styles are listed in bold, while BJCP subcategories falling within NHC styles are listed beneath.

Entries entered in the following 2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) subcategories will require specialty information and instructions: 7C, 9A, 10C, 21B, 23F, 24C, 25B, 27J, 28A, 28B, 28C, 29A, 29B, 29C, 30A, 30B, 30C, 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B, 34A, 34B, 34C, 35A, 35B, 35C, 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36E, 37A, 37B, 38A, 38B, 38C, 39A, 39B, 39C, 39D, 39E, 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D, 40E, 40F.

*Special Ingredients Required


Pale American Beer

1A.   American Light Lager

1B.   American Lager

1C.   Cream Ale

1D.   American Wheat Beer

18A. Blonde Ale

Pale European Beer

2A.   International Pale Lager

4A.   Munich Helles

4B.   Festbier

5A.   German Leichtbier

5B.    Kölsch

5C.   German Helles Exportbier

Pilsner

3A.   Czech Pale Lager

3B.   Czech Premium Pale Lager

5D.   German Pils

27F.  Pre-Prohibition Lager

Amber European Beer

2B.   International Amber Lager

3C.   Czech Amber Lager

6A.   Märzen

7A.   Vienna Lager

7B.   Altbier

7C.   Kellerbier*

Dark European Lager

2C. International Dark Lager

3D.   Czech Dark Lager

8A.   Munich Dunkel

8B.   Schwarzbier

Strong European Lager

4C.   Helles Bock

6C.   Dunkles Bock

9A.   Doppelbock*

9B.   Eisbock

9C.   Baltic Porter

German Wheat Beer

10A.  Weissbier

10B.  Dunkles Weissbier

10C.  Weizenbock*

27H.  Roggenbier

27I.    Sahti

Pale British Ale

11A. Ordinary Bitter

11B.  Best Bitter

11C.  Strong Bitter

12A.  British Golden Ale

12B.  Australian Sparkling Ale

12C.  English IPA

Scottish & Irish Ale

14A.  Scottish Light

14B.  Scottish Heavy

14C.  Scottish Export

15A.  Irish Red Ale

American Pale Ale (18B)

Amber & Brown American Ale

19A.  American Amber Ale

19B.  California Common

19C.  American Brown Ale

27B.  Kentucky Common

Brown British Beer

13A.  Dark Mild

13B.  British Brown Ale

13C.  English Porter

27D.  London Brown Ale

British & Irish Stout

15B.  Irish Stout

15C.  Irish Extra Stout

16A.  Sweet Stout

16B.  Oatmeal Stout

16C.  Tropical Stout

16D.  Foreign Extra Stout

American Porter & Stout

20A.  American Porter

20B.  American Stout

27G.  Pre-Prohibition Porter

Imperial Stout (20C)

American IPA (21A)

Specialty IPA (all)* (21B)

Strong American Ale

22A.  Double IPA

22B.  American Strong Ale

22C.  American Barleywine

22D.  Wheatwine

Strong UK Ale

17A.  English Strong Ale

17B.  Old Ale

17C.  Wee Heavy

17D.  English Barleywine

Saison (25B)*

Belgian Ale

24A.  Witbier

24B.  Belgian Pale Ale

24C.  Biere de Garde*

25A.  Belgian Blond Ale

26A.  Trappist Single

34A.  Clone Beer (Belgian Styles)

Strong Belgian Ale

25C.  Belgian Golden Strong Ale

26B.  Belgian Dubbel

26C.  Belgian Tripel

26D.  Belgian Dark Strong Ale

European Sour Ale

23A.  Berliner Weisse

23B.  Flanders Red Ale

23C.  Oud Bruin

23D.  Lambic

23E.  Gueuze

23F.  Fruit Lambic*

27A.  Historical: Gose

Fruit Beer

29A.  Fruit Beer*

29B.  Fruit and Spice Beer*

29C.  Specialty Fruit Beer*

Spiced Beer

30A.  Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer*

30B.  Autumn Seasonal Beer*

30C.  Winter Seasonal Beer*

Smoke-Flavored & Wood-Aged Beer

6B.   Rauchbier

27C. Lichtenhainer

27E.  Piwo Grodziskie

32A.  Classic Style Smoked Beer*

32B.  Specialty Smoked Beer*

33A.  Wood-Aged Beer*

33B.  Specialty Wood-Aged*

American Wild Ale

28A.  Brett Beer*

28B.  Mixed Ferm. Sour Beer*

28C.  Soured Fruit Beer*

Specialty Beer

31A.  Alternative Grain Beer*

31B.  Alternative Sugar Beer*

34D.  Clone Beer (non-Belgian)*

34B.  Mixed-Style Beer*

34C.  Experimental Beer*

27J.   Other Historical Beer*

Traditional Mead

35A.  Dry Mead*

35B.  Semi-Sweet Mead*

35C.  Sweet Mead*

Fruit Mead

36A.  Cyser*

36B.  Pyment*

36C.  Berry Mead*

36D.  Stone Fruit Mead*

36E.   Melomel*

Spice & Specialty Mead

37A.  Fruit & Spice Mead*

37B.  Spice, Herb, Vegetable Mead*

38A.  Braggot*

38B.  Historical Mead*

38C.  Experimental Mead*

Standard Cider & Perry

39A.  New World Cider*

39B.  English Cider*

39C.  French Cider*

39D.  New World Perry*

39E.  Traditional Perry*

Specialty Cider & Perry

40A.  New England Cider*

40B.  Cider with Other Fruit*

40C.  Applewine*

40D.  Ice Cider*

40E.  Cider with Herbs/Spices*

40F.  Specialty Cider/Perry*

Homebrewers Association
Homebrewers Association