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Category: Ale

Style Description

This is the description of how the Adambier style of beer should taste, feel and look. However, there may be perfectly fine beers in this style that fall outside of these ranges and descriptions. This information is just to show the most commonly accepted ranges for the Adambier beer style.

The style originated in Dortmund and is a strong, dark, hoppy ale which may or may not be sour. It may also be extensively aged in wooden barrels. Traditional versions may have a low or medium-low degree of smokiness. Adambier may or may not use wheat in its formulation. Smoke character may be absent in contemporary versions. Fruited versions of this style which exhibit attributes of wood-aging should be categorized as fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beers. Fruited versions of this style which do not exhibit attributes of wood-aging should be categorized as Fruit Wheat Beers.

  • Color: Light brown to very dark
  • Body: Medium to full
  • Malt Flavors & Aromas: Toast and caramel malt aroma and flavor may be present. Astringency from highly roasted malt should not be present.
  • Hop Flavors & Aromas: Low, with attributes typical of traditional non-hybrid European hop varieties.
  • IBUs/Bitterness: Low to medium
  • Fermentation Characteristics: A cool ale fermentation is typically used. Extensive aging and acidification of this beer can mask malt and hop character to varying degrees. Aging in barrels may contribute some level of Brettanomyces and lactic character.

Brewing Properties of Adambier

These are the functional brewing properties of Adambier beers, as descided by the Brewers Association. These guidelines reflect, as accurately as possible, the historical significance, authenticity or a common profile in the current commercial beer market.

The alcohol by volume is shows the amount of alcohol this style of beer should have.
9.0 - 11.0%
The International Bittering Units (IBU) scale is used to approximately quantify the actual (not perceived) bitterness of beer.
30 - 50 IBUs
SRM is a scale for measuring the color intensity of a beer. Low SRM grains impart a pale straw color while higher values mean it will add a darker color to the wort. Learn more »
15 - 35 SRM
(30 - 69 EBC)
Original Gravity
Original Gravity (OG) is a measure of the sugar content in the wort before alcoholic fermentation has started to produce the beer.
1.070 - 1.090
Final Gravity
The Final Gravity (FG) is how much sugar is left over in the beer when fermentation is complete.
1.010 - 1.020

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Based on Brewers Association 2020 Beer Style Guidelines with changes. Used with permission of Brewers Association.