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American-Style Malt Liquor

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Location: North American
Category: Lager

Style Description

This is the description of how the American-Style Malt Liquor 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 American-Style Malt Liquor beer style.

Beers of this style are varied in character. Some malt liquors are only slightly stronger than American lagers, while others approach bock strength.

  • Color: Straw to gold
  • Body: Low to medium-low
  • Malt Flavors & Aromas: Some malt sweetness is present
  • Hop Flavors & Aromas: Not present
  • IBUs/Bitterness: Very low
  • Fermentation Characteristics: Fruity esters and complex alcohol aromas and flavors are acceptable at low levels. Alcohol should not be solvent-like. Diacetyl should not be present.

Brewing Properties of American-Style Malt Liquor

These are the functional brewing properties of American-Style Malt Liquor 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.
6.3 - 7.6%
The International Bittering Units (IBU) scale is used to approximately quantify the actual (not perceived) bitterness of beer.
12 - 23 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 »
2 - 6 SRM
(4 - 12 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.
1.050 - 1.060
Final Gravity
The Final Gravity (FG) is how much sugar is left over in the beer when fermentation is complete.
1.004 - 1.010

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