Alternative Grain Beer

BJCP 2021:


Alternative Grain Beer is a style that celebrates the use of grains other than the typical barley used in beer brewing. This includes grains like rye, wheat, spelt, oats, millet, sorghum, and others that are less commonly used in traditional brewing practices. Beers in this category often showcase the unique qualities these alternative grains can impart on a beer's profile. The history of using alternative grains has diverse roots; many cultures have brewed with whatever cereal grains were available to them. With the global standardization of barley as the primary brewing grain, beers featuring other grains have been somewhat sidelined and relegated to being more of an experimental or specialty offering.

In terms of appearance, Alternative Grain Beers can vary widely due to the diversity in grain types. Clarity might differ from hazy to clear based on the grain's properties and whether or not it is filtered. The color spectrum can also range broadly depending on additional ingredients and the specific grain’s influence. On flavor and aromas, these beers tend to highlight characteristics imparted by their distinctive grains – some may offer earthy, spicy notes especially if rye is involved; others might contribute a creamy mouthfeel when oats are in play. It is important that these unique flavors support rather than dominate the beer’s overall profile so that it remains balanced and drinkable.



In Database
0.1 < 5.5 < 11.2 %


In Database
3 < 28 < 109 IBU


In Database
3 < 10 < 80 EBC
2 < 5 < 41 SRM

Original Extract

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0.3 < 12.9 < 23.8 °P
1.001 < 1.053 < 1.101 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
-0.1 < 2.5 < 7.0 °P
1.000 < 1.010 < 1.028 FG

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