Amber Bitter European Beer

BJCP 2021:


The Amber Bitter European Beer category comprises a range of beers that are notably malty and often carry a caramel character, balanced with a pronounced bitterness. These beers typically present clear amber to copper hues, offering a smooth profile where the interplay of malt sweetness and hop bitterness takes center stage.

Styles included in this category draw from traditional European brewing practices, showcasing beers such as Vienna lagers which are characterized by their elegant malt complexity with toasty and bready notes. Also included in this category could be variations like Altbiers with their more robust bitter profile and assertive yet balanced hop flavor.

Unlike pale or light lagers that emphasize crispness and purity of grain flavor, or dark beers that delve into deeper roasted notes, the Amber Bitter European Beers strike a harmonious balance between the sweet and toasty nuances of malt with just enough hop bitterness to create a decidedly drinkable beer that can cater to various palates seeking depth without heaviness.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
4.1 < 5.0 < 5.9 %


In Database
17 < 28 < 52 IBU


In Database
14 < 24 < 36 EBC
7 < 12 < 18 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
10.4 < 12.5 < 14.8 °P
1.042 < 1.051 < 1.061 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
1.8 < 3.1 < 4.6 °P
1.007 < 1.012 < 1.018 FG

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