Historical Beer

BJCP 2021:


The Historical Beer category encompasses a variety of beer styles that have roots in specific historical contexts and are often revivals of ancient or obsolete brewing traditions. This category sets itself apart by offering a diverse portfolio of beers, each with unique characteristics tied to different time periods and geographical locations. Historical Beers are generally not bounded by the strict guidelines that define many contemporary styles, given their heritage and the sometimes limited information regarding their original brewing processes.

This dynamic category includes beers like Kellerbier, Lichtenhainer, and Sahti, among others – each possessing its distinct profile. For instance, Lichtenhainer is German style known for its smoky sourness. On the other hand, Sahti is a Finnish beer incorporating juniper alongside traditional ale ingredients, with a strong malt presence. These styles, though resurrected in modern craft brewing, provide drinkers with an authentic taste experience deeply rooted in history, distinguishing them from more commonly found beer styles standardized across the globe today.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
2.9 < 5.1 < 8.9 %


In Database
7 < 23 < 44 IBU


In Database
5 < 21 < 54 EBC
3 < 11 < 27 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
7.3 < 12.5 < 21.2 °P
1.029 < 1.051 < 1.089 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
1.1 < 3.0 < 6.1 °P
1.004 < 1.012 < 1.024 FG

Popularity Over Time

Most Used Yeasts

Most Used Hops

Dosage of Hops

Hop Pairings

Brewing Recipes