Standard American Beer

BJCP 2021:


The Standard American Beer category encompasses a group of styles that evolved from traditional European beers but have been adapted to American tastes and ingredients. This category is defined by clean, light flavors and typically uses American hop varieties, which may impart a range of flavors from subtle to more pronounced, depending on the style. It includes both ales and lagers.

Styles within this category vary from light and crisp lawnmower beers such as American Light Lager and Cream Ale, to more full-flavored offerings like the American Lager and California Common. These beers are generally known for their straightforward character, high drinkability, and clear golden to amber hues. They tend to focus on balance rather than complexity, with malt sweetness often subdued to highlight the clean fermentation profiles and mild hop bitterness. The use of adjuncts like corn or rice in several sub-styles helps achieve a lighter body and flavor profile. This category is distinct in its embrace of modern production methods and ingredients that yield approachable beers suited for a broad audience.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
3.9 < 5.0 < 6.0 %


In Database
9 < 19 < 34 IBU


In Database
4 < 7 < 12 EBC
2 < 4 < 6 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
9.2 < 12.1 < 14.7 °P
1.037 < 1.049 < 1.060 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
1.3 < 2.9 < 4.3 °P
1.005 < 1.011 < 1.017 FG

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