Serving temperatures for different styles of beer

Summer is here in full force and it may have you thinking about the “ice cold beer” of the country songs and TV beer commercials. That works great for many commercial lagers and light beers, and to some extent it depends on personal taste. On the other hand, most craft beers will have a lot more flavor served closer to room temperature.

Check below for your favorite style, or maybe try it at a couple different temperatures to compare.

Very Cold: 32-40 degrees

  • American Adjunct Lagers (“Macros”)
  • Malt Liquors
  • Light or low alcohol beers

Cold: 40-45 degrees

  • Pilsner
  • Light-bodied lagers
  • Kolsch
  • Belgian Wit
  • Hefeweizen
  • Berliner Weisse
  • American Wheat

Cool: 45-50 degrees

  • American Pale Ales
  • Medium-bodied lagers
  • India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Porters
  • Irish Stouts
  • Sweet Stout

Cellar Temp: 50-55 degrees

  • Sour Ales
  • Lambic/Gueuze
  • English Bitter
  • Strong Ales
  • Baltic Porters
  • Bocks
  • Scotch Ales
  • Belgian Ales
  • Trappist Ales

Warm: 55-60 degrees

  • Imperial Stouts
  • Belgian Quads
  • Belgian Strong Ales
  • Barley Wines
  • Old Ales