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Noble Hops: The Beer Styles Quiz
by Staff
Think you know all there is to know about your favorite beers? Crack open a cold one and take our quiz to find out!

Which of the following is the most important criteria when distinguishing between ales and lagers?

  • type of yeast
  • where it's made
  • number of additives

Which is older -- ales or lagers?

  • ales
  • lagers

Virtually all of the best-selling beers in the U.S. fall into this category.

  • adjunct lager
  • imperial
  • pale ale

How much of the world's beer is made in the pilsner style?

  • 20 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 90 percent

Before focusing on his famous stout, Arthur Guinness produced this style of beer.

  • pale ale
  • porter
  • pilsner

Forget the mass-market stuff. What's the best-selling craft beer in the U.S.?

  • IPA
  • stout
  • pilsner

Which term describes an extra-strong beer designed for export?

  • imperial
  • adjunct
  • steam beer

What does the prefix "hefe" mean when referring to Hefeweizen beers?

  • half
  • malted
  • with yeast

Which of the following beer styles is known for its nutty, malty flavor and coppery brown coloring?

  • pale ale
  • malt liquor
  • brown ale

What is another name for Oktoberfest beer?

  • marzen
  • pilsner
  • IPA

Just as Marzen is traditionally brewed in the spring, this strong German beer was typically brewed in the fall.

  • pilsner
  • bock
  • stout

This deeply colored beer is largely just a form of porter made with less water to create a bolder taste.

  • pilsner
  • brown ale
  • stout

British brewers added whole hops after brewing was complete, a process known as dry hopping, to help this brew survive the voyage from England to India in the 19th century.

  • IPA
  • brown ale
  • pilsner

Which of the following beer styles originated in California?

  • steam beer
  • imperial
  • stout

What term do the Belgians use to describe their version of the German Hefeweizen?

  • pilsner
  • Wijn
  • Wit

What two beers traditionally make up a Black and Tan?

  • Harp and Pale Ale
  • Guinness and Pilsner
  • Guinness and Harp

Which of the following is NOT considered one of the four core ingredients used to make beer?

  • malt
  • rice
  • hops

What name is used to describe the highly aromatic specialty hops used to make beer with low bitterness and plenty of rich flavor?

  • wet hops
  • herbal hops
  • noble hops

What beer-making ingredient is largely eliminated when making malt liquor?

  • hops
  • malt
  • water

Where did Pilsner originate?

  • Czech Republic
  • Belgium
  • Canada