American-Style Malt Liquor Style
- Color: Straw to gold
- Clarity: Appearance should be clear. Chill haze should not be present
- Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Some malt sweetness is present
- Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Not present
- Perceived Bitterness: Very low
- Fermentation Characteristics: Fruity esters and complex alcohol aromas and ﬂavors are acceptable at low levels. Alcohol should not be solvent-like. Diacetyl should not be present.
- Body: Low to medium-low
- Additional notes: Beers of this style are varied in character. Some malt liquors are only slightly stronger than American lagers, while others approach bock strength.
American-Style Malt Liquor Vital Statistics
- Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.050-1.060 (12.4-14.7 °Plato)
- Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.004-1.010 (1-2.6 °Plato)
- Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 5.0%-6.0% (6.3%-7.6%)
- Bitterness (IBU) 12-23
- Color SRM (EBC) 2-6(4-12 EBC)
2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines used with permission of Brewers Association.
Credit: 2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines – Lager Styles – North American Origin Lager Styles – American-Style Malt Liquor