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The Perfectly Average Beer

2012 January 7
by Mad Alchemist

What’s the Perfectly Average Beer? Well, it’s all of the averages from the 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines in one beer. I was surprised after entering all of the data that the average beer is roughly what I would expect an average beer to look like. For example, the average bitterness ratio (BU:GU) is almost exactly 0.5, which I’ve always considered perfectly balanced for most malt bills.

Want the short version? The Perfectly Average Beer looks like this:

  • ABV: 5.8%
  • IBU: 28.6
  • SRM: 14
  • OG: 1.058
  • FG: 1.013
  • Bitterness Ratio: 0.5

Want some more details? I’m happy to oblige!

Alcohol By Volume ABV Low: 4.95% ABV High: 6.71% ABV Avg: 5.83%
Bitterness IBU Low: 20.68 IBU High: 36.51 IBU Avg: 28.60
Color SRM Low: 10.07 SRM High: 17.97 SRM Avg: 14.02
Original Gravity OG Low: 1.050 OG High: 1.065 OG Avg: 1.058
Final Gravity FG Low: 1.009 FG High: 1.016 FG Avg: 1.013
Attenuation Apparent Atten Avg: 76.55% Real Atten Avg: 62.71%
Bitterness Ratio IBU/OG Avg: 0.496

Want even MORE? Well, you’ll have to wait. I’m working up another post about beer balance and how attenuation figures into it, and I have a massive chart of all the style guidelines I’ll link at that time. Until then, enjoy knowing what the Perfectly Average Beer looks like.

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