The Perfectly Average Beer
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.