We Asked 15 Brewers: What’s the Most Overrated Beer Style? (2024)

Overrated can be a loaded word, and it’s often hurled at whatever style the latest tastemakers have deemed to be on its way out. Among them are some of the more hype-y styles shaking up the industry since the craft beer boom. Some people scoff at these popular beers, while others line up to snag the first tastes of them. Some brewers just see them as filling up tank space that could have gone to something more exciting and innovative.

The beer industry had a difficult year in 2023, and perhaps some of its stalwarts are beginning to feel a bit stale. Is beer simply facing massive growing pains? And if the industry is entering a new stage, does it need to leave behind some styles to make room for the new? Here, we asked 15 brewers which beer styles they feel are the most overrated. From hazy IPAs to pastry stouts to smoothies lactosed within an inch of their lives, here are the ones the pros believe have been given more credit than they’re due.

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Last Call: Submit Your Brews and Ciders for Global Recognition at The International Brewing & Cider Award

Elevate your brews and ciders to global acclaim at The International Brewing & Cider Awards – the ‘Oscars’ of the industry. Submit your entries by January 31, 2024, for a chance to gain worldwide recognition, enhance brand visibility and showcase your products.

Time is running out to seize the chance to catapult your beer and cider to worldwide acclaim at The International Brewing & Cider Awards – often hailed as the ‘Oscars’ of the brewing and cider industry. The registration window for this prestigious event closes on January 31, 2024.

The Awards offer an unparalleled opportunity for brewers and cidermakers to have their creations evaluated by a panel of globally renowned, actively practicing professionals in the field. Committed to acknowledging and rewarding excellence within the brewing and cider world, these experts bring a wealth of experience to the judging process.

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