Greek Beer Awards

Judging Process

The guidelines for our respectful  judges

Judging needs its experts!

Judging panels are responsibility of the Head Judge. The judges follow the ABA standards. To judge your samples in the right way, it is important to submit it in the proper category and fill the details for your beer (bottle conditioned, haze, unfiltered, unpasteurized).

The main philosophy of the competition is to award beers for their complexity in aroma and taste. Beers with off-flavours or negative impression, loose points. The last element to look at is “fit-to-style”.

Every sample is evaluated by each judge, who is adding notes and points for every evaluation part on the form. The feedback is sent anonymously to you, without name and points, after the awards evening. If anything negative comes to judges attention, the judge’s table can ask for a second sample from this beer. In possible equal scores, judges may taste the beers again to judge which of them will get the lead.

The above decisions are made only by the Head Judge, who is also responsible for the samples classification and flights as well as the judges panel. The Head Judge is not participating at the tasting and has the obligation to remind the philosophy of the competition to the judges. Greek Beer Awards invites judges from abroad in order to ensure the integrity and transparency of the tasting process and the outcome. The organization in agreement with the head judge reserves the right to merge categories.


1. Lagers

1.1 Pale Lager
1.2 Red/Amber Lager
1.3 Dark Lager
1.4 Pils/Pilsener
1.5 Specialty Lager

2. Ales

2.1 Pale Ale
2.2 Red Ale
2.3 Amber Ale
2.4 Brown Ale
2.5 Dark Ale
2.6 India Pale Ale
2.7 Stout & Porter
2.8 German Weiss
2.9 Wheat Beer (American Wheat, Belgian Wit etc)
2.10 Barrel Aged
2.11 Saison
2.12 Specialty Ale

3. No/LOW Alcohol & Radlers

3.1 Low Alcohol (>1,2%)
3.2 No Alcohol (>0,05%)
3.3 Lemon Radler
3.4 Other Radler

The top rated aLE

THE top rated Lager

Score 91-100

Score 81-90

SCORE 71-80

Maurizio Maestrelli

2023 Head Judge

Journalist and author. Responsible for the Italian magazine “Il Barman”. Judge and table leader in various international competitions for beers and spirits. Member of the Greek Beer Awards judges in 2018 and 2021.

Leading the process

The head of judges

The head judge is a well respected and experienced person, chosen by the organizers to fulfill the following responsibilities:

Decide if any categories should merge

Decide whether a sample is accepted at the competition and in the right category

Decide the flight order

Choose the judging panel

Inform the judges for the rules & regulations

Remind the competition philosophy to the judges

Clear any judging process conflict

Monitoring the process