Greek Beer Awards

Judging Process

The guidelines for our respectful judges and participants

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

1.01 Pale Lager
1.02 Modern Lager
1.03 International Lager
1.04 Red Lager
1.05 Amber Lager
1.06 Dark Lager
1.07 Pils/Pilsener
1.08 Modern Pilsner
1.09 Flavored Lager
1.10 Specialty Lager

2. Ales

2.01 Pale Ale
2.02 Red Ale
2.03 Amber Ale
2.04 Brown Ale
2.05 Dark Ale
2.06 India Pale Ale
2.07 Modern India Pale Ale
2.08 Imperial India Pale Ale
2.09 Stout
2.10 Porter
2.11 Strong Stout & Porter
2.12 German Weiss
2.13 Wheat Beer (American Wheat, Belgian Wit etc)
2.14 Farmhouse Ale
2.15 Saison
2.16 Barrel Aged
2.17 Smoked Ale
2.18 Grape Ale
2.19 Flavored & Pastry Ale
2.20 Fruit-Flavored Ale
Specialty Ale

3. No/LOW Alcohol & Radlers

3.01 Low Alcohol (>1,2%)
3.02 No Alcohol (>0,05%)
3.03 Lemon Radler
3.04 Other Radler

*Additions 2024

New tasting process

Beginning in 2024 the judging process will change. One more tasting round will be added before the decision on the medals and top of each type.

All beers will be judged in the first round. Then in the second round, all beers that have been evaluated for any medal will be judged again, in order to have the finalists. In both rounds, judges will keep notes for the feedback.

If there is anything that does not allow the judges for a clear decision on the Top Lager and Top Ale, then a third round only for those beers will be held.

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SCORE 71-80

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Score 81-90

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Score 91-100

top aLE & Lager

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