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Judging Process

The guidelines for our respectful judges and participants

Judging needs its experts!

Judging panels are responsibility of the Head Judge. The categories guidelines for the judges are based on 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 (yeast, barrel, fruits or other ingredients, bottle conditioned, haze, unfiltered, unpasteurized), please refer to the guidelines.

The main philosophy of the competition is to award beers for their complexity in aroma and taste. Great beers at all! 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 or split categories.

Categories

1. Bottom Fermentation

101 Pale Lager
102 Modern Lager
103 International Lager
104 Red Lager
105 Amber Lager
106 Dark Lager
107 Pils/Pilsener
108 Modern Pilsner
109 Flavored Lager
110 Baltic Porter
111 Specialty Lager

2. Top Fermentation

201 Pale Ale
202 Red Ale
203 Amber Ale
204 Brown Ale
205 Dark Ale
206 India Pale Ale
207 Modern India Pale Ale
208 Imperial India Pale Ale

209 Stout
210 Porter
211 Strong Stout & Porter
212 German Weiss
213 Wheat Beer (American Wheat, Belgian Wit etc)
214 Farmhouse Ale
215 Berliner Weisse
216 Barrel Aged
217 Smoked Ale
218 Grape Ale
219 Italian Grape Ale
220 Flavored & Pastry Ale
221 Fruit-Flavored Ale

222 Barley Wine
223 Specialty Ale

3. Others, Low/No & Radlers

301 Saison
302 California Common
303 Kölsch
304 Low Alcohol (≤1,2%)
305 No Alcohol (≤0,05%)
306 Lemon Radler
307 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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top aLE & Lager

Maurizio Maestrelli

Maurizio Maestrelli

2024 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, 2021 and head judge in 2023.

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