With images of dewy frosted glasses filled with golden liquid everywhere, it’s easy to assume that all beer should be served ice cold, but we think it’s high time we busted that myth. Sure, a frosty lager on a hot day is crisp and refreshing, but if you serve a stout the same way, you’ll sacrifice the whole experience.

When beer is too cold, less carbonation is released, which means that the beer gives off less aromas. When beer is served too warm, you’re cheated of some of the beer’s more complex characteristics. Finding that balance can be tricky.

Generally speaking, a light-bodied beer with low alcohol is better served cold – it’s refreshing and you can drink it more quickly. On the flip side, a more alcoholic, full-bodied beer is better served a little warmer, because stronger beers are often made to be enjoyed at a slower pace, so you can savour their various flavours. If you want to get into the specifics though, these are the recommended temperatures for different beer styles…

Lagers (4-9°C)

As lagers are known and loved for being a refreshing drop, they need to be served cold. Serve it warm and you will lose its crispiness and ability to satisfy a hard-earned thirst.

Pilsners (4-7°C)

Just like its cousin, a pilsner also needs to be served cold in order to be refreshing – some say even colder than a lager.

Wheat Beers (5-8°C)

Depending on whether you have a light or a dark wheat beer, the temperature changes a little. Our rule of thumb comes in pretty handy here – light wheat beers should be served cold while darker ones should be served warmer.

Stouts (9-13°C)

If you love a brew with a bit of dark side, then you’ll need to heat things up a bit. A stout should be served at a warmer temperature in order to balance its malty sweetness and the roasted bitterness.

IPAs (7-10°C)

Remember that rule of thumb? Well, like all good rules, sometimes they’re made to be broken. While IPAs are light, they need to be served at a medium temperature to truly appreciate the slightly bitter notes and aromatic flavours. There’s almost nothing sadder than serving an IPA too cold – it’s borderline sacrilegious.