Beer Color Laboratories
There is a lot more to the Color of Beer than you Think!
Welcome to a Website Dedicated to "Beer Color"

This website will always be a work in progress!


News -
bulletThe BCR - Beer Color Reference has been translated into: Polish, King's English (UK, Australia etc.) Spanish, Italian and soon will be available in French. Then German. (thank you - Raf, Mark, Alfredo y Pedro, and Emilie)
bulletPlaying card sized "Brewery Guides" matched to measured beer color samples from the past 10 years are available as a set or individually. I am planning of measuring specific samples for these cards again this summer. Please remember my expression that there can be  many actual colors for a given SRM.
bulletHouse Cleaning - There are extras of many of the custom made BCR and BCR1.97 References. Replacements and extras are available at half price (or less!)
bulletPresently working on translating CAMRA discriptions.

Importance of a Common Background
and a transparent color guide.

This month I have chosen an Adelson type illusion that uses the yellow-red colors of beer and the blue colors used to evaluate "beer color". You have probably surmised that I am going to tell you that these birds are of identical color - and this is true! If you have a color "picker" or "chooser" on your computer drag it over the image and "see" for yourself. Otherwise block out the background using a piece of paper with small holes in it and see that the two peahens are the same.

Still Interested in this effect? - Good 16 min. video on How We See from the Lotto Lab at TED.COM use the link below-


* These are pre-1999 EBC conversion formulae but still is widespread use - Please see EBC Controversy?

Beer Color Reference Guides-  

bulletJudging and Reference Guides

bulletWallet size Guide



bulletBrewery Guides -


bulletBCR Instructions
bullet WST  Insert text


bulletBrewers "Marathon" Sticker


Contact Information

Telephone 317-626-8353
Postal address -

Beer Color Laboratories llc., 14317 North Gray Road, Carmel, Indiana 46033

Electronic mail -

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Beer Color Laboratories Products Page About BCL Frequently Asked Questions Malt Listings Malt and Color effects
Instructions for Use Photography, Color, Gratitude Instructions for Use SRM-Color for BJCP Style list SRM-Color for BJCP Style Chart
Water Testing

EBC Controversy?

  SRM-Color for BJCP Style Chart Make your own SRM-Lovibond standards
      BJCP Color Descriptions Color Basics
Beer Goggles Effect Explained Beer Color Interesting Stuff and Reference
C.I.B.A.S. - Beer Appreciation Society Beer Terms -Glossary
Geo. Ringler Brewery 1872-1920 Website Beer Color Interesting Links -Cool Stuff
Beer Color Laboratory - Site Map Tech-Beer Geek ? - Build Your Own Portable 430nm SRM Spectrometer!
Color Blindness Tests Optical Illusions
Metamerism with samples Some Recommended Readings
Beer Color Measurements Fun with some Rogue Beers
Single Malt Wort Color Database Computer CRT and  Printer  Calibration
Color Basics Problems with Color Evaluation and Perception
Color Models/Spaces The Adelson's Same Color Illusion
Problems with Color Evaluation and Perception Color Blindness
Glossary of Selected Light and Color Terms What Does Color Blindness See?