I'm well aware that beer is commonly enjoyed warm in Europe. However, mulled beer aside, are there any beer styles that fare well when enjoyed hot?

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    I haven't drunk beer warm so far, can you show me which types are commonly drunk warm? Feb 13, 2014 at 7:51
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    I think, in this case, "warm" is a relative term. Rather than saying that beer is commonly enjoyed "warm" in Europe, I'd say that it's not as cold as Americans tend to serve their beer. Still, I doubt it's anything above room temperature.
    – Ryan Kinal
    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:14

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First, to clear up the myth. European beer is not served warm. Some beers, such as real ale (or cask ale) are served at cellar temperature, which while certainly above the temperature of a beer fresh out a refrigerator, at 12-14 degrees celsius (53-57F) is still much colder than room temperature.

To answer your question: Mulled beer is heated beer. As with wine, mulled beer is usually warmed over a low stove or in a crockpot with spices, often including cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus zest, and a sweetener like brown sugar, but it doesn't need to include any additional ingredients, particularly if it already has strong spice or fruit characteristics. So, any beer style that you heat is, in fact, mulled beer.

As to styles of beer that would be suitable for mulling, Belgian Strong Dark ales would be good candidates, as would nice fruity lambics. Barleywine ales, milk stouts, chocolate stouts, and oatmeal stouts I would imagine might also be nice. The characteristics I'd look for would be a heavy body, more malty than hoppy, a bit of sweetness, and if present, dark fruit (plumbs, figs, raisins) or berries.

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    I would add that a beer at cellar temperature has much more flavor and aroma than a beer served below 40F.
    – jalynn2
    Feb 19, 2014 at 16:15

Similar to the new question, 'what temperature should I serve my beer', which I've just commented on - serving warm beer is largely a myth! The continental Europeans think British beer is served 'luke-warm'. No. Cool, not ice-cold is the preference, at a cellar temp around 13C (room temp being 20-22C). Not sure where the OP is from, but they appear to believe that all Europeans drink warm to hot beer

I really thought the myth of warm or luke-warm beer had dissipated - obviously not.

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