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Pale Malty European Lager - Festbier


A smooth, clean, pale German lager with a moderately strong malty flavor and a light hop character. Deftly balances strength and drinkability, with a palate impression and finish that encourages drinking. Showcases elegant German malt flavors without beco

Flavor Profile: Medium to medium-high malty flavor initially, with a lightly toasty, bread dough quality and an impression of soft sweetness. Medium to medium-low bitterness, definitely malty in the balance. Well-attenuated and crisp, but not dry. Medium-low to medium fl

Ingredients: Majority Pils malt, but with some Vienna and/or Munich malt to increase maltiness. Differences in commercial examples are mostly due to different maltsters and yeast, not major grist differences.

BJCP Style Guide

Top 10 Festbier Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Munchner Helles
5.5 gal 6% 22.9 1.063 1.018
All Grain 2707
Festbier
24 L 5.86% 22.5 1.056 1.011
BIAB 2009
Prost
6.25 gal 6.21% 24.6 1.061 1.014
All Grain 1856
Southern Style Pilz
25 L 6.02% 34.48 1.054 1.008
All Grain 1452
SchuBrew Kolsch 2016
5.5 gal 5.42% 28.58 1.050 1.008
BIAB 1423
Ozarks October beer
6 gal 5.81% 30.67 1.055 1.011
All Grain 1416
PartyOn
25 L 6.02% 18.84 1.055 1.010
All Grain 1262
Brumalt Festber
6 gal 6.1% 24.82 1.056 1.010
All Grain 1056
SchuBrew FEstbier
5.5 gal 5.31% 21.68 1.057 1.016
BIAB 866
Vienna Magnum SMASH
5.5 gal 6.01% 19.28 1.056 1.010
All Grain 828

Newest Festbier Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Septemberfest
3 gal 6.57% 26.71 1.059 1.009
extract 12
Phoenix Phest
11 gal 6.28% 28.45 1.056 1.008
All Grain 50
Party Punch
5.5 gal 6.4% 22.99 1.062 1.013
All Grain 58
Summerfest
4 gal 6.02% 18.63 1.056 1.011
BIAB 15
Honey Malt Lager
5.5 gal 5.93% 20.27 1.060 1.015
All Grain 543
Wienerbajer
25 L 5.87% 23.51 1.058 1.013
All Grain 39
Festbier
12 L 5.75% 23.95 1.057 1.014
BIAB 27
FrancisFest #5
6.75 gal 5.6% 28.54 1.057 1.014
All Grain 138
Valija Diplomática
24 L 5.74% 28.92 1.055 1.011
BIAB 53
Dankes-Giving Fest
4.5 gal 5.93% 18.27 1.054 1.009
All Grain 104

Fermentables Used In Festbier Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
German - Pilsner 160 German Grain base malt 1.6°L
38 65% 8% - 100%
Munich - Light 10L 148 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 21% 3% - 100%
German - Vienna 133 German Grain base malt 4°L
37 24% 2% - 100%
German - Acidulated Malt 62 German Grain acidulated malt 3.4°L
27 3% 0% - 8%
Munich Dark 20L 60 Grain specialty malt 20°L
34 12% 2% - 42%
American - Vienna 55 American Grain base malt 4°L
35 29% 3% - 86%
American - Pilsner 45 American Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 59% 5% - 95%
Munich 43 Grain specialty malt 6°L
37 24% 8% - 80%
German - Melanoidin 42 German Grain roasted malt 25°L
37 4% 1% - 9%
German - Bohemian Pilsner 41 German Grain base malt 1.9°L
38 55% 20% - 96%

Hops Used In Festbier Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
Hallertau Mittelfruh 171 3.75 44% 6% - 100%
Tettnanger 86 4.5 45% 8% - 100%
Magnum 59 15 33% 3% - 100%
Saaz 42 3.5 41% 14% - 100%
Hallertau Hersbrucker 37 4 44% 14% - 100%
Perle 32 8.2 39% 9% - 100%
Domestic Hallertau 24 3.9 45% 14% - 100%
Hallertau Tradition (Germany) 20 5 52% 11% - 100%
Spalt 14 4.5 39% 18% - 100%
Northern Brewer 11 7.8 37% 9% - 100%

Steeping Grains Used In Festbier Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
Aromatic Malt 2 Grain specialty malt 20°L
35 37% 33% - 40%
Munich - Light 10L 2 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 88% 75% - 100%

Yeasts Used In Festbier Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Laboratory Type Alcohol Tolerance Flocculation Attenuation Min. Temp Max. Temp
Fermentis - Saflager - German Lager Yeast W-34/70 133 Fermentis / Safale Lagers .105 High 83% 48°F 72°F
Fermentis - Saflager - German Lager Yeast S-23 29 Fermentis / Safale Lagers .105 High 82% 48°F 72°F
White Labs - Oktoberfest/Märzen Lager Yeast WLP820 22 White Labs Lagers Med-High Medium 69% 52°F 58°F
Wyeast - Octoberfest Lager Blend 2633 21 Wyeast Lagers 0.09 Med-Low 75% 48°F 58°F
White Labs - Southern German Lager Yeast WLP838 20 White Labs Lagers Medium Med-High 72% 50°F 55°F
White Labs - German Lager Yeast WLP830 18 White Labs Lagers Medium Medium 76.5% 50°F 55°F
Imperial Yeast - L17 Harvest 17 Imperial Yeast Lagers Medium 70% 50°F 60°F
Wyeast - Munich Lager 2308 17 Wyeast Lagers 0.09 Medium 72% 48°F 56°F
Omega Yeast Labs - Lutra Kveik OYL-071 14 Omega Yeast Labs Norwegian Ales High Medium 78% 68°F 95°F
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 13 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F

Other Ingredients Used In Festbier Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 104 Water Agt Mash 15% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 71 Water Agt Mash 21% 0% - 100%
Lactic acid 67 Water Agt Mash 72% 0% - 100%
Whirlfloc 43 Water Agt Boil 55% 0% - 100%
Epsom Salt 42 Water Agt Mash 10% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) 28 Water Agt Mash 28% 0% - 100%
Irish Moss 20 Fining Boil 58% 0% - 100%
Phosphoric acid 13 Water Agt Mash 79% 10% - 100%
Yeast Nutrient 11 Other Mash 36% 0% - 100%
Wyeast - Beer Nutrient 10 Fining Boil 22% 0% - 100%

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