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Pale Bitter European Beer - German Leichtbier


A pale, highly-attenuated, light-bodied German lager with lower alcohol and calories than normal-strength beers. Moderately bitter with noticeable malt and hop flavors, the beer is still interesting to drink.

Flavor Profile: Low to medium grainy-sweet malt flavor initially. Medium hop bitterness. Low to medium hop flavor, with a spicy, herbal, or floral quality. Clean fermentation character, well-lagered. Dry finish with a light malty and hoppy aftertaste.

Ingredients: Similar to a German Pils or Helles, continental Pils malt, German lager yeast, Saazer-type hops.

BJCP Style Guide

Top 10 German Leichtbier Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
05A1. German Leichtbier
5.5 gal 3.18% 20.11 1.034 1.009
All Grain 3152
SchuBrew Leichtbier
5 gal 3.58% 18.47 1.033 1.006
BIAB 1820
German Lite
5.5 gal 3.2% 12.77 1.032 1.008
Partial Mash 1623
Kölsch
25 L 4.98% 24.58 1.049 1.011
All Grain 1463
Session Oat IPA
5.5 gal 4.23% 39.15 1.042 1.009
All Grain 1454
Spiced Pumpkin Ale
6 gal 4.78% 32.04 1.048 1.012
All Grain 1405
Rising sun
3.5 gal 3.37% 12.49 1.033 1.008
BIAB 1222
Gold Bear Kölsch
5.5 gal 4.96% 32.53 1.049 1.011
BIAB 1179
Batch #24
25 L 5.28% 81.05 1.053 1.013
BIAB 1118
Dortmunder
8 gal 4.66% 24.86 1.048 1.012
All Grain 1073

Newest German Leichtbier Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Kolsch
24 L 3.48% 20.54 1.031 1.004
extract 47
Orange Creamsicle Milkshake Ale
5 gal 5.12% 23.94 1.051 1.012
All Grain 45
Jolls 1965 Flag Ale
23 L 4.76% 21.4 1.044 1.008
All Grain 79
Puszkowe
15 L 5.22% 28.19 1.045 1.005
extract 46
Alan's IPA v1
5.5 gal 5.85% 69.98 1.060 1.016
extract 110
Helles Leicht mit Norwegian blend
10.5 gal 4.07% 15.54 1.038 1.007
BIAB 147
Kolsch
5 gal 5.46% 16.83 1.053 1.012
BIAB 121
Ipa americana hernan. C
40 L 5.59% 43.18 1.057 1.014
All Grain 94
Best Licht
10.5 gal 4.04% 30 1.037 1.007
BIAB 109
first go blonde
25 L 5.81% 31.32 1.055 1.011
All Grain 99

Fermentables Used In German Leichtbier Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
German - Pilsner 41 German Grain base malt 1.6°L
38 77% 26% - 100%
Munich - Light 10L 23 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 19% 5% - 100%
American - Pilsner 21 American Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 84% 37% - 100%
German - Acidulated Malt 18 German Grain acidulated malt 3.4°L
27 3% 1% - 9%
US - Pale 2-Row 17 US Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 73% 17% - 100%
German - Carapils 14 German Grain crystal malt 1.3°L
35 8% 0% - 19%
German - Vienna 13 German Grain base malt 4°L
37 14% 2% - 40%
American - Vienna 12 American Grain base malt 4°L
35 20% 9% - 33%
Flaked Oats 10 Adjunct raw 2.2°L
33 16% 2% - 100%
German - Bohemian Pilsner 10 German Grain base malt 1.9°L
38 82% 53% - 100%

Hops Used In German Leichtbier Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
Hallertau Mittelfruh 37 3.75 47% 16% - 100%
Saaz 22 3.5 36% 13% - 80%
Magnum 21 15 26% 9% - 53%
Tettnanger 20 4.5 38% 10% - 90%
Cascade 12 7 45% 3% - 100%
Perle 12 8.2 30% 9% - 50%
Citra 11 11 22% 5% - 100%
Hallertau Hersbrucker 10 4 52% 10% - 100%
Styrian Goldings 10 5.5 41% 7% - 100%
Domestic Hallertau 9 3.9 49% 20% - 100%

Steeping Grains Used In German Leichtbier Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range

Yeasts Used In German Leichtbier Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Laboratory Type Alcohol Tolerance Flocculation Attenuation Min. Temp Max. Temp
Fermentis - Saflager - German Lager Yeast W-34/70 18 Fermentis / Safale Lagers .105 High 83% 48°F 72°F
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 17 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F
White Labs - German Ale/ Kölsch Yeast WLP029 13 White Labs Ale Medium Medium 75% 65°F 69°F
Fermentis - Safale - German Ale Yeast K-97 10 Fermentis / Safale Ale .104 High 81% 54°F 77°F
Lallemand - LalBrew Diamond Lager 8 Lallemand Lagers Low High 80% 50°F 59°F
Fermentis - Safale - English Ale Yeast S-04 8 Fermentis / Safale Ale .0975 High 75% 54°F 77°F
Wyeast - German Ale 1007 6 Wyeast Ale 0.11 Low 75% 55°F 68°F
Fermentis - Saflager - German Lager Yeast S-23 5 Fermentis / Safale Lagers .105 High 82% 48°F 72°F
Danstar - Nottingham Ale Yeast 5 Danstar Ale Med-High High 77% 57°F 70°F
White Labs - German Lager Yeast WLP830 4 White Labs Lagers Medium Medium 76.5% 50°F 55°F

Other Ingredients Used In German Leichtbier Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 34 Water Agt Mash 26% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 19 Water Agt Mash 19% 0% - 78%
Lactic acid 14 Water Agt Mash 85% 50% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) 11 Water Agt Mash 34% 0% - 73%
Whirlfloc 11 Fining Boil 37% 0% - 100%
Brewtan B 10 Other Mash 7% 0% - 18%
Epsom Salt 7 Water Agt Mash 8% 0% - 36%
Irish Moss 6 Fining Mash 63% 33% - 100%
Table Salt 6 Water Agt Mash 20% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 5 Water Agt Mash 21% 0% - 50%

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