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5A - German Leichtbier

  • Moderately bitter with noticeable malt and hop flavors, the beer is still interesting to drink.
  • Low to medium hop aroma, with a spicy, herbal, or floral character.
  • Low to medium grainy-sweet malt flavor initially.
  • Low to medium hop flavor, with a spicy, herbal, or floral quality.
  • Light to very light body.

Impression: 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.

Appearance: Straw to pale gold in color. Brilliant clarity. Moderate white head with average to below average persistence.

Aroma: Low to medium hop aroma, with a spicy, herbal, or floral character. Low to medium-low grainy-sweet or slightly crackery malt aroma. Clean fermentation profile.

Flavor: 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.

Mouthfeel: Light to very light body. Medium to high carbonation. Smooth, well-attenuated.

Comments: Marketed primarily as a diet-oriented beer with lower carbohydrates, alcohol, and calories. Pronounced “LYESHT-beer.” May also be known as a Diat Pils or Helles, this style is in the schankbier gravity class. Other variations of Leicht class beers can be made from Weissbier, Kölsch, and Altbier; those beers are best entered in the Mixed-Style Beer category.

History: Traditional versions existed as drinks for physical laborers in factories or fields, but modern versions are more based on popular American products in the same class.

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

Comparison: Like a lower-alcohol, lighter-bodied, slightly less aggressive German Pils or Helles.

Stats:
OG: 1.026 - 1.034
FG: 1.006 - 1.010
IBU: 15 - 28
SRM: 2 - 5
ABV: 2.4 - 3.6

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