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The remaining malt will be continential pilsner malt, such as Weyerman pilsner malt.


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Leichtbier is a relatively new low alcohol style for health conscious drinkers. This category may also include mixed beers such as radler and shandy.

2021 BJCP 5A - Leichtbier characteristic ingredients: "Continental Pils malt. German lager yeast. Traditional German hops."

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Continental pilsner malt is the primary malt. Strong suggests Carahell from 5% to 15%, with the high end being for non-alcoholic beers. Light crystal malts such as crystal 10L are suitable. Use restraint. One or two specialty malts are sufficient.

The hops should be German or continental European varieties, like Hallertau, Saaz, Tettnang, and Hersbrucker. American hops bred from Hallertau like Mount Hood are also acceptable.

The yeast should be a clean fermenting lager yeast. Diacetyl is undesirable, so steps that minimize diacetyl like a diacetyl rest are recommended.


Beer-analytics.com Leichtbier analysis

Strong, G. (2021, January-February). Leichtbier: Light in alcohol, not flavor. Brew Your Own, p. 24 - 26.

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