German-Style Leichtes Weizen/Weissbier

Ale - Germany

Style Description

  • Alcohol by Volume: 2.5 - 3.5%
  • IBU: 10 - 20
  • Color:   3.5 -   15 SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.028 - 1.044
  • Final Gravity: 1.004 - 1.008

The German word leicht means light, and as such these beers are light versions of Hefeweizen. Leicht Weissbier is top fermented and cloudy like Hefeweizen. The phenolic and estery aromas and flavors typical of Weissbiers are more subdued in Leichtes Weizen. Hop flavor and aroma are normally absent. The overall flavor profile is less complex than Hefeweizen due to decreased alcohol content. There is less yeasty flavor present. Leichtes Weissbier has diminished mouth feel relative to Hefeweizen, an d is a low-bodied beer. No diacetyl should be perceived. The beer may have a broad range of color from pale golden to pale amber.

The styles listed are based on the Brewers Association 2011 Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes.