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German-Style Leichtes Weizen/Weissbier

German-Style Leichtes Weizen/Weissbiers are straw to copper-amber. If served with yeast appearance may appropriately be very cloudy. The phenolic and estery aromas typical of Weissbiers are more subdued in Leichtes Weizen. No diacetyl aroma should be perceived. Hop aroma is not perceived to very low. Malt sweetness is very low to medium-low. Hop flavor is not perceived to very low. Hop bitterness is very low. The phenolic and estery flavors typical of Weissbiers are more subdued in Leichtes Weizen. The overall flavor profile is less complex than Hefeweizen due to decreased alcohol content and there is less yeasty flavor present. No diacetyl should be perceived. The German word leicht means light, and as such these beers are light versions of Hefeweizen. During registration brewers may specify pouring instructions, choosing normal pouring, quiet pouring or intentional rousing of yeast. Entries will be presented during judging as specified by entering brewer. Body is low with diminished mouth feel relative to Hefeweizen.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.028 - 1.044 (7.1 - 11)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.004 - 1.008 (1.0 - 2.1)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 2.00% - 2.80% (2.50% - 3.50%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (10 - 15)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 3.5 - 15 (7 - 30)