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AHA Guideline

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European Low-Alcohol Lager/German Leicht(bier)

European Low-Alcohol Lager/German Leichtbiers are straw to pale. Chill haze is not acceptable. Fruity-ester and diacetyl aromas should not be perceived. Hop aroma is low to medium. Malt sweetness perceived at low to medium levels. Hop flavor is low to medium. Hop bitterness is medium. These beers should be clean. Fruity-ester flavors and diacetyl should not be perceived. Very low levels of sulfur related compounds are acceptable. Body is very light.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.026 - 1.034 (6.6 - 8.5)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.006 - 1.010 (1.5 - 2.6)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 2.00% - 2.90% (2.50% - 3.70%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (16 - 24)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 2 - 4 (4 - 8)