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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Pale Bitter European beer German Leichtbier


BJCP 2015 5A German Leichtbier example
5A - German Leichtbier


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.


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


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.

Mouth Feel

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

Overall 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.


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


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.


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.

Commercial Examples

Beck's Light, Bitburger Light, Mahr's Leicht, Paulaner Münchner Hell Leicht, Paulaner Premium Leicht

Style Comparison

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


  • OG:  1026 - 1034
  • FG:  1006 - 1010
  • ABV: 2.4 - 3.6
  • IBU: 15 - 28
  • SRM: 2 - 5
BJCP 2015 5A - German Leichtbier Commercial Example