Pale Bitter European Beer

BJCP 2021:


The Pale Bitter European Beer category encompasses a range of light, highly-attenuated, and notably hoppy beers that originate from Germany. These beers are characterized by their pale color and a balance that leans towards bitterness, with a mild to moderately strong hoppy character derived from traditional German hops. The brewing process typically involves bottom fermentation or lagering, which contributes to their smooth profile.

This category includes styles such as Kölsch and German Pils. Each style within this category offers a unique interpretation of the balance between malt, hops, and bitterness, providing a diverse spectrum of flavors and aromas. These beers are distinct from other categories by their specific focus on German brewing traditions, ingredients, and the delicate balance of flavors that cater to a variety of palates seeking refreshment and complexity in a lighter beer form.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
4.1 < 5.0 < 5.7 %


In Database
16 < 27 < 44 IBU


In Database
4 < 7 < 11 EBC
2 < 4 < 5 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
10.0 < 11.9 < 14.1 °P
1.040 < 1.048 < 1.057 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
1.3 < 2.8 < 4.1 °P
1.005 < 1.011 < 1.016 FG

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