Pale Malty European Lager

BJCP 2021:


The Pale Malty European Lager category encompasses a range of lager styles from the European continent that are characterized by their pale color and malt-forward flavor profile. These beers often offer a delicate balance, showcasing a clean and smooth malt character without significant hop bitterness. They tend to have a moderate strength and are typically well attenuated, providing a crisp finish while retaining a notable malt sweetness.

Within this category, beer styles include the Helles or Maibock, which originate from Germany, offering rich and full-bodied experiences with varying degrees of sweetness and alcohol content. This family of lagers stands out for its emphasis on the quality and character of the malt, which can impart flavors ranging from bready to light toastiness. Distinguished from more hop-centered or darker lager categories, these beers focus on the quality of the grains used in brewing, bringing forward a lighter-colored beer where hops play a supporting rather than starring role. The Pale Malty European Lager styles serve as an exhibition of malting artistry in comparison to their more robust or hop-forward counterparts within the wide spectrum of lager styles.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
4.3 < 5.5 < 7.6 %


In Database
15 < 21 < 37 IBU


In Database
6 < 9 < 18 EBC
3 < 5 < 9 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
10.6 < 13.0 < 18.1 °P
1.043 < 1.053 < 1.075 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
1.4 < 3.1 < 5.2 °P
1.005 < 1.012 < 1.020 FG

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