American Light Lager

Recipes:
406
BJCP 2021:
01A
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇺🇸 United States
Fermentation:
Bottom
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Pale
Strength:
Low
Taste:
Balanced

Profile

American Light Lager is a beer style with a history deeply rooted in the modern era, designed to provide consumers with a lighter alcohol option compared to its traditional lager counterparts. Emerging from the American beer industry's response to consumers seeking more sessionable, lower-calorie beers, this style emphasizes drinkability and refreshment.

American Light Lagers appear very pale to pale gold and have high clarity due to filtration before packaging. A frothy white head may be present but usually dissipates quickly. The flavor profile typically exhibits a light cereal or grainy sweetness coupled with a relatively neutral palate that is clean and crisp. Hop bitterness is low to very low, merely enough to balance out any malt sweetness without providing much flavor or aroma. Some slight fruity esters can be detectable but are usually not prominent.

Although often perceived as starkly different from robust traditional lagers rich in malt and hop character, American Light Lagers are actually closely related to standard American lagers; they share many production techniques but just contain less alcohol, fewer calories, lighter body, and sometimes reduced flavor intensity. This style remains distinct from other light-bodied International Lager styles primarily due to its specific level of attenuation and carbonation which contribute largely to its refreshing quality.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
2.8 – 4.2 %

In Database
2.9 < 4.0 < 4.6 %

Bitterness

Specification
8 – 12 IBU

In Database
7 < 11 < 14 IBU

Color

Specification
4 – 6 EBC
2 – 3 SRM

In Database
3 < 5 < 6 EBC
2 < 3 < 3 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
7.1 – 10.0 °P
1.028 – 1.040 OG

In Database
6.8 < 9.5 < 11.4 °P
1.027 < 1.038 < 1.046 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
-0.5 – 2.1 °P
0.998 – 1.008 FG

In Database
0.5 < 1.8 < 3.1 °P
1.002 < 1.007 < 1.012 FG

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