German Leichtbier

BJCP 5a

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.
Comments

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.

History
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.
Ingredients
Similar to a German Pils or Helles, continental Pils malt, German lager yeast, Saazer-type hops.
Commercial Examples
Beck’s Light, Bitburger Light, Mahr’s Leicht, Paulaner Münchner Hell Leicht, Paulaner Premium Leicht