Aroma: 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.
Appearance: Straw to pale gold in color. Brilliant clarity. Moderate white head with average to below average persistence.
Flavor: 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.
Mouthfeel: Light to very light body. Medium to high carbonation. Smooth, well-attenuated.
Impression: A pale, highly-attenuated, light-bodied German lager with lower alcohol and calories than normalstrength 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.
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