Which light beer to make? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Which light beer to make?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-13-2013, 01:49 PM   #1
Cider123
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
, Maine
Posts: 1,129
Liked 240 Times on 149 Posts



I have this problem of looking at my next "on deck" recipe before I even make the one "at bat". I'm making my Bitter next weekend, but now that I'm set on the recipe, I'm already looking at what comes next.

I'm ready to make something light and refreshing, but I don't want the body of a lager. Being a newb, I don't know how to describe it best. I want something that has the frothiness and body of a wit, but not as heavy or spicy. Also a bit malt forward rather than dry. I don't want something that looks crystal clear like a much better tasting BMC.

I have been through this forum, my books and Beersmith a hundred times.

I am dizzy, going over and over the differences/similarities of a Kolsch, a blonde ale, an altbeer, Yooper's fizzy yellow beer, and a munich helles. With the exception of the Blonde, I can't find any of these in the stores.

I'll probably just pick one and start working my way through them. Any thoughts where I should start? Thanks

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 01:57 PM   #2
nasty_rabbit
Recipes 
 
Feb 2012
auburn, georgia
Posts: 777
Liked 110 Times on 72 Posts


Look at BierMunchers "Centenial Blonde"

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 04:24 PM   #3
nukebrewer
Brew the brew!
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
nukebrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2008
Groton, CT
Posts: 5,666
Liked 2865 Times on 1733 Posts


I brewed this for a wedding back in October and everyone who tried it loved it. BierMuncher's Centennial Blonde is also very popular, so I would second that even though I've never brewed it myself.
__________________
The only thing more asinine than stupid rules is the enforcement of rules simply because they are the rules.

Inhopsicated: A Beer Blog

Inhopsicated on Twitter

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 04:37 PM   #4
Intimnasc
 
Intimnasc's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2012
Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 69
Liked 11 Times on 8 Posts


You might try Northern Brewers Honey Weizen. At least give it a read and see what you think. Everyone I have served it to loved it.
__________________
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
― Benjamin Franklin

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 05:19 PM   #5
thood6
 
thood6's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Posts: 557
Liked 19 Times on 16 Posts


The centennial blonde is a good one. Or go to Austinhomebrew and look at their golden ales section. I just ordered a kolsch and honey blonde from there to make for a wedding.
__________________
"An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools."
~Ernest Hemingway

Primary: CDJ IPA #1, Sea Cow Pale #1
Secondary: HUH?
Bottle: Scroatmeal Stout, Kolsch, Honey Blonde, Imperial Stout, Raspberry Stout, Blackberry Stout
Keg: Pumpkin Porter, Vanilla Porter
Future: Irish Red, Centennial Blonde, White Ale, Whiskey Imperial Stout #1, Saison #1

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 05:26 PM   #6
passedpawn
Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth Class
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
passedpawn's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2009
☼ Clearwater, FL ☼
Posts: 26,538
Liked 7016 Times on 4153 Posts


A witbier with a bit of orange zest at the end of the boil is about as refreshing as they get. Keep the OG under 1.055.
__________________
- Andrew

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 06:30 PM   #7
Teromous
Beer Gnome
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Teromous's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2009
Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 2,966
Liked 569 Times on 311 Posts


A tripel is a good beer to make as well. It's a bit spicy, light colored, and has some characteristics of a wit. It won't be an extremely malty beer, but depending on the recipe you use, there can be a lot more grain flavor and mouthfeel. Karmeliet clones are a good example, because they use oats and wheat as well as barley and pils.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 09:56 PM   #8
Cider123
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
, Maine
Posts: 1,129
Liked 240 Times on 149 Posts


Ok, I think I'll go with the Centennial Blonde first. I'll follow it as listed, except I don't like Cascade so I will need to change the hops. I can maintain the same IBU's using Beersmith. I see folks talking about Williamette, Saaz and Tett being good hops for blondes. I prefer earthy to citrusy.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
how do you make a light beer wetchicken6 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 16 01-01-2013 10:25 PM
Light Beer with a Wide Appeal or can I make that with these ingrediants? brieuxster Recipes/Ingredients 10 02-12-2011 04:49 PM
wanting to try to make a hoppy light beer. nobody General Beer Discussion 7 11-21-2010 02:52 AM
I can't make a light beer to save my life!!! Seeves1982 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 34 09-28-2009 02:58 PM


Forum Jump