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Lictenhainer is a rare German beer style that falls somewhere between a Berliner Weisse and Graetzer. It's a top-fermenting beer that is both sour and smoky. It was originally made entirely of smoked barley malt, but later changed to 2/3 smoked barley malt and 1/3 wheat malt. It was fermented with a traditional German ale yeast, and the beer was soured by being placed in inoculated barrels, where a slight souring was induced. Little is known about hopping, but Mosher suggests it was probably around 23 IBU, with OG: 1.031-1.45


  • Mosher, Randy. "Radical Brewing," Brewers Publications, Boulder, Colo., 2004
  • Lictenhainer - SUABP Beer Blog