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light summer beer styles for the masses
« on: June 20, 2014, 11:55:26 PM »
I need to do something light, summery, and easily enjoyed. I am getting tired of doing my blonde, wheat, and kolsch. Any ideas on a good style for the summer that is light in color and crisp? I will probably stick to an ale although I may be able to do a lager since I have considered a german pils.
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Re: light summer beer styles for the masses
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2014, 12:00:48 AM »
I've made an Australian sparkling ale that's very drinkable

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Re: light summer beer styles for the masses
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2014, 12:16:04 AM »
You said wheat, but there are obviously sub-categories :  1/ Hefeweizen
                                                                                   2/ Wit
                                                                                   3/ American
                                                                                       -Hoppy American Wheat (ala Gumballhead)

Other good ones not                                                     4/ Hoppy Cream Ale-ish - pale (golder) hoppy ale
called blond or kolsch that I've brewed                           5/ IPL (India Pale Lager)
for summer:                                                                 6/ Pils - Bo, German, CAP
                                                                                   7/ My wife's fruit wheat beers (never last long)

And:                                                                            8/ Dry Summer IPA - always good.
                                                                                        Not overly bitter, pale, light bodied, lots of
                                                                                       hop flavor and aroma. This is where I use more
                                                                                       tropical hops.

Last, not least   :                                                          9/ Saison - of course.



EDIT -    Belgian Blond is really nice in summertime too.









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Re: light summer beer styles for the masses
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2014, 01:49:45 AM »
Also, a touch of caramunich can turn your Weissbier into an AmberWeizen that is very appealing to the masses and just as thirst quenching.  This works for American wheat too.
In a similar vein, try an Altbier instead of a Kolsch.

The key is don't let the caramel get out of hand.  A half pound of crystal /caramunich 40L in 5 gallons is enough to make the difference.  Keep the pH on the lower end for a more refreshing, thirst quenching beer.

(Irish Red is another thirst quencher that is readily acceptable to the masses.)
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Re: light summer beer styles for the masses
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2014, 01:50:01 AM »
I don't think there is a better summer beer than a nice German Pils.
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Re: light summer beer styles for the masses
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2014, 01:59:21 AM »
I don't think there is a better summer beer than a nice German Pils.

+1 other than that, I like a nice dry saison. However, I could drink only those two styles all year round.
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Re: light summer beer styles for the masses
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2014, 02:35:21 AM »
Pre-Pro Pils is one my favorite summer beers.

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Re: light summer beer styles for the masses
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2014, 03:08:37 AM »
Also, a Berliner Weisse is considered by many to be the most refreshing beer in the world.
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Re: light summer beer styles for the masses
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2014, 03:17:57 AM »
A nice table-strength saison is my favorite summer brew. Also, you'd be surprised how far you can push the hops and still appease "the masses". APA, or even an IPA brewed on the smoother side and emphasizing the flavor and aroma hops over the bitterness will often be surprisingly well-received.
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Re: light summer beer styles for the masses
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2014, 04:30:15 AM »
Thanks all. I should have mentioned that right now I have wit, kolsch, and alt on tap with a late hop focused wheat ipa in the fermenter. American blonde and wheat are in my normal rotation. I really like the idea of a saison or German pils.

Can I get away with t58 for a saison? I used it for a wit and thought if I mashed lower, added some simple sugar, and fermented warmer it might work. Ideally I would use 3711
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Re: light summer beer styles for the masses
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2014, 05:48:40 AM »
Can I get away with t58 for a saison? I used it for a wit and thought if I mashed lower, added some simple sugar, and fermented warmer it might work. Ideally I would use 3711
I've heard about people brewing a saison with T-58 but I've never tasted any. If you want to brew a saison with dry yeast I can recommend Danstar Belle Saison (Lallemand).

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Re: light summer beer styles for the masses
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2014, 01:17:03 PM »
Can I get away with t58 for a saison? I used it for a wit and thought if I mashed lower, added some simple sugar, and fermented warmer it might work. Ideally I would use 3711
I've heard about people brewing a saison with T-58 but I've never tasted any. If you want to brew a saison with dry yeast I can recommend Danstar Belle Saison (Lallemand).

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Gotta use a real saison yeast.  Saison is a totally yeast driven style. Lots of good saison strains out there.
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« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2014, 02:41:36 PM »
Got ya. Out of curiosity Are there any other styles that I can brew with t58?

I think I will brew one of the following:
German pils
Cap
Saison
Belgian blond
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Re: light summer beer styles for the masses
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2014, 02:57:07 PM »
Got ya. Out of curiosity Are there any other styles that I can brew with t58?

I think I will brew one of the following:
German pils
Cap
Saison
Belgian blond

I haven't used it, but its description makes it sound pretty suitable for the Belgian Blond on your list.
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Re: light summer beer styles for the masses
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2014, 05:49:13 PM »
I think Saison, Hefeweizen or American Wheat would be good. I just made a Black Saison because I like to challenge people's perception and opinions of "dark beer." Hoping its a hit at my grad party.
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