Sour Ale Beer Recipes

Sour ales uniquely and artfully combine sour and funky characteristics with the malt and hop profile of beer. Be careful when brewing these beers, as the microorganisms that infect sour beers and cause the desired funk can attach themselves to plastic/rubber brewing equipment and infect future batches. It is highly suggested to use separate equipment for sour brews.

Berliner Weisse

Monroe Weiss

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This recipe is featured in the March/April 2018 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the AHA to enjoy Zymurgy and many more member benefits.

Paul Arends, member of the Brewsquitos in Grand Rapids, Mich., earned best-of-show for this fruited kettle sour beer in the 2017 Beer City Pro-Am Competition.

"When I met with Rob, Dave, and Ed at City Built Brewing Co., they gave me full latitude to make whatever I wanted," he recalls. "I'll never forget this thing they said to me: 'What would you love to brew here?'

"It was obvious to me that they were in this thing for one reason: to have fun making beer with me. I looked at their tap list, and we talked about their upcoming brews. Since we were going to tap these in the heat of summer, I wanted to make something that was refreshing and easy to drink.

They were a very new brewery at the time, so I also wanted to make something that would sell quickly. I decided to make something sour but not too crazy. So, I went home, brewed a kettle sour with wheat, and split it three ways to test different fruit additions.

I brought in a few samples and we played around with various fruit types and ratios. Ultimately we ended up using...passion fruit, mango, guava, and grapefruit to balance the sour provided by the lacto."

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Cariño Sour

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This beer recipe is featured in the November/December 2016 issue of Zymurgy magazine.

This unique sour beer recipe won Best of Show at the inaugural Caribbean Homebrew Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico! Rivera created this wild raspberry beer based on a classic Berliner weisse recipe, proving that homebrew recipes are meant to be shared around the world for the best variations.

The addition fresh raspberries will bring a smile to any fruit lover's face, too!

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Straight (Unblended) Lambic

The Singer’s Belgian-style Lambic

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This beer recipe is featured in the March/April 2014 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

This Belgian-style lambic's impressively low pH and ABV create a surprisingly sour and funky beer even without fruit additions. Be sure to bring your patience, as this can take 18+ months of aging, but it will be well worth your wait!

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Sour Ale

Kumquat Citra Sour

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This beer recipe is featured in the March/April 2020 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

The follow homebrew recipe comes courtesy of Jared Hatch. Variations of this recipe have won the Korean National Homebrewing Championship twice.

The citrus flavors from the kumquats pair beautifully with the Citra hop character. Hatch likes to use Cryo Hops when dry hopping to reduce absorption losses. He does a clean primary fermentation before racking to secondary, where he adds the Roeselare culture. Once the gravity is stable and the beer has the desired Brett aromatics and sourness, the beer is racked onto the kumquats.

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Berliner Weisse

Traditional Berliner Weisse

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This beer recipe is featured in the January/February 2020 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

Recipe courtesy Wolfram Lange, former brewmaster of Schultheiss Brauerei in Berlin.

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Sour Ale

Distemper Sour Ale

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This beer recipe is featured in the January/February 2020 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

Lance Newlin, 2019 GABF Pro-Am Competition, with Jason Green, Matt Johnson, and the rest of the IMBĪB brew crew.

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Gueuze

What Gueuze Around Comes Around

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Tom Morgan of Dayton, OH, member of the D.R.A.F. T. Homebrew Club, won a bronze medal in Category #23: European Sour Ale with a Gueuze during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Morgan’s Gueuze was chosen as a top three entry among 231 entries in the category.Read More

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Berliner Weisse

Ich bin ein Berliner

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Zach Ahting of Walton, KY, member of the Cincinnati Malt Infusers, won a bronze medal in Category #24: Fruit Beer with a Berliner Weisse with Raspberries during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Ahting’s Berliner Weisse with Raspberries was chosen as a top three entry among 299 entries in the category.Read More

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Berliner Weisse

Trail Dog Berliner Bites

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Kevin McMahon of Novato, CA, member of the Marin Society of Homebrewers (MaSH), won a gold medal in Category #23: European Sour Ale with a Berliner Weisse during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. McMahon’s European Sour Ale was chosen as the best among 231 entries in the category.Read More

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Sour Ale

Catharina’s Passion Sour

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Matt Fitzgerald of Fenton, MO, member of the STL Hops Homebrew Club, won a gold medal in Category #28: American Wild Ale with a Passionfruit & Guava Catharina Sour during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Fitzgerald’s American Wild Ale, made with guava and passion fruit, was chosen as the best among 334 entries in the category.Read More

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Sour Ale

Tropicalia Catharina Sour

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This beer recipe is featured in the July/August 2019 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

This sour beer recipe comes courtesy of Gordon Strong, brewed in collaboration with Fabito Koerich Ramos of Armada, Floripa, Brazil.

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