Description

Session beer is not defined by flavors or aromas, which can place it in almost any style category. Instead, what makes a session beer is primarily refreshment and drinkability. Any style of beer can be made lower in strength than described in the classic style guidelines. The goal should be to reach a balance between the style’s character and the lower alcohol content. Drinkability is a factor in the overall balance of these beers. Beer should not exceed 5 percent ABV.

Quantitative
  • SRM Color Scale
    2+
  • International Bitterness Units (IBUs)
    10 - 35
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    4.0% - 5.0%
Flavor
  • Alcohol
    Not Detectable to Mild
  • Hop Aroma/Flavor
    Varies
  • Malt Aroma/Flavor
    Varies
  • Yeast Esters
    Can be present
  • Yeast Phenols
    Can be present
Palate
  • Carbonation
    Low to High
  • Attenuation
    75 - 88
Ingredients
  • Hops
    Varies
  • Malt
    Varies
  • Water
    Varies
  • Yeast
    Lager or Ale
Appearance
  • Color
    Inclusion of rye can create a wide range of color. Lighter versions: Straw to Copper. Darker versions: Dark Amber to Dark Brown
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