American Lite Ale | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | All-Grain

American Lite Ale | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | All-Grain

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  • Light, clean, a little bitter, and fairly neutral
  • Includes Saaz and Cascade hops
  • Estimated ABV: 3.6%
  • Estimated IBUs: 6-10
  • Makes 5 gallons of finished beer

A lite beer similiar to the major American brands. Very light in color. Not much flavor, not much bitterness, not much of anything to tell you the truth. However, sometimes that is exactly what we are looking for. A good beer for general mass consumption.

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.035
  • SRM (Color Range): 4-6
  • IBUs: 6-10
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 3.6%



Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.

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Summer baby
Steven J on May 24, 2022
For my dad
Steve H on Feb 12, 2022
Summer baby
Steven J on May 24, 2022
Water is good but beer is gooder
Kyle S on May 16, 2022
For my dad
Steve H on Feb 12, 2022
To make a American lite beer
Carl p on Jan 8, 2022
I put this on tap and we drank 5 gallons in 2 days.
Kyle S on Sep 9, 2021
The wife likes it.
Matt on Aug 12, 2021
This is our third kit, everyone loves it
Michael E B on Apr 21, 2021
We tried this one and love it.
Wanda K on Mar 18, 2021
I'm just getting started and wanted a lite beer kit.
Wanda K on Jan 26, 2021
Easy to brew and drink
Michael E B on Jan 11, 2021
For wife
Brad W on Dec 11, 2020
wanted a lighter beer for friends.
John L on Sep 17, 2020
Most everyone loves a Lite!
Jimmy B on Sep 26, 2019
I've moved back to lite beers. I enjoy the heavy IPA's and complex beers, but these are a staple during the spring and summer.
Oren J T on Apr 11, 2019
For family members that don't like good beer ;-)
Jayme R on Aug 18, 2018
Michael on May 4, 2018
Bud light
Matthew f on Jan 22, 2018
I enjoy a nice mainstream beer every now and again.
Gary P. on Jan 15, 2018
Water is good but beer is gooder
Kyle S on May 16, 2022
To make a American lite beer
Carl p on Jan 8, 2022
What stage do you put the dried rice extract?
Austin K Walker on Jan 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Preboil gravity about 1027. Start the boil, wort hot enough to dissolve extract. I add at the beginning. Produces nice light colored flavorful beer. I mostly use WL 80 cream ale but have used WY 2007 Pilsen.
Has anyone bottled this beer ? I was worried about oxidation
christopher ankney on Mar 1, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Hi Chris, I bottled a couple that didn’t fit in my keg. Used corn sugar to prime. As far as oxidation goes, I wouldn’t worry. 6 to 8 months you will be fine. Be sure to label the “born on date.“.
Id like to bump this up to a 4.2 ABV --- add some dextrose or DME?
scott hoppel on Apr 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: All of the above suggestions are great. DME will add a touch of body along with the gravity boost. Corn sugar will not add sweetness which may make any alcohol or hops more apparent. Honey will also ferment out completely and add a very rich sweet aroma and fairly heavy lingering flavor on the pallet. Rice extract is another one that I like to use in lite beers as it adds a pretty good balance of body to offset the alcohol increase. We do always recommend trying all the options for yourself to see which you like best. Cheers!

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Rated 5 out of 5
Crafting Perfection: An American Lite Ale That Shines
This American Lite Ale recipe is a real gem. After years of brewing IPAs and experimenting with various styles, I figured it was time to craft something more approachable for the family. Not everyone here is a hop head. Interestingly, my OG hit 1.048 and FG settled at 1.010, giving me a 4.99% ABV, which is a bit higher than the 3.6% listed on the site. No complaints here, though! The flavor is spot on, reminiscent of a commercially produced Lite Lager, even though it's an ale. I'm thrilled with the outcome-clean, crisp, and zero off flavors. Even my wife is a fan. This will be a perfect match for our crab feast this weekend. Definitely brewing this one again.
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May 23, 2024
Rated 1 out of 5
Just not a good beer
January 20, 2023
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Standard Drink All Day Beer
A great “drink all day but never get drunk” beer. It’s not going to wow your tastebuds but in its natural state it’s a great “light” beer recipe. Easily adaptable to flavor additives if you want to mix it up.
Easy drinking
Easy drinking
August 16, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Will brew again.
This could be a "go to" in hot weather. Cleared nicely when crash chilled.
February 14, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Good all around summer beer
Very mild and light. Tastes about the same as most of the store bought light beers. Not very malty or hoppy. Everyone that has tried it has wanted more. I already have a second kit to brew for this summer.
March 27, 2016