Annapolis Home Brew German Beer Kits

Annapolis Home Brew German Beer Kits

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 Altbier

A copper-colored, medium-bodied, German-style ale with lots of malt flavor. "Altbier" means "Old Beer" in German. This name comes from the fact that it's fermented with an ale yeast; which lager-loving Germans consider old-fashioned. This beer has a clean, crisp taste, especially for an ale. Hop bitterness and aroma are moderate, with malt being the primary flavor. Recipe uses two types of imported German hops, combined with a German-style malt extract & German yeast strain. This gives much more authentic results than commonly-used British malt extract.

Style: Düsseldorf-style Altbier
ABV: 5.0%
Color: Copper

Bock

A strong, full-flavored lager beer. Bock beer has big malty taste, deep copper color, and medium-full body. The flavors of malt and caramel dominate the moderate amount of hops used. There is no hop aroma. With 9.5 pounds of malt extract, we don't skimp on ingredients for our bock kits! (There are a lot of weak bock kits on the market.) This lager ferments well at any steady temperature between 48-65 degrees, but thanks to the "Tuborg" yeast strain we use, you also get good results at room temperature. Bocks fermented at room temperature will benefit from some extra bottle aging time.  Bock, like other strong lagers, benefits from cold aging. You should store the bottles at room temperature for at least 2-3 weeks while carbonation develops, then move the bottles to a cool place or into a refrigerator if you have space.

Style: German-style Traditional Bock
ABV: 6.7%
Color: Brown

Doppelbock

This is a very strong, full-bodied lager beer. Doppelbock is the strongest of all German-style beers. Roasted malts contribute color to this beer, but the flavor is that of milder, sweeter malts. Alcohol content is quite high, and hop bitterness is just sufficient to prevent the malt sweetness from being cloying. However, hop bitterness is perceived as being low, while hop flavor and aroma are barely present.  With 11 pounds of malt extract, we don't skimp on ingredients for this one! (There are a lot of weak doppelbock kits on the market.) This is a very strong beer so the flavor will improve a lot with age, especially for the first 6 months. Store the bottles at room temperature for at least 2-3 weeks while carbonation develops, then move them to a cool location if you have one available.

Style: German-style Doppelbock
ABV: 7.8%
Color: Copper Brown

Dunkelweizen

Our stronger version of Bavarian wheat beer features a low hop profile, a hazy mahogany color, medium-full body, spicy, bready aromas and flavors. The backbone of this beer style has more than 50% wheat on the grain bill as well as some chocolate and pilsner malts.   Its name means "dark wheat," and that's just what it is. An dark version of a German hefeweizen, Dunkelweizen has the same spicy yeast and creamy wheat character of its pale counterpart, but with as much rich maltiness as a dark Bavarian lager. 

Style: Dark Wheat Beer
ABV: 5.3%
Color: Brown

Hefeweizen

This traditional Bavarian light wheat beer gets it's distinct banana and clove flavor from the reaction between the wheat and the yeast. It's hazy straw color reminds one of sunshine making it a wonderful summer treat.

Style: Wheat Beer
ABV: 5.0%
Color: Golden

Kolsch

A very unique German beer style. This is a light-colored ale with medium body. The yeast used to make Kolsch gives the beer a characteristic dry, almost wine-like flavor. Although this is a special hybrid ale/lager yeast strain, it does not require any special care.  You can treat it just like a normal ale fermentation. The results will speak for itself. Hop flavor and aroma are moderate.

Style: Kolsch
ABV: 4.9%
Color: Golden

Maibock (Helles Bock)

This is the strongest light-colored German beer style. Intense gold color with very crisp and clean flavor. Maibock is less sweet and a bit lighter-bodied than the darker traditional bock beers. Maibock also has a bit more hops, but the dominant flavor is still that of malt. With more than 9 pounds of malt extract, we don't skimp on ingredients for our bock kits! (There are a lot of weak bock kits on the market.) This lager ferments well at any steady temperature between 48-65 degrees, but thanks to the "Tuborg" yeast strain we use, you also get good results at room temperature. Bocks fermented at room temperature will benefit from some extra bottle aging time. Bock, like other strong lagers, benefits from cold aging. You should store the bottles at room temperature for at least 2-3 weeks while carbonation develops, then move the bottles to a cool place or into a refrigerator if you have space.

Style: German-style Maibock or Helles Bock
ABV: 6.7%
Color: Deep Golden

Munich Dunkel

Do you like Beck's Dark?  Our "Martinak Dunkel" recipe is a dark German-style lager that isn't heavy. It has a clean malty flavor and aroma, deep color, and moderately light body. The flavor and aroma of toasted and roasted malt are dominant, due to the moderate amount of German hops used in this recipe. This lager ferments well at a wide range of fermentation temperatures, thanks to the special "Tuborg" family yeast strain we use. Good results can be achieved fermenting at temperatures between 50 and 74 degrees, so a good comfortable room or basement is all you need.

Style: German Munich-style Lager
ABV: 4.6%
Color: Brown

Munich Lite Dunkel

This is the "Light" version of our Munich Dunkel recipe kit.  Martinak Lite is an interesting beer, because it's a "Light" German-style beer that's dark in color and has more flavor than most other light beers.  Everything has been reduced a little bit compared to the regular-strength version.  Less malt and hops are used, which results in lower alcohol, calories, and carbohydrates.  The color is brown and body is very light.

Style: German Munich-style Lager
ABV: 3.6%
Color: Brown

Munich Helles

Do you like European Imports like Beck's, Heineken, or Lowenbrau?  Our "Tuckahoe Helles" recipe is a German-style lager with an easy-drinking, clean malt flavor, light golden color, and light body. This beer style has more flavor compared to the popular American pilsners. Hop flavor and bitterness are medium to low.  This recipe is lighter colored, and has less malt-sweetness than Oktoberfest style. This lager ferments well at a wide range of fermentation temperatures, thanks to the special "Tuborg" family yeast strain we use. Good results can be achieved fermenting at temperatures between 50 and 74 degrees, so a good comfortable room or basement is all you need.

Style: German Munich-style Lager
ABV: 4.5%
Color: Gold

Munich Light Helles

Do you like light beer imports like Amstel Light or Beck's Light?  This is a "lite" version of our standard Munich Helles recipe kit - everything has been "lightened" a little bit compared to the regular version.  Less malt and hops are used, which results in lower alcohol, calories, and carbohydrates.  The color is golden and body is very light.

Style: German Munich-style Lager
ABV: 3.5%
Color: Gold

Oktoberfest

Our "Steinful" recipe kit is an Oktoberfest in the more modern tradition of the style. That means it's designed to be crisp, clean, and golden-amber colored rather than dark and bitter. This is by far our most popular German-style recipe kit - it enjoys top-ten recipe status all year long. Oktoberfest has less hop bitterness than traditional German beers like Bavarian pilsner and Bohemian pilsner. The flavor is that of malt with a slight sweetness. Steinful ferments well at a wide range of temperatures, a steady temperature between 58 and 72 degrees will give good results. Beers fermented at the warmer end of the temperature range will benefit from bottle aging, especially if you can refrigerate the bottles for a week or two after they've had a chance to develop carbonation. 

Style: German Oktoberfest
ABV: 5.2%
Color: Amber

Oktoberfest (Ultimate)

Our regular Oktoberfest recipe kit has become a best-seller, but we had people asking for a stronger version. Well, here it is! We increased the alcohol content by including more malt extract, plus enough German hops to put a bit more edge on this version of Oktoberfest. If you're a fan of strong, hoppy beers and want to celebrate the German way, this is just the ticket!  Ultimate Oktoberfest uses a combination on Pale, Munich, and Crystal malts to achieve rich malty flavor and full body. 

Style: Specialty Oktoberfest
ABV: 7.7%
Color: Amber

Schwartzbier

Schwartzbier is an interesting style, but not one you'll find for sale very often. It's almost completely black, yet medium light-bodied - completely unlike a stout or porter. Besides a few microbreweries who brew Schwartzbier, the only one most of us can find in stores is Japan's Sapporo Black - and that's hardly ever imported nowadays. Schwartzbier has a nice roasted malt flavor yet it's easy-drinking and refreshing, with much livelier carbonation than stouts or porters. This is a great beer to introduce lager-loving friends to "the dark side," and you'll like it too!

Style: Schwartzbier
ABV: 4.9%
Color: Black

Weizenbock

Weizenbock is another strong German beer.  But unlike the other bock styles, it's based on wheat malt and uses an ale-based Bavarian wheat beer yeast instead of a lager yeast. This is the powerhouse of all German wheat beers!  It's very full-bodied and rich compared to other wheat beers, and while the hop level is modest, it's definitely part of the flavor profile.

Style: German-style Weizenbock or Wheat Bock
ABV: 7.0%
Color: Amber