Session Beer (standard bitter)

This is a fine session beer to make for summer. It is low in alcohol at 3.4% ABV, but has plenty of malt taste and a nice hint of English hops. You could change the hops around to use what you have, but the beer will taste much more like an authentic session beer if you keep the earthy English hop profile.

I tend to use dry yeast and the SafAle S05 is nice and clean. You could also substitute any English style yeast and you will probably get a little more malty finish at the expense of some alcohol. Session beers are also good in the Winter, but I like them during the hot summer days spent at the pool.

For a comparison, I modeled this after Boddingtons and similar beers. It should not be over carbonated, and if you keg it and can serve it with nitrogen or aligal, it will retain the typical creamy head and mouthfeel.

Try this recipe out and leave your comments.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5 gal 60 min 30.3 IBUs 7.9 SRM 1.037 SG 1.011 SG 3.4 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Standard/Ordinary Bitter 8 A 1.032 - 1.04 1.007 - 1.011 25 - 35 4 - 14 0.8 - 2.2 3.2 - 3.8 %


Name Amount %
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 1 lbs 18.18
Carafoam (Weyermann) 8 oz 9.09
Light Dry Extract 4 lbs 72.73


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Bramling Cross 1 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 5
Bramling Cross 1 oz 10 min Boil Pellet 5


Name Amount Time Use Type
Whirlfloc Tablet 1.00 Items 15 min Boil Fining


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
London Ale (WLP013) White Labs 71% 66°F - 71°F
Recipe Type
Experience Level