If you haven’t used Briess Pilsen Malt in your lager and session beers yet, I recommend it. I’ve had a lot of success in the pilot brewery with it, and knowing that it’s made from barley grown in Wyoming and Montana just for Briess is nice.

Just a few things about Briess Pilsen Malt. At 1.2º Lovibond it’s the lightest base malt Briess produces, and one of the lightest available. It has a really nice clean, sweet, delicate malty flavor and produces just about the lightest color, cleanest, most crisp wort of any base malt I’ve ever tried so it allows the full flavor of any specialty malt you use shine through. It’s a great choice for lagers, but is certainly nice for other beer styles. Blend it with another base malt for interest.

It’s available in both whole kernel and pure extract form. To brew this recipe as all grain, just convert the CBW® Pilsen Light LME to dry whole kernel malt. The Pilsen Malt in this “Extra Special Roast Bitter” the biscuit, tangy-sourdough character of Briess Special Roast Malt to come through.



  • Type: Lager
  • Style: ESB
  • Batch Size: 5 gallons
  • Recipe Type: Extract with grain
  • Recipe Contributed By: Briess Technical Services team


  • 6.6 lbs—CBW® Pilsen Light LME (20-minute boil)
  • 1 lb—Briess Pale Ale Malt
  • 0.5 lbs—Briess Special Roast Malt
  • 0.5 lbs—Briess Carapils® Malt
  • 0.75 oz—Target (12% AA hop) (60-minute boil)
  • 0.5 oz—Tettnang (4.0% AA hop) (20-minute boil)
  • 0.5 oz—Golding (5.0% AA hop) (20-minute boil)
  • 0.5 oz—Tettnang (4.0$ AA hop) (5-minute boil)
  • 0.5 oz—Golding (5.0% AA hop) (5-minute boil)
  • 1 vial—WLP006 Bedford British Yeast


  1. Steep grain at 152-158ºF for 30 minutes
  2. Remove grains, bring to boil, add first hop addition
  3. Boil 40 minutes, remove from heat, add second hop addition and LME
  4. Boil 15 minutes, add final hop addition
  5. Boil 5 minutes
  6. Cool o 68ºF, oxygenate wort
  7. Pitch 1 vial WLP006 Bedford British Yeast


  • Primary Fermentation: 1-2 weeks at 68ºF
  • Secondary Fermentation: 1-2 weeks (optional)
  • Bottle condition or force carbonate


  • Original Gravity: 1.054
  • Final Gravity: 1.014
  • Alcohol by Weight: 4.2%
  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.2%
  • IBU: 42
  • Color: 9º Lovibond