Lemon Zest Summer Beer

Summer ale’s are pretty fun to make, and there is no doubt about it that they are really refreshing.  This summer ale I put just a tad of lemon zest in it.  I guess the inspiration comes from the Sam Adams Summer Ale.  Either way, this beer is pretty easy and to me is kinda like an American Wheat.  For me this is going to be the last summer beer that I am making before I start transitioning into some really good fall recipes.  So the citrusy stuff might slow down a bit and move over to some other types of beers for the cooler weather.

Enjoy it while it last though.  For those that want to do all-grain or would like to use liquid malt extract we do have a conversion chart to make that very easy!


3 lbs Wheat DME

3 lbs Pils DME

1 oz Hallertau (60min)

1 oz Hallertau (20min)

1 oz Hallertau (5min)

1 oz Lemon Zest

WLP 001

OG: 1.053

FG: 1.011

SRM: 6.48

IBU: 27.6

ABV: 5.5%


  • Take 2.5 gallons of water and add all of your dry malt extract
  • Bring to a boil
  • Add 1 oz of hops at the begining of the boil
  • Boil for 40min
  • Add 1 oz of hops
  • Boil for 15 min
  • Add 1 oz of hops
  • Boil for 5 min
  • End your boil, cool down the wort, put in your fermenter, fill to 5 gallons

Primary 7-14 days

Secondary 7 days

In secondary you add your lemon zest.

Bottlle: 21 days

Just because this beer does not have grains in it, don’t underestimate it by any means.  This beer is great for a hot day next to the BBQ.  This beer is just refreshing all around and with the citrus flavors from the Lemons really makes a well balanced beer.


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