Malt of the Month: Briess Munich-style Malts

Munich-style malts are among the most widely used specialty malts by craft and homebrewers alike. Their malty character not only creates clean, malty German Lagers, but has equal application in a long list of other styles. Munich-style malts help build a malty backbone for rich, intense flavored beers from Belgian Ales to Porters. In smaller amounts they provide balance to hop heavy styles. Some brewers use small amounts in just about every beer they brew for underlying fullness and richness of flavor.

Two recent blogs mentioned these malts, so it’s only fitting that they collectively are the September Malt of the Month. If you missed these blogs, check them out here:

Briess first introduced two 6-Row Munich Malts in the early days of American craft beer. In the 1990s we doubled our entries in this category with the introduction of two European-style, 2-Row versions—Bonlander® Munich Malt and Aromatic Munich Malt. All four are now popular with craft brewers, although most craft brewers prefer one over the other for purely personal choice. Here is a quick look at these four malts.

Bonlander® Munich Malt

  • 2-Row
  • 10º Lovibond
  • 40 DP
  • European-style Munich Malt with a clean, slightly sweet, rich malty flavor. Very smooth.
  • Golden amber leaning toward orange hues

Aromatic Munich Malt

  • 2-Row
  • 20º Lovibond
  • 20 DP
  • European-style Munich malt with a clean, slightly sweet, rich intense malty flavor. Very smooth.
  • Deep golden with orange hues

Munich 10L

  • 6-Row
  • 10º Lovibond
  • 40 DP
  • Smooth, sweet maltiness with a touch of biscuit.
  • Golden amber leaning toward orange hues

Munich 20L

  • 6-Row
  • 20º Lovibond
  • 20 DP
  • Smooth, intense maltiness with a touch of nutty biscuit.
  • Deep golden with orange hues
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