Originally Posted by beersk
Nice work. How young is a bit too young? Mine is about 7 weeks lagering now and it's tasting pretty good, certainly one of the better beers I've ever brewed. The yeast definitely has a unique character.
It was submitted 6 weeks from the date it was brewed, judged 8 weeks from brew day. I don't know whether it was stored cold after submission.
FWIW, I just had my Oktoberfest party over the weekend, and both the Oktoberfestbier and the Schwarzbier got rave reviews. I did pigeonhole one of the guys from the brew club into giving me some honest feedback and he thought the Oktoberfestbier was a bit on the fruity side -- possibly from the 4-day lag time. The Schwarzbier didn't have that issue. Overall, though, with 6 beers on tap, the entire keg of O'fest went dry at the very end of the party... So someone liked it!