Originally Posted by mtwalsh922
Precisely what I just surmised in my previous post. I'm okay with a mimicked flavor...just wanted to understand since I am at least aware of what lagering is. I'll try a real one eventually.
The main thing that a higher fermentation temperature will bring is a maltier or sweeter finished flavor. A good California Common for me is one that has a nice malty profile, but still some crisp notes. You won't ruin a beer if you brew a lager style like an ale. I would make the case that it wouldn't be the ideal of that style....but it still can be a very good and drinkable beer.
The best way to see what you prefer is to just try: this time try what the noob directions say at brewing like an ale. See what it tastes like. Try the kit again, but this time do it at lager temps. See if you like the true lager better or the "hybrid". BTW, S-23 yeast is a lager yeast that does alright with higher temps: it's a common yeast for California Commons.