RIBeer - I'll probably go with Ed's recipe if nothing like what I'm looking for comes along. All I've ever read are positive reviews of his brews, and everything really is so straightforward
remilard - The set up your describing really doesn't cost as much as I imagined it would. I still have so many brewing supplies on my wish list (a wort chiller, a pot large enough to do a full 5 gallon boil) that I'll have to put the freezer/temp controller on hold. Luckily my basement stays at around 65 degrees, maybe even a little less, so I could perhaps try pitching at 58 and rising to 65
b33risGOOD - I'm right there with you. I can't get enough of hacker pschorr's oktoberfest beer so I'm assuming their weisse will be the amazing/traditional beer that I'm going for.
DaveMcPhee - Thanks for the heads up on that kit. Hacker Pschorr's oktoberfest is the best in my eyes, that'll be fun to brew/age for this coming fall. Unfortunately right now I'm looking for the weisse beer that hacker pschorr makes.
Here's to hoping that someone sees this thread and posts a spot on clone recipe! Also like I mentioned in my original post, I am not opposed to doing this with partial grain instead of just extract. Anything to make this happen!!!