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Old 04-25-2011, 09:37 PM   #1
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I made a unique beer on a whim. The problem is, it actually came out really, really well. So well in fact that I would like to enter it in competition. The problem is, I have no idea what style to submit it as.

It's a light-flavored beer made with 100% Munich Malt, Ale yeast and 2 oz of Saaz hops. It has a nice dark brown color, foamy head, light floral aromas and clean texture.

The problem is, the ingredients I used don't seem to fit any standard of style. The ingredients would typically be for that of a lager, but since I didn't lager it, I have no idea what it is. Any guidance here would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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Unfortunately, there isn't really a category for this. The grist and hops are very bock-like (as you mention), but you'll get dinged in that category because of the fermentation profile. Dead Guy, for example, gets classified sometimes as a maibock, but it doesn't really taste like any maibock I've ever had. Category 23A?


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Old 04-26-2011, 12:21 AM   #3
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You didn't mention your specs like OG & IBUs, but have a look at the Dusseldorf Altbier category.... maybe?
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You didn't mention your specs like OG & IBUs, but have a look at the Dusseldorf Altbier category.... maybe?
Here's the recipe:

Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 5.72 gal
OG: 1.060
FG: 1.010
Estimated Color: 8.2 SRM
Estimated IBU: 19.2 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
10.00 lb Munich Malt (6.0 SRM) Grain 100.00 %
1.00 oz Saaz [5.50 %] (60 min) Hops 19.2 IBU
1.00 oz Saaz [5.50 %] (1 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops -
0.25 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
5.00 gal New York, NY Water
1 Pkgs American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) Yeast-Ale


Mash Schedule: My Mash
Total Grain Weight: 10.00 lb
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My Mash
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Step Add 12.00 qt of water at 168.4 F 156.0 F
10 min Step Add 5.00 qt of water at 208.7 F 170.0 F
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you're almost an Altbier.. just low on the IBU for the style
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you're almost an Altbier.. just low on the IBU for the style
I'm no expert on altbiers, but aren't they usually mostly pilsner plus a little bit of Munich, roast, and dark crystal? The OPs beer sounds like a (potentially very tasty) Munich bomb with none of the darker kilned tones that I (perhaps incorrectly) associate with alts.
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I'm no expert on altbiers, but aren't they usually mostly pilsner plus a little bit of Munich, roast, and dark crystal? The OPs beer sounds like a (potentially very tasty) Munich bomb with none of the darker kilned tones that I (perhaps incorrectly) associate with alts.

yes and no... here's the definition of ingredients straight from the BJCP style guideline.

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Ingredients: Grists vary, German base malts(typ. pils, occ. Munich)w sm amts of crystal, chocolate, &/or black malts to adj color. Occ wheat. Spalt hops traditional, noble hops ok.Mod carbonate water.Clean,highly attenuative ale yeast. step mash/decoct is traditional
while its typically Pils is does say that occasionally (occ) its Munich. Like I said, it was almost an Alt.
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yes and no... here's the definition of ingredients straight from the BJCP style guideline.

while its typically Pils is does say that occasionally (occ) its Munich. Like I said, it was almost an Alt.
Fair enough, though I think he'd get dinged pretty hard for the lack of roast/crystal. Even with Munich as a base, those flavors are quite pronounced in any alt I've had.

Somebody else around here was having a similar problem about six months ago, though I can't for the life of me find the thread. It wiuld be worth figuring out how that brewer fared. If specialty beer isn't an option, I think your best choice (of bad options) would be maibock.
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oh he'd get hit for the malts and for the lack of hops as an Alt...
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oh he'd get hit for the malts and for the lack of hops as an Alt...
Yeah, basically... he's screwed. it's just a question I guess of if he expects the judges to be more sensitive to yeast, malts, or hops. The good news is that he'll have something to drown his misery with when the score sheet comes back.


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