I've got good fermentation temp control and will lager in either my fermentation temp chamber or kegerator (possibly shifting from one to the other depending on what else is going on.) If the recommended lagering times differ at all that would be a help as I would like something that is relatively fast. I am very impatient and would like to get some feedback from my first lager as soon as is reasonable.
Are there any factors that would lead me to chose one style or another for my first attempt?
Well, I don't know what to tell you. I am a BIG fan of the German styles as well. I just pitched on _my_ first lager, which is a Helles. I followed this recipe, utilizing steam injection to step through the mash temps:
I did an oktoberfest back in march, just kegged it last week. Its going to be sooooo good! As long a you have your temp control set it will turn ot great. This was the first lager I did in its own fermenting chamber, with a love controller. Using this, lagers are easier to ferment than ales. Think I'm on deck for another lager now.