I finally bottled this last night and I should say that it tastes GREAT! I'm amazed that I made this thing myself!
The final color is like everyone said, this thing looked pretty dark in the carboy but it was a golden color as I bottled. So my lesson learned there is not to judge the color while in the carboys!
Since I don't really know what a pils or a maibocks characteristics are (without looking them up) I'm not sure how close this is to fitting onto one of those descriptions. I can say that it had good hop smell, a golden color with a slight malty/sweet note at the beginning and a large hop taste with a slight bitter/hoppy finish that lingered (the hops smell and larger taste is probably due to the dry-hopping). I guess that describes hundreds of beers- so it's right there with'em!
So, I guess could have bought this but it tastes better knowing that I made it!
My latest question is over the priming sugar - I think I did not use enough to prime the 5 gallons that I had- I just learned that I only used ~ 4.5 ounces rather than 5 ounces (one oz per gallon) that is normally recommended (I used a conversion calculator- I should of done that prior to priming). Any thoughts out there as to what kind of affect will this have on the end product? My guess is an under-carbonated beer. Maybe, if given long enough, they will carbonate out but that assumes the yeast that's left doesn't give out. Although, I did use ~ 15 grams of a nottingham/cooper mix for five gallons (I think that's a little more than needed for 5 gallons, but I maybe wrong). So, if that is a little more yeast than what was really needed, then maybe there will be enough yeast to make it through a long haul!
I guess only time will tell if this was too little primer or if anyone has a suggestion as to something that I can still do at this point, then I'm willing to try. I use the flip-top bottles so re-opening these isn't an issue.
The upside to this, now I'll never forget that 2 tablespoons = 1 oz and use 1 oz per gallon of beer! Live and learn!