- Feb 4, 2016
- Reaction score
So back on 7/7 I brewed up a lager, using 80/20 pilsner/two row, 0.5oz Chinook for bittering, and some Crystal as late additions at 10 & 5. Fermented at 52 for a week, then a d-rest for a few days, now supposed to get some lagering time. Planned on it just being for home consumption. Just finished the d-rest for it, and it's down to 1.012 from 1.060 (6.3%), and is absolutely DEEEEELICIOUS. So tasty, in fact, that I am considering entering it in the WW Fair this year. However, I'm having one hell of a time deciding what class it can go in. Too strong for American lager, not quite a Munich Helles, has some of the characteristics of pre-Prohibition (not an available class for the Fair anyway), and the International Light lager class seems wrong because it's not, well, International, but none of those seem right. Here's my take on the flavor (can't describe the appearance/final mouthfeel yet cause it's not done): good malt backbone, the Chinook gives a nice light bitterness that isn't overwhelming like chinook can be; has that lager 'bite', but isn't overpowering, and is slightly sweet on initial taste, that doesn't linger. Slight fruity aroma from the Crystal hops, but they don't dominate the flavor as much as I thought they would. Slightly dry, crisp finish. I know it will get better with some lagering time, and the character will change a bit, I was just wondering what others (with more BJCP experience than me) might think.