Yeast reviews requested: Koelsch and Cal/American Ale

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ArcaneXor

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I was wondering if anyone has any general observations or even done side-by-side comparisons on the following:

Wyeast Koelsch II (Seasonal Strain) vs. Wyeast Koelsch and White Labs Koelsch/German Ale

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White Labs American Ale Blend vs. White Labs Cal Ale and Wyeast 1056 as well as Wyeast 1272.

For the first, I am just interested in differences in the flavor profile, i.e. which one gets closer to an authentic Koelsch ale like Frueh, Gaffel or Muehlen.

For the second, I am interested in which are most suitable for a C-hop accentuated, fruity APA or American IPA.

Thanks much!
 

Jamo99

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Not sure about the kolsch strains, but can chime in on the 1056 vs 1272. The 1056 will produce a very clean beer with minimal yeast characteristics. The 1272 will produce a clean beer, but a bit fruitier and with more mouthfeel. The 1056 hides in the shoadows, but the 11272 lets you know it's there.
 

ChuckMoney

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I've used both the californias and the whitelabs east coast ale yeast. I like the california V for a good C-hop pale ale, I make mine with centennial/chinook/cascades and 60L crystal and it always comes out really good. the east coast is more of the flavor of a sam adams ale type beer and i find its spot on for making a sam adams summer ale or boston ale clone.
 
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