Edit - and we pitched a big starter of lager yeast, aerated. Fermentation was done in 5 days at a controlled 50F. That was a healthy fermentation.
Holy cow, Jeff, that's outstanding performance!
I have had the same experience as well with all-pils brews (pilsner and helles). I must say the quality of my lighter beers has improved quite a bit since I started listening to folks like Keith and Kai, and Denny (and all you other beer-geeks out there )