« on: May 22, 2015, 06:24:46 AM »
I hadn't considered international pale lager. That may be the ticket.
I tasted again last night and it is damn tasty whatever it is. It has a smooth character that I haven't really experienced in my beers. It is only my second lager so maybe that is the difference.
Pours a brilliant yellow with a thin lasting white head and good carbonation streaming up the glass. The aroma is of sweet malt and a light hop aroma. If it wasn't my beer, I wouldn't think this was dry hopped. There is a pretty soft malt character with an almost creamy smooth mouthfeel. It is not as crisp nor as dry as I would expect for finishing at 1.009. The hops provide good balance with some slight lemon, herbal, and spicy characters that do not overpower the beer but add an interesting note. I can see why these are sometimes used as subs for traditional noble hops. The beer finishes extremely clean with no noticeable aftertastes or off-flavors.
I am still probably making judgments a bit too early. I wish I was more familiar with these categories so I could know where to place it. It does not taste like any of the commercial examples provided for American Lager so I think I can rule that out. It seems like it is almost seems to be in between international pale lager and dortmunder. I will need to track down some examples for comparison I suppose.
Not sure if it helps but here are the hop amounts:
14 g Sterling (~9% AA) FWH
10 g Sterling / 20 g Crystal 5 min
10 g Sterling / 20 g Crystal DH
I forgot to check but I think the OG was 1.047 and the FG 1.009
Yellow balanced profile in Bru'n Water