My second lager is on tap now and while although good it doesn't have the crisp lager character that I was going for. My first lager turned out fantastic however that was a dark lager and this is a light lager. I assume this is related to my fermentation process and lack of 'lagering'. Or perhaps it just needs more time. The beer has a malty and grainy character that I cannot really explain...not bad but different. Strangely enough it reminds me of Budweiser or something with a lot of adjuncts.
83% German Pilsner
17% German Vienna
Fermented at 52F, brought up to 62F over 5 days, brought back down to 52 over another 5 days and held. It has been in the keg at 38F for only about 3-4 weeks now. I don't have the ability to store it colder...
Is this strictly a temperature issue during fermentation and not being stored colder? I have read a lot of users' lager process so I don't really need to know the best one. Looking more for an explanation which I think I have likely already answered...