The only true pre-Prohibition Pils strain that is still commercially available is the Christian Schmidt strain, which is Siebel BRY118. The strain is also available as Wyeast 2272 North American Lager (a PC strain). The August Schell strain is derived from the Christian Schmidt strain (this strain has a big flavor profile that works well with Pre-Pro Pils). It is available as Wyeast 2035 American Lager. Wyeast used to call this strain Wyeast 2035 New Ulm Lager. I am fairly certain that White Labs does not offer either strain in its production line-up.
what water profile? yellow malty? and I was thinking a German/ Bavarian lager?
Wouldn't "Champaign Velvet" be the Illinois classic?