Great review and analysis, Amanda. That beer was brewed mid February. After bottle conditioned it sat in a chest at 39º till I boxed it up. Same with the dunkel I sent. Its reaching its best by for sure. Thats my 3rd attemot, tweaking along the way. It won 1st place at Bend Oregon's Springfling. Probably because Randy didnt enter anything lol.
Malt bill was 9lbs Best Pils and 2 lbs Vienna, which I later learned to be Gambrinus. A light went off above my head when I learned that, regarding that honey note. Hopping was 1/2 oz of US Magnum at 60 in a 90 min biil. Thats it. Wyeast Munich 2308 at 50º till a stepped up d rest.
Helles is up next on my calendar. I'm going to drop the OG from 1.058ish to 1.050. 9.5 lbs Best Pils 1.5lbs Best Vienna. Im going to mash at 145 for 120, rather than 150 for 60. 60 minute boil thanks to Marshall, that might drop the color down where it should be. Hops this time will be an ounce of Mittelfruh at 60 and an ounce at 10. Going to pitch two 1L starters at high krausen and get it really rocking, hopefully. Plus I've learned a lot about water and pH since February so im amped to get after it.
Glad you enjoyed it. Im looking forward to continuing my journey toward my perfect Helles. The Dunkel needs help too. Too sweet in my opinion. I'll see what you think.
Edit: regarding the unexpected buzz, its about 5.5% so I dont know. But it was brewed in Washington, so who knows? Contact high?