To quote my mentor "If you allow me to paraphrase, you bought a canvas, paint and some brushes, learned about general composition of the old masters and drawn loads of caricatures of your teachers in class, but then expect to produce a work like Rembrand. The breweries spent generations of owners perfecting their recipes and art. I think it's OK to give it more time."
I have been chasing this for at least 10 years, with the last year being SERIOUS. Serious, as in Decoding German brewing texts, and getting in contact with some of most illusive people I have even seen. Brewing using methods most of the world has never heard of. For instance today I used the Kubessa Verfahren, which is a mash that you separate the husks from the starches, and utilize a decoction with the starches (fine and coarse grind) while maserating the husks in another mash. I have used malts that people know nothing about. The crazy things about it is, I was not alone. We formed a group, and are all driving after the same thing, brewing authentic German beers, Hell even the group, has a secret group!
The problem is, Americans brew German beers wrong, flat out. We were taught wrong, I am as guilty as the next guy. We always try to do it over the top, and that muddy's everything else. We use the wrong water, at the wrong pH, mash the wrong way, boil and hop wrong( the formulas are wrong), ferment wrong... I could seriously go on for hours. It took me a LONG time to get past it. That being said, I have yet to create what we coined 'it", "it" being that harmonious, out of body experience you get from tasting these fresh beers.
Sorry for the run on, but thats why I ask what you are out to create. If you are serious, this will not be the place for it, but I will get you where you need to be. As I said before you need to "be sheltered" from what you have been taught, and here is not the right place for that. Either way I respect it.
This post was fueled by my latest helles attempt, while brewing another