Better late than never, but here are pics of the set of lagers I brewed for Oktoberfest this year:
Munich helles, much more clear than the pic suggests, probably my most brilliant beer to date! I used the Augustiner yeast (Imperial Harvest L17) and it turned out FANTASTIC! SUPER bready, probably my favorite of the bunch. I could drink liters of this - sadly, the keg kicked a while back
Rauchbier - not as much smoke character as I'd like (for me anything short of the gold standard, Schlenkerla, is substandard). However, it isn't a bad beer by any means. Malty and delish.
Munich dunkel, a really enjoyable, uber malty pint. I went to the trouble of decocting it for funsies (/s), and it certainly didn't hurt anything, although perhaps it turned out a touch darker than I would've liked. Used the Ayinger yeast (WLP833) for this one.
Schwarzbier, probably my second favorite of the bunch, although the dunkel is pretty close. Subtle roastiness & chocolatey character, yet crisp. Used the Yeast Bay Franconian dark lager (WLP4030) for this one, definitely pleased with the results!
A flight of all 4, what a great set! Me & the fam have been enjoying some good homebrews this fall! German lagers are the best!
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