This yeast is a mystery to me. There are tons of reviews at online homebrew stores that say it’s clean. But, the manufacturer sells it as “THE SOLUTION FOR FRUITY AND HOPPY LAGERS.”
I am actually planning to brew with it this weekend. I’m planning a hoppy pre-prohibition pilsner. We’ll see.
My best Pro-Pro Pils beers have been made with Wyeast 2035. That should not come as a surprise because Wyeast 2035 descends from the Christian Schmidt strain. The aromatics of Wyeast 2035 are unique.
The back story on this beer is two fold. My Brother-in-law gave me some honey he raised and packaged. I want to use it in a beer, but in my experience honey just dries out beer and doesn’t really lend much flavor. So, I decided to replace flaked maize (my normal) with honey.
Separately, I have always wanted to try S-23.
I figure mild fruitiness might blend in well with a Pre-pro Pilsner with Edelweiss hops and my BIL’s honey. If the fruitiness is absent that will be fine. If the fruitiness is over the top, I will dump the beer and try again. My BIL gave me a lot of honey.