German Pilsner

Keller Pils

German Pilsner, it’s been on my list of beers to brew for a long time so I’ve been looking forward to this one.  This beer really has it all – crisp, dry, malt and hops making appearances.  With such a classic style I didn’t want to muck it up too much by overthinking it or overcomplicating the recipe. I went pretty traditional with just one out of the box hop additon of New Zealand Pacifica, which is a Hallertau relative but has a bit of orange marmalade and citrus. Brewing a classic like this takes time with the extended mash and boil but I’m confident it will be worth it when I’m drinking this on a warm summer day. One interesting note, during the boil my hop filter got clogged from the outside not letting the hoppy wort back into the kettle. It took a long time but I finally got everything drained as I didn’t want to miss out on any delicious hop flavors. I’ve only had this happen one other time when doing a rye saison with 35% rye so I’m not sure why just a pilsner malt wort would do this but it also did make for a slow run off to the fermenter.


OG: 1.049
FG: 1.010
ABV: 5.1%
Mash: 122 (15 min.), 145 (30 min.), 150 (15 min.), 153 (20 min.), 163 (20 min.)
Boil: 90 min.

Water Profile:

Ca: 64
Mg: 1
Na: 4
So4: 74
Cl: 59
BiCarbonate: 15
Mash pH: 5.4

48.8% Floor Malted Bohemian Pilsner Malt (Weyermann)
48.8% Pilsner Malt (Weyermann)
2.4% Acidulated Malt (Weyermann)

0.75 oz Sterling (8.1%) 60 min.
1.50 oz Liberty (2.9%) 10 min.
1.50 oz Liberty (2.9%) 5 min.
1.50 oz Pacifica (4.9%) 0 min.
1.50 oz Sterling (8.1%) 0 min.

Imperial L13 – Global

Made a big starter of 3 liters earlier in the week and decanted most the liquid off before pitching into 48 degree wort.  Set temperature at 50 and fermentation was under way the next morning.

Kegged on 5.9, was hoping for a little bit drier finish, but at 1.010 still nice and dry.  Gravity sample tasted really great, looking forward to have this on tap.

Tasting notes – 6.8.16

Aroma: Bready, malty aroma with a little bit of floral hops punching through.

Appearance: Nearly brilliant pale golden with a fluffy white head that lingers a minute before fading away. Great looking beer.

Taste: Rich maltiness up front with some honey like sweetness, hops come in next with floral and a little bit of fruity notes and ends very clean. More malt than hops but in pretty good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium with medium plus carbonation. Could use a slightly lighter body and/or more carbonation.

Overall: I’m pleased with how this one turned out. Classic pilsner malt profile with a nice level of hops, however I think they can be cranked up for the next version and it drinks almost Helles like with the malt being a little more dominant than the hops. The hops do have the flavors you’d expect in a classic pilsner: floral, spicy and a touch of orange (most likely from the Pacifica hops). Overall, a real nice lager for the warmer weather that arrived a little early in the PNW – cheers.

Update – 6.23 – Beer in the last 10 days has become 100% crystal clear and continues to drink great. Looks like this yeast from Imperial takes close to a month to drop totally clear but it will get there.




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