The inspiration for this beer is Indeed's B-Side Pils. I think that B-Side Pils is one of the best German Pilsners out there right now. It has all of the hallmarks of any great German Pilsner, Grainy pils malt, breadiness, crackery, nice firm bitterness and a nice dry finish. But the hop character is nothing like I have ever tasted.
The Hallertau hops give you that traditional German floral and earthy character, but it is the Mandarina Bavaria hops that really shine is this beer. They produce intense tangerine and lemon, along with floral notes. I've never tasted anything like it and it is absolutely amazing in this Pilsner.
Indeed is nice enough to put all of the ingredients on their website so all I had to do was figure out how much and when and I think I have done that very well in this beer. Side by side with B-Side Pils it is very close. We also used a different yeast but it doesn't seem to matter. Once you brew this beer, I definitely recommend grabbing some B-Side and comparing side by side.
Everyone can brew a lager, even if you do not have temperature control. Just use 2 packets of the Fermentis Saflager W34/70 yeast. It has a very large and forgiving temperature range and you can ferment as warm as 68 degrees and still get a clean lager.
- 8 oz Avangard German Pilsner Malt
- 6 lbs Pilsner LME
- 4 oz Corn Sugar
- 1.5 oz Hallertau (Bittering)
- 1 oz Mandarina Bavaria (Flavoring)
- .5 oz Hallertau (Whirlpool/Steep)
- 1 oz Mandarina Bavaria (Whirlpool/Steep)
- Muslin Bag
- Fermentis Saflager W34/70 2 pkg
- Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager with appropriate starter
- Imperial L-17 Harvest Lager