WLP037 Yorkshire Square Ale Yeast

This yeast produces a beer that is malty, but well-balanced. Expect flavors that are toasty with malt-driven esters. Highly flocculent and good choice for English pale ales, English brown ales, and mild ales.

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Style Performance Listing

A listing of how this style ranks amongst different brew styles, on a scale from 0 to 4.

American Style Cream Ale2 American Style Wheat Ale2
Fruit Beer2 Herbs & Spice Beer2
Specialty Beers2 Specialty Honey Ales2
Smoke Flavored Beer2 Classic English Style Pale Ale4
English Style India Pale Ale4 American Style Pale Ale2
American Style India Pale Ale2 American Style Amber2
English Style Bitter4 English Style ESB4
Scottish Style Ale2 Irish Style Red Ale2
English Style Brown Ale4 American Style Brown Ale2
German Style Brown and Dusseldorf Altbier2 Robust Porter4
Brown Porter4 Classic Irish Style Dry Stout2
Foreign Style Stout2 Sweet Stout2
Oatmeal Stout2 English Old Ale English & American Strong Ale4
Barley Wine Strong Ale4 Strong Scotch Ale2
Imperial Stout2   


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“Odd and unpleasant”

By: 816guy | Date: Jan., 13th 2014 | Beer(s) Brewed: Oatmeal Stout

I won't be using this again. WLP037 produces a very dry, nutty, odd-smelling beer that has light fruity ester character and an unpleasant chalky / mineraly finish. With a mash temp of 154F, using 5% jaggery sugar, the apparent attenuation was 81% on a 1.054 SG. The dark malt character is insanely pronounced, to the point of being excessive and bizarre. The beer finishes with a very odd texture.

My recipe was an oatmeal stout. It ended up more like a brown porter with the dryness and pronounced dark malt.

“Makes a Superb Brown Ale!”

By: Olan Suddeth | Date: Aug., 15th 2013 | Beer(s) Brewed: Northern English Brown Ale

Absolutely *love* this yeast. Makes a delicious malty brown ale with a pleasantly dry finish. The recipe I use has a touch of smoked malt, and it just plays wonderfully. Very subtle esters give a clean profile without being boring. Man, do I wish this yeast was available year round!

“Vigorous top fermenter ...”

By: David Wrigley | Date: Nov., 20th 2012 | Beer(s) Brewed: N. English Brown

Made OG 1.049 Brown ale. Used 2 liter starter for 12 gallons. Vigorous top fermenter at 69 degrees F. Great tasting beer with lot of similarities to Sam Smith's.

“... allow for ample headspace ...”

By: Jack P. | Date: Nov., 20th 2012 | Beer(s) Brewed: Porter

Very vigorous top fermenter. I split a 10 gallon batch into two carboys, five gallons in a 6 gal and five gallons in a 6.5 gal. The 6 gal carboy overflowed considerably. The 6.5 gal just barely contained the krausen. Consequently, the overflowed half finished much higher (1.017 vs 1.013 in the 6.5 gal) because I lost a lot of healthy yeast off the top. Definitely allow for ample headspace with this one. Otherwise, a great yeast, great malt character, and big unique esters.

“(Not such a) short summary”

By: Jim Graham | Date: Nov., 20th 2012 | Beer(s) Brewed: English Northern Brown (Nut Brown) Ale

Short summary: if you want a truly fine Nut Brown Ale, this is one of the two best yeasts I've found (the other being WLP-007) for a Nut Brown ale. But it WILL need a bit of aging (see below). When I brewed this one, while it was in the fermenter, I thought I smelled some "bad" smells (medicinal, or close to it). When I sampled it (from the hydrometer tube) at kegging, I tasted what I'd smelled, but by that point, had already read online that this yeast will initially produce this aroma/flavor, but with a bit of age (5 days in the case of my nut brown), it fades into the background and becomes a flavor contributor, instead of a detriment. And that is EXACTLY what it did. This nut brown has a combination of flavors from the grain (which this yeast seems to really emphasize), the yeast (a LOT of complex esters with flavors I don't even KNOW how to describe, including a fantastic nutty character), and hops to balance it all out. But, based on previous brews, in my opinion, the 037 is critical in this balance, as its flavors really pull everything else together. I am now debating on using this yeast for my oatmeal stout, which has ALWAYS been done with Brewtek CL-170. Ahhh, decisions, decisions.... :-) Very nice yeast, but remember, patience! Oh, one other thing. HIGHLY flocculent. When this yeast stops (and drops out), it stops about the same way a car does when it hits a 200 ton concrete wall. It started up (6 gallons with a 300mL starter, started from slant-->10mL-->300mL) in roughly 12 hours from pitching the yeast, and ran at full speed until it finished, at which point it stopped cold and flocculated out literally overnight. Wonderful yeast....

“Year-round please!”