From Mexico City, this yeast produces clean lager beer, with a crisp finish. Good for Mexican style light lagers, as well as dark lagers. This is one of the best lager strains in the White Labs yeast bank; try it with any lager.
A listing of how this style ranks amongst different brew styles, on a scale from 0 to 4.
|German Style Pilsner||2||Bohemian Style Pilsner||2|
|Munchen Style Helles||2||European Style Pilsner||2|
|American Style Light Lager||2||American Style Lager||2|
|American Style Premium Lager||4||American Style Specialty Lager||4|
|Vienna Style Lager||4||Americn Style Amber Lager||4|
|German Style Marzen & Oktoberfest||2||European Style Dark & Munchner||2|
|American Style Dark Lager||4||German Style Schwarzbier||2|
|German Style Dopplebock||4||Bock||4|
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I used this for both a Vienna lager and a traditional bock. I entered both in a local completion. The Vienna won a gold medal in the European Amber Lager category and the traditional bock won second place in the Bock Category. Both beers were less than 2 months old. I can't wait to see how they do when they condition a little. Why spend money on specific grains just to have them covered up by the yeast. This yeast ferments very clean.
I've brewed with this yeast twice and loved the results.
I made an American Dark Lager with a dry yeast and the WLP940. The one fermented with WLP940 really let the roasted malts shine. It took 1st place in a large competion for dark lagers. I will be rebrewing this summer for the MCAB XVII.
I also brewed a Baltic Porter for the afformentioned competition with a friend. We split a 10 gallon batch and pitched different yeasts. I went with the Mexican while he used the Zurich. The Mexican came out with dark fruit esters and was the better of the two batches. It took 3rd out of 24 Baltic Porter entries even though it was very young...8 weeks from grain to competition. It is even better now after proper lagering. I will be entering my final bottles into another competition to see how it compares.
If you want a malty lager, this is your yeast.
I have brewed a few lagers per year for the last 8 years. Primarily I have used American Lager or Czech/Bohemian strains, making light lagers, schwarzbiers, doppelbocks and IPLs. Every time I made a lager there was either a lot of diacetyl, slow ferment, early flocculation or a long lagering phase to get the beer to finish properly. Anyway I just made a premium Mexican lager(1.050) with WLP940 and it was the easiest lager I have made to date. It acted much like an ale yeast: started right up (1.5 L oxygenated starter on stir plate) in 52 degree wort and finished out in a week(1.010). Did a D-rest for 2 days, crash chilled and kegged for lagering all within 2 weeks of brew day. The beer already tastes great, I can only imagine a month from now. I harvested a quart of yeast, and plan to brew many more beers with this yeast through the year. Highly recommended strain. Makes me want to brew lagers much more often!
Brewed a Mexican Lager a year ago with this yeast, and even though I'm still fairly new to brewing and didn't do everything "by the book", it took off just fine. The result was very clean, fairly crisp but not incredibly so. With a dash of lime it made my Cinco de Mayo party perfect. I've gotten more compliments on that beer than any other, and am now starting another, larger batch with the same strain.
This was the yeast I tried for a German pils. It's not as crisp as WLP830, but way way easier to use. Fast to ferment,.fast to flocculate, fast to condition. I got 81% adf with all malt wort mashed at 149F. If you want a clean, low fuss, fast turnaround lager yeast, it be here.
I won the South Australian and Australian Amateur Brewing Championship for the Australian Pale Ale category using this yeast. Judges comment " Excellent beer, almost too good for the style guidelines!" An excellent yeast that ferments well at lower temperatures, something of a challenge here in Australia.
I was looking for a German Lager to make. Well, my recipe did not achieve it, but I used 7.2# light LME, 6.2AA German Tradition, 1.5AA Hallertau Select, Irish Moss, German Salts, and this yeast and produced the smoothest Lager I have ever had in 40 years! The homebrew store owners and competitors even said nothing bad about this and it is a total keeper. I'd like to see this yeast WLP940 produced all year long. EXCELLENT yeast strain. I did two-stage fermentation as normal and always kept at 58-59 degrees in basement. I've been homebrewing for 8 years.
I love this yeast. I made a starter but didn't do any aeration past shaking the carboy and the fermentation took off within a day and fermented out in a little over two weeks. I wanted to brew a pilsner which showcased citrusy American hops and this yeast was perfect. Clean and balanced.
This yeast made me fall in love with lagering. My first lager, a light American lager was made with this yeast. It turned out crystal clear, crisp, clean, with slight hints of sweet fruitiness. During
a summer homebrew festival, we went through 5 kegs of it in just over 45 minutes, and had people telling us it was the best beer they'd had at the festival. We've since bumped up the ABV and move from the light American lag! er to the premium American lager. Absolutely perfect session beer for the summer. Highly recommended!
Optimum Ferment Temp.50-55°F (10-13°C)