Brew it Yourself: White Labs Amber Lager

With an onsite 24-hectoliter brewhouse, specially developed for brewing wort to propagate liquid yeast, White Labs has the opportunity to develop experimental (and delicious) beer recipes that are served in our multiple tasting room locations. Here is a homebrew-sized amber lager recipe that may be fermented using either of two White Labs yeast strains--WLP802 Czech Budejovice Lager Yeast or WLP860 Munich Helles Lager Yeast (from The Vault). Follow this recipe step-by-step or use it as creative inspiration your next brew day!

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White Labs Amber Lager, ferment with either WLP802 Czech Budejovice Lager Yeast or WLP860 Munich Helles Lager Yeast (from The Vault)
**Measurements are for a 5-gallon homebrew batch

Original Gravity: 1.048
Final Gravity: 1.012
Estimated ABV: 4.9%
Estimated IBU: 24.5

42.7% Vienna Malt (4lbs 4oz)
20% Marris Otter (3lbs 8oz)    
8.5% Crystal Malt (13.6oz)            
8.5% Munich 10 Malt (13.6oz)
4.3% Carapils Malt (6.9oz)
0.7% Black Prinz (1.1oz)    

.75 oz Hallertau Mittlefruh (18 IBU)
[60 minutes]

.75 oz East Kent Golding (6.5 IBU)
[10 minutes]

The Brewing Team made two separate batches using WLP802 Czech Budejovice Lager Yeast and WLP860 Munich Helles Lager Yeast, as both strains lend attributes that work well with the traditional characteristics of Munich-style lagers. WLP860 Munich Helles Lager Yeast is one of our Vault strains that the team wanted to highlight, which also helps produce more malt-forward characteristics...Keep an eye out for both strains at your local homebrew shop!

Brewer's Notes:
"The inspiration for this beer stems from both German Munich dunkel lagers and Irish red ales. We wanted to create a beer that had both a very biscuity, sweet flavor along with a clean crisp finish. The beer we landed on crosses these two style guidelines and was meant to satisfy a particular craving I had for both. Ultimately, WLP802 Czech Budejovice Lager Yeast was chosen to showcase the sweeter, malt-forward aspects of the beer, while WLP860 Munich Helles Lager Yeast was used to create a truer to style, crisp German dark lager. WLP802 Czech Budejovice Lager Yeast produces a softer mouthfeel with a bit more residual sweetness, whereas WLP860 Munich Helles Lager Yeast gives off a slightly spicier flavor and dryer finish. Plus, the addition of de-bittered black malt to the grain bill balances out the toffee flavors from both the British crystal malts and German Munich malt that was used for the grain bill." --Kolaan Busbice, White Labs Brewer

Watch a quick video below with White Labs Brewer Kolaan and Brewing Manager Joe Kurowski about this recipe. Cheers and happy brewing!  

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