"Works very well for strong lagers"
By: G. Groff | Date: Nov 23, 2015 | Beer(s) Brewed: Samichlaus inspired doppelbock
I have used this to brew a Samichlaus inspired strong lager akin to a doppelbock. The first batch started at 1.127 and finished at 1.011, producing a lager around 15%. There was a fair amount of dark candi syrup used in addition to a lot of malt. The finished beer was a favorite among friends and club members. No perceivable undesirable flavors. Suggest a large yeast starter if using for a very high OG. The batch had a moderate krausen within 12 hours after pitching the starter.
"Works excellently in high gravity lager beers --"
By: Andrew Elliott | Date: Jan 8, 2013 | Beer(s) Brewed: Pils, Samichlaus (Traditional and Helles)
Works excellently in high gravity lager beers -- both of my Samichlaus clones rocked with OG's of 1.140-1.145. Plan to use a big starter, proper oxygenation and nutrition, and your patience will be rewarded. This yeast does have strong characteristics -- notably some clove and spicy phenols, that are more evident with lower gravity brews. My 10gal of Pils I used as a propagation batch for 5gal of the Sami tasted great after lagering for a while. Younger samples of that batch had a strong yeast character. Flocculates very nicely for a crystal clear beer!
" ... rewarded with a tasty crisp lager"
By: Tony V | Date: Dec 5, 2012 | Beer(s) Brewed: Pilsner
Even though this yeast is used to make high-gravity lagers I choose to make a medium-strength pilsner. Within a few months time I was rewarded with a tasty crisp lager to enjoy while working in the hot sun. Zurich is a clean fermenter and "creates a quality lager."