Hallertau SMaSH (Mittelfrüh) 5.7.18

Hallertau SMaSH bottle.jpg

7% ABV, 32 IBUs, Hoppy German Pils.

https://olliekodzhomebrew.com/2018/04/02/hallertau-smash-mittelfruh-brew-day/

Appearance: 

Pale yellow with some haze. I thought the haze could be because it was too cold, but it stuck as the beer warmed up. The first picture shown below doesn’t really show how pale the beer is.

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Aroma: 

Not a ton of aroma coming through, I get some mild soft fruit coming through.

Flavor: 

Very crisp, very drinkable. The flavor does show some fruit, or some floral, or something. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but the aroma of soft mild fruit comes through on this beer, even when very cold. I’m not totally sure if these flavors are German pilsner malty sweet, hoppy fruit notes, or yeasty esters. I am remembering that there were no boil hop additions, and all whirlpool additions, which could lend to not enough bitterness and increased sweet hop flavors. 

Hyper Critical:

I really enjoy this beer, I would probably brew it again, but not before I played with a few things.

  1. Next time I would absolutely add some boil hop additions. The more I drink it, the more I think that instead of adding all 4oz of hops in the whirlpool, that I should have spread them out evenly at 60, 15, 5, and flameout. 
  2. I would like to try this beer again with a different German hop, mainly Hallertau Blanc. But I think this beer could be good with any German hop variety. 
  3. I might try a different yeast in the future. I like the attenuation of S-23, but I might consider 34/70 or some White Labs yeasts in the future.
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