Brues Alehouse Brewing Co
Our Impression: We set forth to brew a Dortmunder Export-style lager, a slightly stronger and hoppier variant of a helles lager. In doing so, we used a traditional triple decoction mashing regime with only pilsner malt, giving us more malt character, color, and attenuation, while keeping the grain bill very simple. In the kettle, we dosed with a very healthy amount of Noble hops. We wanted the hop character to be very present, but we also wanted it to be different from that of a pilsner, which is typically brewed with Saaz. Thus, we focused on more delicate and earthy german hop varieties. The result is a highly drinkable and well attenuated German-style lagerbier with slightly more character and depth than our helles lager. This is the perfect fresh winter lager, and one of our favorite brews to date.
Style: Dortmunder Export, BJCP 1E
Hops - Spalter Select, Hersbrucker, Tettnang
Yeast- Lager yeast originating from a Munich Lager Brewery
Water- Reverse Osmosis Base with light additions of CaSO4, CaCl2
Original Gravity: 13.6 Degrees Plato
Lab Tested IBU - 30 IBU
Color: 6 SRM - Lab Analyzed
Aroma: High noble hop aromatics, sweet malt, subtle sulfur
Appearance: Pours bright with golden hues, white foam, good lacing
Flavor: Very clean tasting German lager profile. Slightly sweet malt body with medium perceptible hop bitterness. Drinks like a helles, finishes like a pilsner.
Mouthfeel: Silky and light, with medium carbonation.