Brues Alehouse Brewing Co
Our Impression: Probation Lager is a very elegant lager inspired by the traditional lager breweries of southern Germany. Each time we brew this we arrive closer to our vision of the classic Munich Helles style. We love to reminisce upon the first time drinking a helles from a 1 liter mug at Hofbrauhaus, right outside the Marienplatz in downtown Munich. The entire experience of drinking incredible beer inside a massive German beer hall, when you are completely jet lagged and exhausted, is simply wondrous. Helles, which translates to “light” (color), is a perfectly balanced light-colored lager with unrivaled drinkability. Having spent much time in Germany, we know this style well and know the difficulty in accurately reproducing it. We are continually adapting new techniques and technology in our goal to make this a top tier Helles Lagerbier.
Style: German Helles Lager, BJCP 1D
Grain- Extra Premium Pilsner, Pilsner, Carafoam, Carahell
Hops - Hallertau Tradition, Hallertau Mittelfruh
Yeast- Lager yeast originating from a Munich Lager Brewery
Water- Reverse Osmosis Base with light additions of CaSO4, CaCl2
Original Gravity: 12 Degrees Plato
Estimated IBU - 24.5 IBU
Color: 4.68 SRM - Lab Analyzed
Aroma: Sweet Malt, Low Noble hop aromatics, Subtle Sulfur
Appearance: Pours bright with a pale gold color, white foam, good lacing
Flavor: Very clean tasting German lager profile. Slightly sweet malt body with low perceptible hop bitterness. Very refreshing and thirst quenching. More grainy-sweet malt character than American-style lagers or the classic German Pilsner. There is no harsh or lingering bitterness from unwanted tannin extraction. No diacetyl or butter-like flavors.
Mouthfeel: Silky and light, with medium carbonation.