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Triple Blind Helles Test

Postby Bryan R » Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:41 am

On Saturday we had a bunch of people over, and I thought it would be a good time to do a little test. It was time to pull out the triple blind test, my beer vs the real deal. It was a put up or shut up time, as I have always said, I didn't dive this deep into this to make good beer, I was gunning for the big boys.

So it was Paulaner Vs Bryan.

The Paulaner:


7 People tested.. Men and women. Each got 2 samples of Paulaner, 1 of mine. I tried to get the freshest least abused beer I could, but I could taste a hint of oxidation creeping in.

The results were actually unanimous, with mine being the winner. It was an easy choice for me because of the hint of oxidation. But got great feedback about freshness, crispness, lingering malt flavor. After we were done I poured them side by side. Obviously I think the outcome would have been different if one would be drinking these both fresh from the keg(probably a split), but they were strikingly similar for not even trying to clone them. Anyone who says reproducing these beers to be on par with the commercial examples can't be done is wrong.

Paulaner:


Mine:




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Re: Triple Blind Helles Test

Postby Kit_B » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:22 am

I had similar results, when I put mine up against Paulaner Helles, last month.
It made me somewhat emotional.
The bottle of Paulaner was in great shape.
But, my helles tasted better.
I think I've found my go-to recipe & it'll be hard to keep in-stock.

My photo was poorly taken.
Bad light & condensation...
But, the beers were so close, in flavor & body that I was floored.

I'll try to post more photos & comparison data, when my current batch is ready.
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Re: Triple Blind Helles Test

Postby Ancient Abbey » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:28 am

Good stuff Bryan. You can see a slight haze to the Paulaner, so you are probably right about heat/handling/travel damage. Yours has better clarity which makes it appear just a touch more golden, but again, its probably the haze in the Paulaner.
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Re: Triple Blind Helles Test

Postby Ancient Abbey » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:29 am

Kit, how was the foam? Looks like you took the pic after they settled.
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Re: Triple Blind Helles Test

Postby Kit_B » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:34 am

Yep...I poured them both more carefully than I should have & then, walked them upstairs, to find my phone.
Sorry...Like I said...poor photo.
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Re: Triple Blind Helles Test

Postby Ancient Abbey » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:40 am

You bested Paulaner. Don't be sorry ;)
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Re: Triple Blind Helles Test

Postby Beersk » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:02 pm

Nice work, Bryan. Good to see that. You have been running your beers through a filter, correct?
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Re: Triple Blind Helles Test

Postby Bryan R » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:06 pm

Nope, no filter or finnings.




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Re: Triple Blind Helles Test

Postby Beersk » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:33 pm

So just a long time at close to freezing I take it. How long do you find it takes your beers to drop bright light pictured?
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Re: Triple Blind Helles Test

Postby Bryan R » Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:53 pm

I do 2 weeks @ 30F, then 4 weeks at 35f. This beer is just over 6 weeks old.




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