I decided to post this after one of our BJCP judges just gave me a silly grin and said "This is the best beer I've ever tasted!". Turned out nice. This will go on my standard rotation (when I get to a standard rotation).
Style: American Pilsener
Type: All grain
Size: 5 gallons
Color: 3 HCU (~3 SRM)
Bitterness: 36 IBU
Alcohol: 6.1% v/v (4.8% w/w)
2 lb. American 6-row
2 lb. Flaked corn
7 lb. American 2-row
Mash: 70% efficiency
Boil: 75 minutes SG 1.046 6.25 gallons
IM at 15 min
30g Cluster (6.4% AA, 60 min.)
28.4g Liberty (4.5% AA, 15 min.)
28.4g Liberty (aroma)
Yeast: 34/70 yeast cake from Dortmunder
Log: 20 days primary at 51F, 20 days secondary at 45F. Going to let it sit in keg awhile longer in tertiary.
Carbonation: med-high carbonation
After kegging: cluster hops rock! Wasn't sure about them, but I really like - yes, they are "catty", but also a wet hay and green pine and other indescribable herbs come through in both aroma and flavor that's interesting. . . and enjoyable. Beer is a pale yellow with large billowy head. Lots of corny sweetness with the hop nose. Flavor is corn sweet for 2 seconds followed by a balancing bitterness, and then goes to full lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Med-light finish makes this a real thirst quencher and invites another pour. Whoa! At 6.1%, two's enough! I'll let this one age in the keg another several weeks and I'm sure it will improve even more.
At one month in keg: This has turned out to be a mighty fine light lager. Beautifully clear and golden. Terrific balance between malt, corn and hops (actually think I'll up the bitterness to 40 IBUs next time and some additional aroma hop). Cluster hop flavor/aroma has all but disappeared and mellowed into a noble-type.