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Lager yeast is a bottom fermenting yeast (meaning it is most active near the bottom of the fermenting beer) that ferments at colder temperatures, generally between 32 and 55 degrees F (0-13 degrees C). Lager yeasts tend to be neutral in flavor and aroma and thus do not produce the fruity esters found in ale yeasts. Beers fermented with lager yeasts are usually cold stored at temperatures below 45 degrees F (7 degrees C) following primary fermentation for a period of a few weeks to several months-a process known as lagering.


Mfg Name Number Yeast Name Flocculation Attenuation Best Temp
WYeast 2007 Pilsen Lager Yeast High 71-75% 48-56
Comments: A classic American pilsner strain, smooth, malty palate. Ferments dryand crisp.
WYeast 2035 American Lager Yeast Medium 73-77% 48-58
Comments: Bold, complex and aromatic, good depth of flavor characteristics for a variety of lager beers.
WYeast 2042 Danish Lager Yeast Low 73-77% 46-56
Comments: Rich, dortmund-style, crisp, dry finish. Soft profile accentuates hop characteristics
WYeast 2112 California Lager Yeast High 67-71% 58-68
Comments: Particularly suited for producing 19th century-style West Coast beers. Retains lager characteristics at temperatures up to 65 degrees F, and produces malty, brilliantly-clean beers.
WYeast 2124 Bohemian Lager Yeast High 69-73% 48-58
Comments: A Pilsner yeast from the Weihenstephen. Ferments clean and malty with rich residual maltiness in full gravity pilsners.
WYeast 2206 Bavarian Lager Yeast Medium 73-77% 48-58
Comments: Used by many German breweries to produce rich, full-bodied, malty beers. Good choice for Bocks and Dopplebocks.
WYeast 2247 European Lager Yeast Low 73-77% 46-56
Comments: Clean dry flavor profile often used in aggressively hopped pilsner. Mild aromatics, slightly sulfur production, dry finish.
WYeast 2272 North American Lager Yeast High 70-76% 52-58
Comments: Traditional culture of North American and Canadian lagers and light pilsners. Malty finish.
WYeast 2278 Czech Pils Yeast Medium to High 70-74% 50-58
Comments: Classic pilsner strain from the home of pilssners for a dry, but malty finish. The perfect choice for pilsners and bock beers. Sul;fer produced during fermentation dissipates with conditioning.
WYeast 2308 Munich Lager Yeast Medium 73-77% 48-56
Comments: A unique strain, capable of producing fine lagers. Very smooth, well-rounded and full-bodied. Benefits from temperature rise for diacetyl rest.
White Labs WLP800 Pilsen Lager Yeast Medium to High 72-77% 50-55
Comments: Classic pilsner strain from the premier pilsner producer in the Czech Republic. Somewhat dry with a malty finish, this yeast is best suited for European pilsner production.
White Labs WLP802 Czech Budejovice Lager Medium 75-80% 50-55
Comments: Pilsner lager yeast from Southern Czech Republic. Produces dry and crisp lagers, with low diacetyl production.
White Labs WLP810 San Francisco Lager High 65-70% 58-65
Comments: This yeast is used to produce the "California Common" style beer. A unique lager strain which has the ability to ferment up to 65 degrees while retaining lager characteristics. Can also be fermented down to 50 degrees for production of marzens, pilsners and other style lagers.
White Labs WLP820 Octoberfest/Märzen Lager Medium 65-73% 52-58
Comments: This yeast produces a very malty, bock like style. It does not finish as dry as WLP830. This yeast is much slower in the first generation than WLP830, so we encourage a larger starter to be used the first generation or schedule a longer lagering time.
White Labs WLP830 German Lager Medium 74-79% 50-55
Comments: This yeast is one of the most widely used lager yeasts in the world. Very malty and clean, great for all German lagers, pilsner, oktoberfest, and marzen.
White Labs WLP833 German Bock Lager Medium 70-76% 48-55
Comments: From the alps of southern Bavaria, this yeast produces a beer that is well balanced between malt and hop character. The excellent malt profile makes it well suited for Bocks, Dopplebocks, and Oktoberfest style beers. Very versatile lager yeast, it is so well balanced that is has gained tremendous popularity for use in Classic American style Pilsners. Also good for Helles style lager beer.
White Labs WLP838 Southern German Lager Medium 68-76% 50-55
Comments: This yeast is characterized by a malty finish and balanced aroma. It is a strong fermentor, produces slight sulfur, and low diacetyl.
White Labs WLP840 American Lager Medium 75-80% 50-55
Comments: This yeast is used to produce American style lagers. Dry and clean with a very slight apple fruitiness. Sulfur and diacetyl production is minimal.
White Labs WLP885 Zurich Lager Medium 70-80% 50-55
Comments: Available Sept-Oct:Swiss style lager yeast. With proper care, this yeast can be used to produce lager beer over 11% ABV. Sulfur and diacetyl production is minimal. Original culture provided to White Labs by Marc Sedam.
White Labs WLP920 Old Bavarian Lager Medium 66-73% 50-55
Comments: Available Sept - Oct:From Southern Germany, this yeast finishes malty with a slight ester profile. Use in beers such as Oktoberfest, Bock, and Dark Lagers.
White Labs WLP940 Mexican Lager Medium 70-78% 50-55
Comments: Available March-April:From Mexico City, this yeast produces clean lager beer, with a crisp finish. Good for Mexican style light lagers, as well as dark lagers.
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