Wyeast | 2308 Munich Lager | Beer Yeast | Activator Smack-Pack System™ | 100 Billion Cells

Wyeast | 2308 Munich Lager | Beer Yeast | Activator Smack-Pack System™ | 100 Billion Cells

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  • 2308 is a unique strain capable of producing fine lagers
  • Very smooth, well-rounded and full-bodied
  • Activator Smack-Pack System™ "proofs" the yeast and shortens lag time when it hits your wort
  • When smacked, the Activator™ packet releases sugars and nutrients to initiate the culture's metabolism
  • Wyeast has been a pioneer in craft brewing for over 35 years and is committed to creating the finest fermentation products available
  • Although beneficial, cultures do not need to be activated prior to inoculation

This is my personal favorite when it comes to German lager strains. It could be my family association with Bamburg and the excellent rauchbier that this creates, or it could be the rich malt complexity that this strain delivers. Excellent for both helles lagers and more rich and malty lagers, such as maibocks, marzens, vienna lagers and doppelbocks. As a beer geek, I swear that you will love this strain if you enjoy a good German lager!

This is a unique strain, capable of producing fine lagers. It is very smooth, well-rounded and full-bodied. A thorough diacetyl rest is recommended after fermentation is complete.

Attenuation: 70-74%
Flocculation: Medium
Alcohol Tolerance: 9%
Optimum Fermentation Temp: 48-56°F
Cell Count: 100 Billion

Classic Rauchbier
Maibock/Helles Bock
Munich Dunkel
Traditional Bock
Vienna Lager

For best results we always recommend ordering an ice pack with your liquid yeast.

Please Note: When choosing an ice pack option beware that the liquid yeast will not arrive cold even when shipped together. Ice packs and insulated mailing options are designed to keep the yeast colder for longer during shipment, but they will not ensure that your yeast arrives cold. We will not replace liquid yeast that arrives warm. During warmer months we strongly recommend you choose dry yeast.


Item # WY2308
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 0.19 LBS
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making a helles
Mike R on Feb 9, 2023
because you did not have W34-70
Chandler Mark H on Nov 10, 2022
making a helles
Mike R on Feb 9, 2023
excellent for munich helles
Mark M on Jan 10, 2023
because you did not have W34-70
Chandler Mark H on Nov 10, 2022
Queasy makes a great product
William Hinrichsen on Sep 24, 2022
I've used in previously and it was outstanding.
Aaron P on Jul 15, 2022
recipe calls for it
William C M on May 14, 2022
To backup another older package for a Munich Dunkel.
Kyle Heon on Mar 17, 2022
I have sed it before
Jeffrey B on Sep 18, 2021
seems right
charles s on Aug 3, 2021
It's the yeast I want to use for Festbier
Aaron P on Jul 23, 2021
Essential for my Munich Helles
JOHN DUNLOP on Jul 1, 2021
Tom F on Mar 29, 2021
Because I am brewing a Munich Helles
Matthew G on Jan 8, 2021
Because you told me to Drill Sergeant!!!
Jeremy Flowers on Jan 7, 2021
Maybe the best choice for this kit.
Kevin L on Oct 22, 2020
Previous positive results
Patrick O on Sep 29, 2020
for a vienna
Michael S on Sep 18, 2020
clean, crisp taste to lagers
thomas p on Aug 14, 2020
Making a Munich Helles
Micky B. on Jun 30, 2020
Munich Dunkel
Thomas F on Jun 25, 2020
This is my favorite lager yeast
Greg G on May 6, 2020
For a future Oktoberfest Beer
Salvatore I on Apr 30, 2020
Vienna Lager
Emily H on Mar 17, 2020
Because we are making beer.
Donald Hudecek on Feb 25, 2020
It was a good yeast for the dopplebock
Richard S on Jan 3, 2020
Makes a perfect Munich Helles
Michael G. G on Dec 24, 2019
The wife likes Helles lagers boieeeeeee!!!
Drewbrewski on Nov 25, 2019
Lincoln D P on Nov 11, 2019
Making a Helles.
J Michael E on Oct 31, 2019
Heard it works well around 66F
Johnson A on Sep 19, 2019
Experience and good results
William H on Jul 26, 2019
a favorite
Rob H on Apr 23, 2019
Brewing lagers.
Stephen W on Apr 18, 2019
to make a lager
Michael S on Mar 25, 2019
Travis L on Mar 1, 2019
Recommended for a Helles lager.
Dan C on Feb 6, 2019
Suggested with recipe kit
Colin C on Feb 1, 2019
helles lager
Zachary D on Jan 30, 2019
I have used this yeast for many years and it is the only yeast I will use in my Helles (Munich Lager) recipe,
Randall A. Z on Jan 12, 2019
prior use
Eugene M on Jan 9, 2019
helles bock
DENNIS G on Dec 3, 2018
first time trying
Alexander m on Nov 25, 2018
good choice for oktoberfest
Donnie F on Nov 17, 2018
Brendan D on Sep 12, 2018
making vienna lager
tom j on Aug 16, 2018
Good workhorse lager yeast.
Cindy C on Aug 8, 2018
used this before and its great
Ronald Yozie on Jul 18, 2018
Lager Time
Barry A on Jun 26, 2018
I'm brewing my first lager, a festbier, in a few weeks.
Trevor F on Apr 3, 2018
It has been a great performer in the past and I can count on your yeast being pretty fresh
steve p on Mar 16, 2018
excellent for munich helles
Mark M on Jan 10, 2023
Queasy makes a great product
William Hinrichsen on Sep 24, 2022

4.7 / 5.0
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Rated 2 out of 5
Didn't work for me. Followed instructions. The pouch did swell after activation and I pitched at 55 degrees. No visible fermentation after two days so I added a lager dry yeast I had on hand which worked. Also it has almost doubled in price. Not worth it.
December 27, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Hungry to get going
Great active starter within 12 hours and rocketed off in the primary with visible activity within 12-18 hours. High fluffy/thick krausen within two days or so, probably the freshest yeast I’ve had the chance to use so far
August 5, 2021
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Using this yeast for Helles and Dunkels. With a 2L starter I get quick starts (within 12 hours) in my 5 g batches at 52F. Ferments very clean and drops clear quickly.

Finishes round and malty. Finally found a yeast that takes me back to Bavaria!
December 19, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Took a while to start, but performed as expected
September 21, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My favorite all-around lager yeast. Got a reputation for producing diacetyl, but in 5 batches I’ve had no issues. Start low (45-48) and be patient with the lag time. Prouduces really rich, malty German lagers.
April 3, 2019
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
solid yeast
I really like this yeast for my malty lagers, and I'm very happy with the marzen I made last month.
October 25, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A great yeast for your Helles styles.
February 22, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Works Great!
I let the bag warm to room temperature, popped the inner bag and let it sit for about 3 hours prior to adding to my Munich helles. Worked like a charm. West takes a lot of the guesswork out of the yeast portion of the brew.
May 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
Good Lager Workhorse
I have been using Wyeast Munich 2308 for many years now from lighter helles lagers to heavier bock beers. The malty profile left by the yeast, when used at the right fermentation temperatures and sufficient lagering, makes a clean tasting lager. For me, making lagers has been more difficult than ales, but this yeast worked well were others have failed.
May 1, 2014