Clibit
I sampled a mate's beer last night that was really good, lovely texture and flavour, a simple pilsner fermented at 18C with MJ M54 Cali Lager yeast. The recipe came from Northern Monk brewery and it's their Archie Pilsner. They use a true lager yeast I believe. I will definitely do this next summer. This is the recipe:

Batch Size (fermenter): 14.00    
Estimated OG: 1.047
Estimated Color: 6.6 EBC
Estimated IBU: 25.3
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:

2.60 kg Pils Malt (3.0 EBC) 88.1 %
0.15 kg Munich Malt (25.0 EBC) 5.1 %
0.10 kg Acidulated Malt (6.0 EBC) 3.4 %
0.10 kg Dextrine Malt (2.0 EBC) 3.4 %

9.00 g Magnum [11.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min 17.4 IBUs
60.00 g Saaz [3.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 15.0 min 7.9 IBUs
1.0 pkg M54 California Lager Yeast

Mash In 66.0 C 60 min
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Gregles
Very similar grain bill to the kolsch I am doing today which I will ferment at 17C hmmm
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Clibit
Gregles wrote:
Very similar grain bill to the kolsch I am doing today which I will ferment at 17C hmmm


When I used M54 I felt it suppressed the hops that I used. But the beer last night was so nice, lovely creamy mouthfeel, lush. I will try M54 again. Seems well suited to Kolsch style beers. Though i dont really know what a true kolsch beer is like, so i speak loosely. This beer is too sweet for a kolsch, I think, it finished at 1024 from about 1047.
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Hops_and_Dreams
You probably don't know, but any ideas how long your mate's batch took to condition?

I made a Pilsner with M54, but took months to lose it's yeasty taste. Turned out ok eventually, but I'd wasted half the batch by keep trying it.

Kinda put me off trying it again.
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Clibit
Hops_and_Dreams wrote:
You probably don't know, but any ideas how long your mate's batch took to condition?

I made a Pilsner with M54, but took months to lose it's yeasty taste. Turned out ok eventually, but I'd wasted half the batch by keep trying it.

Kinda put me off trying it again.


Its not that long. About 6 weeks i think. No yeastiness and very clear. 
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Hops_and_Dreams
Clibit wrote:


Its not that long. About 6 weeks i think. No yeastiness and very clear. 

Perhaps I had a duff pack or didn't leave it to clear long enough before bottling (can't remember, but would have been a min 2 weeks).

I like MJ yeast generally, so maybe I'll give it another go.
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Clibit
Hops_and_Dreams wrote:

Perhaps I had a duff pack or didn't leave it to clear long enough before bottling (can't remember, but would have been a min 2 weeks).

I like MJ yeast generally, so maybe I'll give it another go.


Brews occasionally go a bit wrong.
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Hops_and_Dreams
Clibit wrote:


Brews occasionally go a bit wrong.

Ordered a couple more packs in the interest of fairness.

Got some Perle cheap from MM a while back, so will make a simple lager.
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Robbie
I love Munich it gives beers a kind of deep orange tinge, very appealing.
Beer is an expression of the human spirit. . . we use technical sciences as a tool to create it but its essence is and always will be a form of art - Handbook of brewing, chapter 2, page 55
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Clibit
Robbie wrote:
I love Munich it gives beers a kind of deep orange tinge, very appealing.


This beer was regular pilsner lager colour, pretty much. Maybe he forgot the Munich?! Only 5% though.
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Robbie
5% not too bad me thinks.  It was a pale straw colour? I always think Munich gives a kind of orange, like this Dortmunder Style Export below.  Anything is possible though. dog-days.jpg 

Beer is an expression of the human spirit. . . we use technical sciences as a tool to create it but its essence is and always will be a form of art - Handbook of brewing, chapter 2, page 55
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Clibit
Robbie wrote:
5% not too bad me thinks.  It was a pale straw colour? I always think Munich gives a kind of orange, like this Dortmunder Style Export below.  Anything is possible though.


Yes pale straw. As if it was just pilsner and carapils.
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Clibit
The recipe in the OP actually came from Northern Monk and it's their regular pilsner, Archie Pilsner. Well worth a bash if you like your lagers, my mate's version was much better than your average lager. 
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