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Apr 26, 2023

This week Bob and I wrap up our lager kick for now as we discuss the German Pilsner. Quite possibly the most iconic beer style in modern history, the pilsner captured the attention of beer drinkers across the world and inspired a myriad of regional imitations. This lightly colored, exquisitely balanced lager remains one of the most loved beers to enjoy, and one of the most challenging for the brewer to create. Pilsner is characteristically light in color and have a very short finish. The world over, pilsner -style lagers have become the standard beer for many reasons, and American craft brewers have worked hard to put their own unique spin on this classic German beer. A classic German-style pilsner is straw to pale in color with a malty sweetness that can be perceived in aroma and flavor. Perception of hop bitterness is medium to high. Noble-type hop aroma and flavor are moderate and quite obvious. Distinctly different from the Bohemian-style pilsner, this style is lighter in color and body and has a lower perceived hop bitterness.

ABV: 4.4 – 5.2%

IBUs: 22-40

Color: 2-4

Serving Temp: For most lagers and pilsners, 38 degrees is ideally your low point. Anywhere up to the low-to-mid 40s is fair game. “[Pilsners] are more traditionally [served at] 38 degrees, and are probably best suited there.

Serving Pressure: 11-16PSI

Examples of this style: 

1.      Pauliner – Pils

2.     Wooly Pig– Keller Pils

3.     Lager Heads – Tacklebox Pilsner

Drink representative selection of the week: Maize Valley German Style Pilsner 5.2% ABV and 30 IBU

 Beer as described by brewer: Brewed with pilsner malts from Dusseldorf Germany accompanied by a touch of carafoam and wheat malts for head retention and foam stability.  The malt profile is light, clean and crisp with hints of breadiness while teetnang and perle hops lend a floral and citrusy hop character.

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