About Pilsner

About Pilsner
Pilsners are pale to golden straw in color and range in alcohol from 4.5-6%. The hallmark of a fresh pilsner is a dense, white head. The alcohol levels must be such as to give a rounded mouthfeel. These beers are medium-bodied and are characterized by high carbonation and tangy Czech and German varieties of hops that impart floral aromas and a crisp, bitter finish. This style originated in Bohemia in the Czech Republic. German pilsner styles are similar, though often slightly lighter in body and color. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Pilsner Urquell, Paulaner Premium Pils, Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Pilsner and Victory Prima Pils.

Top Picks for Pilsner

Upland Brewing Champagne Velvet Pilsner
95 points
Brilliant yellow straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of lemon zest on pizza crust, herb garden, and powdered almond cookie with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, subtle, long finish with notes of fresh baguette, hint of kiwi and apricot, and radish sprouts finish. A mouthwatering, nearly impossible to put down Pilsner with great hop character.
Argus Brewery Paschke Pilsner
94 points
Light gold color. Fresh aromas and flavors of lemon cookies, orange blossom, and herb scone with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a seamless, breezy finish with accents of pretzel, marmalade, sweet spice, and zucchini bread finish. A refreshingly clean and well hopped pils with an elegant, fresh style.
Ayinger Bavarian Pils
94 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cookie dough, corn flakes, hint of dried pineapple, and clay spice jar with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, very long finish that presents accents of honey roasted nuts, bibb lettuce and radicchio, and pepper cracker finish. A pure, rich and flavorful Pilsner that is sure to please and finishes for a mile.
Hofmühl Amadeus Pale Øl
94 points
Straw color. Grassy, herbal aromas and flavors of herb baguette, toasted nuts, dried lemon, and lemon basil grass and mint with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, layered, long finish with elements of hint of arugula, lemon, and tortilla finish. A delicious, vibrant, dry-hopped pilsner.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Pilsner
pFriem Pilsner
94 points
Straw color. Grassy aromas and flavors of grassy herbs, hint of sourdough crust, au gratin potatoes, and melon and peach skin with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish revealing notes of toast, peppered lettuces, and minerals finish. A nicely astringent pilsner that will shine at the table.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Pilsner
Samuel Adams Noble Pils
92 points
Brilliant old gold color. Earthy, herbal aromas of orange marmalade, mushroom with piney herbs, pork rind, and lady grey tea with a full body and a tingling, medium-long arugula, lemon pepper, nutskin, and wet earth finish. A vibrant, slightly funky hoppy Pilsner.
Samuel Adams Bohemian Pilsner
92 points
Medium old gold color. Interesting aromas of herb rye toast with orange jam with a supple, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long caramelized mango and pineapple, radish sprouts, tamarind candy, and kale finish. A tasty, fruity, herbal and round Pilsner.
Kabinet Vertigo Pilsner
92 points
Old gold color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of candied lemon, peppered melon and peach, and pineapple yogurt with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish manifesting nuances of radicchio, arugula, and pine buds finish. A nice flavorful beer that drinks like a hoppy kolsch or Belgian blonde and will appeal to IPA curious.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Cascade Pilsner
92 points
Bright pale gold color. Interesting, green aromas of fresh pepper bread and tortilla, peach preserves, meyer lemon, and pine bark and resin with a full body and a tingling, medium-long ripe grapefruit, honey, and peppery spice finish. A great hoppy, IPA-like pilsner with bushels full of citrusy American hops.
Lagunitas Brewing Company Pils
92 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of corn bread with jalapeño, green herbs and chamomile, lemon pepper, and pumpkin tart with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, complex, long finish that presents notes of toasted Hawaiian bread, dried fruit, honeyed radishes, and pepper finish. A well-made hoppy take on the classic style that will appeal to pale ale fans.