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.
Hofmühl Privat Pils
94 points
Brilliant yellow color. Grassy, clean, toasty, herbal, floral aromas of nougat and saltines, buttery egg croissant, and spanakopita with a velvety, soft, fizzy, dryish medium body and a graceful, charming, medium-length cracked pepper crackers, mango slices, and fresh thyme finish. A spot on Pilsner with impressive drinkability.
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.
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.
RavenBeer Pendulum Pilsner
91 points
Brilliant gold color. Attractive aromas of drop biscuit, herb scone, apple jelly, melon, and citrus custard with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and an engaging, medium-long mineral and fresh flatbread finish. A clean, crisp, refreshing, impeccably balanced Pilsner that hits the nail on the head.
Crossroads Pilsner
91 points
Brilliant light gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of toasted multigrain bread and oat muffin with lemon curd with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of kiwi-banana custard pastry, polenta, and pepper finish. A lovely, lively Pilsner with fruity tropical center.
Hofmühl Privat Pils
91 points
Light gold color. Toasty, herbal aromas and flavors of toasted herb bread and croissant, roasted corn and sweet potato, dried citrus, and schmaltz muffin with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, subtle, long finish that shows notes of braised radicchio, pepper, creamy polenta, and poached egg and minerals finish. A delicious, spot-on Pilsner with great flavor and length.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Turntable Pils
90 points
Brilliant light gold color. Savory aromas and flavors of honey buttered baguette, smoked turkey jerky, prosciutto and asparagus omelet, and pickled fruits and cucumbers with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish revealing notes of lemon-herb corn bread muffin, pepper and olive relish, and dried apricots finish. A super savory and refreshing Pilsner that is sure to please.