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

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.
Fremont Brewing Golden Pilsner
93 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of lemon curd on fresh crumpets, orange zest, melon, and fresh apple with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long finish that presents accents of watercress. A fruity Pilsner with big aromatics.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal
Lift Bridge Brewery Getaway Pilsner
90 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of soft baguette and lemon curd with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of hints of pear, parsley and endive. A pillowy, refreshing, clean pilsner that satisfies.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Bronze Medal
Wayne Gretzky Hazy Pilsner
89 points
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Light emerald straw color. Herbal, toasty aromas and flavors of toasted buttered baguette, French toast, and lemongrass with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-to-long finish that shows accents of grilled greens and pepper. A rock- solid, crushable Pilsner for all occasions.
Federbräu German Single Malt
89 points
Brilliant gold color. Sulfurous, vegetal, minerally, floral, fruity aromas of fresh basil flower, multigrain bread, waxy honey, and cannabis with a round, crisp, spritzy, dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, crisp zucchini bread, orange glazed cookie, honeyed toast, and overripe pears finish. A clean, crisp Pilsner sure to please.
Wild Heaven Beer Euro-Style Pilsner
88 points
Light gold color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of mango, orange oil, hints of dried pineapple, and pulque with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, light body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length finish evoking nuances of hints of brazil nut, cane syrup, and fluffy white bread. A new school hopped pilsner with big tropical notes.
Wernesgrüner Brauerei Pils
88 points
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Pale light gold color. Aromas and flavors of herb scone, cold cultured butter, and lemon zest with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing notes of hints of caramel, minerals, and mustard greens. A rock-solid Pilsner with balanced bitterness and a lively, elegant style.
Kanavan Panimo Sulku Pils
87 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of mandarin orange, pineapple, and hawaiian rolls with a round, crisp, dry light body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long tamarind, cola, and charred orange peels finish. A fruity, bitter Pilsner that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Saint Patrick’s Brewing Company Dry Hop Lager
87 points
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Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of dried mango, juicy pineapple, pineapple leaf, and puffed grain with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of fresh bitter greens. Vibrant American hops dominate this light and perfumed Pilsner with a summertime vibe.
Okanagan Spring Brewery King Eddy Pilsner
87 points
Pale light gold color. Herbal aromas of dried grass, slate, dried herbs, and lemongrass with a soft, fizzy, dry medium body and an even, short sourdough, water cracker, fresh-cut grass, and melon rind finish. A crisp, clean pilsner for sunny days and backyard cookouts.