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.
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.
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.
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.
ABK Pils
89 points
Hazy light gold color. Aromas of lemon tea and fresh pineapple with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a charming, breezy lemon zest, lemon pith, chopped fresh herbs, and fresh baguette finish. A citrusy and refreshing craft Pilsner that will work wonders on a hot day.
Weihenstephan Pilsner
89 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of orange sherbet, biscotti, and iced tea with a glycerous, bright, spritzy, dryish light body and a seamless, swift jasmine tea, digestive biscuit, and grasses finish. A soft and fruity pils.
Bofferding Pils Beer
89 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of corn flakes in cream, toasted egg croissant sandwich, and grass with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long bitter orange peel, crispbread, and lip balm finish. A total crusher! Balanced and effortlessly drinkable; sturdy enough for the table and crisp enough to quench.
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.
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.