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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Das_Reh, Nov 3, 2013.
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Try this: http://beeradvocate.com/community/threads/pilsner-and-lager-beers.102206/
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For what it's worth, Upright's Engelberg Pilsner is a personal favorite.
Far from a Pils expert, but the latest date on the Olde Mecklenburg Pils was as good as I've ever had. Wow, creamy, great head retention, non filling, very smooth. Hard to imagine there's a better one. I'm guessing fresh is the key, probably much more so than some of the great German brews.
Not any imperial pilsners, that's for sure.
This is the most recent pilsner I've had. Short's The Curl. I liked it enough that I'm seeking out more pilsners to try out.
I'd easily trade for JA brews too, really excellent.
I second this. Noble Pils is a close second.
Victory Prima Pils is awesome. Here in Mn we have a brewery called August Schells who make an incredibly good pils, it's called Schells Pils. For me, a nice hoppy pils is hard to beat.
New Glarus Hometown Blonde was the best Pilsner I've ever had. The one they replaced it with, Edel Pils, was quite underwhelming in comparison, though still a good beer. Their Two Women is good as well, though nothing earth-shattering. Great Lakes Wright Pils is good, though not great. Victory's Prima Pils is more of a hopped-up version of the style, and so is not a very good example (though it is a fantastic beer). Bitburger is good, but I think it's more of a nostalgic choice for me rather than being actually great.
Sixpoint The Crisp is one of the best I have ever had.
I like this http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/31/81
My favorite is Scrimshaw, so far, but as far as "examples" go, Pilsner Urquell is also a must (though, not as good as Scrimshaw).
Just about anything on tap at Victory. German Hallertau is my fav hops for Pils.
Urban Chestnut Vaclav and Stammtisch
For those who love pilsners and in the trading game. Rocky point artisan brewers in rocky point ny make killer lagers. They are a one barrel nano so no distribution beyond long island. If in the area their lagers are a must try
Radeberger is easily available and usually quite a bargain. Great stuff.
I love Victory Prima Pils, and Troegs Sunshine Pils.
Sixpoint The Crisp, Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, and Sam Adams Noble Pils are all ones that I really enjoy too.
My favorite pils is from Brauerei Schmitt in Singen/Thuringia. Reminds me of unpasteurized, pre-1994 Pilsner Urquell. I can drink that stuff by the liter.
I know they are pretty limited but Victory's Braumiester Series Pilsners are the very best I have ever had, after that I would say Konig, Prima Pils, Pilsner Urquell (although the green bottles can screw this up).
Edel Pils from New Glarus.
My favorites in no particular order:
North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
Pinkus Müller Organic Ur Pils
Victory Prima Pils
Firestone Walker Pivo Pils
It's not the balance, but the tension, between the malt and hops; that makes this style so wonderful.
I enjoy the Victory Prima Pils and in the summer I really like the Troeggs Sunshine Pils.
A lot of the Pils that have been mentioned in this thread I have not tried though.
Rothaus Pilsner is one of my favorites, Kulmbacher, Radeberger and Jever are pretty good too.
Best American interpretations I have had:
Upright Engelberg Pilsner
Heater Allen Pils
The Commons Pilsner
While I do enjoy Victory Prima Pils, I do not find it to be a true pilsner, it is approaching pale ale territory with the excessive amount of hops in it.
Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker is great too. The minerality is spot on in that beer.
Another vote for Victory Prima Pils. I also recommend Left Hand Polestar Pilsner and Sierra Nevada Summerfest
Bought a six pack of Kelso Pils cans yesterday. Not a good example.
I generally drink Jever, Prima and Weihenstephaner. Brooklyn is a decent low priced option.
What would be your favorite one that is available stateside, besides Olde Mecklenberg? Are there any (regardless of country of origin) that i should be on the lookout for?
I prefer Great Lakes Brewing Co. The Wright Pils.
Well, there are a number (depending on what "profile" I'm craving):
Koenig (for a nice Northern German, perfumy pils)
Urquell (for a classic Czech pils -- the freshness initiative has improved it, but it's still not what it used to be)
Stiegl (just a great, all-around Southern German (Austrian)-style pils)
NG Hometown Blonde (pretty similar to OMB pils)
Wernesgruener (at $5.99 a sixer at Aldi, a very good deal for the money)
Trumer (especially fresh it's quite good)
Wolters (wife is from Braunschweig, so a "hometown" favorite -- nicely bitter Northern German pils)
Holy City (local and, when ultra fresh, really quite nice)
EDIT: As for which one to "be on the lookout for": if you haven't tried it, the Stiegl. That one blew me away (granted it was ultra fresh).
Thanks- that was just what I was looking for. I'll have to give Wolters a shot- I've seen it around but haven't tried it yet.
Jever is tops
Certainly refer to herrgburgess for his suggestions....
In Boston specifically I've found these to be excellent.
EKU Pils (expensive, but as solid an example that you'll find without going to Germany)
Wurzburger is a personal favorite
On the Czech Pils side of things
Praga (this is my favorite)