Best Examples of Pilsners?

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  1. Das_Reh

    Das_Reh Disciple (325) Mar 25, 2013 Florida

    Title is self explanatory
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  2. msubulldog25

    msubulldog25 Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2005 Oregon

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  3. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,995) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    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.
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  4. Crackerroll

    Crackerroll Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 Missouri

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  5. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Aspirant (226) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica

    Not any imperial pilsners, that's for sure.
  6. mrcraft

    mrcraft Poo-Bah (2,032) Dec 15, 2012 California

    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.
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  7. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,995) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    I'd easily trade for JA brews too, really excellent.
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  8. rtrasr

    rtrasr Disciple (312) Feb 16, 2009 Arkansas

    I second this. Noble Pils is a close second.
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  9. mjryan

    mjryan Zealot (517) Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

    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.

    THANAT0PSIS Crusader (793) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin

    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.
  11. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (13,599) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Sixpoint The Crisp is one of the best I have ever had.
  12. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Aspirant (226) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica

    Paging herrburgess....
  13. bayareahustla

    bayareahustla Initiate (161) Jul 13, 2012 California

  14. TruePerception

    TruePerception Defender (665) Aug 30, 2013 California

    My favorite is Scrimshaw, so far, but as far as "examples" go, Pilsner Urquell is also a must (though, not as good as Scrimshaw).
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  15. fuhkyou

    fuhkyou Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2013 Idaho

    Just about anything on tap at Victory. German Hallertau is my fav hops for Pils.
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  16. grumpy

    grumpy Disciple (358) May 24, 2005 Missouri

    Urban Chestnut Vaclav and Stammtisch
  17. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Defender (644) Jan 15, 2009 New York

    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
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  18. KingBiscuit

    KingBiscuit Defender (664) May 30, 2005 Illinois

    Radeberger is easily available and usually quite a bargain. Great stuff.
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  19. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Devotee (483) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    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.
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  20. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,113) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina

    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.
  21. BoneyardBrewer

    BoneyardBrewer Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2005 Michigan

    Konig Pilsener
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    BJRHOMEBREW Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2008 Ohio

    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).
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  23. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (620) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    Edel Pils from New Glarus.
  24. Hockey_Fan

    Hockey_Fan Devotee (482) Jan 13, 2013 Maryland

    My favorites in no particular order:

    North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
    Pinkus Müller Organic Ur Pils
    Weihenstephaner Pilsner
    Stoudts Pils
    Victory Prima Pils
  25. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,601) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Firestone Walker Pivo Pils
  26. BeerIsland

    BeerIsland Zealot (556) Feb 9, 2003 Pennsylvania

    It's not the balance, but the tension, between the malt and hops; that makes this style so wonderful.
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  27. timmy2b

    timmy2b Champion (811) Jan 24, 2007 New York

    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.
  28. digita7693

    digita7693 Devotee (404) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    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.
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  29. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (620) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker is great too. The minerality is spot on in that beer.
  30. Stignacious

    Stignacious Defender (651) Aug 24, 2011 New York

    Another vote for Victory Prima Pils. I also recommend Left Hand Polestar Pilsner and Sierra Nevada Summerfest
  31. Harnkus

    Harnkus Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 New York

    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.
  32. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,661) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    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?
  33. admobeer34

    admobeer34 Initiate (61) Oct 24, 2013 Ohio

    I prefer Great Lakes Brewing Co. The Wright Pils.
  34. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,113) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina

    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).
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  35. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,661) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    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.
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  36. micromaniac129

    micromaniac129 Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Jever is tops
  37. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,121) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Certainly refer to herrgburgess for his suggestions....

    In Boston specifically I've found these to be excellent.

    Weihenstephan Pilsner
    EKU Pils (expensive, but as solid an example that you'll find without going to Germany)
    Wurzburger is a personal favorite
    Einbecker Pils
    Lammsbrau Organic

    On the Czech Pils side of things

    Praga (this is my favorite)
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