Gear Patrol: The 20 Best Pilsner Beers You Can Drink, According to Brewers

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  1. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Meyvn (1,486) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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    We asked 20 beer makers to share the one pilsner that holds a special place in their heart, and their glass
    1. Live Oak Pilz - Jeffrey Stuffings (Jester King)
    2. Rothaus Pils Tannenzäpfle - Lukasz Wiacek (FUERST WIACEK)
    3. Notch At the Swans - Sean Towers (The Seed)
    4. Seedstock Czech Pilsner - Paul Mahoney (Launch Pad)
    5. Redlight Redlight Side-Pull Pils - Haidar Hachem (Strange Beast)
    6. Suarez Cabana Pils - Dave Martin (Mindful Ales)
    7. Hill Farmstead Mary - Brett Taylor (Wild East Brewing)
    8. Pivovar Kout na Sumave Koutska 12 - Chris Deapo (Schilling)
    9. O/O Ekta Pils - Nanna Birk Ackermann (Broaden & Build)
    10. La Trappe Puur - Do Bongers (Fierce Beer)
    11. Threes Vliet - Ryan Lavery (Widowmaker Brewing)
    12. Pilsner Urquell - Adam Robbings (Reuben’s Brews)
    13. Upland Brewing Champagne Velvet - Todd DiMatteo (Good Word Brewing & Public House)
    14. Jever Pilsener - Agostino Arioli (Birrificio Italiano)
    15. Birrificio Italiano Tipopils - Matt Brynildson (Firestone Walker)
    16. Bellwoods Bellweiser - Daniel Endicott (Forest & Main)
    17. pFriem Family Brewers Pilsner - Collin Castore (Seventh Son and Antiques on High)
    18. Heater Allen Pils - Kevin Davey (Wayfinder)
    19. Victory Prima Pils - Ryan McVeigh (Kona Brewing)
    20. Station 26 Saaz Pilsner - Bess Dougherty (The Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe & Brewery)
     
  2. oldmankoch

    oldmankoch Devotee (474) Jan 1, 2014 Tennessee

    This list reminds me, I need to enjoy more Pilsner!
     
  3. rozzom

    rozzom Meyvn (1,059) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    I’ve had 7 of this list and would agree they are all great
     
  4. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,798) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Before anyone misunderstands, the list above isn't ranked.

    It's annoying that they feel the need to title this: "The 20 Best Pilsner Beers You Can Drink, According to Brewers" when the question in the article was "We asked 20 beer makers to share the one pilsner that holds a special place in their heart, and their glass." Those are different things.

    From the brewers:
    "transports me back to my honeymoon in Prague and all the crispy bois we drank on that unforgettable trip"
    AND:
    "when you’re desperately looking for the crispiest crispy boi"

    So, this is the result of the increased respect given to Pilsners these days? Just shoot me now. :persevere:

    They listed Tipopils as being from Bamberg, Germany. Having that snafu on the beer they consider the archetypal "Italian Pislner" (shudder) is such poetic justice. :slight_smile:

    Yeah, I'm pretty much an old man. My mamma said I was born old. :slight_smile:
     
  5. nesarebad

    nesarebad Zealot (518) Feb 4, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Thanks dad
     
  6. bylerteck

    bylerteck Poo-Bah (3,358) May 17, 2009 Canada (ON)
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    Yo RAUCHTIPO is fire
     
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  7. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,798) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Good talk son.
     
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  8. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Poo-Bah (1,964) Apr 21, 2014 Canada (ON)
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    I’ve always liked Pilsners I can’t drink better, but that’s just me.

    It’s nice seeing a local beer on one of these Lists for a change. Amusing anecdote: Bellwoods Bellweiser was without a label the first few times it was made. The brewery assumed a cease and desist letter would be coming from Labatt/AbInbev due to the ‘clever’ name being used. It never came, and the now labeled beer is a regular in their rotation. And, I agree, it is quite good.
     
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  9. Scrapss

    Scrapss Crusader (775) Nov 15, 2008 Pennsylvania

    We're coming into Pils season, so my next sixtel will hopefully be Prima Pils if my local distro can get it. Glad Prima Pils made the list, it is high quality and generally available in my area. I'll keep an eye out for the rest of that list as I am out and about, but I seriously doubt I would see any of them in my area.

    :rolling_eyes:
     
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  10. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    De rigueur in the days of click bait.

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  11. HoppingMadMonk

    HoppingMadMonk Poo-Bah (2,905) Mar 3, 2017 New Jersey
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    I hear you, I was told when I was a kid that I was 10 going on 40. Intelligent observation can be a real buzz kill for most.
     
  12. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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  13. officerbill

    officerbill Savant (968) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    drinking is for wusses
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  14. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,531) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Doesn't the geekery want to know the "The 20 Best Pilsner Beers You Can't Drink" ? Rarity/Trade Value, and all that.
     
  15. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (6,372) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    From henceforth I would like to be referred to as a "Crispy Bois"
     
  16. milkshakebeersucks

    milkshakebeersucks Meyvn (1,282) Feb 10, 2020 Maryland
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    Ooh! Ooh! Start a list!
     
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  17. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Defender (604) Nov 18, 2008 New York

    Rothaus Pils Tannenzäpfle

    I've been looking for this bad boy now for the past ten years! :rolling_eyes::angry:

    However, I am glad that I can have my Jever's anytime I like. :slight_smile:
     
  18. rousee

    rousee Meyvn (1,071) Aug 13, 2004 Massachusetts
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    C'mon thats gotta be available in New York City at least.
     
  19. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    the words "cabana pils" gives me an erection.
     
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  20. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    It is, but not widely so. I personally don't think it's worth hunting down though
     
  21. PatKorn

    PatKorn Aspirant (202) Aug 30, 2007 Hawaii

    Now back to yelling at clouds....
     
  22. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,531) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    When you find it you'll say, "Damn, if I'd only found this bottle after looking for it for only 8 years, it would have been fresh!"
     
  23. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Defender (686) Nov 23, 2008 New York
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    Champagne Velvet (#13) is an AAL, so actually a pilsner once (or twice) removed.
     
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  24. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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  25. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,999) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Nah, it's cool. It's actually a Classic American Pilsner, so not even once removed.
     
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  26. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    Being from Schell Country, I appreciate that historic German-styles brewed in the USA in the 19th century used corn as a way to lighten the beer brewed with the available 6-row barley.

    However, even Schell's Deer Brand, as similar beer with a similar heritage (assuming the claim of a "historic" recipe by Upland is credible - which I question given their somewhat fanciful description), is listed here as an AAL.
     
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  27. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,307) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Nice list. One I really love on the local shelf is Von Pilsner from Crooked Stave and one that I had but is not locally available is Trumer Pils. Too bad that they didn't make this list.

    Pilsgnar from Melvin is also a favourite. Oops, I better quit now before I think of others that I would put in my list...
     
  28. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,999) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    So you made me go take a look at the categories :wink:...

    It seems that it's placed in the most appropriate category of a precious limited few, so that's really an issue with how beers are listed here, and not necessarily a true reflection of what it really is. From a brewer's perspective a CAP is a sub style of pilsners.
     
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  29. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (6,372) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Champagne Velvet is definitely a CAP - which isn't a style designation here, so I would literally just ignore the style designation here.
     
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  30. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    :grin::grin:
     
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  31. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,999) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Omg, you've gone and proven how much branding and advertising rely on total BS. :sunglasses::grin:
     
  32. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,999) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Just to clarify for anyone following along, that Pilsner description on the can has long made many of us just roll our eyes at the chutzpah. When Lite is entered into competitions like the GABF, it's in the lite American lager category, not as a Pilsner of any sort. So even they know what it really is. :rolling_eyes:
     
  33. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,531) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    They also dropped the usage decades ago (although it may have been in the "fine print"), and only revived it along with the retro labeling.
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    Also note that the term is there on the Meister Brau (pre-Miller)can in the pic, but wasn't used on the first MB Lite cans.
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    Thus, it does date from an earlier period when it was not thought unusual for a US (or anywhere else) brewer to use the term for one of its lighter lager beers, regardless of adjunct usage or type of hops.
     
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  34. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,500) Sep 15, 2014 Colorado
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    I haven't had most of those, but yes, keep the pilsner love coming! I crave pilsners these days with almost the same intensity as West Coast IPAs, four or five years ago when I had my first lupulin shift. I can't get enough of them.
     
  35. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Aspirant (234) Jan 8, 2015 California

    We enjoyed so many fantastic styles of beer on our visit to pFriem a few years back, but I do remember that the pilsner did stand out as one of the most delicious pilsners I've ever had the pleasure to drink.
     
  36. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Aspirant (234) Jan 8, 2015 California

    Oh, and another worth seeking out is Russian River's STS, now widely available in bottles in the Bay Area (CA).
     
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  37. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,849) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    I dig STS, but I love STivo for my palate and preferences. Would love to see it packaged....but at this point I'm elated just to find Pivo in the wild, and fresh. The format and price point for STS sucks. I'll grab a draught pint, but that's about it.
     
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  38. nikokrommydas

    nikokrommydas Initiate (0) Mar 12, 2019 New York

    This was a fun one to compile. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  39. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Aspirant (234) Jan 8, 2015 California

    Not all of us live within driving distance of FW or RR, lol
     
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  40. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,849) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    ?

    Pretty sure STS is seeing distro in the same markets as PtE and Blind Pig.
     
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