Your Favorite Pilsners

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  1. greyghost86

    greyghost86 Aspirant (284) Apr 22, 2012 Delaware

    Love Prima Pils By Victory, Sunshine Pils by Troegs, and Sly Fox....damn, I must be from the Southeast PA area. Need to try some of the West Coast Pils.
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  2. BradenMK

    BradenMK Aspirant (269) Sep 24, 2012 Alaska

    The. Crisp.
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  3. Kurmaraja

    Kurmaraja Poo-Bah (2,516) May 21, 2013 California

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  4. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Since its possible to say "SAAZ" in 20 foot high letters without using those same letters to beat peoples tastebuds back about their head and shoulders for them with the letters, I'd agree that Pilsners are all about the hops, just in a very different flavor profile than IPAs. I'd also suggest that the range of German brewed Pils beers and US brewed Pils beers overlap a lot more in terms of balance than many people give them credit for and that over the last 20-30 years the hop-range or bitterness level of German Pils has drifted a ways downwards from where it once was as tastes have changed. But hop flavors are so much more than the bitterness.
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  5. stephens101

    stephens101 Poo-Bah (2,294) May 5, 2006 Oklahoma

    Paulaner and Urquell are hard to beat for the real thing. I'll drink the shit out of those in the summer. Live Oak Pils (Kurmaraja beat me to this one) is exceptionally tasty for a Merican' Pils. Little Yella and Victory Pils too.
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  6. ArsMoriendiOU818

    ArsMoriendiOU818 Zealot (537) Nov 5, 2013 California

    My favorite pilsner is Victory Braumeister Pils, but you can only get it at the brewery. I really wish they bottled it.
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  7. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,100) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina

    If you are referring to a beer like Prima Pils, I have been drinking pilsners in Germany and the U.S. for nearly 30 years now, and nothing I (or apparently Jim Busch from Victory as well) ever tasted over there is nearly as hoppy. Why you and some others would seem to continue to insist otherwise is beyond me.
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  8. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,100) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina

    They distribute it in kegs, too. I had some down here in SC a couple of years back.
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  9. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    I'm actually neither thinking about nor referring to Prima Pils, which many agree is an outlier.

    Edit: And just FYI, you are not the only person in the world who had the opportunity to drink German beers in Germany 30 years ago.
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  10. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,100) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina

    OK. My apologies then.
  11. Zaphog

    Zaphog Poo-Bah (2,345) Sep 23, 2011 Michigan

  12. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (13,530) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I liked The Crisp a lot.
  13. jsouza

    jsouza Devotee (456) Nov 19, 2006 Massachusetts

    I have really enjoyed the Moat's German Pilsner.
  14. LakerLeith

    LakerLeith Zealot (549) Aug 11, 2013 California

    Pivo Pils!
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  15. WillieThreebiers

    WillieThreebiers Poo-Bah (5,007) Apr 26, 2012 Connecticut

    Hop Ticket Dry Hopped Pils
  16. irishstoutlvr

    irishstoutlvr Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2012 North Carolina

    Foothills Brewing Torch Pilsner. Nice, refreshing beer. It is made in Winston Salem, NC
  17. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,087) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    I still find Dortmunders to be on the maltier side (almost like an imperial Helles to me, but I'd NEVER call it that).

    After sending my post, I realize I'm looking at this from the point of view of an American. I've slammed myself over the head with hops so much the last decade it's hard for me to consider a pilsner a "hop forward" beer.

    I actually found Weihenstephan's on draft recently to be on the hoppier side compared to the German imports I've sampled. This was more present as the beer warmed, and in the finish.

    As far as Czech pilsners go, I've always found the IBUs (and accompanying bitterness) well hidden in this style, offering a softer hop profile than the German versions. Despite the fact the label always indicates otherwise. But as @drtth has previously mentioned, there's more to hops than IBUs and bitterness. It actually reminds me a lot of the pilsners I drank in 2011 in Munich.
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  18. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,270) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    This was the basic point I was trying to make above.

    And this, the bigger point. Although I understand the perspective of a Pilsner being "hop forward," it's far from what most Amis consider a hoppy beer -- and probably why I like the Pilsner as my hoppy go-to.
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  19. Flashy

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    Is that what I see them drinking on "Corner Gas"?!
  20. tmbgnicu

    tmbgnicu Devotee (491) Mar 15, 2014 Pennsylvania

  21. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Summerfest. Gallons and gallons of Summerfest.
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  22. kennyg

    kennyg Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2007 Illinois

  23. kennyg

    kennyg Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2007 Illinois

  24. Streaky

    Streaky Initiate (112) Mar 26, 2013 New Jersey

    There's an ineffable something about the original pilsners that always keeps them in a class of their own for me, compared to US ones. Not better or worse, just two distinct types. Old World I'm always going to reach for a Pilsner Urquell, espesh if fresh and ALWAYS on draft. Bitburger is probably my favorite German pils, I had a fresh can recently and it was divine. A perfect pilsner isn't just refreshing, it's soothing, it's relaxing. It's great beer.

    US I'm partial to all of the PA pilsners, Prima from Victory but their other lesser seen ones even more, the CBC pilsners, all the Braumeister spin-offs, Hip Czech, their new Hop Ticket Pilsner...I LOVE that they spend so much in the pilsner world, experimenting and innovating.

    Sly Fox + Stoudts both have seriously solid pilsners that I'll drink any time they're around.

    I wish Dogfish did their Piercing Pils in the summer, I could use one right about now.

    We have hot summers here in the Philly area. It's important that our pilsners are spot on.
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  25. WVbeergeek

    WVbeergeek Poo-Bah (4,857) Sep 24, 2002 West Virginia

  26. Crusader

    Crusader Aspirant (288) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    The modern brewing specs for Helles, Dortmunder and Pilsener doesn't leave alot of room for differentiation beyond a 11-12% wort strenght, 4.8-5.2% abv and 20-30 IBUs. The historical, relative difference in hopping rates inbetween the styles still exists, but our understanding of what constitutes a hoppy vs less hoppy lager beer, and more importantly a bitter vs less bitter beer, has changed alongside the process of standardization.

    Some modern Czech Pilsner beers have quite low IBU values, like Budejovicky Budvar (23 IBU) and Staropramen (21 IBU). Pilsner Urquell has a higher IBU value (34), but is of course less attenuated than most other pilsner beers at 4.4% abv.
  27. Handle

    Handle Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    We have some good ones in NC. Chief among them is The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery's Captain James Jack Pilsner. I also like Mother Earth Brewing's newly-canned Park Day Pilsner, and Raleigh Brewing's Moravian Rhapsody.

    Big fan of Summerfest, too, and was surprised to see its score is fairly low here on BA.
  28. ricke49

    ricke49 Initiate (0) May 2, 2004 Oregon

    Heater - Allen PILS from McMinnville Oregon is superb, if you can find it. One bomber just about 'sets you up' !!
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  29. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (137) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    I disagree completely. A pils should have you smacking your lips with its bitterness and enjoying the herbal, minty noble hop aroma.

    There are hundreds of poor, under-hopped pilsners on the market.
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  30. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Konig (old time sake)
    Rothaus Tannenzapfle

    If only Pilsner Urquell and Jever were what they were...
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  31. EcurbTheProphet

    EcurbTheProphet Initiate (70) Jun 12, 2014 Washington


    Pilsner Urquell
  32. Flibber

    Flibber Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    Hmm, not sure really. Maybe Augstiner Pils is a bit similar.
  33. beerluvr

    beerluvr Meyvn (1,198) Jan 2, 2001 Ontario (Canada)

    Prima Pils, Jever, Bitburger, Czechvar...period.
  34. Valleyview06

    Valleyview06 Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Victory Dry Hopped Pils!
  35. briang01

    briang01 Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2009 Maryland

    Maybe I got a bad keg/pour but I wanted to pour mine out... which I think is odd given the hype the beer has gotten on this site and the fact I've only had that urge a few times in my life.
  36. schnarr84

    schnarr84 Devotee (491) Nov 27, 2011 Alberta (Canada)

    Indeed it is. It's the national beer of Saskatchewan :slight_smile:
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  37. TX-Badger

    TX-Badger Poo-Bah (2,439) Jun 14, 2012 Texas

    Sixpoint The Crisp
    Sierra Nevada Summerfest
    Abita Seersucker Summer Pils
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  38. Icarus

    Icarus Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2012 Minnesota

    Prima Pils
    Schells Pils

    Love a good Pilsner
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  39. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,648) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Now you got me checking Beer Menus to see where I can get a glass! That sounds absolutely fantastic. Too many beers, too little time these days...

    (ETA- Hot damn! It's at Beer Authority. It's my first glass next time I'm there.)

    Also- I picked up a few Pilsners today: Prima Pils (because it's been a while, and I'd like to revisit it to see if I still think it's an outlier), and Saranac Wild Hop Pils (just to see how Saranac pulls it off). Will try to report back.
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