As today’s beer enthusiasts clamor for more session-able brews, it makes sense that a growing number of craft brewers have finally set their sights on this old world classic. Pilsners were first conceived in the 19th century by Bavarian brewmaster Josef Groll. His bottom fermenting strain of yeast yielded a sparkling, golden brew whose white foam, sweet malty notes, and hoppy savor came to define the style. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite new world takes on the style as well as a pair of must-try classics.  

The Classics: Pilsner

 

Pilsner Urquell

Urquell means “the original” and this is it, the beer that Josef Groll introduced back in 1842. This is THE classic Czech Pilsner, featuring a creamy, malty body and a crisp, hoppy finish with notes of grass and hay courtesy of the famous Saaz hop.  

Krombacher Pils

Pilsner may have been invented in what is now the Czech Republic, but Germany is famous for their drier interpretation. A refreshing and savory brew, it’s easy to see how Krombacher is the No.1 selling Pils in Germany. Brewed with German hop varieties, you can expect a finish that is snappier and spicier than a traditional Czech Pilsner.  

Victory Prima Pils

Considered by many to be the American interpretation of the style, Prima Pils is a riff on the German-take of the Czech urquell/original (get that?), and is bursting with tremendous hop aroma and flavor. Brewed with whole flower Czech and German hops, one taste of this hoppy pils and you’ll understand how it’s earned such critical acclaim. Fans of session IPA will find something to love here.  

Firestone Walker Pivo Pils

Since Pivo Pils' introduction in 2013, it’s won gold at the Great American Beer Festival for three years running. Wow, what a nose! Saphir hops impart lovely notes of ginger and lemongrass making this a perfect match for your next seafood dish. Thanks to dry hopping, this American Pils is loaded with hop aroma without being overly bitter.  

Lagunitas Pils

Lagunitas Pils is a nod to the classic Czech version of the style with a nice balance of malt and classic Saaz hop profile. Lagunitas’ love for hops shines through as this is plenty hoppy, but it still maintains its balance. Perfect refresher for the coming warmer months.   Check out the Beer Buzz for updates on new beer, tastings, sales and more!