Once Czech brewers introduced the popular Pilsner beer in 1842, Germans quickly set about brewing their own Pilsner-style pale lager. The naturally higher sulfate content in German water, compared to that of Plzen in the Czech Republic, generally gives German Pilsner beers more prominent hop bitterness than their Czech Pilsner counterparts. They also reveal more Noble hop flavors and aromas amid a lighter body, with a paler color and a crisp mouth-feel. While German Pilsners may express a grainy malt background, German lager yeast that contributes little to no esters to the brew helps craft a clean, refreshing character.
Characteristics: Crisp, floral, grassy, biscuity, light-bodied
ABV range: 4.5-5.4% IBU: 30-45
Popular German Pilsner-style beers: Warsteiner Premium Verum, Fürst Wallerstein Classic, Jever Pilsener, Bitburger Premium Pils, Victory Prima Pils, North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner, Brooklyn Pilsner
Serving Temperature: Cold, 39-45°
Cheese Pairing Ideas: Edam, Chèvre, aged Gouda, Havarti, Monterey Jack, mild Cheddar
Food Pairing Ideas: Light fare, including salads, crab, lobster, salmon and chicken; fried foods; spicy Mexican entrees