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German-Style Pilsener

A classic German-style pilsener is straw to pale in color. A malty residual sweetness can be perceived in aroma and flavor. Perception of hop bitterness is medium to high. Noble-type hop aroma and flavor are moderate and quite obvious.

Category: Pilseners and Pale Lagers

Food Pairings

  • Shellfish, Chicken, Salads
  • White Cheddar
  • Shortbread Cookies

Glassware
& Serving Temperature

Flute
40-45 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Straw to Pale

Clarity

Brilliant

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Not Detectable

Hop

Hop flavor is moderate and quite obvious, deriving from late hopping (not dry-hopping) with noble-type hops. Hop bitterness is medium to high.

Malt

A sweet, malty residual aroma can be perceived.

Esters

Not common to style.

Phenols

Not common to style.

Fermentation By-Products

Very low levels of DMS aroma may be present, usually below most beer drinkers’ taste thresholds and not detectable except to the trained or sensitive palate.

Sensations

Body

Soft

Carbonation

Medium to High

Finish Length

Short

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

German Noble

Malt

Pilsner

Water

Varies

Yeast

Lager

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