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Beer Guide

15. Classic Pilsener

a) German Pilsener

  • A classic German Pilsener is very light straw/golden color and well hopped.
  • Hop bitterness is high.
  • Hop aroma and flavor are moderate and quite obvious.
  • It is a well-attenuated and medium-bodied beer but a malty accent can be perceived.
  • Fruity esters and diacetyl should not be perceived.
  • There should be no chill haze.
  • The head should be dense and rich.
  • b) Bohemian-Style Pilsener

  • Pilseners in this subcategory are similar to German Pilseners, however they are slightly more full-bodied and can be as dark as light amber.
  • This style balances moderate to high bitterness and "Noble-type" hop aroma and flavor with a malty, slightly sweet medium body.
  • Diacetyl may be perceived in very low amounts.
  • There should be no chill haze.
  • The head should be dense and rich.
  • c) American-Style Pilsener

  • This classic and unique Pre-Prohibition American-style Pilsener is straw to deep gold in color.
  • Hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma area medium to high, and use of "Noble-type" hops for flavor and aroma is preferred.
  • Up to 25 percent corn in the grist should be used, and some slight sweetness and flavor of corn are expected.
  • A low level of DMS is acceptable.
  • Malt flavor and aroma are medium.
  • Medium body.
  • Fruity esters and citrusy flavors or aromas should not be perceived.
  • Slight diacetyl is acceptable.
  • There should be no chill haze.
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