We know you’ve likely heard of (or drank plenty) German Pilsners in your lifetime. In fact, it is one of the most popular forms of beer on the market and has been so for hundreds of years. This is likely because it is considered to be the world’s first pale lager.
A German Pilsner is defined by the following characteristics:
- Pale color
- A sweet, malty taste and aroma
- A fruity, crisp taste
- Easy to drink
Pilsner beer is bottom-fermented and then cooled, and was typically stored in underground saves during this time. Though hugely popular, the process of making Pilsner beer is considered somewhat difficult and time-consuming.
Enjoying a German-Style Pilsner Beer
German Style Pilsners can be enjoyed year-round, but are increasingly popular during the warmer months. This is due to the fact that they are crisp and refreshing, and thus, the perfect way to cool down as the sun continues to shine.
However, a cool German-Style Pilsner is a perfect accompaniment to many meals, including:
- Grilled meat (Steak, Chicken, Pork)
- Seafood (Namely Shellfish)
- Spicy foods (Particularly foods from south-east Asia)
- Cheeses (Cheddar)
So, whether you are hosting a dinner party or fancy a drink to help battle the cold weather, you can always rely on German-style pilsner to satisfy and refresh your palate. It is best served chilled, with many opting to store the drink in the fridge for a few hours before you open it. As with many craft beers, you should try to serve German-style Pilsner in a flute glass, which will allow you to appreciate its unique aromas and pleasing aesthetic.
The Origin Story of German-Style Pilsner Beer
German Style Pilsner was first produced in the late seventeenth century (1842), by Bavarian brewer Josef Groll. It takes its name from the city of Pilsen, wherein it was first brewed. Due to its delicious taste, its rise to popularity was swift. This is perhaps why it is still considered to be the standard beer across the globe, and you can enjoy this drink pretty much anywhere!
It is no surprise, therefore, that German-Style Pilsner quickly became available in North America, likely a direct result of immigration. As German immigrants traveled overseas, many opened breweries specializing in German beer which soon took the market by storm. Regardless of the reason for its introduction to our side of the world, it has firmly rooted itself in the nation’s hearts ever since.
Why try A German-Style Pilsner?
If you are on the lookout for a delicious, yet traditional beer – look no further than a German-style Pilsner. Though there are many American variants of this classic drink for you to try out, there is a reason why the European versions remain so popular across the world – they are simply delicious. Furthermore, they are brewed at thousands of breweries across America, giving you plenty of options to choose from! So, why not pick up a German-style Pilsner today?