BJCP Comparable Category: 5D - German Pils
This is the description of how the German-Style Pilsener style of beer should taste, feel and look. However, there may be perfectly fine beers in this style that fall outside of these ranges and descriptions. This information is just to show the most commonly accepted ranges for the German-Style Pilsener beer style.
The head should be dense, pure white and persistent.
- Body: Low to medium-low
- Malt Flavors & Aromas: A malty sweet aroma and flavor should be present at low levels. Bready or light biscuity attributes may be present.
- Hop Flavors & Aromas: Hop aroma and ﬂavor is moderate and pronounced, derived from late hopping (not dry hopping) with noble-type hops.
- Fermentation Characteristics: Fruity-ester and DMS should not be present. These are well attenuated beers.
- Common Ingredients: Continental Pilsner malt, German hop varieties (especially Saazer-type varieties such as Tettnanger, Hallertauer, and Spalt for taste and aroma; Saaz is less common), German lager yeast.
- Commercial Examples: König Pilsener, Left Hand Polestar Pils, Paulaner Premium Pils, Schönramer Pils, Stoudt Pils, Tröegs Sunshine Pils, Trumer Pils
Brewing Properties of German-Style Pilsener
The functional properties of brewing German-Style Pilsener beers as descided by the Brewers Association. These guidelines reflect, as accurately as possible, historical significance, authenticity or a high profile in the current commercial beer market.
The alcohol by volume is shows the amount of alcohol this style of beer should have.
|4.6 - 5.3%|
The International Bittering Units (IBU) scale is used to approximately quantify the actual (not perceived) bitterness of beer.
|25 - 50 IBUs||SRM
SRM is a scale for measuring the color intensity of a beer. Low SRM grains impart a pale straw color while higher values mean it will add a darker color to the wort. Learn more »
–3 - 4 SRM
(6 - 8 EBC)
Original Gravity (OG) is a measure of the sugar content in the wort before alcoholic fermentation has started to produce the beer.
|1.044 - 1.052|
The Final Gravity (FG) is how much sugar is left over in the beer when fermentation is complete.
|1.006 - 1.012|
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Based on Brewers Association 2020 Beer Style Guidelines with changes. Used with permission of Brewers Association.