About Pilsner Beer
Pilsner, also known as “pilsener” or simply “pils,” is considered to be the most popular beer in the world. It is a type of pale lager that has a pale-to-golden hue with a varying degree of noble hops bitterness. It originated in Pilsen, a city in Czech Republic (formerly known as Bohemia).
It has quite an interesting story as to how it was developed. In the mid-1840s, Bohemia beers commonly underwent top fermentation. This process fermented the ale-type beers at high temperatures for a relatively shorter period of time. It resulted in varying standards of quality. Since ales were prone to spoilage either by yeast or bacteria, the process faced contamination issues that were hard to contend with. In 1838, brewers showed dissatisfaction by pouring whole barrels of beer into the street since they became undrinkable. They decided to take drastic measure by brewing beer in the Bavarian style, a process of aging beer through cool fermentation and storing it for several weeks at temperatures close to freezing point. This process was called “lagering,” a method of brewing taught by Josef Groll, a Bavarian brewer that they hired.
The new recipe uses light barley, which was partially malted, water, starch source, lager yeast and portions of fragrant Saaz hops, which offsets the malt’s sweetness. It is pale with a straw color which is not dark or heavy just like the other ales. It has a rich taste with an added spicy tone and noticeable bitterness.
Glass to Use:
Pilsner beers are best complemented in a tall, slender and tapered glass such as the classic Pilsner glass.
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