German-Style Pilsener Style
- Color: Straw to pale
- Clarity: Appearance should be clear. Chill haze should not be present
- Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: A malty sweet aroma and flavor should be present at low levels. Bready or light biscuity attributes may be present.
- Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Hop aroma and ﬂavor is moderate and pronounced, derived from late hopping (not dry hopping) with noble-type hops.
- Perceived Bitterness: Medium to high
- Fermentation Characteristics: Fruity-ester and DMS should not be present. These are well attenuated beers.
- Body: Low to medium-low
- Additional notes: The head should be dense, pure white and persistent.
German-Style Pilsener Vital Statistics
- Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.044-1.052 (11-12.9 °Plato)
- Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.006-1.012 (1.5-3.1 °Plato)
- Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 3.6%-4.2% (4.6%-5.3%)
- Bitterness (IBU) 25-50
- Color SRM (EBC) 3-4(6-8 EBC)
2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines used with permission of Brewers Association.
Credit: 2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines – Lager Styles – European Origin Lager Styles – German-Style Pilsener