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AHA Guideline

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American-Style Pilsener

American-Style Pilseners are straw to gold. There should be no chill haze. This style represents the classic and unique pre-Prohibition American-style pilsener. Medium-low to medium malt aroma is present. DMS, fruity-ester and diacetyl aromas are not acceptable. Hop aroma is medium to high, preferably deriving from noble-type hops. American-type hop-derived citrus aromas should not be present. Up to 25% corn and/or rice in the grist should be used. Medium-low to medium malt flavor is present. Hop flavor is medium to high, preferably deriving from noble- type hops. American-type hop-derived citrus flavors should not be present. Hop bitterness is medium to high. DMS, fruity-ester and diacetyl flavors are not acceptable. Body is light-medium to medium. Competition organizers may wish to subcategorize this style into rice and corn subcategories.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.045 - 1.060 (11.2 - 14.7)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.012 - 1.018 (3.1 - 4.6)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 3.90% - 4.70% (4.90% - 6.00%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (25 - 40)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 3 - 6 (6 - 12)