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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Pale Bitter European beer German Pils

BJCP 5D

BJCP 2015 5D German Pils example
5D - German Pils

 

Overall Impression

A light-bodied, highly-attenuated, gold-colored, bottom-fermented bitter German beer showing excellent head retention and an elegant, floral hop aroma. Crisp, clean, and refreshing, a German Pils showcases the finest quality German malt and hops.

Comments

Modern examples of Pils tend to become paler in color, drier in finish, and more bitter as you move from South to North in Germany, often mirroring the increase in sulfate in the water. The Pils found in Bavaria tend to be a bit softer in bitterness with more malt flavor and late hop character, yet still with sufficient hops and crispness of finish to differentiate itself from a Helles. The use of the term 'Pils' is more common in Germany than 'Pilsner' to differentiate it from the Czech style, and (some say) to show respect.

Commercial Examples

König Pilsener, Left Hand Polestar Pils, Paulaner Premium Pils, Schönramer Pils, Stoudt Pils, Tröegs Sunshine Pils, Trumer Pils

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VITAL

  • OG:  1044 - 1050
  • FG:  1008 - 1013
  • ABV: 4.4 - 5.2
  • IBU: 22 - 40
  • SRM: 2 - 5
BJCP 2015 5D - German Pils Commercial Example
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