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The term "pilsener" is widely used to describe a number of beers available on the market. According to German criteria for a true pilsener, however, the vast majority of them would be unrecognizable as such. By this definition, a pilsener is a lager beer with a light golden color (5-8 color units by European Brewers’ Convention standards), a specific gravity in the 11.5-12.5% Plato range, and a hops content of at least 28 EBUs (European Bitter Units). Most so-called domestic "pilseners" fall far short in these categories; Bayern Pilsener easily meets all three (6 color units, 12% Plato, 34 EBUs). What does all this technical jargon mean? It means you have purchased one of the very few authenic pilseners brewed in America. Reward yourself by enjoying this beer the way it was meant to be served: pour your cold Bayern Pilsener, in two or three slow steps, into the center of your glass (a fluted or "tulip" glass works best). The thick creamy head (the German term for this is "crown") and you have just created the mark of a classic Bavarian pilsener. It is functional, too - the crown holds finely distributed natural carbonation inside the glass and acts as a shelter for this beer’s distintive, hoppy flavor.

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Rosebud butternuts (2398) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Bottle thanks to bhensonb. Poured clear yellow with a white head. Aroma was very fruity and flavor was lemon, grain, and bread notes. Body was light with high carbonation.

AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Clear light golden color with white sheen. Light berry fruit, melon fruit aromas with bready malt. medium bodied. Taste has a nice light berry fruit sweetness with an earthy hop bite, crisp finish--not bad.

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Draft at the Rhino. Pours a hazy medium gold with a loose little white head that doesn’t stick around. Loose drippy white lace. Cabbage and corn nuts on the nose. Watery fizzy body. Toast, corn nuts, and cabbage on the mid-palate. Wet grass finish. Not at all appealing, unfortunately.

Strykzone (7887) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Hayduke. Clear golden with light carbonation visible. A nice one finger white head that left light lacing. A very soft nose. I was able to find some grain and honey. Flavor is not big, either. Some grass is tasted with mildly bitter hops. Grain and citrus was also tasted. Hops tended to grow in prominence as the beer warmed and caramel came even later. Not complicated and it would be a nice "intro to craft beer" kind of beer. Decent flavor and enjoyable to drink.

hayduke (5757) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2011 Poured light gold. White head. Light lacing. Nose of grassy hops. Light body and smooth mouthfeel. Favor is mild, and finishes lightly bitter. Decent but on the mild side.

poisoneddwarf (2733) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Drank 3/19/11. Thanks to Brenn79 for this. "Best by Jan. 2011." 12 oz bottle into footed pilsner glass. Pours a beautiful hazy gold with a small head. Smells like a barn opened up after being closed up for about ten years. Taste starts out sweet and finishes bitter and dry. Carbonation is medium-high, body is medium. Boring.

Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2011
12 oz. bottle- Pours pale golden with a thin (big suprise) white head, aroma is crisp clean hops, lemon zest, and somewhat floral. The taste is light hops and malts, the body is fairly thin, carbonation is low. B&B- BLAND AND BORING

brianprentiss (703) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2011
not a big fan of pilseners at all, I sorta think why bother? but if you’re going to drink a pils instead of an ale, this one is not bad. we bought it for a mexican themed party and it’s sat around in my fridge for weeks, finally tried it. pleasantly surprised.

cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle served in a footed pilsner. Pours clear pale yellow with a short white top. Short retention. Grass and herbal hop aroma with a hint of sweetness. Mild bitter flavor. Light body, lively carbonation, oily texture. Short, dry and oily-astringent finish. Not my style.

JK (6406) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2010
One of the best American pils I have had. Light gold color. Carbonation is a little low. Well hopped, almost like a Bohemian pilsener. Medium palate.

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