177 of the Best Pilsners, Blind-Tasted and Ranked

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils (80)

Moderate biscuit and subtle bread-like malt flavors. Low noble hops flavors that are much in the background. Slightly sticky mouth-coating finish that is more malt than hops. The citrus hops add an unexpected complexity.

Burial Beer Shadowclock Pilsner (82)

Malt-forward with bread, cracker, and biscuit notes. There’s an almost ‘peanut butter–like’ sweetness. Bitterness is slightly high, but it doesn’t linger, and it does help to cut the sweetness of the malt well. Floral hops notes carry into the finish. The carbonation makes it fluffy before giving way to the bitterness.

Widmer Brothers PDX Pils (82)

Crisp and refreshing though light-bodied. The malt sweetness is delicate with bread-like sweetness. The hops give complexity of some spice and floral notes but not overpowering. A bit of bitterness, but balanced with the delicateness of this beer.

Birds Fly South Ale Project Fat Ma (83)

"A bit of corn and barley on the nose with a touch of light lager sweetness, while the sip falls into the sweet/vaguely citrusy/soapy and floral camp."

Transmitter Brewing NY6 Pilsner (84)

"An ester- and phenol-filled saison-like smoky nose is a head-scratcher for a beer that purports to be a Pilsner. Light fruit on the sip and minimal malt further the fermentation-forward effect, which while drinkable and enjoyable may not be what those accustomed to Pilsner are seeking."

Alvarado Street Peninsula Pilsner (85)

Similar to the aroma, with moderate-to-high perfume and sweet spicy hops flavors. Just enough biscuit and bready malt to keep the balance in check. The spiciness from the hops dances off of the medium carbonation to help lighten what feels like a higher gravity beer.

Summit Brewing Keller Pils (85)

Clean Pils malt throughout. Falls slightly sweet on the palate, but the finish is crisp and carries enough bitterness to cut through. Floral and spicy hops notes play well with the malt and bring a nice complexity. Finishes fairly dry with a slight grain-husk tannic bitterness.

Roadmap Brewing Co Minor In Italian (85)

A bit of eggy sulphur competes with Noble floral aroma in the nose, while the water seems to weigh the entire nose down. In the sip, sweetness overpowers the bitterness for a bit too much body and not enough hop punch.

Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Lager (85)

“A brief search for the nose turns up a hint of linen and not much else. The sip offers a bit more, with light lemongrass despite the slightly watery finish.”

pFrriem Family Brewers Pilsner (86)

"Classic noble-hops nose is reassuring and comforting. The body is light and bright with a weightless feel that heightens the drinkability. Dangerously compelling."

Hopewell Brewing Co Alpi (86)

Softly fruity nose pushes into hazy IPA territory—pineapple, coconut. In the sip, those very soft fruity notes persist, with a veer toward tangerine and a decent hit of bitterness, but it embraces accessibility at the expense of punchiness.

Unsung Brewing Vater Von Pils (86)

“Soft citrus and zesty sweetness in the nose. The sip is mildly grainy with medium bitterness that trades personality for accessibility.”

Schilling Beer Co. Alexandr 10° (86)

“Woody notes—cedar, redwood—offer a dry, earthy nose. On the sip, mellow bitterness, effortlessly light and slightly sweet malt body. Simple sophistication.”

Bitburger Premium Pilsner (87)

Skunkiness up front, followed by malty biscuit, honey, and cracker. Floral hops bring on some spice and bitterness, along with some lime. Good body and high carbonation create a nice bite at the end.

Night Shift Brewing Pfaffenheck (87)

More malt character than most Pilsners, with a prominent biscuit note and a touch of bread crust. Hops bitterness is pronounced and lingers, which mutes any hops flavors, but some pine and cattiness come through. Finish is slightly sweet and malty for the style, but there’s also a grainy bite to balance.

FX Matt Brewing Utica Club (87)

Simple clean malt profile with a delicate balance of floral and sweet, spicy hops flavors. Carbonation is pretty high, giving it a fluffy mouthfeel but also a fairly sharp carbonic bite. The finish is a bit sweet.

Two Roads Ol' Factory Pils (87)

Rich bready sweetness up front with a lingering toast note, reminiscent of dessert bread. Spicy hops character adds complexity, and a well-balanced bitterness persists through the finish, with a hint of pine and pithy citrus.

Great Lakes Turntable Pils (87)

Slightly pine-like and resinous hops flavors that become more perfumy and herbaceous as they linger. A slight ‘papery’ or cardboard-like flavor that isn’t quite oxidization. Subtle sweet malt flavors or sweet bread and biscuit. Finishes fairly dry and lightly bitter. A very subtle metallic characteristic on the finish.

Upslope Brewing Company - Flatiron Park Craft Lager (87)

Brisk, floral nose—subdued sophistication over blatant metaphor. Light cocoa offers a dusty counterpoint. The sip is straightforward, light malt notes hovering between sweet and dry. Cleverly tucks into a lager middle ground; easy to keep drinking.

Maplewood Brewing Company Pulaski Pils (87)

Light white pepper and rustic woodsiness on the nose. The body is effervescent with a tongue-enveloping intensity, but settles into a lightly nutty orange zest note with a bit of sweetness.

Birds Fly South Ale Project Czech-Style Pilsner (87)

Lemon lime with a touch of orange zest on the nose. The sip brings some needed bitterness and carbonic zip, but that citrus lean is unshakeable and gives it the impression of sweetness.

Standard Brewing Lawful Good (87)

Slight yeasty character on the nose obscures otherwise engaging floral notes. The sip clings close to the German side of pils, with firm bitterness and less of the romantic playfulness one expects from dry-hopped pilsner.

Von Ebert Brewing Pierre Le Chat (87)

Tea and dried floral notes on the nose with hefty grain. The sip brings a generally sweet and citrusy grainy-malt note; it would evoke wort if the beer weren’t dry. The vision is there, but the execution doesn't quite follow.

Alvarado Street Brewery Peninsula Pilsner (87)

“Strong American Noble–like hop notes dominate the nose, with woody bits of cedar and spruce. Sip has an almost Pacific-Northwest-forest feel. Uniquely characterful and a departure from the norm, but it works nicely.”

Creature Comforts Bibo (88)

Super bright and crisp Pilsner malt character. Cracker-like malt sweetness hits up front. Hops come through with some floral and spice and mild bitterness through the taste. Finishes very dry with a lingering bitterness. Somewhat bright/effervescent mouthfeel.

Elevation Beer Company Elevation Pilsner (88)

Bright, zippy floral nose borders on too much. On the palate, gentle grain and neutral malt balance sweet and dry, with a touch of floral hops reappearing in the finish. Subtle and understated in the sip, flamboyant and brash in the nose.

Wheatland Spring Brewery Alberto (88)

Soft herbal nose with a touch of light malt. In the sip, subtlety rules with woody, earthy hops notes pushing forward and a subdued bitterness that works well with the trim body. Thoughtfully executed.

Little Fish Brewing Company Come at Me, Beau (88)

Mid-tone herbal spice with a chocolate note in the nose. The sip keeps the light wood theme going, backed by light malt sweetness raised by gentle carbonation. Soft herbal hops ride cautiously into the finish while faint chocolate notes reappear in the long linger.

°Brix Brew & Tap Greeley Beer (88)

“Fragrant cotton-candy, grape-and-bubblegum nose. Sip is kludgy, with more bubblegum sweetness that doesn’t find a comfortable balance with light bitterness.”

Idle Hands Craft Ales Adelais (88)

“Warm fragrant floral nose with a slight citrus sweetness and woody earthiness. The sip slides in a different direction, bitterness riding roughshod over the simple malt sweetness. Unrefined and raw.”

Smith & Lentz Brewing German Pils (88)

“Austere nose strikes a fine perfume note, but the body is more flowers from the garden than elegant bouquet. A mild bitterness, but the body loses definition.”

Dust Bowl Brewing Hobo Pilsner (2019) (89)

"A sharp and angular nose hints at orange blossom and fern, but a firm bitterness hits early in the sip and distracts slightly."

Sketchbook Pinky Sweater (89)

Clean and light with a complexity from the rice not normally found in craft Pilsner. Hops are restrained but still bring a nice floral note. Finish is dry with a touch of the rice sweetness.

Societe The Heiress (89)

A firm bitterness lingers pleasantly throughout. Moderate malt, bready and toasty. Fairly light on the hops flavor. The hops bitterness is a bit pronounced for the style, but it balances the sweetness.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Stammtisch (89)

“Subtle woodsy, earthy nose, hint of wildflowers in a mountain clearing. Bitterness in the sip is a touch ragged, hovering above the malt, slightly menacing and unyielding, before backing down into a peaceful resolution.”

Mash Lab Brewing Crispy Boi Pilsner (89)

“Light earthy lemon zest on the nose with a touch of sulfur. An extremely light malt character borders on Mexican-style lager, with just enough hops bitterness to call it a pilsner. More defined by its negative space (what it isn’t) than by what it is.”

Live Oak Brewing Pilz (90)

"An orchid-greenhouse nose conveys some grassy character. On the body, soft and rolling with a light malt character and a clean finish."

Moksa Brewing Rocklin Lager (90)

"Light malt and sulfur on the nose yells Pils, and a light and smooth body is uncomplicated yet enjoyable."

Melvin Brewing Pilsgnar (90)

"Strong floral nose is distracting but not unpleasant. On the body, more hops- forward floralness with some citrus as well. A modern American take on the Pilsner for hopheads. Far from classic, but enjoyable."

Perennial Artisan Ales Pils (90)

"Citrus oil or citronella nose sits on a modestly carbonated body of thin malt that lets the light lime and grapefruit notes push forward. Would love a bit more body and malt character in this."

Schlafly Pilsner (90)

Malt sweetness hits up front with biscuity character. Medium body is nice and holds up the beer well. A little lemon. Some soft floral notes and spice add complexity. Low on bitterness, but enough to balance the sweetness. Restrained bitterness lets the malt and hops flavor complexity linger on the finish.

Silver City COLD ONE (90)

There is a nice sweetness through the taste. Cracker, a little lemon. The hops are delicate with notes of floral hops and a little bit of spice. A bit grassy. The bitterness is low. The beer blends well throughout the taste with a very pleasant finish—not overly dry, bitterness balances very well, and there’s a lingering earthy, lemon hops character.

New Belgium Pilsener (90)

The flavor carries with a biscuit malt sweetness throughout the taste. The hops provide some nice subtlety, but the taste carries the sweetness through the finish. Nice medium body and carbonation. Smooth finish.

Left Hand Brewing Company 1265 Pilsner (90)

Slightly sweaty, almost bitter tropical tinge in the nose. The sip balances in the same way, with an unsweet tropical fruit bitterness that pulls just a bit of fruity softness at the edges. Unusual but intriguing.

BlackStack Brewing Fugazi (90)

“Heady lilac floral note fills the glass. The sip tames it down with soft, slightly grainy sweetness, against unyielding bitterness. Edgy, as the disparate elements maintain tension through the end.”

Highland Park Brewery Fill Pils (90)

“Fragrant, wandering, lilac-floral in the nose. Light and underplayed in the body, with incredibly restrained bitterness. A wallflower—unassuming, nondescript, clean, nice, but searching for its personality.”

Highland Brewing Pilsner (91)

Pronounced malt notes, graham crackers, light bread crust, sweet Pilsner malt character. Some peppery hops notes with complementing generic floral notes. Bitterness is a little restrained for the amount of malt sweetness, making it slightly off- balance for the style. Finish is clean and carries a hint of sweetness to cut the crispness.

Coronado Seacoast Pilsner (91)

Moderate sweet biscuit and bread-like malt flavors that quickly give way to bright floral and perfume-like hops flavors that are definitely predominant. Dry finish that leaves a distinct floral hops flavor behind.

Cigar City Gasparilla Music Fest (91)

Clean and crisp. There is a nice light cracker-like sweetness up front with some floral hops notes that carry through the taste. The bitterness helps to even out the sweetness, and it is not overly bitter. Refreshing on the finish. Lighter in body and nice carbonation.

Lagunitas PILS (91)

The complement of the citrus hops notes and the malt sweetness give a candy sweetness, almost like a muted Smarties or Skittles. Frosted- Flakes–flavored skim milk after all the cereal is eaten but the milk remains. Bitterness is a bit restrained, but any more would probably upset the unique malt and hops combination.

Prison City Work Work Work (91)

As on the aroma, the malt plays a backup role to the hops. Floral and spicy notes at first, but pine and lemon shine through quickly. Pronounced hops character that seems to bring some perceived sweetness to help the clean Pils malt balance the fairly high bitterness. Malt flavors of biscuit and bread hide somewhat in the background but are just enough to not let the complex and prominent hops flavors get out of control.

Smith & Lentz Brewing German Pils (91)

Fragrant nose with floral, sweet tropical-fruit notes of papaya and mango. In the sip, a square-edged bitterness with slight herbal drying character blocks and tackles faint malt, leaving light floral and tropical notes to linger.

Common Space Brewery Fresh Pils of LA (91)

Soft nose splits the difference between herbal and floral, with a gentle citrus-wood element. The sip is peppy and energetic, youthful—more Adidas than Hugo Boss—but that energy comes at the expense of fine-tuned polish.

Westbound & Down Brewing Company Westbound Italian Pils (91)

Very punchy floral nose with a blossom sweetness. The sip embraces the bold Noble floral notes, ramping up bitterness to offset malt for a balanced hoppy pils on the bigger side.

St Elmo Brewing Urkel (91)

“Rustic tobacco and floral nose; curiously different. In the sip, grain-forward malt with a hint of sweetness balances a soft, thoroughly integrated hop bitterness. Smooth and well-rounded.”

Drake's Brewing Co. Flyway Pils (91)

“The nose is tame—light malt, gentlest herbal note. The body doesn’t stray far from that conservative approach, sacrificing character for a generic drinkability.”

Narrow Gauge Brewing Co. Frisches Bier (91)

“Deep color suggests something more than a single-infusion, pilsner-malt mash. Nose mashes up herbal Saaz and cumin with a touch of grilled lemon. Top of the sip adds a light herb-bitter hit, for a rustic ‘farmhouse’ lager feel.”

The Brewer's Table Theseus (92)

"Very light, highly hopped, with a prominent citrus and leafy character. The body disappears after the nose with a moderate carbonation and minimal malt note that pushes the hops character ever more forward."

Perennial Pils (92)

Big spicy piney hops flavors at first bring a wash of medium bitterness afterward. There’s a malt body with light bready or saltine-cracker flavor.

KC Bier Co. Pils (92)

Light bodied with a dry malt husk-like sweetness. Cracker-like. Some floral and spicy notes come from the hops and bring some bitterness to the taste, but it’s not overpowering. Well-balanced with a dry and slightly bitter finish.

WeldWerks Cereal Keller (92)

Slight malt sweetness up front (cracker, bread). Moderate spicy, earthy hops flavor is quite pleasant. Mild but persistent bitterness. The soft yeastiness in the finish is likeable.

Maui Brewing Pau Hana (92)

Similar to the aroma, impressively clean, yet hits all the check marks one would look for in a classic Pilsner. Spicy and fruity floral hops flavors that balance well with a solid sweet biscuit malt backbone. The bitterness imparted by the hops really dries out the finish. A slight peppery phenolic-like flavor as it warms.

Jack's Abby Post Shift Pilsner (92)

The sweetness from the aroma carries strongly into the flavor. The Pilsner malt character is clean, and the floral hops bring just enough bitterness to balance. Well-balanced bready, biscuit malt flavors with clean noble hops flavors. Very crisp and clean drinking.

Summit Brewing Dakota Soul (92)

Nice light malt flavor. Just a touch of sweetness that is well-balanced in the finish with the soft hops bitterness. Hints of hops spiciness, but low hops flavor for the style. More of the Saaz hops profile would be good.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co Pivo (92)

Mildly earthy and floral nose is subdued but confident, while the sip aligns a very clean and trim pilsner with a soft hopping hand for a friendly and approachable beer that whispers rather than screams.

Wheatland Spring Brewery East Crib (92)

Peach blossom, azalea, and other bold floral notes on the nose. The sip swirls bready malt sweetness with those floral aromatics, drying it out with light herbal bitterness in the swallow. Flavorful and rustic. Cleanly expressed.

Chuckanut Brewery Chuckanut Italian Style Pilsner (92)

A rounded nose brings very soft Noble floral notes. The sip brings an almost Czech approach to the body, favoring a bit of malt sweetness to amplify the hop notes. 

Revelry Brewing Co. Glorious Bastard (92)

Sweet floral notes on the nose with a bit of herbal undercurrent. The flavor aims a bit too high, with big notes of overripe bitter fruit, white pepper, and a bit of tea-like herbal bitterness. It's enjoyable in its new-school approach, but consciously outside the canon.

Atlanta Brewing Company Homestand (93)

"Generically citrus and stone-fruit nose leads to a very moderate body that lacks a definable character. It's soft, almost to a fault."

Drake's Brewing Flyway Pils (93)

Simple malt, bready with a lingering grainy sweetness that has a somewhat tannic lingering astringency. Strong floral hops character with hints of rose and a grassy note on the finish. Bitterness is fairly restrained and nicely balanced.

Resident Culture Radical Empathy (93)

Big head with rich lacing. Bold dried-floral notes in the nose rise with intensity. In the sip: softer, slightly fruity hops mask light bitterness, lending a very soft approach with less structure.

Bale Breaker Brewing Company Bale Breaker Pilsner (93)

Gorgeous and bright citrus blossom floral nose offers an unexpected entrance. The sip delivers more of the same, with a lower bitterness that highlights the fruitier hops elements. Yet, it still maintains a pilsner core with a pleasant minerality and zippy bitterness.

Pinthouse Pizza Magical Pils (93)

Lemony-herbal nose, fresh and bright. In the sip, big lemon notes and a present bitterness mingle with herbal notes for an Arnold Palmer-like tea-lemonade blend. An outlier, on the farther end of the creative spectrum, it hits a drinkable balance.

Elsewhere Brewing Company Carouse (93)

Sweaty mineral nose with light tropical-fruit overtones comes out of left field; an aged-hops-like edge. The sip pushes an intense herbal-bitter wave with just a touch of sweetness, rolling unchecked to the lingering bitter finish. Atypical.

TRVE Brewing Co. Cold Pilsner (93)

“The floral nose leans toward light grape and avocado peel, with a soft, almost yeasty roundness. The sip is similarly gentle, with light fruit notes that are a touch more expressive than typical.”

Hop Butcher For the World Folletto (93)

“Refined nose—perfumey champagne, a touch of woody forest. On the sip, more soft, integrated woodsy bitterness and dry white-wine grape. Imminently drinkable and hop-forward, without being ‘hoppy.’”

Jack's Abby Craft Lagers Sunny Ridge Pilsner (93)

“Soft and comforting nose—lightly fragrant, light sweet malt. The sip pushes malt flavor forward in the best of ways, balanced by a firm round herbal bitterness. One of the more endearing.”

Highland Brewing Co. Pilsner (93)

“Softly Noble nose underscores subtlety. Gorgeously balanced sip expertly navigates soft floral hop bitterness and delicate malt presence. Shaker-like in its simplicity of form and quality of construction.”

Enegren Brewing Lagertha (94)

"Progressively hopped nose melds PNW hops flair with a firm Pils base. It's colorful and vivacious while properly grounded."

Burial Beer Ritual Anonymity (94)

"Past meets future in this gorgeous fruit-forward yet cleanly executed modern Pilsner. The engaging juicy fruit nose would seem out of place without the slight sulfur note and the bright malt body. It's weird, and it works."

Creature Comforts Brewing Bibo (94)

"Classic from start to finish. The balance is so well constructed that individual notes are subsumed into one ongoing experience of the whole. Delightful."

Maplewood Pulaski Pils (94)

Delicate malt flavors, light matzo-cracker notes, sweet biscuit and bread flavors that are cut through by moderate floral hops bitterness. Low sulfur, as on aroma. Slight lemon flavor that grows through the finish. Bitterness doesn’t linger.

Flatland Brewing Company Original Recipe (94)

weet, grainy malt with with light lemony-herbal hop flavor and firm, balancing bitterness. Earthy mineral-water element. Soft, light, dry, easy to drink

Live Oak Brewing Co Gold (94)

Light crackery malt with slight minerality supports a faint floral note, evoking a touch of honey as it sits. In the sip, a confident bitterness guides with a firm but gentle hand, buoyed by the light but flavorful malt.

12 West Brewing Company Zona Pilsner (94)

Floral hops aroma with an almost dried stone fruit tea tinge. The sip leans to the sweet malt side, amplifying the dried fruit tea character, but with a brisk herbal element for structure.

Seedstock Brewery Czech Pilsner (94)

Sweet and spicy in the nose, with equal parts light malt and gently spicy herbal-floral hops. In the sip, slightly lower carbonation lets the malt push forward highlighted by dried floral hops with a touch of lavender. Characterful and bold.

The Lost Abbey Noble Tendencies (94)

The nose feels European, lightly oxidized and knocked down like a beer that's sat on a boat for a while. In the sip, a tinge of diacetyl offers a remarkably true-to-style take on Czech pilsner, highlighting a bit of malt sweetness.

Squatters Pub Brewery Brilliant Bier (94)

“Linen and white rose soften the Noble nose, giving it thoughtful definition. Light, refreshing body, with straightforward malt and a soft bitterness that feels understated in its simplicity.”

New Realm Brewing Co. Euphonia (94)

“Lavender, jasmine, delicate white tea–like note. Sip is crisply bitter with a pleasing floral note emerging as bitterness subsides. Simultaneously soft and sharp, sophisticated in its simplicity.”

pFriem Family Brewers Pilsner (94)

“Bright, confident, Noble-floral nose aims straight down the golden mean. On the sip, light herbal and floral hops provide a scenic backdrop for bready, vaguely sweet malt body. Tightly balanced.”

Amalgam, Cannonball Creek & HPB Down By Law (94)

“Dried peach and apricot tea with a touch of herbal bitterness on the nose. The sip gets loose, riffing with a chunky herbal bitterness that overpowers the subtle malt.”

Oskar Blues Brewery Mama’s Little Yella Pils (94)

“Fragrant, floral Saaz-style aroma, light with faint orchid or camelia note. Bitterness in the sip is round and gentle, but significant. Malt is simply structured—simplicity that belies its sophistication.”

Chapman Crafted Pils (95)

"The head dissipates quickly and a graham-cracker sweetness approaches with a touch of sour milk. On the sip, it's a bit less structured than some."

Roadmap Brewing Co Alright, Alright, Alright (95)

Nose of eucalyptus with touches of tree bark and sweet flower. The sip is anchored by rather sweet malt, muffling its verve, while lower carbonation keeps it from finding its groove.

MadTree Brewing Legendary Lager (95)

Subtle citrus and pine notes in the nose feel vaguely like PNW hops, while remaining convincingly within Euro parameters for pilsner. The sip bends a bit more sweet than crisp, but the zippy carbonation and light citrusy bitterness offer pleasant balance.

Twin Barn Brewing Company Longridge Lager (95)

Straightforward light herbal nose brings a touch of honey sweetness as it warms. In the sip, zesty herbal hops with a tea-like tannin along with a brisk carbonation give it a nervous, bubbly energy.

Alvarado Street Brewery Palio (96)

"A light fruity hops note on the nose is the entrée to this Pilsner that's soft without being Czech soft, with some fruitiness in the flavor that eschews a purely German approach. Imminently drinkable."

Dust Bowl Hobo Pilsner (96)

The hops character isn’t as pronounced as it is on the aroma. Clean Pilsner malt presents first with moderate citrus and a touch of peppercorn spice in tow. Balance is slightly bitter, which lingers into the dry finish pleasantly.

Service Brewing Company Rally Point Pilsner (96)

Dried-flower note with a bit of dried citrus in the nose. The flavor captures round, straightforward malt; brisk, spicy bitterness reins in the sweetness, but with a softer mouthfeel. Big flavors, but with friendly and accessible entry points.

Brick West Brewing Company Brick West Czech Pilsener (96)

“In the nose and flavor, a hefty toast note of substantial malt, lightly sweet, with a gorgeously rounded herbal hops bitterness. Sweet but not flabby.”

Modern Times - The Belmont Fermentorium Foamer Pils (96)

Light herbal-cracker nose with a touch of tropical honey—engaging, despite incredible lightness. In the sip, that lightness hides nothing; over light malt, the slightly herbal, chalky bitterness is intense.

Breakside Brewery Breakside Pilsner (96)

Softly fragrant dried-floral nose with a light, balanced mineral element. The sip dials back the bitterness a bit, but maintains a light feel and balance with tight but flavorful malt. A simple beer, but never boring.

Denizens Brewing Company Born Bohemian (96)

Light doughy nose with a bit of baby-powder crispness. The sip joins bitter orange-peel spice and light nuttiness with classic Noble-hops bitterness. Heftier on the palate than it looks, it's substantial but not clumsy.

Alvarado Street Brewery Palio (96)

“Herbal tea nose; a slight sweet note softens the impact. The sip is equal parts bold and demure, in perfect tension, underplaying the strong spicy herbal note.”

St Elmo Brewing Umlaut (96)

“Sweet floral nose touches on light berry and bitter herbs. Rich, toothy body feels substantial, squeezing big flavor from light pilsner malt. Integrated hop bitterness keeps things honest and under control.”

Anchor Brewing Co. Crisp Pilsner (97)

Crackery malt and a bit of herbal hops in the nose. In the sip, a light but attractive malt sweetness offers a friendly approach before it's scrubbed by a bit of hops sleight-of-hand. Like Penn and Teller, we know the mechanics of the trick, but appreciate its thorough execution.

King Harbor Brewing Co Topside Pilsner (97)

A finely pointed woody-herbal nose has a bit of cracker malt behind it—balanced on the lightest edge. The initial sip is a bit sweet and heavy, but a bitter hit on the swallow gives it a boost.

August Schell Brewing Keller Pils (97)

“Citrus and musty-herbal earthiness collide in a PNW C-hop-like chorus. The sip buries light lime-lemon in chunky herbal bitterness, but the fruit reads through it all. Weird and endearing.”

Incendiary Brewing Co. Ritual Pilsner (97)

“Intensity defines the nose with floral-meets-licorice assault. The flavor balances that sharp woody-herbal definition with endearingly warming malt, offering a lot of character for such a delicate style.”

Wayfinder Beer CZECH AF (97)

“Gorgeous golden body. Light floral nose, but the sip is where the magic happens—substantial but soft bitterness is bold yet refined, unique, and confident. For a Czech-style pils, it’s turned to 11, but the bigness works in the context.”

Jack's Abby Post Shift (98)

"Soft grain aroma, light spiciness on the palate reinforced by a healthy carbonation. Refreshingly simple and straightforward."

Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils (2019) (98)

"A bright lemony lemongrass nose and prickly carbonation sell a structured bitterness with a touch of crackery malt character."

Russian River Brewing STS Pils (98)

"A noble floral nose is classic and enveloping while the slightly spicy body exudes mild bitterness with soft structure."

Alma Mader Brewing Premiant (98)

Toned-down aroma with light rolling floral note. In the sip, multi-faceted hops contribute bitterness and everything from spice to slight citrus. Zesty, spirited, with rounded malt and hoppy edges. Rides a beautiful line.

Modern Times - The Belmont Fermentorium Oracolo (98)

A floral note—bordering on light stone fruit with a touch of vanilla—rings with a quirky candy-like sweetness. The flavor steers back toward pilsner with a vibrant and prickly carbonation, a subtle minerality, and a bright grassy bitterness amplified by the water profile. Clever and boundary-pushing but captivating, respecting the pilsner tradition while offering a contemporary view of what’s possible.

Green Bench Brewing Co Postcard Pils (98)

Demure and elegant nose—unassuming but confident as it moves with a certain swift herbal grace. The sip further evokes this restraint, as very light and fine-tuned herbal and spicy hops notes play against the delicate malt. The beautiful simplicity of it all makes it equally powerful as a beer to sip and enjoy for what it is, or a beer that disappears into the background of great conversation.

The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co Rocket 100 (98)

Light, slightly doughy pilsner malt note in the nose backed with gentle herbal hops tastefully arranged for more nuance than focus. In the sip, an impeccable balance between lithe malt and finely honed herbal hops bitterness makes either hard to find, despite their presence. There's a particular sheen to it—worked over and over before it was buffed to a mirror polish—like the chrome bumper of a classic car that evokes nostalgia and quality without feeling too clinical.

pFriem Family Brewers Pilsner (98)

Polished floral nose with a slight lavender lean. The sip is punchy, with brisk but smooth-edged hops over a characterful but tightly controlled malt body. Minimalist approach, with small but spectacular flourishes.

Aslan Brewing Co. Coastal Pils (98)

“Bright Noble nose offers a crisply floral bouquet with lavender, camelia, and jasmine. On the tongue, malt offers a delicate foil to the light hops bitterness that lingers pleasantly into the finish. Expertly crafted and beautifully balanced.”

Brick West Brewing Co. Brick West Pilsner (98)

“Soft yet edgy floral nose; big without overwhelming. The sip balances floral notes with mellow bitterness, overpowering the malt but leaving a crisp finish. Jagged but characterful.”

Foothills Brewing Torch Pilsner (99)

"A bright mineral nose and light body produce a vivacious and energetic sip. It's bold yet light and characterful with a strong but restrained hops character. Balanced on the light side."

Chuckanut Brewery Chuckanut Bohemian Style Pilsner (99)

Defined floral nose with a tight edge and ever-so-soft malt notes; just a hint of sulfur for light mineral crispness. In the sip, gentle floral notes with a present but soft bitterness, over a brisk body with just a touch of bready sweetness. The clarity of expression is unparalleled—stunningly executed.

Green Man Brewery Sunseeker (99)

“Bright calla-lily floral notes underpinned by doughy, bready malt in equal parts. Flavorwise, an herbal and floral hop bitterness hits first, tempered by mid-sweet pilsner malt notes as that initial bitterness fades. Rich and savory despite its overall lightness; a delightful sip.”

Weihenstephaner Pilsner (99)

“Crisp, integrated, floral nose. The flavor is bright and light with a balanced bitter backbone and effervescent carbonation. Simple, yet thorough. Accomplished.”

Hop Butcher For the World Supreme Being (99)

“Softly sweet; a touch of sulfur and carbonic bite reinforce the pilsner character. Malt runs a bit light, but it’s subtle and sophisticated.”

The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co Industry Pils (100)

Light, bright floral hop nose just borders on perfume. In the sip, an edge of quick bitterness gives an initial punch before the layered floral hops emerge over a tight but thoughtfully constructed body. Exhibits a particular finesse in its restraint—a beautiful lightness and integration that speaks confidently without raising its voice.