378 of the Best Lagers, 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.

Lagunitas Brewing Night Pils (80)

More citrus in the flavor up front with lemongrass and herbal hops. The malt is fairly light, and there’s background chocolate and rich malt. Moderate sweetness up front into high bitterness in the finish that’s quite astringent. There’s a low alcohol warmth in the finish as well.

Ballast Point Lager (81)

"A beer for those who want to forget the beer they're drinking. Playing a short stack with definition and character, it limps in and folds quickly."

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."

Cerebral Brewing Nordic Noir (84)

Sharp, spicy, tannic nose with a brown sugar touch. Sip leads with rich caramel and brown sugar, but a drying astringency quickly supplants these more pleasurable elements.

Shmaltz Pastrami Pilsner (84)

The blend of phenolics and herbs carries into the palate. Also, a strong smoky and salty character gives the impression of meat. Nice spiced malt sweetness with rye notes that dries out quickly, leaving one to break down the lingering flavors of olive pit, peppercorns, mushroom, umami. Finishes fairly dry and slightly bitter.

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."

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.”

Great Notion Brewing Ledge Bier (85)

“Woodsy absinthe nose is curiously characterful. The sip is mild with a gentle bitterness and broad-shouldered stability that’s reassuring.”

Smith & Lentz Brewing Mariachi Static (85)

“An almost minty herbal nose is so fresh and so clean. The sip trades tight definition for a sharp bitter hit that quickly fades into a loose and mildly citrusy sweet body.”

Schilling Beer Co. Modernism (85)

“Earthy hop nose leads with forest and rustic bread. Body veers austere, with layered malt and dark-chocolate bitterness. Finishes quickly without some of the pleasant malt notes.”

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.

Firestone Walker Firestone Lager (2018) (85)

A little sweet in the start with a fair amount of bitterness on the finish. In the middle, it’s light clean malt, bread notes, and subtle sweetness. The hops bitterness is restrained.

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.

Against the Grain Bloody Show (85)

Fairly clean lager character throughout with a touch of malt sweetness up front that transitions into a some pithy bitterness. A subtle lingering citrus character competes with a slight hops bite.

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.

Weihenstephaner Original Premium Lager (86)

“Extremely light Noble-floral nose. Even the bitterness in the sip is vaguely floral. The body is weightless and crisp, with a perfectly light balance of malt and hops.”

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.”

KC Bier Co. Schwarzbier (86)

“Light roasty nose, mild sip. Balances toward the light side, with gentle dark caramel notes and a touch of hop bitterness. Finishes a bit soft and lingering without the required definition.”

Poison City Brewing Sad Devotion to Ancient Religion (86)

“Bold floral, earthy hop note balances darker bitter chocolate. In the sip, sweet dark caramel strikes first, followed by a swift parry from mildly bitter hops. Cool and distant.”

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.”

Uinta Brewing Baba Black Lager (86)

More toasty popcorn kernel and chocolate malt in the flavor with much less smoke. Moderate sweetness into moderate bitterness in the flavor. Clean lager profile. Finish is slightly bitter with a hint of smoke or peat that lingers. Good balance on the sweetness.

Burial Beer Hellstar (86)

Roasted malt, caramel, biscuit, bread. Clean noble-hops flavors. Slightly complex malty sweet balances the hops. Clean and palate-cleansing. The light hand with bittering hops is good because the roast malt provides complementary bitterness. Light caramel in the aftertaste.

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."

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.

Fonta Flora Brewery Wolf Spit (87)

Unusually earthy nose evokes lichen-covered forest logs—borderline dank with subtle chocolate notes. In the sip, chocolate pushes forward with slight, medium-dark sweetness and lingering herb. More quizzical than distracting.

Wise Man Brewing Cherish It (87)

Toasty caramel with a subtle crispness in the nose. The sip balances a touch of woody roast (very lightly applied) with very light caramel notes that flow right into the dry finish. Delicious in its simplicity and intention.

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.

Uinta Brewing Baba (87)

“Coffee, whiff of campfire, light hops, and subtle chocolate on the nose. The sip sees hops in a jiu-jitsu takedown of the chocolate malt, resulting in an herbal bitterness that persists.”

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.”

Untitled Art / 2nd Shift New Zealand Pilsner (87)

“Pungent nose of lemongrass, ginger, pepper, coconut, and tropical fruit; could be a thoughtful pairing for Asian dishes. Sip mellows the intensity: malt pushes forward, as light herbal bitterness gives structure. One of the more unusual pilsners we’ve tasted.”

Bitburger Triple Hop'd Lager (87)

“Lime, orange blossom, touch of musty earth on the nose. Sip borders on cloying, with a malty midsection amplified by fruit notes. Unresolved muddy earth-fruit tension in the hops.”

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.

Uinta Mango Lime Pilsner (87)

Base beer seems pretty clean, but there’s so much lime and mango in this ‘beer’ that it is hard to tell. Once the singular fruit flavors fade, there isn’t anything left, no malt body and little to no sweetness. Would benefit from some acidity.

South County 851 Helles (87)

The medium-sweet backbone is a surprise. Fresh malt, a touch of alcohol, light pine hops aroma. Balancing bitterness, but the impression is more sweet than bitter. More body than some of the others in this style. The aftertaste showcases the hops flavor.

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.

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.

Wayfinder Beer Gravity Drop Baltic Porter (88)

Molasses, burnt caramel, and an almost cinnamon-like spice on the nose. The sip is wide and mouth-filling, but curiously light on the roast. Eschews sharper dark malt for beefy caramel midtones and a hit of cola.

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.

Burial Beer Co Our Hearts of Ruin Double Dry-Hopped Pils (88)

Soft tropical hops nose with a clear New Zealand vibe. The sip is rather wide and less focused, without the bitterness that would help define it. But the hops are so compelling, with a green tropical-fruit funkiness, that it becomes easy to enjoy.

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.”

Russian River Brewing Velvet Glow (88)

“Generally light, floral nose with confident malt note of heather honey. The sip offers just enough floral bitterness to keep it clean. Light malt, vivid effervescence.”

Ratio Beerworks Rooftops (88)

“Simple yet effective. Light herbal notes on the nose, a touch of corn-like sweetness in the body, and a crisp finish that seems over before it starts.”

The Brew Kettle Big Woody (88)

“Deep golden color suggests stronger malt, while a light apple and slightly green vegetal note drive the nose. Malt pushes forward in the sip with light caramel next to a sturdy but well-integrated hop bitterness. Finishes a touch chalky.”

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.”

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.

Aurora Ale & Lager Dark Ascent (89)

Inky nose with layers of licorice, smoke, maple syrup, roast malt. The sip leads with bitter dark malt, buffered by sweet maple syrup. It’s not pastry, but it’s not subtle. Hovers in a middle ground of unresolved tension.

Wild Provisions Beer Project 14°P Czech-Style Dark Lager (89)

Earthy and floral notes compete with warm caramel malt notes in the nose. The sip is bold and exquisite with a mouth-filling chocolaty malt width that nonetheless remains dry and controlled in the finish. Confident, with a pronounced swagger.

Bill's Brewing Company Bizness In The Front (89)

Taut nose is all light citrus and stone fruit, with no distracting malt notes. The sip is bitter and bright, edited without removing the tropical fruit spark of joy that runs through it. Fun without remorse, jovial and good-natured.

Kros Strain Brewing Company Helles Creek (89)

Lightly toasted malt note on the nose with just a touch of maillard sweetness. The sip throws a light spicy and woody bitterness against a broad bready malt note, but the hops prevail with a light structure that makes it easy to drink.

Jack's Abby Craft Lagers Shipping Out of Boston (89)

Green grape, berries, and a light vegetal note throw the nose off course, but deeper burnt caramel notes try to re-center. The sip brings more fruitiness with spicy berry and an almost cocoa-nib earthy sweetness. 

Wibby Brewing Volksbier (89)

Toasted bread nose with a dark caramel element. A light cacao-like bitterness runs through the sip, and a round but unsweet caramel note pops in then fades gently into the finish. Chooses subtlety over flash.

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.”

Great Divide Brewing Lager (89)

Soft lemon and bleached-flour aroma; lemon cookie dough. The sip is aggressive, with an intense carbonic bite that heightens bitterness, lingering long and jagged, overpowering any malt sweetness.”

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.”

Sketchbook Brewing Amistosa (89)

“Chunky nose; touch of corn sweetness and slight oxidation leads into a sip that’s round, weighty, with strong alcohol presence bordering on malt liquor. Not unpleasant. Perhaps miscategorized.”

Four Peaks Golden Lager (89)

Light spicy hops, soft bready malt. Low bitterness, but it builds a little in the finish. Spicy hops are quite nice, but the sweet balance is tasty but out of style.

August Schell Fort Road Helles (89)

Bready malt, spicy pine hops flavor, pleasant balancing bitterness that builds into an almost tartness. Still, some bready and caramel notes that are well-balanced with the other flavors. Some might find this a bit sweet for style.

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.

New Belgium Brewing 1554 (89)

Sweet melanoidin malt character up front, middle roast notes. Decent amount of body to support the flavors. Slight floral and soapy noble-hops flavors. Sweet dark bready malt, toffee, and coffee.

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."

Two Roads Brewing Co. Cruise Control Helles Lager (2019) (89)

"A very soft wildflower honey sweetness on the nose leads to a soft and persistent carbonation over a mildly sweet body. Finishes crisp and weightless."

Jack's Abby House Lager (2019) (89)

"Cracker malt on the nose teases a sweetness that (thankfully) never materializes, as a gently pointed carb levitates that light but characterful malt right over the tongue."

Idle Hands Craft Ales Helga (90)

Light fruitiness punctuates faint smoke in the nose. The sip foregoes lager precision for a lightly sweet, dulled malt character, with notes of orange and lime. The result is a mishmash that doesn’t quite feel intentional.

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.

Wolf's Ridge Brewing Buchenrauch (90)

Multidimensional nose with layers of brown sugar, smoke, molasses, and treacle. In the sip, big bass and low-mid notes drive a pounding rhythm, while shimmering smoke on top adds definition to the rich body.

Central Standard Brewing Gamma Squeeze (90)

Beautiful diesel-meets-tropical Nelson Sauvin hops define the nose with aplomb. In the sip, hops sing while the base lager stays mostly out of the way. Crisp but not too crisp, direct but not too thin. Beautiful way to capture the power of Nelson Sauvin in lager form.

Perennial Artisan Ales Pharmacy (90)

Chocolate, coffee, paprika, cumin on the nose. In the sip, it's light for a Baltic porter, but the balance of spice, chocolate, and caramel in the flavor (tightly executed) is pleasant.

East Brother Beer Company Red Lager (90)

Burnt bread crust bordering on campfire in the nose, with a soft fruit-wood sweetness. In the sip, a warming bready malt note with layers of Maillard richness manages to remain light on the tongue and clear the palate quickly. Decadent yet austere, for an unexpected balance.

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.”

Resident Culture Brewing There Is No Light (90)

“Pillowy head is alluring. Aroma is bits of burnt toffee, cacao nib, cappuccino, mint. Those also express in the sip, with a chocolatey-bitter edge across layers of rich caramel. Finishes crisp with a touch of hops.”

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.”

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.

Penn Brewery Penn Gold (90)

Thin bodied. Almost Kölsch-like. Light esters, very mild hops flavor. Light bitterness is stronger than the hops flavor. Incredibly mild flavor. Faint malt sweetness and still a touch of that apple flavor. Some grain-husk character, but it’s not excessive. Nice hops flavor and bitterness in the finish.

Three Taverns Prince of Pilsen (90)

Light fruit and candy sugar up front, though not particularly sweet on the finish. There’s a nice lingering cracker dryness. And it’s slightly chewy. Tropical-fruit hops character comes across again, but balances nicely with the underlying beer. Not much bitterness, lingering fruity, earthy hops character.

Chuckanut Brewery Chuckanut Grodziskie (90)

Beautiful foam, wafting smoke, bacon, and light apple on the nose. The sip is incredibly light, allowing brisk bitterness to define it while pushing aside the smoke that reappears in the finish. Expertly balanced.

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."

Jack's Abby Craft Lagers Pride and Parquet (91)

Classic pine-and-citrus note with a toasty malt line running through. The sip maintains that vein—well-crafted lager take on West Coast IPA, with dialed bitterness and just enough malt to keep it interesting.

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.

Dovetail Brewery Rauch Doppelbock (91)

Big smoked-meat notes on the nose; slight vegetal undertones. In the sip, that woody smoke mingles with more vegetal notes. A significant underlying sweetness amplifies fruitiness at the expense of the maltier flavors.

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.

Pinthouse Pizza Future Talk (91)

Tropical rainbows in the nose, with gummy candy and hefty guava. Those expectations go unfulfilled, as the crisp, dry sip eschews sweetness, embracing lightly bitter tropical fruit. That austerity works, and the result is as easy to drink as the lightest juicy IPA.

Uhl’s Brewing Co Lager Down (91)

Citrus and tropical hops in the nose maintain a subtlety, balanced with a touch of malt. On the palate, Immediately engaging tropical and citrus notes resolve into a touch of bitter tropical bitter funk, obscuring the bright simplicity.

Girdwood Brewing Company Crow Creek Gold (91)

Citrus-and-pith nose feels modern but lean. The sip is dry and bright, with a firm but rounded citrus-pith bitterness and light malt body to offset rather strong bitterness. Nicely balanced intensity.

Great Lakes Brewing Company Dortmunder Gold Lager (91)

Bread crust with a hint of musky citrus peel on the nose—earthy and rich despite its lightness. In the sip, bready malt notes delineate a toasty through line, unobscured by hops of any particular character, but reinforced by a soft general bitterness. Confident and strong.

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.”

Sonder Brewing Co. Rally Cap (91)

“Dried thyme, light lemon, and a light malt sweetness carry through from the nose into the sip. Gently endearing with a brightly defined edge that doesn’t fall into simple hops clichés.”

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.”

Maplewood Brewery & Distillery Cashmere Pulaski (91)

“Cantaloupe and papaya notes strike an unusual tone. The sip sustains the tropical-melon melody, adding a slightly sweet malt middle that punches up the fruit, braced by a quick, bitter hit. A pilsner that hazy hopheads could love.”

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.”

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.

Sixpoint Brewery Alpenflo (91)

The flavor is much drier than the nose hints at. Clean bready malt immediately joined by biscuits and a pleasant spicy hops flavor. Bitterness is perfectly balanced during the sip, but builds a little in the aftertaste, strengthening the bitter impression. Very clean ferment. Enough body to carry the flavors all the way through.

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.

Carton Brewing This Town (91)

Balanced: toasty malt with a touch of caramel partnered with a pleasant floral hops character. Hops deliver both a spicy flavor and pleasant bitterness. Caramel pushes this into sweet territory mid-palate. Some lemon appears at the finish, but it’s clean all the way through.

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.

Our Mutual Friend Brewing The Fizz (92)

Nose is almost saison-like, with sharp linen notes and soft tropical-fruit undertones. In the sip, tea-like hops notes push the herbal script with a touch of tropical-fruit sweetness beneath. The pilsner association is tenuous, but it's enjoyable.

Mikerphone Brewing Flip The Switch (92)

Crispy breadstick and caramel apple in the nose. The sip is soft with a gentle rolling sweetish chocolate-croissant feel. Indulgent without the cleansing bitterness. A dark lager for pastry beer lovers.

Utepils Brewing Co Helles (92)

Right down the middle, the nose blends lightly sweet bready malt with a subdued floral hop note. In the sip, a light brioche note pushes forward as the hops recede, braced by just a touch of pithy bitterness.

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.

Offshoot Beer (The Bruery) Unwind (You Earned This Hoppy Pils) (92)

West Coast IPA classicism meets lager tradition. Citrus-pine nose gives way to a soft body that nonetheless maintains a mild crisp edge. Light on bitterness, but other flavors are suitably in balance.

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.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co Lager (92)

Crisp and leafy floral nose, refined into gentile nobility. The sip rolls in with a light and high key malt sweetness that playfully tussles with the subtle floral hops before settling in a quick and balanced finish.

Roadmap Brewing Co Late Night Polka Party (92)

Light, nutty nose is subtle, not overbearing. A touch of lingering sweetness softens the slightly round sip; a feather-light hop-bitterness brings it to a tight close. Balanced on the lightest side, for subtlety and drinkability.

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. 

New Anthem Beer Project Dance Floor Heater (92)

The nose captures familiar light-bready pils malt with subtle spicy hops notes behind it. In the sip, it’s clean and direct, with punchy hops character that remains tuned to malt balance. Restrained and sophisticated.

Roaring Table Brewing Roaring Table Helles (92)

Gorgeous color and a beautiful foam lead into a soft and vague lemon-lime citrus hops nose with bready undercurrents. The sip leads with a brisk woody bitterness before the malt sweetness kicks in with an agave earthiness.

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.

Wayfinder Beer Hell (92)

“Floral with a faint lime-blossom edge. The sip offers a mellow tingly carb, pushing the bright and crisp citrus floral notes.”

Sun King Brewery Pachanga (92)

“Light aroma with a touch of malt sweetness and a distant echo of hops. The sip offers more carbonic bite than bitterness, with light body in clean execution, backed by a hint of hop bitterness. Light, refreshing, simple, effective.”

Highland Park Brewery Thunderbolt Gold (92)

“Faint lily and rose on the nose; light crackery malt. The sip is softly accessible, with round bitterness and extremely light body that sacrifices some malt. Almost disappears in the glass.”

Stone Brewing Buenaveza (92)

“Salt and lime guide the nose; earthy, corn tortilla–like sweetness sells the theme. Just when you expect a caricature, the sip delivers restrained saline-and-citrus expression that’s nuanced, genuine, and beer-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 Co. Bikini Blonde (92)

Slightly sweet in the start. A touch of bitterness in the finish. Very mild spicy hops in the middle, with a slight tartness, bready malt, and a character verging on corn.

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.

Jack's Abby Smoke & Dagger (92)

More smoke with underlying toasty malt. Nice malt flavors. Some toasty chocolate notes. A touch of sweetness in the start that is well- balanced out in the finish.

Jack's Abby Red Tape (92)

Toasty rich malt (like toasted bread or graham cracker), but not overly sweet or thick on the palate. Nice clean, crisp, drying finish, almost husky, with some hops bitterness to balance as well.

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."

Sweetwater Brewery Guide Beer (92)

Light bready grain and floral hops in the nose gives this light lager more character than some, but on the tongue it's as easy drinking as easy drinking gets. An unchallenging yet well-constructed beer that disappears in your glass, both figuratively and literally.

Wolf's Ridge Brewing Wheelhouse (93)

Toasty caramel malt shoots across the nose like ‘80s background lasers, retro-futuristic nostalgic. The sip channels campfire vibes, with hefty chocolate and marshmallow over a faint smoky base. A toasty bitterness that cleans the palate.

Weathered Souls Brewing Co. Castling (93)

Hay and cocoa on the nose, with an almost dusty dryness. It’s just a touch watery on the sip, as the darker caramel and chocolate malt notes recede rather than make a grand statement. The balance is right, but the mix could use a boost.

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.

Pure Project In Search of Balance (93)

Sharply fragrant New Zealand hop aroma evokes tropical fruit with overtones of woody herbs and diesel. The sip is a touch sweet, but the bitterness has a dankness that cuts through it. New school, without sacrificing the pilsner essence.

Arches Brewing Heritage Helles (93)

Simple toasted bread in the nose plays down the light body and gentle balance of woody hops and lightly sweet malt in the sip. As it lingers, the hops gather steam, for a crisp finish that invites another sip.

Top Rung Brewing Company Winter Lager (93)

Piney hops with a touch of citrus in the nose; chocolate-fig notes emerge as its sits. In the sip, those richer dark-fruit notes push through the wall of chocolate and roast.

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.”

Switchback Brewing Co. Flynn on Fire: Gates of Helles (93)

“Deep, charred woodsmoke on the nose. The sip sweetens things up a bit to buffer the intense wood—a tough task for a light-bodied beer. Sharp edges throughout—rough and unyielding.”

Port City Brewing Schwarzbier (93)

"The sip is a malt wonderland stacked with light toffee, caramelized brown sugar, light roast coffee, and a perfectly constructed bitterness."

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.”

Two Roads Brewing Co. Cruise Control Helles Lager (2020) (93)

“Assertive floral nose, touch of orange blossom. Malt-forward flavor; light hop notes of cut grass, lavender, wildflower. Leans big; less delicate than others.”

Castle Island Brewing Co. Strange Arrangement (93)

“Citra- powered citrus notes jump from the glass with fresh-from-the-laundry crispness. This beer proves that only a touch of malt sweetness is necessary to bring out that juicy character. Bright and well-defined.”

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.

Burial Beer Pinnacle of Dreams (93)

Good rye malt blends with the base malt to add some spicy interest to the mix. Malty, but relatively dry. Moderate noble hops flavor but a bit of citrus, too. Medium bitterness. Finish is primarily the hops flavor with a touch of the rye malt. Fairly full bodied.

Mikerphone Helles Lager My Old Friend (93)

Rich tropical-fruit blend with a superclean malt backbone. Subtle biscuit, bready malt flavors that quickly give way to dry citrus hops notes of lemongrass, orange peel, and grapefruit. Finishes with a smooth fruity bitterness that lingers pleasantly with a slight stickiness.

Samuel Adams Fresh as Helles (93)

Like the nose, the focus is on the floral. The sweet balance makes it even more like orange-blossom honey. Light bitterness and a pleasantly dry finish.

Ska Brewing Rue B. Soho (93)

Broad spectrum grapefruit flavors, from the zest to flesh to juice to even a touch of tartness. Could be used for a kick-ass Paloma recipe. Finishes somewhat tart and a bit sweet with some citrus bite.

Deschutes/Bell's Schwarzbier (93)

Moderately strong milk chocolate in the flavor with toast and rich malt behind it. A moderate sweetness slowly fades and is a touch cloying in the finish. Bitterness is very low. Other than the lingering sweetness, the finish is clean with a light lasting dark malt flavor.

Heavy Seas Schnee Boot (93)

A pronounced sweetness that slowly fades and is balanced by fairly strong alcohol. Bourbon-barrel oak, toffee, bready malt, stewed plums, big dose of hot alcohol, very drying. Alcohol spiciness is probably enhanced with noble hops. Finishes like a boozy Belgian dark strong or a candy bar.

Surly Brewing Co Hell (93)

"Faint wildflowers and a touch of honey sweetness on the nose. The sip is carbonic and light with an ever-so-slight and palate-cleansing bitterness that makes for a perfect ending."

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."

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Black Lager (94)

Tight, woody hops and burnt-crust malt notes in the nose lead into the spicy-herbal sip, with notes of licorice that never veer too bitter. Vivacious and lively.

Burial Beer Co Dark (94)

A toasted nutty note on the nose with faint burnt caramel. A significant bitterness (part hops, part dark malt) gives it a gently rounded edge with softer caramel malt notes. Finishes dry but gently for an endearing soft landing.

Burial Beer Co Ulfbehrt Foudre-Aged Baltic Porter (94)

Unassuming nose downplays floral and citrus notes. Flavor unleashes some orange citrus, highlighted by a vanilla touch against the strong chocolate body. Not as texturally rich as some, but an artful combination with unfolding layers.

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.

Mason's Brewing Company El Diablo (94)

Light malt and an ever so slight citrus note on the nose make for an inauspicious but accessible entry. The sip leans toward sweet corn, with just a bit of lightly floral hops for structure. Light, fun, flavorful, and simple.

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.”

10 Torr Distilling & Brewing Secret Cove Cerveza (94)

“Rides the delicate line between simple drinkability and characterful expression. Clean and light, yet soft and accessible, with nicely balanced light malt and faint bitterness.”

Wayfinder Beer Export 66 (94)

“Earthy-hop nose with lower-key honey-sweet note. On the sip, a concise yet creamy, almost cacao-like bitterness wraps around sweet-ish malt center. Unique, intriguing.”

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.”

Burial Beer Co. Pitiless Indifference (94)

“Licorice- chocolate nose, judicious oak. Sip isn’t woody, but aging rounds the chocolate-coffee edges, pulling complex malt into a smooth, mildly bitter, chocolate-woody whole.”

Drake's Brewing Co. Crispy Boi Lager (94)

“Bright tropical-hops nose, swimming in papaya and guava. The sip captures more tropical-hop magic. Light structural bitterness for support; thoughtful malt sweetness highlights fruity hops without overstepping.”

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.”

Sweet Water Brewery 420 Strain: Insane OG (94)

“Weed terpenes dominate—this is no exercise in subtlety. The sharp notes run the gamut from anise to orange peel to rubber and diesel. The sip channels that skunky note into a bitter back note, balanced by slightly sweet but crisp body in the foreground. Starts as a novelty, finishes much more drinkable than one would expect.”

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.”

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.

Fiction Beer Alternate Present (94)

More rich and toasty malts with hints of coffee, smoke, and bitter chocolate. Moderate sweetness morphs into a moderately low bitterness.

Creature Comforts The Silent World (94)

Upfront roast with notes of coffee and charred malt with no astringency or unneeded lingering. Toasted bread crust. Very crushable. Peat smoke and bready malt lead to a smooth and balanced finish that is remarkably clean and refreshing.

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."

Enegren Brewing The Lightest One (94)

"Subtle hops on the nose suggest rose with a hint of cardamom. The sip is well-structured for such a light beer, with hops flavor and a crisp malt character braced by lively and tight carbonation."

Brix Brewery & Taphouse Greeley Nights (95)

A fragrant herbal nose with wood and toasted nuts leads to a sip that thoughtfully balances the hop character with subtle deep-toned malt without overpowering roast or sharper dark malt notes. 

12 West Brewing Company Stratadactyl (95)

A bit of diesel on the nose, with light citrus and stone fruit around the edges. In the sip, a hefty malt note attempts to balance the sharp fruit and light astringency, but it gets wide and loses some of the lager-like precision.

Great Notion Brewing NW Puffery (95)

Doughy nose picks up a touch of white pepper and faint floral notes. The sip is steady and firm, as a confident malt body is chiseled to a fine point by precision hopping. Rugged without being rough.

Rockwell Beer Company Kazimierz (95)

Understated nose—faint licorice and toasted bread lead to a far more assertive sip, where fruity dark chocolate and smooth, light-roast coffee floral-ness add top notes to rich malt bass thumps. Figuring it out provides a pint’s worth of entertainment.

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.

Cerebral Brewing Cryptic Message (95)

Thoroughly integrated nose pulls herbal, chocolate, and caramel pieces together cohesively. The sip tilts Noble, with light warming malt supporting light floral-grassy hops. Wood adds a hint of generic rusticity.

Rockwell Beer Company Stand By (95)

Curious herb-and-melon combination on the nose. In the sip, a bit of grainy sweetness clings to that melon, pushing it forward while herbal hops recede. Finishes with a fruity linger.

Revelry Brewing Co. Up Sh*m Creek IPL (95)

Overwhelming hops grab the spotlight on first whiff—tea, soft fruit, light herbs. In the sip, tea-like hops get subtle citrus bubbling underneath. The body is light and bright, despite the malt sweetness.

Westbound & Down Brewing Company The Coloradan (95)

Dusty earthy hops on the nose, with a bit of dry clay and light blossom buoyed by a bit of sweet corn. In the sip, the expected minimal bitterness brings that corn and barley sweetness forward, structured more by the carbonic bite than hops. Yet it remains lean and light with a tight mouthfeel that never lets that sweetness consume it.

Alma Mader Brewing Contextual (95)

The light nose hides woody notes around the edges, with gentle wet forest and slightly burnt bread. The sip is somewhat heavy for such a small beer, leaning a touch too far into the roast/hop-bitterness side, but it’s a flavorful beer in a small package.

Incendiary Brewing Company Baltic Porter (95)

Chocolate, cola spice, and slightly fruity coriander note in the nose. The sip pulls coriander-citrus together with cola for an engaging if awkward duo that's sure to be love/hate.

pFriem Family Brewers Vienna Lager (95)

A touch of oily orange peel on the nose, with soft bready notes. In the sip, a tight toasted bread flavor avoids more indulgent caramel tones, and the light bitterness appears mid-swallow to clean it up. Crisp but warming, it evokes comfort but remains dry.

Brewery Bhavana Brisk (95)

“Whisper of floral honeysuckle in the nose. Sip is weightless, balanced, tightly edited. Just the right touch of malt sweetness against a bitterness that fades into the architecture. Masterful.”

Switchback Brewing Co. Karsten (95)

“Bright, strong floral nose—zippy with an intriguing touch of clove and cannabis. The sip is light with a mild bitterness and pleasant, simple malt character.”

Urban Chestnut Brewing Zwickel (95)

“Light doughy malt in the nose balances lavender-violet floral notes. The sip is round and slightly sweet, with broad, friendly character that keeps an edge (like a suburban dad who still shows up at punk shows).”

Narrow Gauge Brewing Co. Helles Gamed (95)

“Understated floral hops in the nose. Finely tuned hop load keeps the malt in check without going overboard. Body has decent weight. Hops linger in the finish a beat too long, but otherwise it’s crisply satisfying.”

Full Sail Brewing Co. Session Premium Lager (95)

“Bready, earthy nose. The sip is straightforward, no surprises, with a tame hop bitterness stepping aside to let carbonation do the lifting, balancing the semisweet malt. Simple yet satisfying.”

Bierstadt Lagerhaus Helles (95)

Light spicy hops flavor with a touch of wood and bready malt. There’s a light bitterness, but a touch more would increase the crispness. Nice dry finish.

Ballast Point Longfin Lager (95)

Grainy but still crisp and fairly dry. Emphasis on hops is slightly pronounced. Slightly bitter. Nice bread and light Pilsner malt flavor. Medium-light mouthfeel.

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."

Firestone Walker Firestone Lager (2019) (95)

"Light wildflower and hay on the nose, like a mountain pasture braced by a subtle mineral note. The sip is effortless and bright with a hint of lime, and it finishes as light as it starts."

O'Connor Brewing Proper Lager (95)

"A touch of pleasant sulfur on the nose yields to a soft touch of biscuity malt. On the sip, it's initially crisp and light with a touch of Melba toast selling a sweet/savory mix, but it finishes with a touch of sour milk and a bit of lingering bitterness."

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.”

Firestone Walker Brewing Co 805 Cerveza (96)

Slightly funky lime note on the nose highlights a brightness grounded with a woody undertone. The lime in the flavor is subtle and real—a small shock of citrus acidity that adds a gleam to the light malt. Direct and honed, it's a marked departure from the typical caricature of lager and lime.

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.

American Solera Western Vibes (96)

Spritzy nose of light stone fruit and lime with a touch of hay. The sip brings a broad-shouldered bitterness to the rugged, heavy-set body. More offensive lineman than your typical lager wide receiver.

Three Creeks Brewing Co Tres Arroyos Mexican Lager (96)

A bit of Kings Hawaiian roll bready sweetness on the nose. The flavor gives up crisp definition for a touch of sweetness amplified by corn and mildly citrusy hops. Entertaining, but a bit too dense for repeat hot weather drinking.

Brick West Brewing Co. Ladder #4 Helles (96)

“Soft wildflower-honey notes on the nose; Concord-grape note fading in and out. Flavor is light malt with fleeting bitterness. Finishes warm and embracing.”

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.”

Devils Backbone Brewing Co. Schwartz Bier (96)

“S’mores on the nose with a bit of graham cracker, burnt marshmallow, and just a touch of campfire. Flavor is mellow, toasty, dark caramel with light hop bitterness—not as structured as some, not as loose as others, but right down the middle.”

St Elmo Brewing Maturon Smoked Lager (96)

“Unexpected berry note on the nose, backed by light smoke. Sip is restrained; very light smoke never overwhelms the gentle aromatic components. Lingering herbal spices appear in the finish.”

Highland Park Brewery Timbo Pils (96)

“Light but incredibly bright; soft, luxurious citrus-hop nose. Economical body without an ounce of fat. Assertively understated, hoppy, yet very drinkable beer.”

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.”

Finback Brewery Telephone Lines (96)

Smooth mouthfeel and body. Some nice cracker-like malt sweetness followed by some citrus-fruit character. Some lemon. Some spice notes add complexity. Bitterness balances well throughout the taste. Fruity. The carbonation adds to the taste. Refreshing and crisp. Restrained bitterness on the finish leaves you with lingering light fruit and spice character.

August Schell Citra Blanc (96)

The subtlety of the caramel in the malt bill really helps the citrus and tropical-fruit character shine through. Bitterness is present but not overpowering. Finishes with a slightly sweet fruitiness and hint of sugar bread.

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.

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."

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.

Dovetail Brewery Baltic-Style Porter (97)

Dry autumn leaves, sassafras, a bit of juniper in the nose. The sip is sheer decadence—silky smooth, low but appropriate carbonation, letting the chocolate notes shine. The confident but nimble heft of a heavyweight boxer.

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.”

Samuel Adams Black Lager (97)

Rich bread-crust melanoidin malt character comes through more in the flavor, which has moderate sweetness and low bitterness. Low levels of herbal and grassy hops also come through in the flavor. Molasses, peat smoke, chocolate-coated orange, bread crust, and stewed prunes. Clean lager fermentation characteristics give it a clean finish with a hint of roasted malt and smoke without being harsh and smoky or peaty. Light body overall.

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.

Von Ebert Brewing Bohemian Dark Lager (98)

The curt, bready nose doesn’t show its cards, but the flavor opens up in the sip with chocolate-covered peanuts and a defined but rounded chocolate bitterness. Not quite as dry as some others, but that works in its favor.

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.

Wolf's Ridge Brewing Sustinator (98)

Hold my calls, we’re going to be a while. Slightly burnt almond-croissant nose mixes abject pleasure with slight trepidation. In the sip, malt drives deep with layers of everything from roasted nuts to toasted bread and even cinnamon. Rich and hearty, it steers clear of acrid roast or other elements that might confuse it with porter. Deliciously complex and engaging.

SKA Brewing Mexican Style Lager Dark (98)

Well-done toast with a light coffee-roast note on the nose—faint, but ever-so-slightly sweet. The sip tugs between dark caramel on one side and light roast-plus-hops bitterness on the other, with a slightly acidic malt tinge that lends it a bit of sharpness.

Resident Culture Static God (98)

The nose is like a Pacific Northwest greatest hits collection—toasted citrus, pineapple, and a bit of late-picked hop diesel for filler from the artist’s later years. The sip is bold and expressive, with a tight and smooth bitterness, and an oily hops presence that’s notable for its clarity. Remarkable.

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.

Art History Brewing Inc Art History Fastenbier (98)

Toasty, nutty nose with a bit of smoke like fire-roasted chestnuts. The sip deftly balances the light smoke character, with a perfectly placed, very light, sweet Maillard malt note of toasted bread crust. Rustic but rich, indulgent but penitent.

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.”

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."

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.

Russian River Brewing Co - Santa Rosa STS Pils (99)

A mix of perfume-floral and spice offers an amped up nose. In the sip, a soft woody note along with bread crust balances the sweet with the herbal. A bit of yeast expression in the sip remains, softening it while floral hops open their compelling bouquet. Despite the softness, it remains clean and engaging.

Moksa Brewing Live, Laugh, Lager (99)

“Nose is crisp with an almost raspberry/strawberry-mint aroma—sweetly engaging yet regimented. The sip hits a wide balance of significant hop bitterness with bigger malt layers, creating satisfying and intense depth in an otherwise light beer.”

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.”

Von Ebert Brewing Rauch Helles (99)

“BBQ pit meets apple and cherry on the nose—intensely smoky with an initial sharp bite, yet the light body offers an endearing malt sweetness that softens the phenolic line.”

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.”

Rockwell Beer Co. Static (99)

“Light toasted-bread-malt nose; bit of burnt crust and faint smoke. Sip is light, a touch under-carbed, pushing it sweeter while still a bit thin. Finishes with light hops and roast bitterness.”

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."

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.

pFriem Family Brewers Czech Dark Lager (100)

“Toffee with some pumpernickel spice on the nose, with singed bread crust and an almost floral, lavender note. Flavor is bright, big, caramel-forward without going sweet, clean, warming, and satisfying while still finishing with a crisp kick. Beautiful.”