Pilsner Beer is one of the most popular beers around. Read on to learn the history of this delicious and refreshing beverage!
Beers I Love – Beloved Pilsner
Mankind’s love of beer began around the fifth millennium BC, making it one of the oldest man-made beverages on the planet. The fact that the love affair has continued unabated for all of these centuries is a testament to how much beer means to us. I mean it’s practically part of our DNA, for crying out loud. Being unable to leave well enough alone is one of the baser human traits. It certainly applies to brewing beer. Our need to experiment, explore, and improve the production of beverages that tend to make us weak and silly simply will not be denied. The good news is that this has lead us to the creation of Ales, Lagers, Pilsners, Stouts, Bocks, and many more types of beer.
Start With a Good Lager
Let’s begin with a look at lager beers. These beers are unique in that they are cold-conditioned and bottom-fermented, due to the type of yeast that is used in the brewing process. Invariably there were offshoots of the original lager beer and one of those was our beloved Pilsner. Relatively speaking, this is one of the “newer” styles of beer, making its first appearance in the 19th century. At a time when many “pale lagers” were beginning to show up, the mighty Pilsner beer stood out from the crowd.
Location is Everything
As in many aspects of life, the “secret” to Pilsner beer was location, location, location. In the town of Pilsen in the Czech Republic, the unique combination of their local water, and local Saaz hops made all the difference in their final product. There were other aspects of their brewing that also helped create this new style of beer, such as using a lighter barley which was only partially malted. What they ended up with was a very light-tasting brew which was moderately hoppy tasting and which had an ABV (Alcohol By Volume) rating of around 4.7%.
The Special Pale Lager
Although technically still a “Pale Lager”, this new beer created a sensation among brewers and it was widely copied. Word soon spread and Pilsner became the darling at public houses and taverns all across the European continent. Its popularity even spread “Down Under” to Australia. As the brewing process evolved and refrigeration became practical, Pilsner became the most popular style of beer in the world.
Of course we humans still can’t let a good thing be, so there are now even popular offshoots of the beloved Pilsner. Czech-style Pilsner is lighter than the usual, to the point that it has a foaminess to it. European-style Pilsners look like a standard Pilsner, but they tend to have a slightly sweeter finish to them. The German-style Pilsner has a slight bitterness along with a more earthy note. Of course, despite the differences, they’re all brothers under the skin and each of them can lead to drunk-texting, embarrassing selfies, and, in extreme cases, the need for bail money. So drink cautiously!