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Best Pilsener / Pilsners by the US Open Beer Championships

Bohemian Pilsner / Pilsener
Bohemian pilseners are medium bodied, and they can be as dark as a light amber color. This style balances moderate bitterness and noble-type hop aroma and flavor with a malty, slightly sweet, medium body. Extremely low levels of diacetyl and low levels of sweet corn-like dimethylsulfide (DMS) character, if perceived, are characteristic of this style and both may accent malt aroma. A toasted-, biscuit-like, bready malt character along with low levels of sulfur compounds may be evident. There should be no chill haze. Its head should be dense and rich.

Top Ten Bohemian Pilseners Ranked by the US Open Beer Championships

1. Unplugged Bohemian Lager
2. Lagunitas PILS
3. Pilsner Urquell   
4. Budweiser Budvar
5. Sierra Nevada Summerfest 
6. Otter Creek Vermont Lager 
7. Torch Pilsner    
8. Staropramen Lager       
9. Reality Czeck     
10. Pilsener

New Glarus Brewing  
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Plzensky Prazdroj
Brewery Budweiser Budvar
Sierra Nevada Brewing
Otter Creek Brewing
Foothills Brewing Company
Pivovar Staropramen
Moonlight Brewing Company
Summit Brewing Company

German Pilsner / Pilsener
A classic German Pilsener is very light straw or golden in color and well hopped. Hop bitterness is high. Noble-type hop aroma and flavor are moderate and quite obvious. It is a well-attenuated, medium-light bodied beer, but a malty residual sweetness can be perceived in aroma and flavor. Very low levels of sweet corn-like dimethylsulfide (DMS) character are below most beer drinker’s taste threshold. Other fermentation or hop related sulfur compounds, when perceived at low levels, may be characteristic of this style. Fruity esters and diacetyl should not be perceived. There should be no chill haze. Its head should be dense and rich.

Top Ten German Pilseners Ranked by the US Open Beer Championships

1. Prima Pils
2. Dinkel Acker Cd-Pils
3. Scrimshaw Pilsner    
4. Brooklyn Pilsner
5. Pilsner          
6. Stoudt's Pils  
7. Spaten Pils    
8. Über Pils        
9. Trumer Pils      
10. Mahr's Pilsner 

Victory Brewing Company 
Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
North Coast Brewing
Brooklyn Brewery
August Schell Brewing
Stoudts Brewing
Rogue Ales Brewery
Trumer Brauerei
Mahrs Bräu

American Pilsner / Pilsener
Light in body and color, American lagers are very clean and crisp and aggressively carbonated. Flavor components should be subtle and complex, with no one ingredient dominating the others. Malt sweetness is light to mild. Corn, rice, or other grain or sugar adjuncts are often used. Hop bitterness, flavor and aroma are negligible to very light. Light fruity esters are acceptable. Chill haze and diacetyl should be absent.

Top Ten American Pilseners Ranked by the US Open Beer Championships

1. Grain Belt Premium
2. Yuengling Premium Beer
3. Narragansett Lager  
4. Budweiser
5. Molson Canadian Lager         
6. Red Stripe Jamaican Lager   
7. Pabst Blue Ribbon    
8. Tusker Premium Lager     
9. Leinenkugel's Original      
10. Schlitz 

August Schell Brewing 
Yuengling Brewery
Narragansett Brewing
Molson Breweries Of Canada
Desnoes & Geddes
Pabst Brewing Company
Kenya Breweries
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Pabst Brewing Company

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