Pilsner as a style is often overlooked in the craft beer world. It’s doesn’t have quite the same cool factor as a super hopped up IPA or a funky Belgian, but when you just want a crisp beer it’s damn hard to beat. For this reason we rounded up a few of our favorites. These are some of the beers you’ll find in our coolers this Labor Day weekend, or any weekend for that matter. More and more craft brewers are putting out top notch Pilsners. And, unlike Summer seasonals, they actually stick around.
Victory Prima Pils
This pilsner is crisp, clean and refreshing. As you might expect from Victory there’s an extra hop edge to this beer, but it’s certainly not so much that it dominates the flavor profile. There’s a great citrus hop aroma top this beer. We love this paired with a burger with a nice chunk of sharp cheddar on it.
Notch Session Pilsner
This beer was part of our Memorial Day roundup and it’s back again. We love this beer for its crisp hops and biscuity malt. The low ABV (4%) makes it a great addition for the days when you’re looking to have more than a few beers. I find my boccie skills stay intact even after having a few of these. This beer came out earlier this year and it continues to be a staple in my fridge. I thought by now I’d have gotten bored of it, but that doesn’t appear to be happening any time soon.
Sixpoint Crisp is well...crisp...I know, shocking right? I’ve written about this beer before and probably will again. I can’t get enough of it. It’s crazy refreshing, nicely hopped but not too bitter and seems to go well with pretty much anything off the grill. Plus it looks cool, who doesn’t love a tall boy can? The great thing about this beer is that it seems to have universal appeal, wherever I take it it’s the first beer to be finished from my cooler. It’s a bit hoppier than a couple of the other Pilsners on the list, so if that’s your thing you’ll like this.
Troegs Sunshine Pils
This beer trends more towards the traditional side of things. There’s some nice bready malt flavors and a touch of spice from the hops but overall it’s one of the mellower Pilsners we sampled here. This is not to take away from this beer in any way, but there’s a good chance some of your Macro drinking friends might like it. Think of it as a good gateway beer, but not one that’s sacrificed anything along the way.
Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils
We couldn’t write an article without including at least one more canned craft beer. It’s actually embarrassing how long it’s been since I last had this beer. Sometimes half the fun of writing this type of article is reminding yourself how good some beers are. I’m going to add a caveat though, this isn’t my favorite Pilsner out there, but it’s really really good with buffalo chicken. That may sound random but, hey, it’s true. This beer has a nice malt base to it which goes well with spicy foods. For me this beer is always better with food than on its own.
We know there’s lots of other great Pilsners out there. If we missed one of your favorites sound of below in the comments or reach out on Twitter or Facebook.