In the 1870s German brewers came up with this style by adapting Czech Pilsner to more minerally German water and German hops. The modern interpretation is lighter in body and color than its Czech counterpart with color ranging from straw to gold. Hop bitterness and flavor are obvious but slightly less than Czech Pilsners with International bittering Units ranging from 22 to 40. Alcohol by volume ranges from 4.4 to 5.3% and volumes of CO2 range from 2 to 2.5. The beer has brilliant clarity topped by a foamy cap with good retention.
German Pils is drier, lighter, and more carbonated than a Czech Pilsner (Czech Premium Pale Lager). It has more hops, bitterness and malt flavor than an Intertional Pale Lager. It finishes drier and crisper with more hop character and bitterness than a Munich Helles and it has less malt flavor than a Munich Helles.
Cuisine: Moderately spiced Thai, Vietnamese and Indian dishes.
Entrée: Fish, shellfish, sushi,ham, smoked salmon, sausages, pizza, rich cream soups, chicken wings, mixed grill
Cheese: Goat cheese, young robiolas, chevres,
Other: Assorted hors d’oeuvres
Drink German Pils at 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit in a Libbey 15.4 ounce or 16 ounce classic Pilsner glass.