By Matt Goldstein & Tim Rodgers
6.7% ABV, Voodoo Brewing Company, Meadville PA. Pilzilla was hands down the best pilsner of this contest and it wasn’t close. Pilzilla has excellent flavor, a beautiful cloudy color, and subtle spiciness. It’s also very light and refreshing. Pilzilla is the perfect pilsner.
2. Prima Pils:
5.3%, Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA. The Victory Prima Pils also preformed very well at the blind Pilsner trial. The unanimous #2 is a little dry, has light hops, citrus, a hint of bitterness, a nice cloudy color and a great flavor.
3. Stoudt’s Pils:
5.3%, Stoudt’s Brewing Company, Adamstown, PA. Stoudt’s Pils had a little hops, a little coriander and a beautiful flavor. This is a flat out great Pilsner!
4.9%, Slyfox Brewing Company, Phoenixville, PA. The Slyfox Pikeland Pils is a sweet Pilsner that has a hint of honey, but is has hops like a pale ale. The Pikeland Pils is also very crisp and smooth.
5. Troegs Sunshine Pils:
5.3%, Troegs Brewing Company, Harrisburg, PA. The Sunshine Pils is floral, and slightly bitter with a light hint of citrus. The Sunshine Pils has great flavor and a perfect bite. This is a great beer!
6. Paulaner Premium Pils:
4.9%, Paulaner Salvator Thomasbraeu, Germany. Paulaner Premium Pils was the only German beer that really stood out. The Paulaner Pils had subtle citrus and other hints of fruit and flowers, but thick, crisp and smooth with an excellent golden color.
7. Bischoff Premium Pils:
4.7%, Privatbrauerei Bischoff, Germany. The Bischoff Premium Pils was a little cloudy, had great head, and was very smooth. This Pilsner is a damn good beer.
4.4%, Plensky Prazdroj, Czech Republic. Perhaps the most famous Pilsner in the world, the Pilsner Urquell was robust, malty, dark in color with hints of chocolate. The Pilsner Urquell may be at #8 on our list but it really stood on it’s with a unique European style.
9. Jever Pilsner
4.9%, Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever, Germany.
10. Wolters Pilsner Premium
4.9%, Hofbrauhaus Wolters, Germany.
11. Presidente Pilsner
7.0%, Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana, Dominican Republic.
12. Radeberger Pilsner
4.8%, Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei, Germany.
The blind Pilsner taste test was put together as follows: We went to 3 different take outs in 3 different parts of the city (can you guess which city?) and bought every bottle of beer that said Pilsner on the label. Yes, what we selected was heavily weighted to Pennsylvania and Germany which was to be expected, but the results speak for themselves as the taste test was completely blind. Each bottle of beer was put into a brown bag in a separate room and then poured into a glass by our beer wench. Yup, we have a beer wench on the payroll. Then, the Pilsner glasses were brought out one at time and we sipped back and fourth between maybe 2 or 3 beers. We ate brick oven pizza with prosciutto and basil, and all watched the Tyson-Tupac documentary, and took stringent notes on the beer.
The Pilzilla was the clear number 1 but the Prima Pils also stood out from the rest of the pack. The Stoudt’s Pils, Slyfox Pikeland Pils and Troegs Sunshine Pils could have probably been in any order from 3 to 5, but there is no doubt that the Pennsylvania Pilsners completely destroyed Germany. It wasn’t even close!
Pennsylvania TKO4 Germany.
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