pairing.profile: Pilsners


Another round of  BJCP categories.  This time, style Category #2 and it is all pilsner all the time.  
 
2A.  German Pilsner
Examples: Bitburger, Trumer Pils, Victory Prima Pils,
Serving Temp: 40°- 45°
Glassware: Flute, Pilsner, Seidel, Stange or Stein
Aroma: Flowery or spicy noble hops and light malt aromas.  There may hint of DMS but there should not be any fruity esters or diacetyl.Appearance:  Straw to light gold and crystal clear with  a long lasting creamy white head.Flavor: Crisp and bitter with noble hops and no fruity esters or diacetyl.  Hop bitterness will be pronounced int this dry beer.Mouthfeel:  Medium light body with elevated carbonation levels.

Food Pairings: Cuisine: German. Cheeses: peppery (Monterey Jack).  Meat: pork, poultry, pork.
 
2b.  Bohemian Pilsner: 
Examples: Gambrinus Pilsner, Pilsner Urquell
Serving Temp: 40°- 45°
Glassware: Flute, Pilsner, Seidel, Stange or Stein
Aroma: Malt and spicy Saaz hops with no fruity esters.  A hint of diacetyl is okay.Appearance: Pale yellow to deep gold and clear with a long lasting creamy head.Flavor:   Pronounced maltiness balances spicy hop flavors so they do not become too harsh.  Well balanced beer.Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with enough carbonation to make it crisp and refreshing.

Food Pairings: Cuisine: Spicy Indian or Thai curries. Cheeses: sharp (blue, cheddar ).
 
2C.  Classic American Pilsner
Examples: Hard to find bottled but look to your local brewpub.
Serving Temp: 40°- 45°
Glassware: Flute, Pilsner, Seidel, Stange or Stein
Aroma: Hints of grain or corn-like sweetness with a pronounced hop aroma.  Some DMS ok but no fruitiness or diacetyl should be present.Appearance: Crystal clear and yellow to deep gold with a long lasting white head.Flavor: Moderate to medium high malt sweetness because of elevated adjucts such as corn or rice.  No fruitiness or diacetyl should be present.Mouthfeel: Medium body and elevated carbonation make this a refreshing beer.

Food Pairings: Choose from sub-style A or B depending on the bitterness of this beer.
 
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