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Pale Bitter European Beer - German Pils


A light-bodied, highly-attenuated, gold-colored, bottom-fermented bitter German beer showing excellent head retention and an elegant, floral hop aroma. Crisp, clean, and refreshing, a German Pils showcases the finest quality German malt and hops.

Flavor Profile: Medium to high hop bitterness dominates the palate and lingers into the aftertaste. Moderate to moderately-low grainy-sweet malt character supports the hop bitterness. Low to high floral, spicy, or herbal hop flavor. Clean fermentation profile. Dry to med

Ingredients: Continental Pilsner malt, German hop varieties (especially Saazer-type varieties such as Tettnanger, Hallertauer, and Spalt for taste and aroma; Saaz is less common), German lager yeast.

BJCP Style Guide

Top 10 German Pils Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Prima Pils Clone
6.08 gal 5.17% 45.17 1.053 1.014
All Grain 6590
Pivo Hoppy Pils
5.5 gal 5% 39.87 1.047 1.009
All Grain 5027
01 PILS LÅGËRSTRØM
600 L 4.8% 30.89 1.046 1.010
All Grain 3143
Zwickel_I
4.5 gal 4.68% 22.15 1.048 1.013
All Grain 2969
Rye Pilsner
1 gal 4.96% 20.59 1.044 1.006
All Grain 2953
Bohemian Pilsner
38 gal 4.67% 43.53 1.049 1.013
All Grain 2907
Flensburger Pilsener Clone
34 L 5% 39.79 1.050 1.012
All Grain 2890
21: German Pilsner
5.5 gal 5.2% 38.32 1.052 1.012
All Grain 2820
Kingpin lager clone
5 gal 4.78% 27.64 1.044 1.008
All Grain 2773
Bohemian Pils
6 gal 5.08% 34.73 1.050 1.011
BIAB 2547

Newest German Pils Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Awesome Recipe
20.8 L 3.91% 0 1.040 1.010
All Grain 6
Pilsner
11 gal 4.91% 39.42 1.044 1.007
All Grain 9
Morning Star Pills
16 gal 4.92% 28.13 1.049 1.012
All Grain 46
(2023-01-24) Bitburger Clone
5.75 gal 5.18% 36.13 1.052 1.012
All Grain 4
Awesome Recipe
5.5 gal 5.3% 16.79 1.054 1.013
All Grain 70
The Connection: Hersbrucker
5 gal 5.41% 37.05 1.049 1.007
All Grain 45
Dortmunder
20 L 4.62% 23.52 1.048 1.012
All Grain 30
Shared Pilsner
45 L 5.05% 23.47 1.047 1.008
All Grain 35
Gimme Somma Your Love
5.5 gal 4.81% 53.78 1.047 1.011
BIAB 43
Dry-Hopped Pilsner
3.9 gal 4.58% 42.62 1.047 1.012
BIAB 103

Fermentables Used In German Pils Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
German - Pilsner 373 German Grain base malt 1.6°L
38 89% 4% - 100%
German - Acidulated Malt 184 German Grain acidulated malt 3.4°L
27 3% 1% - 16%
American - Pilsner 111 American Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 84% 20% - 100%
German - Bohemian Pilsner 93 German Grain base malt 1.9°L
38 88% 18% - 100%
German - Vienna 71 German Grain base malt 4°L
37 13% 2% - 100%
German - Carapils 70 German Grain crystal malt 1.3°L
35 5% 2% - 16%
Munich - Light 10L 64 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 9% 1% - 27%
German - Melanoidin 61 German Grain roasted malt 25°L
37 3% 1% - 7%
American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) 59 American Grain crystal malt 1.8°L
33 5% 1% - 14%
German - CaraFoam 52 German Grain crystal malt 1.8°L
37 6% 1% - 33%

Hops Used In German Pils Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
Hallertau Mittelfruh 241 3.75 32% 4% - 100%
Saaz 207 3.5 29% 5% - 75%
Magnum 198 15 25% 0% - 100%
Tettnanger 187 4.5 28% 2% - 100%
Perle 119 8.2 33% 2% - 100%
Hallertau Hersbrucker 70 4 32% 2% - 100%
Saphir 44 4.25 26% 6% - 67%
Spalt 40 4.5 26% 5% - 69%
Domestic Hallertau 32 3.9 33% 13% - 100%
Cascade 30 7 29% 3% - 100%

Steeping Grains Used In German Pils Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) 5 American Grain crystal malt 1.8°L
33 57% 33% - 100%
German - Carapils 5 German Grain crystal malt 1.3°L
35 100% 100% - 100%
German - Acidulated Malt 3 German Grain acidulated malt 3.4°L
27 46% 17% - 100%
German - Melanoidin 3 German Grain roasted malt 25°L
37 48% 11% - 100%
Munich - Light 10L 2 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 50% 33% - 67%
German - CaraFoam 2 German Grain crystal malt 1.8°L
37 100% 100% - 100%

Yeasts Used In German Pils Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Laboratory Type Alcohol Tolerance Flocculation Attenuation Min. Temp Max. Temp
Fermentis - Saflager - German Lager Yeast W-34/70 301 Fermentis / Safale Lagers .105 High 83% 48°F 72°F
White Labs - German Lager Yeast WLP830 61 White Labs Lagers Medium Medium 76.5% 50°F 55°F
Wyeast - Bohemian Lager 2124 56 Wyeast Lagers 0.09 Medium 75% 48°F 58°F
Fermentis - Saflager - German Lager Yeast S-23 51 Fermentis / Safale Lagers .105 High 82% 48°F 72°F
Imperial Yeast - L17 Harvest 42 Imperial Yeast Lagers Medium 70% 50°F 60°F
White Labs - Pilsner Lager Yeast WLP800 33 White Labs Lagers Medium Med-High 74.5% 50°F 55°F
Imperial Yeast - L13 Global 24 Imperial Yeast Lagers Medium-low 73% 46°F 56°F
White Labs - German Bock Lager Yeast WLP833 22 White Labs Lagers Med-High Medium 73% 48°F 55°F
Fermentis - Saflager - Swiss Lager Yeast S-189 22 Fermentis / Safale Lagers .105 High 84% 48°F 72°F
Omega Yeast Labs - Lutra Kveik OYL-071 20 Omega Yeast Labs Norwegian Ales High Medium 78% 68°F 95°F

Other Ingredients Used In German Pils Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 227 Water Agt Mash 21% 0% - 100%
Lactic acid 114 Water Agt Mash 77% 0% - 100%
Whirlfloc 106 Water Agt Boil 57% 0% - 100%
Epsom Salt 91 Water Agt Mash 10% 0% - 55%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 89 Water Agt Mash 12% 0% - 83%
Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) 69 Water Agt Mash 26% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 50 Water Agt Mash 21% 0% - 100%
Irish Moss 45 Fining Mash 65% 0% - 100%
Wyeast - Beer Nutrient 31 Water Agt Boil 32% 0% - 96%
Phosphoric acid 21 Water Agt Mash 70% 0% - 100%

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