German Beer Style: Pils
What The Hell Does It Taste Like? First of all, don't call it pilsner; that's what the Czechs call it. A good pils has "a bitterness that makes you want another". Depending on the area of Germany, it could be malty (like in the South), or drier, crisper, and hoppier (as you get closer to the North Sea). People in Deutschland generally like 'em more pale and dry, with a lingering hop flavor.
Must-Drink Examples: Eye says it's a shame that pils is considered a "training wheels beer", because the good ones "can be a destination", like Sierra Nevada's Summerfest, or, for a more American-style version, Firestone Walker's Pivo Pils. He says the German brewery Jever's version is decent in bottles, but if it's on tap, you've really got yourself a winner. Prost, y'all.