Pils ( e) ner beer, and beer or beer after beer (s) ner brewing, one after the Bohemian town of Pilsen (Czech: Plzeň) is called, bottom-fermented beer with compared to other types of beer increased hop content ( and correspondingly strong hop aroma ) and 12,5% original wort content. Today produced according Pilsner beers form the bulk of the produced and sold in Germany beers.


The beer was widespread than lager and export beer very popular and also outside of Bohemia. Soon, many beers named, not only in Germany Pilsner, Pilsener or even beer. The Pilsner from the Bavarian brewing already famous is developed, which gently kilned especially in the and therefore very light malt, which is now known as Pilsner malt, on the slow, very cold fermentation and finally the long storage in cold caves and deep cellars based.

Since the former Pilsner beer - a dark, cloudy, warm fermented beer - had such a bad reputation that even several kegs of beer were poured out in protest publicly in the town square, the Pilsner brewery Champion Martin Stelzer called the " Civil brewery " in Pilsen in 1842 the Bavarian brewmaster Josef Groll from Vilshofen to Pilsen to " brew Bohemia in Pilsen a good beer ." Josef Groll brewed thus on October 5, 1842 the first brew by Pilsner. This was first served in public on 11 November 1842. Today, this beer is sold under the brand Pilsner Urquell. Only the availability of economically operating chillers from the 1870s made ​​the brewing Pilsner method everywhere even in places where no natural cave systems for cooling were available.

First, even sat down for the bottom-fermenting beers of the term " After Bavarian brewing method " by which was changed later to Pilsner. Thus, there are labels of the Heineken brewery that brews after Pilsner, with the designation " After Bavarian brewing ". Fürth Geismann brewery, brewing, the first brewery in today's Bavaria Pils, christened this "Bavarian Pilsener ".

The main difference of a brewed by Pilsner beer to other full beers - such as the Hellen - is that it is stronger and thus hopped bitter. This hop is used from the famous hop-growing region around the North Bohemian town of Saaz Pilsner Urquell in particular.

In the Czech city of Pilsen, visitors can learn in detail in the urban brewery museum about the history of beer. It houses, among others, former Mälzertrachten, antique corking and rare beer mugs.


The Pilsner corresponds in Switzerland the local " specialty beer ". Due to an agreement on the use of indications of source, designations of origin and other geographical names with Czechoslovakia, the term " Pilsner " there must not be used. In return, the Czech Republic waived for example, the use of the term " Emmentaler " cheese.