pil·​sner | \ˈpils-nər, ˈpilz-, ˈpil-zə- \
variants: or pilsener

Definition of pilsner 

1 : a light beer with a strong flavor of hops

2 : a tall slender footed glass for beer

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The Czech-style pilsner was created to honor Cleveland's music roots, and the longstanding Ohio City brewery is throwing an all-ages party that's free and open to the public to celebrate. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s tasting room to become one-night vinyl record shop," 7 May 2018 Asian Brothers creates Hmong, Laotian and Vietnamese styles, with a focus on light, crisp, food-friendly brews like pilsners and lagers. Daniel Barnes, sacbee, "May is going to be a really big month for beer in Sacramento," 27 Apr. 2018 Your summer beer is typically a pilsner or a pale ale, while the Duvel is a traditional Belgian. Paula Forbes, GQ, "The Best Summer Beers for Your Next Barbecue," 25 May 2018 Over 100 local brewers make their unique contributions to a beer-loving culture filled with creative takes on stouts, pale ales, pilsners, and everything in between. Michael Boyce, USA TODAY, "Come experience the perfect day in Asheville, North Carolina!," 7 May 2018 Can some local brewer puh-leeze produce a straight-forward pale or pilsner that doesn’t blow a crater in my wallet? Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 But what’s most ubiquitous in the city is pilsner-style beer. Kat Odell, Vogue, "Where to Find the Fruits of Prague’s Food Revolution," 7 July 2018 More than 10 local breweries are bringing lagers, pilsners and pale ales to the scenic garden for a night that promises to be a good time. Anchorage Daily News, "This week in Anchorage: Incubus, Girdwood Forest Fair and beer in the Alaska Botanical Garden," 6 July 2018 These are the days of Bud Lights on boats, cheap pilsners by the pool, and bottles of High Life clinked around in backyards while weenies sizzle on grills. Marian Bull, GQ, "Why You Need Fruity Beers in Your Cooler This Summer," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of pilsner

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pilsner

German, literally, of Pilsen (Plzeň), city in the Czech Republic

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: a light beer with a strong flavor of hops

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