pil·​sner ˈpil-snər How to pronounce pilsner (audio)
ˈpil-zə-nər How to pronounce pilsner (audio)
variants or pilsener
plural pilsners or pilseners
: a lager with a strong flavor of hops
: a tall slender footed glass for beer

Examples of pilsner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a recent steamy morning here, a farmer carted out a crate of pilsners brewed with a newer variety and handed out samples for his colleagues to try. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2023 They are sold not only to German brewers making traditional pilsners and Kölsches but also to international companies, including the American behemoth Samuel Adams. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2023 There are all kinds of craft non-alcoholic beers on the market, like ales, stouts, lagers, pilsners, and more, Dr. Lafontaine says. Ashia Aubourg, SELF, 31 Aug. 2023 The first offerings on tap, brewed at another facility through a contract brewing agreement, will include a pilsner and a Pacific ale, staples of Australia’s craft beer scene; a hazy IPA; and an XPA, or extra pale ale, featuring a lower alcohol content. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 21 Aug. 2023 Last week, the Abbey released Mopeds in Milan, an Italian-style pilsner. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Aug. 2023 Coors Light and Mexican pilsner Modelo Especial each saw their sales grow by roughly $10.4 million during that same weekspan, Circana said. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 5 July 2023 Birthday Bucket Hat party: Anyone wearing a bucket hat gets $4 Juicy Jack pilsner pints; plus music, Nico’s offering Pimm’s ice cream, and the Sebastiano’s Sicilian food truck. Ameunier, oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2023 The East Nashville taproom opened in 2016, and the team has spent the last seven years creating over 1,000 different beers — including a blueberry cobbler sour ale, a mango upside-down cake IPA, and Southern Crisp, a classic pilsner. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 7 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pilsner was in 1868

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“Pilsner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilsner. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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