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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On tap is a variety of beer styles — from a pilsner to a dark ale. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "American Craft Beer Week: Try a new brewery," 17 May 2018 The HomeBrew will have five beers available: an American IPA, an American pale ale, an English stout, a Belgian-style Witbier, and a dry Czech pilsner. Sam Byford, The Verge, "LG will show a ‘capsule-based craft beer’ machine at CES next month," 11 Dec. 2018 Pour gin mixture over ice; top with beer (such as a lager or pilsner). Kate Merker, Country Living, "Bee's Knees Shandy," 13 Aug. 2018 The house came with an inexhaustible supply of the pilsner, company spokesman Kasper Elbjørn said, both in bottle and on tap. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Among the Lesser-Known Nobel Prize Perks: Free Parking," 7 Oct. 2018 Independence Brewing’s new beer, Native Texan pilsner, comes in a can that seems styled after the sticker with the same words that adorns many a pickup truck in this state. Markus Haas, San Antonio Express-News, "Your guide to 8 great summer beers," 12 July 2018 Tannery Bend Beerworks, a nanobrewery and tasting room inside a refurbished tannery, makes tiny batches of classic ales and pilsners as well as experimental varieties. New York Times, "36 Hours in Napa Valley," 21 June 2018 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

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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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