While the style of beer was originated in the Czech Republic, Czech brewers closely followed some simple facts about pilsener that they developed based on the work of Bavarian brewers. These Bavarian tenets are still upheld by Frankenmuth Brewery each time the brewhouse staff starts to brew a batch of Frankenmuth Pilsener. What makes a pilsener different from other types of beer? Read on to learn about what makes the pale golden lager one of the kings of the brewing world.
Fact One: Prior to the late 1830s, brewers had mainly focused on brewing batches with yeast that fermented at the top, which commonly lead to barrels full of undrinkable beer. Bavarian brewers were the first to use bottom-fermenting yeast, which ultimately led to beers that were translucent. This innovation would lead to the birth of pale beers such as the pilsener.
Fact Two: While most barley used for beer is dried in kilns for up to 30 hours, a process called malting, the malted barley used in pilseners is only partially malted. By doing so, the brewer creates the light flavor that has become the trademark of pilsener.
Fact Three: Prior to refrigeration, most beers were dark in color. As Bavarian brewers began to perfect the art of modern refrigeration it offered the chance for styles of brew like the pilsener to be produced. Going from being stored in caves to the advanced cooling systems we know today has brought the pilsener to the taste we know and love today.
Fact Four: Typically, pilseners have a low alcohol percentage level that hovers right around 5%. The Frankenmuth Pilsener weighs in at ABV 5.25%, which is kept lower on purpose to offer a well-rounded mouthfeel to drinkers and make the brew a good session beer.
Fact Five: The pilsener is one of the best selling styles of beer in America. However, it is commonly just called a lager instead of its proper name. While the pilsener is a style of lager, the characteristics of the beer, golden color and mild bitter flavor, make it truly unique from the rest of the brew pack.
The Frankenmuth Pilsener is deeply ingrained in these pilsner basics. Since 1862, Frankenmuth Brewery has followed the path of traditional Bavarian brewing and worked to preserve the priceless beer artifact known as the pilsener. Light gold in color and perfect in taste, this brew is truly one of the timeless classics of the beer world.