Originally Posted by JohnnyO
Check the BJCP guidelines for a German Pilsner. It's a very hop forward beer by those guidelines. I agree that the pilsner malt needs to be showcased, but having a strong (noble) hop element is true to style.
As per BJCP guidelines for a German Pilsner
"Hop bitterness dominates taste
and continues through the finish and lingers into the aftertaste. Hop flavor can range from low to high
but should only be derived from German noble hops. Clean, no fruity esters, no diacetyl."
So, bitterness, yes, but flavor and aroma can be all over the place. Balance is the key
Of the beers they list as good examples, Bitburger is not particularly bitter or strongly hop flavored. Jever is QUITE bitter.
I still think we need a new word to describe lots of hop flavor and aroma, to distinguish that from bitterness. I see/hear the word hoppy, and can't tell what a person means. I've met people who say they love hoppy beers, but then complain about something being too bitter