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Old 12-06-2011, 03:12 PM   #1
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Can someone recommend some commercial lagers and pilsners that I should try?
I have always hated them but in all fairness I really have only had the cheap BMC's. I had a maibock once that I loved but I don't remember the name, I bought several different types after that and they were all skunky and horrible. I generally drink and make IPAs, pale ales, stouts, creme ale, etc. I tried to several versions of oktoberfest's this year but found most of them lacked in flavor. I am very curious about imperial pilsners but haven't found a commercial example for sale.

Now that it's cold out I would like to find something I like and then try to make a lager, the temp in my garage stays in the 40's to 50's most of the winter.

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Old 12-06-2011, 03:16 PM   #2
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Left Hand Polestar Pilsner and North Coast's Scrimshaw are both awesome.

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Old 12-06-2011, 03:32 PM   #3
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Weihenstephan Original Premium and Sam Adams Noble Pils are my favorites. The former is a near perfect beer.

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Old 12-06-2011, 03:35 PM   #4
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Victory Prima Pils, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold and Eliot Ness.

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Try Oskar Blue's MAMA'S LITTLE YELLOW PILS. It comes in cans and can be found at most liquor stores and some grocery stores.

I make a great clone of this that is almost spot on, so if you like it let me know and I'll send you the recipe!

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Staropramen and Pilsner Urquell obviously!
Anything from Ayinger (other than the Wiezens of course)
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Sam Adams Noble Pils is a delicious beer

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Old 12-06-2011, 04:59 PM   #8
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I forgot about noble pils, I do love it.

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True Budweiser (Czechvar in the U.S.) from Ceske Budovice (southern Bohemia) is a good baseline for lagers. Pilsner Urquell is not my favorite pils standard to go by as there are several Czech brands that are much better imo.

After living in Prague for 2 years, and touring the country's pivovars as much as possible, my favorites can be found below (unfortunately, you cannot find them here in the U.S.).

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Stoudts out of PA makes a very good Munich Helles (Gold): Stoudt's - Flag Ship Beers

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