G.I. Larry Joe's American Pilsner

Overall Impression

A substantial Pilsner that can stand up to the classic European Pilsners, but exhibiting the native American grains and hops available to German brewers who initially brewed it in the USA. Refreshing, but with the underlying malt and hops that stand out when compared to other modern American light lagers. Maize lends a distinctive grainy sweetness. Rice contributes a crisper, more neutral character.

Comments

The classic American Pilsner was brewed both pre-Prohibition and post-Prohibition with some differences. OGs of 1.050-1.060 would have been appropriate for pre-Prohibition beers while gravities dropped to 1.044-1.048 after Prohibition. Corresponding IBUs dropped from a pre-Prohibition level of 30-40 to 25-30 after Prohibition.

Examples

Occasional brewpub and microbrewery specials

Brewing ingredient price: $32

Original Gravity: 1.056 SG
Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
Alcohol by Vol: 9.8 %
Bitterness: 38 IBUs
Est Color: 4 SRM

Calories: 185 kcal/12oz

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