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Differences Between Lager and Pilsner

Consumption of beer is a favorite type of entertainment around the world and among many people irrespective of gender orientation. Many people have failed continuously to distinguish between lager and pilsner as some of the beer products currently on offer at many beer joints. The differences between beer and pilsner are discussed below.


  • What is a Lager?

    Differences Between Lager and Pilsner

Lager is one of the two main beers around the world. Ale and Lager are differentiated through the fermentation process and the amount of yeast used during fermentation. Besides, lagers are brewed at cooler temperatures as compared to Ales, which are brewed at moderately higher temperatures. Brewing lagers at lower and cooler temperatures make them have a crisper and cleaner flavor than their ale counterparts. Some of the famous lagers in the market include American Amber, steam beer, and American Malt Liquor among others.


  • What is a Pilsner?

Pilsner is a type of lager, which originated from the Czech Republic. It is light in color, which ranges from light straw to golden. There are some flavors and tastes that are associated with pilsner, which may include the high hop flavor, spicy floral flavors, and crisp, refreshing flavors. Some of the famous types of pilsner include the German pilsner and the American Double among others.Differences Between Lager and Pilsner-1

Differences Between Lager and Pilsner

  1. Alcohol Content in Lager and Pilsner

One of the main difference between lager and pilsner and lager is their alcohol content. Pilsner is associated with high alcohol content as compared to lager. Many researchers have grouped several pilsner brands to have an alcohol content that ranges between 4.4% to 5.5%. On the other hand, lagers, with an example of the American Light lager and other brands in that category have an alcohol content that ranges between 2.8% to 4.2%. This explains the reason as to why those people who have taken beer for a long time prefer pilsner to lager varieties due to its higher alcohol content. Additionally, beginners prefer lager varieties, which have low alcohol content.

  1. Popularity and Cost of Lager and Pilsner

Secondly, the level of popularity and cost varies from one brand to another and the area at which the brand is being sold. Pilsner brands are very popular and costly in the European region especially the eastern side of Europe. In addition, pilsners are said to be popular in high alcohol consuming countries, which include Australia, Russia, and Germany. On the other hand, lagers are popular in the United States and the African region. Furthermore, the prevailing prices of the two brands vary in prices concerning the economic conditions of a certain region. Similar brands are likely to be available at different prices concerning the income levels of the people in that region or the target customers.

  1. Aroma and Flavor in Lager and Pilsner

Thirdly, lager and pilsner can be differentiated concerning the aroma and the flavor that they are available in the market or the flavor and aroma selected during their production process. Pilsner uses a clean fermentation profile hence making it have a dry crisp with light malt presence and slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Although the bitter after many people who have consumed alcohol for a long time, amateurs, adores taste avoid pilsners sue to the dry crisp and the bitterness in the aftertaste. On the other hand, lagers do not have intense flavors, which make them popular among people. Moreover, lagers have no malt aroma and are sometimes perceived to be sweet. This explains why many people, especially those venturing into alcohol consumption, tend to consume lagers more than pilsner until their perseverance grows to the extent of drinking bitter brews.

  1. Appearance and Color of Lager and Pilsner

The presence of both pilsner and lager is one of the distinguishing factors that those people who are yet to understand the difference between the two should realize. Pilsner has a straw to light gold color that is considered attractive to many people, including those who are not alcohol consumers as everyone wants to be associated with the striking golden yellow color. Moreover, the brand is very brilliant in color, which makes it resemble a growing frame while at the same time demonstrating high levels of clarity. On the other hand, lagers are very pale straw to pale yellow color. People who consume lagers cannot remember this color because it is difficult to retain it in their heads. Only those people who are familiar with lagers can easily note a lager.

  1. Fermentation process in Lager and Pilsner

Given that pilsner is a lager, they are both fermented through bottom fermentation of yeast, which is done by ensuring that the brewing is done at low temperatures of between seven degrees to fifteen degrees. However, the bottom fermentation of pilsner makes to be smooth, elegant, crisp, and clean which is not the same in the brewing of lager. Although the brewery of lager is done at low temperatures, the brewing method results to a sweet tasting product which is highly preferred in the European region and a bitter tasting or earthy taste which is highly favored in the area.


Table Illustrating Differences Between Pilsner and Lager



High Alcohol Content Low Alcohol Content
Popular in Europe Popular in the United States
Costly Moderate Cost
Golden Yellow Pale Yellow
Bitter Both Bitter and Sweet


Summary of Pilsner and Lager

The bottom line between the two alcoholic products is that they are brewed in a similar method only that different flavors and aromas are used to distinguish them. Moreover, pilsner is a lager in its make it is just that the beer is light in color.

There are different lagers brewing strategies, which result in making a separate tasting lager concerning its market destination. The lager brewed for the European market is sweet while that used for Germany is bitter.

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  1. Thank you for that far more accurate version of a similar contrast on the same site. There are some grammar and missed words in here you may want to correct, but I was able to understand what you meant. Good analysis.

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