Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A light, golden lager having a strong flavor of hops.
  • n. A tall, thin, footed beer glass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pale, light lager beer.

Etymologies

German Pilsner, Pilsener, of Pilsen (Plzeň), Czech Republic, where the beer was first brewed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Pilsen, the Czech city where the beer was first developed. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word pilsner (type of the beer) is coming from the Czech city Pilsen (Plzeň in Czech).

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  • A pilsner is a beer known for being a light, refreshing, soft, subtle beer.

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  • They spiked their near beer with hard liquor in a cocktail dubbed "pilsner" with a wink.

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  • A pilsner is a lager, but a pretty specific lager.

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  • They also just released a Chezch style pilsner, which is really good and a perfect beer for the hot summer months.

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  • After a waitress walked my group through which kind of pilsner or lager would pair well with the wide variety of German comfort food, she told us that the bar sits on the site of an old, haunted gas station, and ghosts lurk about.

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  • This calls for a craft-made pilsner like from Brooklyn Brewery.

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  • He even organized the bottles and drafts into four unique categories -- hops, roast, malt and "fruit and spice" -- working to match similar beers in the first round so that some blabber-mouthed coffee-infused stout wouldn't compete with a quiet little pilsner.

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  • At least Sgt. Crowley chose Blue Moon, a brew that's not a bland pilsner.

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  • “I knew you would do it, Americănka,” Krištof said to me after, filling my tall glass with pilsner.

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