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Eight Great Pilsners to Combat Specialty Beer Fatigue

Beer time, without all the fussiness.
Beer glasses.
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When craft beer’s postmodern landscape of barrel-aged beasts and sour everything starts to result in palate-fatigue, there’s always the beautifully simple respite found in well-crafted pilsner—a ubiquitous type of pale lager of moderate strength named after the Bohemian city Pilsen where it was first brewed in 1842. Crisp, clean, and slightly bitter, it's the ultimate in quaffability. It's no surprise then, that a majority of the beer brewed on Earth these days is pilsner, and yet, most bear the name rather dubiously. Here are eight superlative examples of the genre to reach for when you're wishing brewers would just make beer taste like beer again ...