|Types of Beers - Most Popular|
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But by far, the most popular isn't German in origin at all. The Pilsner lager gets its name from the town in the Czech Republic that gave it birth, Pilsen. Golden in color, the flavor varies from sweet to dry, light to very hoppy. Made from hard water, the taste is often more bitter than other beers. The brew recipe has its origins in Bavaria around 1820, but was adapted by a Bavarian , Josef Groll, in 1842. Using much softer water than was traditional his creation spread throughout Europe and later America. Most of today's lager is based on the Pilsner style, pioneered in 1842 in the town of Pilsen (PlzeÅˆ), in an area of the Austrian monarchy now located in the Czech Republic. The modern Pilsner lager is light in color and high in carbonation, with a strong hop flavor and an alcohol content of 3-6% by volume. The Pilsner Urquell or Heineken brands of beer are typical examples of pilsner beer. Today, nearly 90% of beer sold in the U.S. is essentially Pilsner.