When you think if Belgian beers, a crisp pilsner probably isn’t the beer style that would first come to mind. For a country that seems to boast more beer styles than any other, the pilsner isn’t what they are renowned for.
But the numbers behind the Belgian beer market tell us that the Belgians (much like the rest of the world) favour the bottom-fermented lager styles over any other.
Around 70% of Belgian beer consumption is of lagers/pilsners. And by far the leading beer is Jupiler which dominates with around 40% of the domestic market. Sit in any town square and take a look around and you’ll see the majority of drinkers enjoying their Jupiler pils.
A beer that you’d never see is the Rulles Pils, despite the fact I think this is one of the best Belgian pilsners I’ve had.
A pale straw colour with an aroma of grainy malt and grassy, herbaceous hops. A crisp and dry body with a nice malty backbone, the classic German Mittelfrüh hops providing the herbal character along with the solid bitterness. And there is something a little rustic with the slightest hint of funk. Refreshing and interesting at the same time, this is a beer you could enjoy a few pints of.