European inspired base malt – German Pilsner

European inspired base malt – German Pilsner

When Gladfield first started producing malts, 14 years ago, the trend was very different than what it is now. Back then, brewers were looking for more flavoursome base malts for English style beers and traditional Lagers. Gladfield’s Pilsner and Ale malt hit the spot. As a result, brewers were backing us up to produce more types of malts with even more malty flavour. I remember when we produced our first batches of Vienna and Munich, a feat that some people thought not possible, believing that only European maltings were capable of producing these more specialised malts. I guess we proved that if you set your mind to it, you can do almost anything.

Obviously, the secret to our success is focusing on quality, consistency and service. Service is something we are proud of here at Gladfield, we believe that we are innovative and creative maltings. With innovation and non-traditionalism in mind, we have created some very unique malts such as our Aurora, Toffee, Shepherds Delight and Supernova.

The real reason for me to be telling you all this is that we have created another new base malt for the Craft Brewing Industry, we have called it: “German Pilsner”. The name probably says it all, it is European inspired malt with a slight raw dough character, no malt taste and with an outstanding clean finish. The specifications for this malt are very similar to our Pilsner, the main difference is taste and flavour.

These days brewers are seeking hop forward beers and in some cases brewers just want a blank canvas to start their recipes with. German Pilsner fills both these gaps. The aim was to create a malt with little malt character for you to use as a base and build flavours that you desire. We challenge you, the craft brewer, to experiment and come up with beers never brewed before, have a play and see if German Pilsner is for you. We want brewers to make the most of our entire range which now counts for 29 types of malts and raw grains available.

To listen to your feedback and come up with malts that YOU want and not what the big mainstream malting companies have been producing is our goal. Gladfield is innovative, creative and wants to become partners with you chasing the best beer ever brewed. If you are interested in hearing more about German Pilsner please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Gabi Michael – co-owner and Gladfield’s sales manager

Clients Testimonials:

Ralph Bungard from Three Boys Brewery

“Over the last 12 years of brewing Three Boys Pils we have always taken pride in keeping it as close as we can to the true tradition of a European Pilsner while showcasing the modernisation of NZ malt and hops. For us, that means clean, crisp, uncomplicated malt flavours that are both subtle enough to let hop character shine, but strong enough to balance the backbone of bitterness that you would expect in a true Pilsner.
We are always looking for perfect Three Boys Pils and part of that is always looking to improve our techniques and ingredients. This year we really started to dig deep into our malt profile in our Pils.
We talked with Gladfield and they listened. They provided us with their new German Pilsner Malt. It won out in our blind tastings. Our finished beer came through clean and crisp with subtle but distinct malt sweetness and gentle honey and dough aroma that won us over.
We are always looking to improve and deliver consistency and quality. Thanks to our great suppliers we can do that.”

Jonas Klebert, homebrewer from Motueka

“I am a seasoned Home Brewer with a German background, focusing predominantly on German style beers.
I took the opportunity to trial the Gladfield German Pilsner Malt in a local brewing competition because it was well suited to my preferences. This was the opportunity for me to source my Malt locally over import, at a better price.
The German Pilsner Malt delivered a far more true to style flavour profile than what I had previous experience with Gladfield’s normal Pilsner Malt. It is plain, simple and offers plenty of flexibility. I was pleasantly surprised to win the competition as this was the first real competition I had entered. Gladfield’s German Pilsner Malt certainly contributed to this win and I plan on using this base malt again during summer time for my traditional Kolsch Recipe.”

Simon Law, homebrewer from Melbourne

“I have been a brewing for around 8 years now and have been using Gladfield Malt for most of this time. During this time, I have brewed a wide selection of beers, and have at least one hop forward beer on tap in my garage.
For my IPA and APA, I have been using a high percentage of Pilsner or Ale malt as a base, so I was keen to try the German Pilsner Malt when I read how clean and neutral the flavour profile would be. For my first Gladfield German Pilsner Malt Beer, I wanted to use the clean neutral malt profile to showcase the Hop Hash I had recently purchased in an American Pale Ale, there was a small amount of light crystal malt used to add a little more body, and Gladfield Supernova to add a more colour.
The final beer has proven to be exactly as I had hop-ped for! The malt character is there but in a more restrained and subtle way, which has allowed the hop flavours to come through more, there is a cleaner hop character from this Gladfield German Pilsner Malt that I have not been able to get before.
Overall, I am very happy with this new malt, and I have subsequently used it in an IPA which is currently enjoying some dry hopping.”

Steve Martin from Cavalier Brewing

“We work exclusively with Gladfield Malt because of the flavour, quality and mashing efficiency. The German Pilsner malt provides a smooth, crisp, clean malt profile that allows the hops to really shine in our Pilsner. With lagers becoming ever more popular in craft brewing. The new Gladfield German Pilsner malt has found a permanent home in our brewery. Thanks Gladfield!”


Gladfield Kölsch (25l)


4.3kg Gladfield German Pilsner Malt (85.1%)
0.75kg Gladfield Vienna Malt (14.9%)

First Wort – 31g Pacifica
Whirlpool – 14g Pacifica

SafAle™ K-97

Target Original Gravity 1.047
Estimated ABV 4.8%
Target IBU 24
Mash at 66.5°C

Gladfield Schwarzbier (25l)


3.46kg Gladfield German Pilsner Malt (63.7%)
1.33kg Gladfield Munich Malt (24.5%)
0.53kg Gladfield Roasted Wheat (9.8%)
0.11kg Gladfield Light Chocolate (2.0%)

60min – 25g Hallertau Mittelfrueh
30min – 15g Hallertau Mittelfrueh
Whirlpool – 5g Hallertau Mittelfrueh

SafLager™ S-23

Target Original Gravity 1.050
Estimated ABV 5.1%
Target IBU 15
Mash at 65.5°C