The difference with a Pilsener is simple; when you take a sip, it isn’t bitter, it’s crisper, clearer and more refreshing. It’s low alcohol by volume (ABV) percentage makes it lighter and more sessionable. The kiss of Saaz hop is the secret ingredient that really sets a Pilsener apart. The Saaz hop is one of four noble continental European hops. Originating from Pilsen in the Czech Republic, the taste of the Saaz hop is rich and distinctive.