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Watching a baseball game while enjoying a cold beer can be pure heaven, said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. Or pure hell, if you’re at a ballpark and have to raid your child’s college fund to pay for a $9 can of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Many beer styles “make an enjoyable ­companion to a good ballgame,” but none more so than a pilsner. In a recent tasting, a Times panel sampled 18 of the best. Using a four-star rating system, we named these our top prospects.

Prima Pils, Downingtown, Pa. ($4, 22 oz)
***1/2 “Wonderfully refreshing with a lingering bitterness.”

Kaiser Pils, Pittsburgh ($8, 750 ml) 
***1/2 Bracingly hoppy and marked by lively citrus flavors.

Lakefront Klisch Pilsner, Milwaukee ($1.50, 112 oz) 
*** Earthy floral aromas.