It's true that most pilsners are lighter in body and color than most ales, but good pilsner is a wonderful thing, and not to be disparaged, especially a nice cold one in the summertime.

The flavor of pilsner is much more dependent on the type and quantity of hops used in brewing than on the malt, which is a more significant factor in determining the character of an ale. Pilsner Urquell tastes mainly (and pretty strongly) of saaz hops, a typical Czech variety with a spicy-flowery aroma. Urquell is bitter enough that I have beer-wimp friends who won't drink it.

I especially like Brooklyn Pilsner, which is nearly impossible to find outside of NYC, and difficult even there, except in summer.