Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook PilsnerRedhook Pilsner

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BA SCORE
80
good

341 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 16
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 03-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Czech out Redhook’s newest brew. Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia. Redhook Pilsner’s maltiness is offset by a medium dose of Saaz hops and finishes with a clean, bright, thirst-quenching quality. A great “session” lager for when you’ve got a long day ahead of drinking.

23 IBU
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Ratings: 341 | Reviews: 147
Reviews by fsimcox:
Photo of fsimcox
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color. Bubbly white head dissipates quickly. No lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, some fruit and grass in the background. A faint hint of banana.

Some sweet malt up front, some grass and citrus notes in the middle, and a mild hop finish. Some hop after taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with quite a bit of carbonation.

I didn’t know Red Hook made a pils. A pleasant surprise. I will gladly drink another.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass a clear light to medium golden with a clingy half finger white head leaving an unbroken ring of lace as it settled.Mild fruity esters in the nose wich was a bit of surprise to go along with some toasty cereal grain.Decent flavors on the palate,grainy and lightly toasted with a tinge of honey malt,a light sharpness come in the finish.Not a bad pilsner not as hopped as I may have liked, but its crisp and pretty well rounded.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazey golden yellow color with a fizzy white head that quickly disappears.

S- The aroma is light pilsner malt and faint hops. Not much else to mention, pretty faint.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with faint light pilsner malts with a mild bitterness from the hops in the crisp finish. Not all that flavorful but very clean and easy drinking with not any off-flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is not the most exciting pilsner but it serves it's purpose as an easy drinking summer session beer. Like a Heineken but not skunky. Would hold up decently well at outdoor summer cookouts and tailgates.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had lunch at The Chataqua Pub today. This wasn't on tap, but I picked up a 6pack to bring home. An innocuous beer. Gold color with a small white head and a tiny bit of lacing. Faint fresh grass, citrus aroma. Lemon taste, hops at the end. While it had a crisp mouthfeel, I thought it was overly hopped. Lots of better pilsners to choose from.

Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

The perfect golden clarity is there, ample amount of white foam stays for the duration. Clean bready grassy malt with a faint spicy herbal hop nose, a clean one at that. Crispness is spot on and make this beer really refreshing, light to medium bodied. Maltiness is very clean with a quick brush of dried grass and bread crust. Hops are bitter enough for this dry-sided lager, oily flavor adds some depth but does not detract from its superior drinkability.

Impressive to say the least, I'll be getting a case ASAP as it easily found a place in my beer fridge.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is corn and wheat. Not too great. The flavor is very similar. The corn and wheat stand out and this tastes a whole lot like a macro lager. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not something I would try again.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow. Thin white had and no lacing.

Smell: Grassy smell with some malts, and a faint alcohol smell.

Motuhfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Grassy, malts, and sugars.

Overall: Not bad, not my first choice, but I would have it again.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: A crisp and bready pils malt forward aroma. Upfront scent of bready Pils malt with hints of biscuit, cereal grains, straw, yeast, and crackers. Light presence of earthy European hops that linger in the background. A pretty solid typical Pils aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and bready Pils malt driven taste. Bready taste of Pils malt with upfront notes of biscuit, cereal grains, straw, hay, crackers, and yeast. Decent backing of earthy European hops add a little balance. Nicely crisp and dry. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A good take on the Pilsener style. Has the grainy malt presence you expect for the style.

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with continuous rising effervescence leading to one finger of soapy white head, which in turn renders some consistent swipes of painted lace around the glass. It smells of crisp biscuit grain, some mild lemon, and grassy, hay-like hops. The taste is pretty consistent with the aroma - barley grain, a bit of citrus, and crisp grassy, weedy hops. The carbonation is fairly subdued, the body medium weight, smooth, and surprisingly creamy. It finishes dry, crisp, and with summer meadow-like character - grass seed, florals, and pollen.

Nice to see a larger microbrewery stay true to style in producing a seasonal. While not a round-tripper, this is at least a standing triple. (Beer style terminology crossover pun unintended)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.27/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brewed on 5/4/10 consumed on 6/24/10

Looks clear golden color with a nice flow of carbonation and a really healthy, fluffy, slow-dissipating clean-white head.

Earthy, peppery hop and yeast aroma. More earthy grains and a tangy crispness. Dried wheat, corn husks in the hot sun, corn on the cobb maltiness and a bit of sweet malt. Great aromatic balance.

This one starts off clean and full of earthy, natural flavor's like dried corn from the cobb, golden wheat, earthy grains. The yeast adds a rightous hit of earthiness, peppery garden greens and subtle sour notes but all in perfect balance..>>> A really nice balance except the malt might have too much lingering sweetness<<<, slightly cloying, mostly clean and crisp, light but as time passes the quality slips and it becomes more malty and heavy. UPDATE:new fancy bottle: brewed on 3/22/11. This one is a classic, the malty sweetness is toned down and only, clean and crisp flavor's prevail here. the finish is crystal clean, refreshing and ultra crispy and it doesn't seem to downgrade as time passes. either this one is much fresher than my previous review's sample or the recipe has been slightly tweeked...for the better. I'm in love.

This one is quality. brewed perfectly to style this time around light and bright flavor's...gentle herbs, garden greens and crispy malt makes this one tough to put down!

Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pure, clean, clear, golden yellow; quarter of an inch of thick, white, foamy head; good retention

S - grass, straw, noble hops, faint pine, faint herbal hops, a bit of grains

T - straw, bitter, grassy, a bit of lemon

M - crisp, smooth, a bit overcarbonated, light to medium bodied

This is a drinkable, smooth beer that has decent flavor. The over carbonation takes away from the flavor. Still though it'd be easy to knock back a few of these. If you want something lighter bodied, light on the wallet, and sessionable then this is a good option.

Photo of mempath
2.71/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i guess this is just being offered in botte....7 reviews? and no picture? ok, here goes...

pours a basic golden expected color....white head....no lacing....settles fast....nothing astounding (yet)....

not much of a nose...slight malt/hops? i mean, i can't really quite catch it. or imagine.

for a pilsner, seems sweeter than i'd like. sure, this would be refreshing and welcome on a hot SUMMER day after some yardwork or a bike ride, but nothing spectacular. too sweet. cornish. corny. corn? hop element is too laid back, wimpy. did i say too sweet?

thin mouthfeel. i guess as it should be. but seems lacking in body. and even carbonation.

drinkability. sure, if you like this. i don't hate it. it's still better than anything from the macrofascists, but this is for the real beer advocate a boring pour...

Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly typical pilsner here, pouring yellowish with a white head and big, loopy lace.

The aroma is lagery and grainy - definitely heavy on the malts.

Tastewise, it's rather sweet, but not overly so, with a tinge of hoppiness at the finish. Solid, if forgettable.

Photo of hreb
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby, bottled on May 31, 2011, served in stange style glass. Beer is crystal clear yellow with a thick white head, which falls quickly. Not the most pilsnery aroma... actually somewhat sweet.

Flavor is part pilsner, part American lager. Slighty nutty even. But otherwise pretty dry. Actually, for an American Pilsner, it could have been a lot hoppier.

As others have said this is really too grainy to be as crisp and refreshing as a Pilsner ought to be. But it is highly drinkable and a solid B for overall enjoyability.

Photo of cjgator3
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a fizzy white head that quickly disappears.

S- The aroma is light pilsner malt and faint hops. Not much else to mention, pretty faint.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with faint light pilsner malts with a mild bitterness from the hops in the crisp finish. Not all that flavorful but very clean and easy drinking with not any off-flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is not the most exciting pilsner but it serves it's purpose as an easy drinking summer session beer. Would hold up decently well at outdoor summer cookouts and tailgates.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a single bottle out of a mixed case. I was a little leary, based on some past Rehook beers, but this was a decent pilsner—maybe a step behind Summit's pils. I got a hit of toasty grain under the sweet and smooth base. A clean, spicy hop kick finished it off for a balanced Czech pils. Kinda hoppy, kinda tasty, worth a try. Certainly not forgettable like some of the other Redhook staples.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger of head with descent retention. Medium straw colored body.
A nice grain smell with a note of honey.
Taste has a little fresh fruit, light grain, and moderate bitterness. Not the best balance, but still good.
Crisp and clean texture. Moderate carbonation and a lighter body.
A solid pilsner.

Photo of dannydetox
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

first experience with Redhook's pilsner. not crazy about the new stubby bottle design, but that's just aesthetics. let's get to the beer...

golden colored beer with reasonable head retention throughout the glass after the pour. bready, yeasty aromas come to mind at first smell, followed by a touch of fruitiness. crisp, dry flavor that brings euro-styled pilsner beer to mind; no big surprises there. not as heavily carbonated as i would have first thought. some biscuit-like malts round out this offering from Redhook. Overall, a fairly average pilsner, but certainly drinkable.

Photo of KTCamm
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the RH in Portsmouth NH.

Pours a clear light yellow foam with no lacing. Classic pulsy smell. Crisp, with subtle hop. Clean finish, with some closing bitter. Tasty.

Overall a good pils, not great, but a nice easy drinker with enough flavor to stay interested.

Photo of deadbody
2.56/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Glarus pint glass. Good amber color, nice head that faded somewhat quickly leaving small amounts on top, decent lacing, solid scent. Very bitter taste, not citrussy, and not super malty, just bitter. Odd for a pilsner style, not what I was expecting. Decent carbonation.

I will finish the 6 pack I have of this, but not buy anymore, and I am happy I got it on a clearout fot $3.99 for the 6 pack or I would have felt like I spent good money on beer I don't really enjoy.

Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp and refreshing, some malts and grains, a bit on the sweet side. Finishes with mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The actual name of this is Cross Czech Pils. Sampled on July 22, 2013. Living in New Hampshire I expect this one was brewed at the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth.

Very typical looking pilsener pour with straw yellow color and big burst of white head that settles down a lot quicker than I am used to for the style.

The aroma is something else. I expect grain and grass but got that and more. There's yeast, toasted bread, and butter, and something incredibly interesting that may be rooted in the yeast.

Body is light to medium.

The taste is like the aroma. It has a little something special that I have never encountered in a pilsner and I liked it. It was a kind of toasted bread and butter thing with a biscuit and boiled potato richness and a low lingering bitterness at the end. I am stumped at finding a description. I have never had anything quite like it and for that alone it deserves a higher mark. I will be buying this one more often.

Photo of goldbot
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep golden in color; lots of carbonation; thin white head that sticks pretty well. Definitely a hoppy pilsner from the aroma, but plenty of malt there too. Caramel and bread notes with citrus hops. Slightly resinous. Good, malty flavor, not too grainy or corny like some pilsners can be. Some caramel sweetness mixes well with fruity hops. Thin mouthfeel that could be a bit more crisp.

Photo of aranheaney
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the same variety 12 pack as the ESB, IPA and Copperhook ($9.99, just sayin...)

A-very nice pilsner, some decent head that disappatess

S-solid pilsner. roast, malt, a touch of hops

T-very good, smooth, nothing to disagree with here

M-crisp, clean and no caffeine

O-very good for the style, glad that I tried it

Photo of WalterHeisenberg
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Bottle aggressive pour into pint glass
A: straw clear clearly carbonated white head good retention no lacing
S: not much smells like a typical macro
T: slight watery clean fresh not hoppy at all malty ricey
M: thin like atypical macro
O: very decent highly drinkable good price. If I had to slum it here's where I draw the line. I love the style but I've gotten so used to drinking higher ABV IPAs so I tend to look at the style almost like a 3.2 beer.

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