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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

336 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 17
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 03-22-2010)
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Photo of Pablo23
5/5  rDev +43.3%

Pablo23, May 19, 2012
Photo of markallmon
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

markallmon, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.53/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz single for $2.00 at Barb's Beer Emporium on a recent trip to Concord NH. Stamped with bottled on date of 062610 (June 26 2010), so this stuff's pretty fresh. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Half-inch of fizzy head settles quickly to almost nothing. Brew is a crystal clear yellow that shines brightly when held to a light. Moderate carbonation seen streaming upward.

S: Some pilsner skunk on a fairly thick and medium-sweet malty background. Honey and fresh cherry tree blossoms.

T: Wow, unlike any pilsner I've ever had. It has a well-rounded bouquet, as opposed to the typical watery macro skunk bomb. Just a tiny bit of skunk blends seamlessly into the semi-sweet malts. What really makes it unique is a delicate but powerful floral somewhat fruity element. I think I nailed it on the smell: cherry tree blossoms. Or freshly-split cherry firewood. Floral, a bit green, and a bit of fruity sweetness. It makes me think I'm standing in an orchard on a spring morning after a night of rain when the grass is still wet and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. This is divine, it has really struck a nerve.

M/D: Light-bodied and smooth, maybe a bit flat. The finish fades quickly to a lingering trace. Hugely drinkable and highly recommended. Not a good example of a pilsner, but very damn tasty.

BeerNinja007, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of heather625
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

heather625, Jul 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

lcdawg, Jun 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

samibr, Jul 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

KC9LDB, Aug 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

mikekrogerwine, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

bluesplit63, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of streetcommander
4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pilsner. Probably the best example of a Czech pilsner I've had that wasn't a home brew. Smooth and very well balanced. Another perfect example of a gateway beer. Very well done redhook.

Anyone who negatively reviews this beer likely does not have a clear understanding of this styles intent.

streetcommander, May 03, 2011
Photo of AnalogReigns
4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FINALLY! Craft-brewers (even big corporate ones...) are doing solid Pilseners. This compares well to Sam's Noble Pils (though SA's is dryer) but not quite as complex. That would make sense as Noble Pils is more of a German-style pilsener (though not super-crisp, Jever-style), whereas this is a solid Czech/Bohemian Pils.

Reminds me of Prague...really.

Nothing dramatic to write home about...but since when is beer really SUPPOSED to be that? Does Mom want to know beer? A beer to drink with friends...over hours of in-person conversation (no texting or cell phones allowed).

A lovely true Bohemian Pils, made right here in America!

Na zdraví !!!

AnalogReigns, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
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!

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 30, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

DOCRW, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

GratefulEdd, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

jazztoloc, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Spineypanda
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with almost no head.
Smells like Saaz hops, and a good dose of them. Nice nose.
Great malty flavor, with just a small bite. Not as crisp as I would hope on the mouth, but still really tasty.

Sacrifices refreshing quality for taste, but definitely not a bad thing.

Spineypanda, Jul 03, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

pkalix, Aug 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

wilkinswesley, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of TwinButte
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a signature Red Hook bottle into a you guessed it, a pilsner glass.

A: A clear straw goldish color with a thick two finger head. Tons of carbonation.

S: Slight malty smell with a small hop kick.

T: A nice grain taste similar to a cream ale with a very light hop aroma. The perfect pilsner taste.

M: Very smooth and malty. Highly carbonated but feels good on the tongue.

O: A very nice offering from Red Hook. Glad this is now offered year round. Appreciate the ample ABVs and love the packaging!

Serving type: bottle

TwinButte, Oct 12, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Must say I do like the redesigned bottles.

A - Nice two finger head, underneath a sparkling clear bodied golden brew. Lacing and retention were moderate.

S - Delicious aroma of apricots with some mixed herbal notes. Surprisingly delightful.

T - Grassy body with a slight hop tinge, finishes with an earth-like tone, but not dirty. Pretty spot on for what I expect from a pils.

M - Crisp light body, mild carbonation.

D - Great sessionable pilsner that isn't lacking in flavor. Will most certainly revisit.

PhageLab, May 19, 2011
Photo of shand
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from an awesome 12oz stubby bottle into a pilsner glass.

This one pours a slightly hazy golden color with a tiny head and huge apparent carbonation. Aroma is quite nice, zesty noble hops and some nice grassy pilsner malt. The taste is very nice, smooth noble hops hit first followed up by some clean bready malts and just a bit of grassiness.

The mouthfeel is perfectly crisp and thick, this is how all pilsners should feel. The drinkability is very high, this goes down very smoothly. Then again, it's a pilsner, if they don't go down easy, something's wrong. I don't understand the poor reviews for this. This is a super-solid Czech pilsner, and I think the unpopular Redhook name is tainting some people's opinions of this brew.

shand, May 19, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- clear bright yellow with small fizzy head that quickly disappears.

Smell - some malt and noble hops but faint

Taste - A very tasty pilsner with a nice euro/noble hop flavoring and a crisp finish

Mouthfeel - Nice

Overall - A good czech pilsener by any means. Just wish it looked a little better.

bubseymour, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

puboflyons, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Lazaro, Jan 27, 2013
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.

MattyG85, Feb 02, 2014
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Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.