Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 341
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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.

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Photo of streetcommander
4.47/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.47/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.38/5  rDev +26.6%
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 !!!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
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!

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of TwinButte
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
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

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Photo of shand
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp with a malty underpinning. Lots of hops but well within the general style. Attractive white cap of foam on the golden brew. Loads of lacing. Mouthfilling carbonation which seems appropriate for a thirst-quencher sort of beer. Nice toasty aroma. Touch of sweet malt greets the lips along with the biscuity taste. Some of the earthy hop flavors along with the floral. I'm grumpy when brewers seem to be clumsy with the hops, but the bitterness seems to enhance the richness of flavors in this modest-alcohol beer.

Extremely clean and well made. At Liticker's in Ocean Beach the 22 oz bottle I tried was $2.59, and sixes were $5.99. Such a deal!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of JMad
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours a darker yellow color with a thin white bubbly head that quickly disappeared. The aroma is mostly grass and hay with a slight funk to it, there is a hint of tea and lemon. It tastes slighty bitter with lemon and hay, there is lots of grainy malt flavors and a nice bitter finish. The beer has a medium body with a lots of carbonation and a dry finish. This is a good pilsner, I could drink lots of these.

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Photo of Offa
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold, it has an off-white head slowly shrinking to foamy ring.

Aroma is very nice full grain, perfumy, with lightly herbal, grassy hop, hint of lemon and citrus, plus apple.

Taste is very nice full grain, citrus, green grass, hint of herb. It has a light grain-apple-honey sweetness balancing a firm, light and vague leafy-grassy-citrusy bitterness. It has firm toasty biscuit joining the other elements in the finish and a slightly oily feel. The character is nice and firm, well-rounded and balanced, and it is very nice.

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Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of steveh
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook has a Pilsner, who knew?

Bottled in New Hampshire on 11/19/12. 5.3 ABV. Label tagline reads: "May not look it, but has a dark side." Really? Hmm.

A -- Clear gold color with a very dense and firm white head that holds up well.

S -- Lightly malty, mild spicy and citrus hop character back, mild DMS.

T -- Fleeting citrus up front that blends into a bready malt character that fades into a spicy bitterness. Finish is bready malts and the aftertaste is spicy hops. There's a mild grainy backbone to this beer so common with American takes on European light lagers -- I'm sure due to N. American 2 row barley, or just a corner-cutting mash process.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- A pretty good take on the style. The spicy hops do a good job of hiding a grainy character that might be otherwise distracting. A nice summer drinker to have alongside Sierra Nevada Summerfest or Victory Pils.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
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

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Photo of MA08
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a dense head that quickly dissipates. Smells of grass and earth-like notes at a moderate level. Tastes very much like a crisp pilsner, with well balanced malt and hop notes. An extremely sessionable summer beer that would seem to please a wide variety of beer drinkers, without being BMC or uber geek. Great for the summer BBQ.

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Photo of mnrider
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle, snub nose. Nice and fresh. Pilsner Glass.

A: Pours a golden color with a real nice white head and pretty good retention.

S: The aroma is nice. Crisp with grains and a grassy smell. Also, Hops are mixed in well.

T/M: Light bodied and refreshing. You can really taste the malts and grass grains. A bitter taste develops towards the end with a dry finish.

O: IMO, one of the better beers from Redhook. I can see myself getting this one again. Especially during the warmer days.


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Photo of NODAK
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is pretty clean. Some notes of toasted grain and small hoppiness are there. Not a surprise for style.

Crisp upfront, with a good hop presence right away...good malt presence here as well, with a citrus note and a small, sweet grain note as well. Finishes with a pretty decent Euro hop bite for style...I'm not sure why I wasn't expecting such a bite out of this beer, but it's held up its end of the bargain. More, albeit restrained, toasty grain is found here. Nowhere near as strong on the grain as many other pils, however.

Pretty solid beer here. More so than I had hoped it would be anyway. :)

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a desent size head that lingers for guite a while. Carbonation is lighter then normal.

Aroma finds a good pils bouquet of bready malts and spicy hops.

Taste is quite good with a solid malt bill that has a clean taste and hops that have a spicy, grassy taste. Both linger into the aftertaste.

Feels thin and spicy on the palette with a slightly bitter and sharp finish.

Overall it's good and refreshing.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - faint, barley straw hue. Clear as an empty glass. Nice foamy caps that quickly recedes. Plenty of carbonation. It's as good looking as a Pils can be; attractive, but not enticing.

A - fresh bouquet of flowers, lots of lemon and faint spice. It's not the spicy pop that I expected, but it's very impressive.

T - Actually, for a Pilsner, the malt is unbeatable. It's not until the end that I detect any patently Pils malt quality, so I have to wonder if they used pale malt instead. I'm torn on how I would feel knowing that. On the one hand, my experience has been that when Pils malt is not used in generous volume it has crackery taste and grainy finish. While other Base Malts are infinitely better, it would be terribly unauthentic to use Pale malt.

Anyway, the malt sweetness is well composed. The hop flavor and bitterness are very tranquil. I recall Pilsner Urquell to be much hoppier, when I enjoyed it on draught in Europe. Then again, my palate went uninfluenced by American Ales.

M - very clean and crisp. Super refreshing. It doesn't have the SNAP many Pilsners have, but it's incomparable for refreshment.

O - very refreshing and very flavorful. Maybe I'm just spoiled asking for more zap of Noble Hops. For what it is, it's one of the best beers I have had. I can't pin anything about it as remarkable, but it all comes together very well.

Ale drinkers will hate, but if you're looking to downgrade from the behemoths, while still enjoying good beer, here it is.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: not quite pale or bright, gold. very clear. large bubbly/fluffy white head with .... retention.

S: very lightly toasted sourdough bread. a slightly spicy hop varietal is much more prominent.

T: starts malty and then moves into a bit of hop spice. pepper combined with a mouthfeel that consists of a slightly harder carbonation makes for a nice tang on the tongue.

M: not quite effervescent, but close. crisp and refreshing for sure.

D: very refreshing example. im surprised to see such negative reviews for this brew.

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Photo of sajaffe1
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a glass tankard

A- It has a hazy golden look with a short-lived head. No lacing can be seen.

S- Interesting. There are notable hints of honey, banana and melon aromas with a touch of Saaz hops. Smells sort of like a hefeweizen in lager form.

T- Not bad. Small bit of fruity sweetness similar to the aroma followed by some moderate hop bitterness. Not the best balanced beer though.

M- Moderate carbonation

O- This is worth a try. Makes a decent session beer.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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