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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 341
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 25 | 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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 341
Photo of Inflames
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is great, I just found my new yardwork beer. It's a pilsner so the obvious applies(light in color,thin head, faint aroma). But the flavor is quite nice, there is a nice slightly sweet malt flavor, dare I say maybe a bit grainy/bready, combined with a hop presence that completes the beer. Bubbly, it provides that little prickle on the back of the tounge. This drinks very well.
Congrats to those that brewed this up.
Rope swing is a worthwhile addition to the grocery store beer section. Enjoy.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook Pilsner has a very thin, white head and a somewhat hazy, yellow appearance with some streaming bubbles and essentially no lacing. Aroma is simple- a bit of lemon, cracker, and a dash of hops; taste is basically the same. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Redhook Pilsner finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a very easy-going beer, and it’s good.


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Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is clean Pilsner malt and noble hops. Herbal and grassy hop. Smells resinous with an unexpected pine aroma.

Starts out slightly sweet with a strong hop bite. Sharp bitterness with a strong grassy taste. Spicy in the mouth this has a good grain flavor to go with the hops.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall tasty and much better than expected. A good hoppy Pilsner from an unexpected brewer.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clean, golden color; very clear, some carbonation; bubbly, 2-finger soapy head that quickly dissipates

S: grainy up front, with hints of hop; some spice and citrus notes

T: grainy and hoppy; more malt than hops; very crisp and clean; touch of spicy citrus notes

M: light/medium body; crisp carbonation; refreshing

O: definitely enjoyable; crisp and easy to down; light and refreshing, like Summer

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Photo of RJLarse
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Rope Swing in a grocery store. $6.49. Poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a straw yellow color and is clear. Torrents of bubbles are rising and swirling in the glass. Modest one-finger frothy white head, leave some dainty lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell is sweet, with a fruity, candy, perfume like aroma. In some respects it has a banana a clove scent of a Bavarian hefe.

The taste is a corn cracker flavor, with a sweet spiciness along side, and a dry bitter finish. It has a lot more flavor than I was expecting of the style.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. A good thirst quencher on a hot day for sure.

A drinkable brew and I'd go back to it in the summer, especially on sale. A good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of obireidkenobi
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I find it unfair sometimes that pilsners don't rank high on the beer geek radar. I'm looking at this pilsner in the pilsner category.

Pours clean, crisp and clarified.

Smell - Straw, light pilsner malts. Subtle hops.

Taste - Bold pilsner flavor. Highlighting the noble hops and light malts. This pilsner is crisp, clean, and refreshing. AND CRAFT!

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Hot Atlanta days put this beer as a great go to light bodied beer. Great for tailgating, pool etc.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild hop aroma with a little spiciness and a little floral. Mild malt background. Seems about right for style if not just a touch subdued.
Fizzy and loud. Smallish white head that leaves quickly. Very clear pale gold color. Lots and lots of bubbles rising.
Malt flavors a little more emphasized than I expected. Extended dryness after mild to moderate hop flavors and bitterness. Starts with pale malt flavors that are a tad bready, grainy and fairly clean pale malts.
Carbonated as expected with fullness and softness. Appropriately lightly bodied.
There is nothing particularly wrong with this. Not very exciting, but not so bad. The hop aroma's and hop flavors didn't match as I expected, but that's me. If I had another, I'd drink it without hesitation, especially if it's hot outside.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear golden color with a substantial white head that hardly dissipates at all and doesn't really leave any lace when it does.

Smell: Sweet and bready pilsner maltiness alongside hints of lemon and flowers. Some grassiness and mild herbal aromas.

Taste: Begins with some citric sweetness and mild citrus peel bitterness, which rounds out to pale malt sweetness before finishing with a balanced herbal bitterness that has a slight spice to it.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with lively carbonation and a crisp finish.

Overall: A good representation of its style and an easy-drinking beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, slightly dark straw gold into a tulip with two fingers of bright white head. Faint aroma of lemon and grass.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Quick burst of lemon up front with lots of bready malt and grass followed by just a touch of bitterness.

Maybe a bit on the generic side, but is still quite crisp, balanced, and very drinkable.

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Photo of woemad
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.59. Bottled on July 13, 2011 according to the label. Strange bottle, like a glass version of a water bottle.

Poured a hazy yellowish gold color, with a couple of inches of sudsy white foam. The head hung around for a little while and left a surprisingly lage amount of lace streaking down the sides of my glass.

Soft, floral hops and malts, with a little bit of a grassy note. Not too far off from many traditional German pilsners I've had. So far, so good.

Seems a little more malty, flavor wise, than in the nose, and the hops are a bit one dimensional. Not bad tasting, but a little monotonous.

Slightly heavier mouthfeel than is right for a pils, but not to a crippling degree, and I've certainly had a lot worse.

Not too bad a take on the style, thogh not an essential one either. If I had ever come across this on-tap this summer and at a good price, I'd have stuck with it, as it goes down fairly easy.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A new release from Redhook for the summer. Pours a light golden color, small head to it that dissipates into a barley visible one throughout. Not much aroma to it. Taste is light to medium bodied, some nice euro-hop flavors come out, nice malt backbone too.. a well balanced beer for sure. Highly carbonated, nice and fizzy. Not the most exciting style (Pilsener), but this one is a better then average variety. Thirst quenching on a hot day and very drinkable, nice dash of hops on the palette and finishes clean... solid brew.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Hershdawg
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with a white one finger head. Small amount of lacing. Great clarity.

S: Some noble hop aroma. Herbs, maybe a little mint, a bit of earthiness. Hop aroma is a little spicy as well. A little honey sweetness in the nose.

T: Spicy noble hops, a little honey, or light caramel. Clean finish. Moderate hop bitterness.

M: Good and light in body as a pilsner should be.

O: Not bad pilsner, its a little sweeter then pilsners should be but the color and flavor are still good.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Pilsner

A - Super clear yellow looking beer with just a touch of haze. It produced a 2-finger head that held pretty well for a Lager. Moderate-high C02 can be seen, I didn't get any lacing here.

S - I pick up dry and floral hop characteristics, along with a grape or apple like quality. I actually do get a bit of mild malt in the way of toasted grain, cracker and mild sweetness.

T - Almost balanced flavors hit me at once until I realized that the hop flavors won. I pick up apple, pair, and grape fruits with mild sweetness and soft drying on the finish. Hop flavors are mild and lend a very nice herbal flavor throughout the beer. It finishes clean with just slightly lingering herbal hop flavor.

M - Lite-medium bodied with soft to medium crispness and a smooth feel. I actually really like the mouthfeel on this one.

O - For the price I think this is a pretty good brew. I definitely could see myself picking up a 12pack of this once in a while. I really enjoyed the feel of the beer, and the flavors where soft and refreshing which made the beer really quaffable. I say give it a chance, especially if your into Pale Lagers. Cheers!

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Photo of WalterHeisenberg
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden peach with a bone colored head that quickly shrinks to a skim and leaves some decent looking fine lace on the glass. The nose is raw grainy barley and bready yeast with a touch of floral hops. Grainy with an herbal hoppy bitterness up front with some malty sweetness to balance. Light bodied and highly carbonated. This beer is spot on for a 100° degree day like today. Rope swing is simply a clean and refreshing beer but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Pours a light gold with one finger of head. There is visible carbonation as the bubbles quickly rise to the top.

A mixture of bananas and malts fill the nose, while the banana flavors seems to dominate the mouth. There is also a copper flavor almost reminiscent of a red ale. The pilsner malts are also present.

Overall a very refreshing beer. A bit more complex than the average pilsner, it remains crisp, pleasant, and drinkable for those hot summer days.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice creamy white fine-bubbled head. Aroma is fruity, malty and slightly yeasty. Lively flavor is malty and yeasty with hints of pear and cloves. Texture is smooth, fizzy and tingly. I prefer darker beers, but I did enjoy this pilsner.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've been having so many ales lately that I've been forgotten how good pilsners and lagers taste. And this pilsner I like.

What struck me off the bat was the bold taste and feel. Not overly impressive as far as its smell, but the brew sure pours a nice thick and white head and its taste is certainly morable. Good beer for the right pairings of chicken or steak.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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)

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of bready malts in the nose along with some hints of spicy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty with lots of bready flavors and has a light amount of bitterness. There are some hints of spicy hops in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness.
O: This beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable. It would make a perfect accompaniment with a meal.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly golden color with a small, fizzy, white head of foam. It left a little soapy lace on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and some floral hops.

T - Nice crisp sweetness with a strong caramel flavor. Some mild toffee flavors blend with grains and a grassy hop presence.

M - It was sharp and crackled on the tongue. A light bodied and very easy drinking brew.

D - This is a pretty solid Czech Pils. It has the look of a great pilsener and brings a good flavor, too.

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Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.