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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook PilsnerRedhook Pilsner

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145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 341
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 20.23%
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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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 Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Good presentation for the style.

Sweet, grainy pilsener malt greets the nose, with just a kiss of hops as well. Very simple.

Ditto for the flavor. Sweet pilsener malt with a "corn" feel to it. I'm sure that's nothing. Delicious as it is.

Lingering sweetness from the malt makes up the mouthfeel. Once again, creamy and corn-like flavors linger as well.

Obviously, this isn't made with adjuncts. Still, it feels somewhat off. Perhaps it's the no-frills approach? Regardless, you could do a lot worse. For that reason, you should still give this a shot.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the Red Stripe type stub bottle into a pilsner glass. Crystal clear and straw in color with a nice, two finger sized head. Some lacing is left on the glass as well.

Aroma is light and grainy. Lots of hay and grass available in the nose with some sweet caramel aromas as well. Some clean aromas mixed with a bit of sharp acridity.

Solid flavor profile. Very grassy and hay-like with a round and firm bitterness. Very clean with perfect amount of carbonation. Actually, the bitterness is quite stout and noticeable, which is okay by me.

A solid offering. For the price, this is an easy choice. Easy drinker for hot summer days. Highlyl enjoyable.

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Photo of Rayek
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Redhook Pilsner pours a bright gold that has more depth than many Pils. Its small white head quickly falls to a patchy film and leaves a bit of lace.

Musty noble hops struck me first. They're lemony, grassy and a touch metallic. The rest of the beer is pretty subtle, with a light honey sweetness accompanied by husky grain. The light body has carbonation that's a little too enthusiastic.

Overall, this is a pretty decent Pils. I have favorites in this style that this doesn't quite match, but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Hazy yellow with 1/2 finger of coarse nicotine stained head

Aroma- floral, banana, honey, melon, citrus

Taste- clove, light corn banana, shampoo. This drinks a bit like a lighter crisper heff IMO. Hops are resiny with a touch of citrus rind. Just a hint of skunk as it warms it gets more of a honey taste.

Mouthfeel- a little fizzy for my taste, but good for the style.

Overall- to me it taste like a lighter thinner heff. Sessionable perhaps not as filling. Another tasty lawn mower beer, but nothing new.

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Photo of goldbot
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of mschind
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle dated May 2, 2012

A- classic Pilsener appearance, crystal clear golden straw color with a foamy bright white head with no retention.

S- a pleasing but faint combination of clean malt and some spicy hop notes.

T- like the nose, nothing here really stands out but but there is a well rounded malt and hop balance that gives an overall richness that is very appealing.

M- carbonation is spot on with medium body. For a subdued nose and flavor profile, this is not at all watery. Smooth and soft all the way through.

O- a great Pilsener for a warm summer day. Refreshing, slightly dry and very easy to quaff. I look forward to trying this on tap.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent honey gold with a 1/4 white head that quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace.

Smell is of biscuit, honey and butter.

Taste is grainy malt, orange, lemon and honey with faint hop bitterness on the finish.

Texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. Refreshing and easy drinking.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Shaw's in North Hampton. Pours a Slightly hazy straw-yellow with about a half inch of head. Smell is rather subdued but some malt is wafting from the glass. Caramel and chocolate malt flavors mesh pretty well with a slightly grassy herbal hop presence, though all the flavors are pretty subdued. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A simple easy-drinker. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of jar2574
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Average looking beer, with average white head over golden yellow, highly carbonated beer. Decent lacing.

Smells is bitter hops that you'd expect in a pilsner, but not as strong as you'd like.

Taste is much milder than most pilsners, with malts balancing out the hops. Bitter hops really don't stand out, which is unusual.

Makes for an easy-drinking session beer, pretty much in line with what I've been seeing from Redhook. This brewery doesn't challenge you with assertive tastes, it just provides beers that are good (not great) and easy to drink.

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Photo of kshankar
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow with barely any foam, even with a slightly aggressive pour. No lacing.

Aroma is of mild hops and malts.

Taste is mildly bitter from the hops, with a slick sweetness from the malts. Finishes grainy. Pretty decent carbonation. Light.

Drinkable, yes. I'm not the biggest fan of pilsners though. Done well, though.

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Photo of Japerrault
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, light, golden pilsner with a nice white head.

S: Light cereal grain aromas.

T: Light sweetness from beginning to finnish. Mild grain flavors in the background. Corn in the finish. No obvious hops. Could use a slight bitterness to help balance.

M: Light bodied, smooth pilsner. Decent carbonation.

D: Easy drinker. Low complexity, and light sweet flavors make this a good beer to drink on a hot day.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a very clear, light gold color with an average cap of white head. Not bad...love the price at less than $2.75 a pop.

Nose is light floral and herbal hops with a bit of graininess and pancake batter from the malt. Pretty good aroma, balanced and even has some nutty lager yeast to it.

Little less hop presence in the flavoring department than I was hoping for, but it is fairly clean and smooth. The grains are well presented and dont feel the least bit flabby or thin...in fact, the body is quite nice. Just enough bitterness on the finish to clean things up. A solid beer that does nothing to offend, but its also not a pilsner that really shines out from the crowd, either. A sixer of this would be a welcome addition to anyones fridge who appreciates a good throwdown brew once and a while.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, citrus hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, pale malt, slight sweet malt, and hint of pine. Overall, good appearance, feel, and blend.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rope Swing is an easy drinking Summertime sipper that rides the median line for all things Lager.

The beer begins with a deep straw, nearly copper color. Bright clarity. An initially froathy head that soon reduces to a thin lace but holding firm after that. The beer leaves light lacing on the glass as the beer fades.

Aromas of pilsner malt, raw grains, apples, and light vegital notes round out the first impressions of the nose. Light floral and herbal hops ride deep in the background but never compete for attention. Mild sulfur character seeps into a light grassy note after the beer warms.

Flavors of pilsner malt over shadow the grain character, and with a cracker-like or light bread taste. Grassy hops give a bit of a bitter bite while offsetting the sweeter malts and contributing light floral and fresh cut grass tastes. Light sulfurs and vegital notes once again become noticable after the beer warms a bit; but this is typical for lagers.

Creamy and perhaps a bit malt-heavy early on. But the beer crispens up well, leading to a mostly clean and dry finish. The weight and sweeter malts make me think Bohemian Pilsner moreso than a Czech Pils.

Redhook can be blamed for some of the more banal beers in the craft beer markets but this beer seems to suit their brewing style and target audience well as they did fine with this beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy head that leaves some patchy lacework

Smell: Bready malt with a hint of sweetness and grassy hops

Taste: Bready, up front, with a burgeoning sweetness that is not quite matched by the grassy hop flavors though both aspects of the beer linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rather nice stab at the style by Redhook; certainly better than what I was expecting

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RedHook Pilsner. "May Not Look It, but Has A Dark Side." (What the hell does that mean?) 5.3% Alc./Vol.

I haven't had any RedHook in ages. They stopped meaning anything to me a long, long time ago. Now, apparently, they have 3 breweries. Did not know that.
Glad I got some samples from the sample man, this time one with RedHook and Widmer samples. Good thing, I don't think I would have purchased a 6'er of this on my own.

So let's look at it. Clear and golden, effervescent, snow-white head.

Clean, malty aromatics, some hops, cereal notes. Note perfect pilsner nose.

Taste: crystal clear and clean. Light body. Small hop blitz, gone in no time, revealing a sweet malt profile, ending dry. Dry and ever-s0-slightly bitter.
They pitched it perfectly. Not so bad.

But, where was that "dark side", again?

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

golden yellow with a one inch white colored head. No lace to speak of.

I had expected your normal bland pilsner grain smell, but there was something decidely different here, HOPS, and a whole lotta them. Nice bitter smell mixed in with the grain and yeast. The flavor followed along tightly with this as well.Very crisp clean feel and finish. But what was the most remarkable was the bitterness of this pilsner. I really have never had one with soo much bite before

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold with a thin white head. No lace but a fair skim that holds for most of the beer.

Light grain and herbal Euro hop aroma. Buttered crescent rolls come to mind too.

Nice and crisp, light and grainy with a lil' slick Euro hop bitter in back. Doughy and buttery. I'm more of a crisp and balanced pils kinda guy so this is a nice resfresher more the more highly hopped takes on the style that seem to be popping up more and more (Victory Prima, SA Noble, etc).

I'm not much of a pils guy but this was arguably the standout in my Redhook sampler 12 pack.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From May 2010
Typical golden yellow lager, with a nice bubbly white head. Aroma isnt too hot..lot of paper and biscuit. Taste however is very nice, slightly fruity,malt driven, slight hop..gets a little drier and even salty at the end. Nice mouthfeel.. have to give it high marks..good balance dry at the end leads to another gulp easily. Overall not a great pilsner but a very drinkable and enjoyable beer after work on the first mid to upper 70 degree day of the year. i actually thought it a lighter helles rather than a pilsner.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden, thin fizzy head holds on pretty well at about an eighth of an inch. A couple hints of lacing stick to glass.
S- Pretty grainy on the nose. Some light fruityness (apple, and something like the liquid in canned pears) and pretty grassy.
T- Initially all I got was sweet malt and grainy character. Some lemon and grassy notes popped out as it warmed.
M- Decent body for the style, high carbonation.
O- A decent pilsner and a pretty easy to drink summertime beer. Slightly on the better side of average for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/3/12.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. There is also a distinct honey-like aroma that comes out as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly basic but tasty.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redhook Ale Brewery--Redhook Pilsner-2011. 4 oz. Taster at Hop Scotch Beer & Scotch Festival in Fremont, Seattle on 4/2/2011. 5.80% ABV. 25 IBU's. Nice white head. Clear pretty bright gold color. Light herbal hop front. Crisp tangy light herbal malt body. Tangy refreshing Pilsner hop spice bitter clean crisp end.Snappy Pils. Odd malt flavor, but good. (3.5 / 5.0).

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