Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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
Photo of VALIS666
2.35/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear straw color, no life. Smell of grains, a little malt sweetness. Watery, undistinctive taste. Fizzy, slightly soapy aftertaste. Probably good with spicy food, that’s about the best thing I can say. Funny, though, I gave this a 4.0 a month or two ago. Either my palate is changing, or judging beer, like most subjective evaluations, depends heavily on mood, setting and circumstance.

Photo of harrymel
2.4/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 17OCT11,
bit old, but whatev Pours a golden, if not dark for style, with a short lived finger of white foam. Near excellent clarity. (3) Smells of grain, corn and some noble hops, simple and typical. (3) Tastes like water with some adjustments. Low hints of malt, hops, dry grass and sodium bicarb. (2). Thin, even for the style, seriously empty body. moderate carb. (2). Not impressed. (2.5)

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 jimmah120
2.56/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

12oz bottle with no date, taken from the red hook sampler pack

look is a clear golden yellow-orange, with a small 3mm head. smell is all dusty grain and faraway skunky hops. taste is more sweet than the nose lets on, with none of te hops. sickly sweet buttered toast and plastic-y flat presence of hops. feel is slick and syrupy.

not a fan of this one, too sweet and with flat tasting hops. probably the least refreshing pilsner I've ever had.

Photo of yesyouam
2.59/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red Hook Rope Swing is a very lively, semi-clear light golden beer with a thin, dense white head that fades to a film and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. It has a grainy aroma with a little lemon. It smells like a Pilsner. It's quite light bodied and smooth with a very crisp finish. It has a good amount of Pilsner malt taste. There's something melanoidal that reminds me of a doppelbock and seems a little out of place. I can taste a little lemon and there's not really any bitterness. It seems like a watered down dopplebock. It wasn't really a good choice for a lawn-mowing beer.

Photo of Duff27
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Clear light golden color with a one-fingered head. Lacing is nearly non-existent.

S- Not much here, maybe a tad of lemon zest.

T- Grass/straw. Get a slightly sweet after taste, orange-ish?

M- The beer is just kinda 'blah' in your mouth. Little carbonation.

D/O- This is about the blandest but still drinkable beer I think I've ever had. Nothing awful but would probably drink just about any other craft beer given the chance.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured like a fizzy yellow beer, no head, minimal lacing

S: Grains and light floral hops

T: Grass, grains and some bittering hops. Very unappealing and the taste is rather boring as well

M: Light body, not much on the palate

O: Below average Pilsener

Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a five finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: Light pleasant barley. Not much happening here. Light in strength.

T: Full expressive barley and malt, with little hop interference. A straight up pleasant pilsner with a good balance and build. It's certainly simple, but I enjoy it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, to style. Not exactly tailored to the flavour, but enjoyable.

Dr: It's a simple pilsner. What you expect is what you get. It won't win any medals, but it's a drinkable low-cost beer that is far better than budget macros.

Photo of wahhmaster
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellow color with a large, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Faint hints of grassy hops with grainy and toasty malts.

Taste: Pretty bland. Lightly bitter up front with hints of grassiness. Develops a slightly toasty taste towards the back but it's very faint.

Mouthfeel: A little thin with slightly too much carbonation. Not terrible though, in this regard.

Drinkability: Not the best pilsner but still an easy-drinking and fairly enjoyable summer seasonal. Certainly not something I'd seek out but still not THAT bad.

Photo of KajII
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Pilsner glass]

The pour was a clear medium yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that reduced to a thin film and medium collar creating some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was pretty basic for the style with a straw malt, a grassy hop and a soapy yeast and had a mild note of caramel and a slight cardboard odor.

The taste was very lightly malty with a grainy feel and a touch of caramel at first and finished with a mild bitter hoppiness. The flavor lasted only a short while being mostly of a bitter stale taste.

Mouthfeel was light in body and had a mildly dry texture with a good lively carbonation.

Overall a light hoppy brew that would be just fine on a hot summer’s day after some yard work...

Photo of Bendurgin
2.69/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. The beer is a sunshine yellow with a very thin and quickly dissipating white head. The body is hazy and has what appears to be sediment; this surprises me for the style as well as I did not stir this one. Smells pretty good. Certainly common pilsner characteristics on this one; grass, bitter hops , and a bit of lemon zest. This also smells a bit musty to me. The smell is not at all reflective of the taste. It finishes with a decent hop bittering but the malts seem darker than what they should be. The taste does not really reflect the style for me. This is a bit heavier than I would imagine. It's easy enough to drink, but I don't think I'd go for more. I'm really glad this is one that I inherited.

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 LuthersMug
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice golden hue, clear with little to no head. Light lacing throughout.

S - Slightly sweet with grainy hints of corn.

T - A bit of a grainy flavor with moderate hops.

M - Decent carbonation, with a bit of a bite due to the hops.

D - An okay beer, but nothing I would need to have.

Photo of Murrhey
2.74/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured 11/23 in a tumbler.

A- Half finger head, very minimal retention. Small amount of lacing. Light orange-yellow color. Little carbonation.

S- Wheat, hoppiness. Citrus and other light fruits.

T- Strongly bitter. Bittering hops most prominent taste. Grass and wheat tastes.

M-Lightly carbonated, thin body.

O- Meh. Disappointed with the Redhooks so far.

Photo of jdhilt
2.79/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Faint grassy nose. Flavor is more hops than malts, smooth, slight metallic finish. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH.

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.79/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Pours out a medium-dark yellow with high levels of transparency and a two finger fluffy white foam head that lasts for several minutes but leaves only minimal lacing behind.

S. Mild spiciness and grassy hopping. I can just barely find the pale malt aroma once the glass has warmed up.

T. Faint nondescript pale malt flavor ends with a faint rise in hopping. I was expecting a hell of a lot more spicy hopping for a Czech-styled pilsner than was delivered to me.

M. Light body, medium carbonation, mildly bitter yet somewhat crisp in the finish.

Photo of SAtaMi
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Nice small soft white head. Light golden color.

Smell - Grainy with a little malt and maybe some fruit.

Taste - The grain is there in full affect. Malt is on the light side as it should be. With a sweet pinkie raising aftertaste for a pilsner.

Mouthfeel - Light, soft and lots of carbonation.

Drinkability - Goes down easy. Kind of like water. It is an average beer that would be better without the sweet aftertaste.

Photo of UpNorthLager
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I guess I expected more than the averageness I got. The head stayed with the beer for awhile. The pale yellow color indicated beer. The simple taste was nothing special. And I didn't notice much of an aroma. It was as drinkable as any American macrobrew pilsner.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Kind of a pale/golden yellow color with about a 1/2 inch white head that has ok retention and a bit of lacing

Smell: The nose is very mild and carries some citrus and spice notes

Taste: Again the flavor is mild as I expected it to be has so bready notes mixed in with a slight hop character honestly not much happening

Mouthfeel: Low to medium body with a decent amount of carbonation

Overall: The drinkability on this is pretty good it goes down very easy and seems like a beer you could drink about 20 of so for that reason alone I say the beer is worth a try

Photo of vkv822
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz : pint glass

Pours a clear golden, straw color with a fizzy white head.

In both the nose and palate, grainy malts, with light grassy hop notes.

Medium body, fizzy, bubbly carbonation.

Fairly standard throughout. Nothing that particularly stands out.

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was a typical grain scent, with just a bit of earthy hops showing through. The taste was also grain dominant with a trace of hops. The body was fairly typical for the style, as was drinkability. Overall, not a bad brew, but you can do better if you're in the mood for the style. On the other hand, you can do worse, and in some situations, you might be glad to see this beer.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" white head which faded fast. Hazy straw yellow color with not much carbonation. Smells lightly of malt. There's really very little taste though it has a crisp lager-like aspect as well as slightly more bitter in the finish than you'd guess to look at it. It's OK, just nothing more than average to me.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer is brilliant gold, but has a poor head, these are a lot of bubbles rising from the bottom.

Aroma is of malt, no hops detectable, clean, no asetyl, no sulphur.

Taste is clean, crisp, a little sweet in the finish. It tastes a little fruity as well.

Lightbody.

The beer is crisp and sessionable, however it is not a great pils. It lacks hops and is too fruity. I would maybe drink it as an easy session beer but it lacks depth and does not have much to explore.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear pale gold color. The head consists of a small ring of lacing that vanishes quickly. The aroma is a bready malt, and corn. The taste is mostly of corn. It isn't a bad taste, but it really doesn't remind me of a Czech Pilsener. The mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer is decent at best. If given the choice of drinking this beer or BMC product I would drink this beer without complaint. Other than that I can't see myself drinking it again.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a bright gold with a ton of bubbles. Thin, light, foamy head. Very light toasty and floral nose, maybe jasmine. Light and crisp flavors; lemony and toasty. There are very sharp characteristics due to the increased carbonation. The finish is sour and musty, with some toasty notes, too. The finish lingers far too long; almost astringent.

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Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.