Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
okay

145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 341
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a grainy, pilsner malt scent along with a citrusy yeast character. It's light with little hop aroma. The taste is average as well. It has a light pilsner malt flavor with a moderate hop bitterness and a dry citrusy finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a light, easy drinking beer for the hot summer. It just isn't a very good summer ale. (510 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a compact white head that doesn't make a point of sticking around all that long. Looks like a fairly typical pils.

S: Gentle aromas of grassy, herbal hops and soft, bready malts are present on the nose. This is not the most complex smelling lager one will run across, but it is fairly true to the style.

T: Opens crisp with notes of straw, lemon, biscuits, grass, minerals, and honey. The finish is pleasantly dry and grainy with a delicate interplay of grassy hop and biscuity malt notes.

M: Medium-to-full bodied compared to most of the other pils-type lagers I've tried. Carbonation is gentle. This beer has a bit of a weighty feeling in the mouth. It's heavier than most lagers of this type, but I don't find it at all unpleasant.

O: To be honest, Czech pilsener is not one of my favorite styles. I am, therefore, a bit biased. Compared to most American takes on the style, this is one is pretty good, and is relatively authentic. That being said, I still would not go out of my way for it. (1,033 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Crystal clear pale gold body topped by an inch of frothy, sticky white head. Good retention, lots of lace. Very attractive for the style.

S: Pretty average aroma: bready malt, lightly spicy hops, and plenty of sulfurous lager yeast. Not offensive, but nothing special.

T: Mellow malt up front, followed quickly by some harshly chalky yeast, and finished with a rather odd (but somewhat appealing) mixture of spicy hop bitterness and syrupy malt sweetness. Long, dry, grassy finish. Kind of interesting, but also kind of harsh.

M: Light body, lots of prickly carbonation. Again, standard.

O: This is about as forgettable as beer gets: it's reasonably clean, moderately flavorful, nicely balanced, and entirely boring. I really wish the hops stood out more, or that the yeast stood out less. This was definitely my least favorite part of the Redhook mixed pack that a friend and I recently split on a whim, but (that said) it was actually better than I expected.

Cheers! (1,010 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is a copper/orange with a thin wisp of foamy white head that does not stay for long.

The smell is quite malty with a sweet aroma that has roots with some grainy flavor and a smack of bitterness.

The taste is grainy but sweet with a layered push toward a smooth finish that is a little bitter and a little smooth.

The feel of this beer is smooth but has a bitterness that is more identified with the style. A sweet flavor with some roots in bitterness that balance out but do not cancel each out. (563 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 4/22/10, consumed 6/10/10.

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Stopped pouring to see how much head I'd get, then when I poured in the last ounce or so, there was some fine sediment that added a haze to the top of the glass. I can see it in suspension throughout now, after it settled. . . . Body is light golden with a 1-finger white head over top. Some splotchy lace sticks to the glass, but not a lot.

S: Faint cereal grains. Slight fruitiness.

T: Odd. Something seems off but I'm not sure what it is. Am I getting wet cardboard? Anyhow, there's a bit of grain up front, a bit of fruity sweetness (could that be corn?) and some slight hop grassiness in the back. Also a major minerally taste that lingers into the aftertaste, though at times the sweetness comes back.

M: Thin. Watery.

D: Ice cold after mowing the lawn while in the shower this wouldn't be horrible, but I wouldn't buy this. (906 characters)

Photo of Rodekill
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love the new bottle and labels, but it appears to me that Redhook's beers have declined in quality a bit.

This is a decent hot weather, lawn mowing, BBQ, etc, type of beer.

Lacks real character, in that nothing really stands out.

Everything is middle of the road.

I got it as part of a sampler 12 pack and would not seek it out by itself in the future.

But man, that's a cool bottle! (391 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and light lager yeast. Then some mildly sweet flavors of lemon and caramel come in along with a little bit of spice. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is mild but complementary providing a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily because it's on the lighter side, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely a lot of other beers in the style that I would choose first. (888 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from the variety pack – Dated Mar. 4, 2013
*notes taken 06/16/13 – Imperial Nonic glass

A: Light straw gold body, effervescent with fine clarity. Topped with a nice stubborn layer of frothy snow white. Loads of stick and lace bond to the glass all the way down.

S: Smells bready with that grainy Pilsner malt character. Like corn husk mixed with dry grass. There is a touch of spicy hops coming through but the aroma is made up mostly with Pilsner malt.

T: Taste follows suit with the grains, corn, bread, alfalfa, and a hint of spicy hops. Very character for a Pils. There is a moderately lower perceived bitterness to the beer and alcohol does not even register. Light, crisp, and somewhat refreshing albeit rather plain and uninspiring.

M: Light and watered down although smooth with a frothy feel. Drying crisp finish. Rather clean and pleasant overall.

D: A little plain and run of the mill type of Pils. Light and crisp this does offer some nice refreshing qualities but doesn’t really bring much appeal beyond that. (1,048 characters)

Photo of dannydetox
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

first experience with Redhook's pilsner. not crazy about the new stubby bottle design, but that's just aesthetics. let's get to the beer...

golden colored beer with reasonable head retention throughout the glass after the pour. bready, yeasty aromas come to mind at first smell, followed by a touch of fruitiness. crisp, dry flavor that brings euro-styled pilsner beer to mind; no big surprises there. not as heavily carbonated as i would have first thought. some biscuit-like malts round out this offering from Redhook. Overall, a fairly average pilsner, but certainly drinkable. (581 characters)

Photo of sjverla
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: Very mild. Hints of straw. Fresh with a touch of lightly roasted malts.

Appearance: Pale gold with a shock-white head that stacks generously but goes quickly. There was some kind of sediment, which I do like from time to time, but still had pretty good clarity.

Taste: Mild at first, giving way to a peppery hop finish. There's a slight yeasty-flavor, moderate crispness, and very refreshing feel. However, I picked up a metallic taste that did some real damage to the overall effect.

Overall: Could be a really good beer if not for the aluminum foil taste. (566 characters)

Photo of JosiahS
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

glass: Pilsner

a: Nice 2-finger white head with a slightly hazy, mostly clear straw colored body. Bubbles rushing to the surface.

s: light doughy malt, a touch of floral hops and a subdued yeast aroma.

m: Light to medium mouthfeel, not as much carbonation sting on the tougue as expected.

t: Very simple, decent sorta floral and lemon rind hop flavor mixed with a light overall doughy malt character. Finishes with minute bitterness.

o: An ok pilsner. There are too and far better choices though. (502 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass and served with a shrimp/pasta dish my wife whipped up. I would probably never have grabbed this off the shelf; it arrived as a single in a mixed 4-pack from the Craft Brewers Alliance shareholders meeting about 3 weeks ago. Bottled date: APR 27 10.

A: Vibrant golden, clear and well-filled with slow-rising carbonation. A half-finger head of snowy white, good retention and a fractured lacing, small and larger bits hanging, unmoving.

S: A rather drab noseful of sweet grains. It's not a 'bad' smell, but its a sugary whiff that hardly bears a resemblance to a true Czech Pilsener. Corny, a bit of cotton candy and sweet spice.

T: Lightly toasted malt, a bit like buttery crackers. Not a ton of spice, nor a ton of balancing bitterness, but its a flavorful lager, I suppose. A bit of fruit and a light grassiness.

M: A reasonable crispness, an equally reasonable mouthfeel that coats fairly nicely. Lighter body, on the thinner side. Whatever initial crispness there was trails off after a relatively brief amount of time.

D: A pleasing drinker for spring/summer heat (if we ever get any here in Oregon, just sayin'...), light and refreshing. Not a mold-breaker, but not bad at all either. Worth a shot...though probably NOT one I'm returning to (too many stellar pilseners out there) (1,329 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a fizzy white head that quickly disappears.

S- The aroma is light pilsner malt and faint hops. Not much else to mention, pretty faint.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with faint light pilsner malts with a mild bitterness from the hops in the crisp finish. Not all that flavorful but very clean and easy drinking with not any off-flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is not the most exciting pilsner but it serves it's purpose as an easy drinking summer session beer. Would hold up decently well at outdoor summer cookouts and tailgates. (659 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know how it is that Redhook has come to serve their new summer seasonal in winter, but they have. It is impeccably well filtered and clear as one might expect both from the mandate of the style and the tendency of the brewery. But Ropeswing is almost greenish-yellow. It delivers persistent carbonation but no head or lace. A sudden wash of sweetness is followed by a drab, bitter flavor that's grainy and slightly tannic, but otherwise lacks definition. The aroma hints at enjoyably toasted grains.

Not a bad beer, but as with most Redhook fare, it's hard to get excited about it. (594 characters)

Photo of timtwoface
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love a good pilsner and it's a favourite style of mine; I always liken it to a lager, but with a little extra punch. I've yet to truly find one that blows my socks off but most I have are definitely drinkable, and Redhook Pilsner is no exception. (248 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 1" white head that disappears rapidly leaving faint lacing. Light golden color. Steady bubbling of carbonation throughout the drink.

Aroma: aroma of toasted grains and hop spice

Mouthfeel: watery, refreshing, finish is dry

Flavor: well balanced between hop bitterness and sweet malt. Depending on what I eat with this beer it can taste very sweet or bitter.

Overall: A very fine beer that is flavorful but not overwhelming. (439 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Why aren't these in eight packs?

Undersized pils glass. Bright, golden amber body. Inch of flimsy white wash head. Constant activity. Bottled on APR 18 11.

Smells of coppery/peppery hops; turning herbal as it warms.

Toasty, grassy, & a bit salty. Moderate, lingering herbal/soapy bitterness.

Seltzer-like carbonation. A bit too harsh. Non-existent body. Dry.

Decent quencher. Pretty clean. If it were cheap enough, I would be that CostCo would love to create a 20 foot store display of it. :) (497 characters)

Photo of brianjay
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle and into the glass. It is summer time, let's have some pilsner!

This has a thin, light head which disappears almost instantly. A nice, golden color with some darker bronze hues in the body.

Notes are an aromatic yeast with a light bread aroma. Light on all accounts as well as in flavor. There is a dry, grainy flavor which sticks around for a while.

very drinkable on a summer day. Rope Swing has more character and body than most American lagers but not much more. (487 characters)

Photo of Pooter
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A lot of folks on Beeradvocate aren't big Pilsner fans. I am. I find this brew disappointing in that it is pretty bland and malty, and not related to my favorite style of hoppy German Pilsener.

So, to get going:

Appearance is fine, what you'd expect for the style. Brief head with minimal lacing.

Smell: It smells better than it tastes; I was expecting something of better quality after I took a whiff.

Taste: On the sweet side. I can't peg it too specifically but I get an overall malty sweetness, I wish it were drier.

Mouthfeel: This is fine, there is a pleasant carbonation but not much aftertaste going on.

Drinkability: People that drink macrobrews would like this. Enough said. Perhaps that's their target market, I was looking for a little more.

Doubly disappointing after Sierra Nevada's poor showing for their pretty bland Summmer Lager/Pilsner offering. Although I hold SN to a higher standard than Red Hook. (928 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine peel with lemon peel edges and a visually appealing static storm of fine yeast. The bone colored cap looks decent enough, but barely lays down any lace. Better glass coverage might have resulted in the next highest score.

The nose isn't as fresh and bright and clean and hoppy as it should be. While the grassy quality of Saaz is appreciated, it's partially buried beneath an earthy maltiness that does not fit the style at all.

Why would any craft brewer use caramel and Munich malt in a pilsner? Those choices make Rope Swing taste like a noble hopped amber ale. That's all well and good (actually it's just okay), but if it says 'Summer Pilsner' on the label, then anyone who buys a bottle or six should expect exactly that.

The telltale toasted earthiness of Munich malt becomes more evident with warming, and caramel notes are background at best. Saaz hops add a moderate bitterness (25 IBUs to start). As in the nose, their flavor is blunted by the relative aggressiveness of the barley. This offering is anything but a clean, crisp pils.

Regarding the mouthfeel, there's actually more size than expected at this ABV from this brewery. The beer is lightly creamy smooth and stays inflated until the finish.

Rope Swing is a great name for a summer pilsner, but Redhook Rope Swing doesn't taste like summer and isn't a pilsner. It tastes like a fall seasonal to me. Fallen Leaves Amber Ale is just as evocative and is more accurate. (1,452 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - crystal-clear golden body under a finger of white head; some rising carbonation bubbles

S - weak smell of grassy hops and malt

T - bready malt, honey, lemon, grassy/floral hops; well-balanced

M - light/medium body, high carbonation, quite refreshing

O - crisp, clean, and refreshing; I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this one isn't too bad. (384 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was basically pale and clear. Less than a finger of head. Very little lacing on the top and none on the sides as the beer went down.

Smelled bread, grass, grain hay and corn malts.

Tasted exactly like the smell and exactly what a pilsner would smell like. Got bread, hay and corn malts. Also some light sweet caramel.

Light body. Thin texture. Above average carbonation. Abrupt finish. Pretty refreshing.

Pretty much what I thought it was going to taste like. Not a bad pilsner overall though. (546 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - Medium straw/hay color. One and a half finger's worth of foam that disipates quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - very faint smell, period. I can't seem to discern anything beyond maybe a nut-like flavor. The first thing that comes to mind is maybe soybean or peanuts.

Taste - The taste is more potent than the smell, but it's still very light and balanced. I still seem to taste something "nutty" in this, but can't put my finger on it. Good taste though.

Mouthfeel - a little more toward the watery side, but not too bad.

Drinkability - This ale might be a little to faint for me to consider it a really notable beer, but as for repeat drinkability, it's not bad at all. (681 characters)

Photo of hogrider
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint mug. I like the nice ochre yellow color of the beer, the head was decent, the lacing was nice, it had a malty aroma and subdue notes of hops. The first sip was pleasant to the taste buds, the beer is not fizzy; but has nice mouth feel and taste. I can drink lots of it and it is by no means a lawnmower beer....and remember folks, drink beer and support your local brewery. HOG (396 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Modest starting head that leaves nearly no lace. Settles to a single layer. The color is beautiful straw. It's also clear.

More malty than most pilseners. Quite dry to the nose.

Not as crisp as I'd expect. Dry to the tongue. The hop is too light and not fresh enough. The body is decent.

It's not a bad beer, it just isn't very special either. (347 characters)

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