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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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 smcolw
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of ely2000k
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty decent. I don't know, perhaps I just am not the biggest fan of Pilsners, but I haven't had one that blows me away. That being said, as far as the style goes, this one is good overall, but also fairly forgettable. I will say however, that I bought a 12 pack Redhook variety pack to sample some of their beers, and this one was probably the best by a mild margin. The look is what your would expect, golden, straw coloring, with a decent head. As far as smell, I don't smell much other then some malt a lemony kind of smell. Taste has some hops to it which I like, but stays within the characteristics of the style. And the carbonation and mouthfeel fit also. Nothing amazing, but I would come back to this beer again if I was looking for a non big brewery Pilsner.

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottle on: 04-22-10.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body with a smallish, fizzly, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pilsner malts accented by a pervasive grainy character and teensy hint of honey. Also noble hop notes of dehydrated grasses and spice.

Taste: Pils and pale malts with a pointed graininess to it. Mild cereal sweetness, like a taste of Golden Crisp. Floral, grassy, lightly spicy Saaz hop character with a decent pinch of bitterness. More graininess and grassiness on the dry, reasonably crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Goes down easy enough, I suppose. A little more graininess than I'm looking for in a pilsner, but otherwise it's acceptable.

Photo of taylocd
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at Pine Bar as one of their new offerings.

A - It had decent lacing, but was beer itself was a touch too clear.

S - nice cereal / grainy aroma.

T - again grains were pronounced, but it had a delayed sweet aftertaste; if not for that, this would easily have been a 4.

M / D - this one is an easy drinker and is certainly thirst-quenching, but the score reflects the "good-but-not-great" brew.

Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly typical pilsner here, pouring yellowish with a white head and big, loopy lace.

The aroma is lagery and grainy - definitely heavy on the malts.

Tastewise, it's rather sweet, but not overly so, with a tinge of hoppiness at the finish. Solid, if forgettable.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/28/11

Appearance: Yellow gold, extremely clear, little white head, minimal lacing

Smell: Very mild - some light malts/grains - lager yeast, a slight spiciness - not much else

Taste: Basically, a lager - grains, slightly toasted grains, lager yeast - some spice - some slight grassiness - clean, nothing much to complain about

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, nicely dry

Overall: Not bad

This is a decent lager, but it's really not anything special. It's really not that much better than a typical American macro. But it's very inoffensive.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 9 oz glass. Pours a nice straw color with a white head, that dissipates quickly but leaves little lacing. Smells of light grain, not much else. Tastes of grain, but stronger than most pilseners. Goes down real smooth and finishes nicely for its light body. Overall, a good beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Redhook Pilsner

Pours a perfectly clear bright gold with a soapy white head that laces the glass. Aroma of crisp, crackery bread and herbal pungent Saaz hops. In the taste, more bready notes and some hop bitterness. Finishes slightly bitter but mostly very clean and crisp. Light bodied feel with sharp carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty solid pilsner, nice and refreshing.

Photo of Joncasso
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was ok. It wasn't my favorite. It was a great place to start.

Photo of hreb
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby, bottled on May 31, 2011, served in stange style glass. Beer is crystal clear yellow with a thick white head, which falls quickly. Not the most pilsnery aroma... actually somewhat sweet.

Flavor is part pilsner, part American lager. Slighty nutty even. But otherwise pretty dry. Actually, for an American Pilsner, it could have been a lot hoppier.

As others have said this is really too grainy to be as crisp and refreshing as a Pilsner ought to be. But it is highly drinkable and a solid B for overall enjoyability.

Photo of BigCheese
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A darker straw than most pilsners. minimal head and lacing.

S: Minimal smell, some grassy hops.

T: Taste brings more flavor than smell. Clean pilsner malts, sweet white bread. some spicy noble grassy hops. Crisp clean finish. Rather refreshing. Well executed pilsner.

M: big carbonation per style, medium body for style, quite quaffable. In summation a pilsner.

O: Pretty standard, within style, refreshing, clean crisp.

Photo of riversider76
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having this one at my patio bar on a 80 plus degree June afternoon. Pours a clear golden with a nice white head. Good retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is grainy,with some floral notes.Body is a bit heavier than I like for this style,with a good amount of carbonation.Taste is of bread and butter up front,with a sweetness throughout. Not my favorite of this style,but worth a try.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazey 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. Like a Heineken but not skunky. Would hold up decently well at outdoor summer cookouts and tailgates.

Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served with a fine white head and no lace. color was a clear gold amber. Aroma was hoppy, malty, and beery. Flavor was similar with hops coming out with some floral characteristics. Body was good but carbonation was a tad flat. Finsh was nice with hints of salt, acid, & bitterness. Could do worse.

Photo of McStagger
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed on March 3rd, 2012...

A: Pours a solid finger and a half of fizzy eggshell head. Maximum clarity with zesty carbonation. Head retention is mediocre, even for the style.

S: Clean cracker like maltiness. Bit of lemon oil and spiciness from the hops. Faint sulfur like undertones. Smells like Pils!

T: Good malt bill again. The cracker like notes almost turn doughy and raw. Little bit of the same citrus and a hint of the spicy Bohemian notes, but just a hint. Lacks the hop bitterness of many classic Czech Pilsners. Finishes on the sweeter side. Fairly pedestrian.

M: Solid carbonation without being overly seltzer like. Again, fairly average.

O: Not a bad beer. Probably the best I've had by Redhook. And the price is more than fair.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger of head with descent retention. Medium straw colored body.
A nice grain smell with a note of honey.
Taste has a little fresh fruit, light grain, and moderate bitterness. Not the best balance, but still good.
Crisp and clean texture. Moderate carbonation and a lighter body.
A solid pilsner.

Photo of CHickman
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear golden yellow color with a small foamy white head that was full of bubbles and faded fast; OK spotty lacing left behind.

Smells of sweet malt, wheat bread, grass, light floral hops and herbs; very clean and soft nose, on par for the style.

Tastes of sweet malt, wheat bread, grass, light caramel, lemon, grains, light floral hops and herbs; stronger flavor than the nose, with very sweet malt balanced out pretty well by the crisp leafy hops.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, with light/tight carbonation showing the bubbles racing up and a medium body. So light it's almost watery and yet goes down almost too easy. The medium body is heavier and maltier than expected, but it a good way.

Highly drinkable and quenching, just not as tasty as I had hoped it would be as it's on the basic side, but I guess that's the style. A great session or lawnmower beer. Overall a deviation from the traditional pils, but still tasty and easy to drink. The strong malt presence makes this sweet, but still a nice session beer. Good to very good overall.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, clear golden color with some visible carbonation. The fairly tall, foamy and frothy white head has decent retention and deposits a bit of lace on the glass.

S: Some grainy, crackery maltiness in the nose. Mild floral and herbal hop notes seem appropriate for the style. A faintly sulfuric/lager yeast note is also present.

T: Quite grainy and crackery up front, with a light sweetness. Hops step in midway through to rescue things and bring balance to this pilsner, with a measured, medium bitterness. Hop flavors are stylistically spot-on, with floral/herbal noble character. Lager yeast character is faintly present as well.

M: A bit fuller than medium bodied. The carbonation and hops contribute a generally dry mouthfeel, but it's not crisp in an especially refined fashion.

D: This does a good job as an American version of a to-style Czech pilsner. I wasn't a giant fan of the mouthfeel, but this is an above average beer across the board.

Photo of emmasdad
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up as part of a mixed six pack, for no other reason than I liked the look of the new bottles. Poured a clear golden color with maybe an inch or so of white foam on top. Aromas of apricots, grassy hops and biscuit. On the palate, this one is light bodied and crisp, with flavors of grassy hops and light malt.

Photo of KTCamm
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the RH in Portsmouth NH.

Pours a clear light yellow foam with no lacing. Classic pulsy smell. Crisp, with subtle hop. Clean finish, with some closing bitter. Tasty.

Overall a good pils, not great, but a nice easy drinker with enough flavor to stay interested.

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into standard pint.

A: perfectly clear straw color with a half inch of head that fell into a little cap with a pencil thin ring.

S: spicy noble hops and pale malt. Slightly sweet smelling. Hints of citrus.

T: a little floral, enticing herbal notes, a bit of malt to bring it all together. a crisp brew.

M: light and crisp with a bit of carbonation. not lying when they say it is refreshing.

O: not a bad brew. I am not a czech pilsner enthusiest but it is not bad based on my experience with the style.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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).

Photo of morebeergood
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a twelve pack for $12.49 for a Sunday afternoon BBQ with friends at my house. Poured into a regular pint glass. Beer had a decent sized white head at first, but then it faded fast. Lots of carbonation in the sunshine yellow colored body. Smell had a hint of pine and earth, but not much. Fairly neutral aroma. Taste was overall decent. Had some nice malt notes, just a very subtle touch of hops. A crisp beer on the palate. I found Rope Swing to be very drinkable and a great session beer. I would buy this any time of the year as a good standard selection of beer, even though it's labeled as a summer seasonal.

Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
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