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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

336 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 17
Gots: 11 | 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:
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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 03-22-2010)
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Photo of thecoon
3/5  rDev -14%

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.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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 GarthDanielson
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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 WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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!

Photo of Duhast500
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of Rodekill
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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!

Photo of Kendo
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of sjverla
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of JosiahS
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.