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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

333 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +14.6%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of bready malts in the nose along with some hints of spicy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty with lots of bready flavors and has a light amount of bitterness. There are some hints of spicy hops in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness.
O: This beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable. It would make a perfect accompaniment with a meal.

metter98, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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

brentk56, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +14.6%

GRG1313, May 23, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  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

mikesgroove, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 17, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass a clear light to medium golden with a clingy half finger white head leaving an unbroken ring of lace as it settled.Mild fruity esters in the nose wich was a bit of surprise to go along with some toasty cereal grain.Decent flavors on the palate,grainy and lightly toasted with a tinge of honey malt,a light sharpness come in the finish.Not a bad pilsner not as hopped as I may have liked, but its crisp and pretty well rounded.

oberon, May 13, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

JAHMUR, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

SocalKicks, May 12, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with continuous rising effervescence leading to one finger of soapy white head, which in turn renders some consistent swipes of painted lace around the glass. It smells of crisp biscuit grain, some mild lemon, and grassy, hay-like hops. The taste is pretty consistent with the aroma - barley grain, a bit of citrus, and crisp grassy, weedy hops. The carbonation is fairly subdued, the body medium weight, smooth, and surprisingly creamy. It finishes dry, crisp, and with summer meadow-like character - grass seed, florals, and pollen.

Nice to see a larger microbrewery stay true to style in producing a seasonal. While not a round-tripper, this is at least a standing triple. (Beer style terminology crossover pun unintended)

biboergosum, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly golden color with a small, fizzy, white head of foam. It left a little soapy lace on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and some floral hops.

T - Nice crisp sweetness with a strong caramel flavor. Some mild toffee flavors blend with grains and a grassy hop presence.

M - It was sharp and crackled on the tongue. A light bodied and very easy drinking brew.

D - This is a pretty solid Czech Pils. It has the look of a great pilsener and brings a good flavor, too.

zeff80, May 24, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

The perfect golden clarity is there, ample amount of white foam stays for the duration. Clean bready grassy malt with a faint spicy herbal hop nose, a clean one at that. Crispness is spot on and make this beer really refreshing, light to medium bodied. Maltiness is very clean with a quick brush of dried grass and bread crust. Hops are bitter enough for this dry-sided lager, oily flavor adds some depth but does not detract from its superior drinkability.

Impressive to say the least, I'll be getting a case ASAP as it easily found a place in my beer fridge.

Jason, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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?

feloniousmonk, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp with a malty underpinning. Lots of hops but well within the general style. Attractive white cap of foam on the golden brew. Loads of lacing. Mouthfilling carbonation which seems appropriate for a thirst-quencher sort of beer. Nice toasty aroma. Touch of sweet malt greets the lips along with the biscuity taste. Some of the earthy hop flavors along with the floral. I'm grumpy when brewers seem to be clumsy with the hops, but the bitterness seems to enhance the richness of flavors in this modest-alcohol beer.

Extremely clean and well made. At Liticker's in Ocean Beach the 22 oz bottle I tried was $2.59, and sixes were $5.99. Such a deal!

mactrail, Oct 18, 2011
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.

WesWes, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of MarkyMOD
3/5  rDev -14%

MarkyMOD, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Mora2000, May 22, 2010
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

smcolw, Jun 12, 2010
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Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.