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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

328 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 13
Gots: 6 | 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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a single bottle out of a mixed case. I was a little leary, based on some past Rehook beers, but this was a decent pilsner—maybe a step behind Summit's pils. I got a hit of toasty grain under the sweet and smooth base. A clean, spicy hop kick finished it off for a balanced Czech pils. Kinda hoppy, kinda tasty, worth a try. Certainly not forgettable like some of the other Redhook staples.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 00:50:37 | More by tempest
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A new release from Redhook for the summer. Pours a light golden color, small head to it that dissipates into a barley visible one throughout. Not much aroma to it. Taste is light to medium bodied, some nice euro-hop flavors come out, nice malt backbone too.. a well balanced beer for sure. Highly carbonated, nice and fizzy. Not the most exciting style (Pilsener), but this one is a better then average variety. Thirst quenching on a hot day and very drinkable, nice dash of hops on the palette and finishes clean... solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 22:27:31 | More by oriolesfan4
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-23-2013 21:29:07 | More by DrunkinYogi
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 22:22:43 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is clean Pilsner malt and noble hops. Herbal and grassy hop. Smells resinous with an unexpected pine aroma.

Starts out slightly sweet with a strong hop bite. Sharp bitterness with a strong grassy taste. Spicy in the mouth this has a good grain flavor to go with the hops.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall tasty and much better than expected. A good hoppy Pilsner from an unexpected brewer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 02:10:14 | More by Zorro
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 19:39:27 | More by Stinkypuss
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

05-28-2014 22:18:52 | More by Latarnik
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

04-18-2014 22:24:15 | More by LXIXME
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tdm168

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 00:17:00 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

03-01-2013 07:03:58 | More by Kelp
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beertunes

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 21:12:13 | More by beertunes
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Tone

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, citrus hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, pale malt, slight sweet malt, and hint of pine. Overall, good appearance, feel, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 17:23:34 | More by Tone
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

05-28-2013 03:26:23 | More by dmorgan310
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Brad007

Vermont

3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Good presentation for the style.

Sweet, grainy pilsener malt greets the nose, with just a kiss of hops as well. Very simple.

Ditto for the flavor. Sweet pilsener malt with a "corn" feel to it. I'm sure that's nothing. Delicious as it is.

Lingering sweetness from the malt makes up the mouthfeel. Once again, creamy and corn-like flavors linger as well.

Obviously, this isn't made with adjuncts. Still, it feels somewhat off. Perhaps it's the no-frills approach? Regardless, you could do a lot worse. For that reason, you should still give this a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 01:30:23 | More by Brad007
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 01:04:06 | More by GarthDanielson
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GraduatedCashew

California

3/5  rDev -14%

08-29-2013 17:53:26 | More by GraduatedCashew
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

07-21-2013 17:43:34 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -14%

01-16-2013 23:24:48 | More by Rhettroactive
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a very clear, light gold color with an average cap of white head. Not bad...love the price at less than $2.75 a pop.

Nose is light floral and herbal hops with a bit of graininess and pancake batter from the malt. Pretty good aroma, balanced and even has some nutty lager yeast to it.

Little less hop presence in the flavoring department than I was hoping for, but it is fairly clean and smooth. The grains are well presented and dont feel the least bit flabby or thin...in fact, the body is quite nice. Just enough bitterness on the finish to clean things up. A solid beer that does nothing to offend, but its also not a pilsner that really shines out from the crowd, either. A sixer of this would be a welcome addition to anyones fridge who appreciates a good throwdown brew once and a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 00:26:58 | More by twiggamortis420
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice creamy white fine-bubbled head. Aroma is fruity, malty and slightly yeasty. Lively flavor is malty and yeasty with hints of pear and cloves. Texture is smooth, fizzy and tingly. I prefer darker beers, but I did enjoy this pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 16:03:50 | More by Cyberkedi
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp and refreshing, some malts and grains, a bit on the sweet side. Finishes with mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 13:16:51 | More by tone77
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

10-22-2013 16:56:58 | More by RBorsato
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-01-2013 15:07:25 | More by Cynic-ale
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Duff27

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 03:13:53 | More by Duff27
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 19:59:47 | More by mrfrancis
Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.