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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook PilsnerRedhook Pilsner

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BA SCORE
80
good

322 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%


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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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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Tone

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
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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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.08/5  rDev -12%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 22:19:24 | More by woosterbill
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 18:33:11 | More by drpimento
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 03:47:44 | More by RedDiamond
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The actual name of this is Cross Czech Pils. Sampled on July 22, 2013. Living in New Hampshire I expect this one was brewed at the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth.

Very typical looking pilsener pour with straw yellow color and big burst of white head that settles down a lot quicker than I am used to for the style.

The aroma is something else. I expect grain and grass but got that and more. There's yeast, toasted bread, and butter, and something incredibly interesting that may be rooted in the yeast.

Body is light to medium.

The taste is like the aroma. It has a little something special that I have never encountered in a pilsner and I liked it. It was a kind of toasted bread and butter thing with a biscuit and boiled potato richness and a low lingering bitterness at the end. I am stumped at finding a description. I have never had anything quite like it and for that alone it deserves a higher mark. I will be buying this one more often.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 22:57:53 | More by puboflyons
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 21:00:11 | More by lordofthewiens
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From May 2010
Typical golden yellow lager, with a nice bubbly white head. Aroma isnt too hot..lot of paper and biscuit. Taste however is very nice, slightly fruity,malt driven, slight hop..gets a little drier and even salty at the end. Nice mouthfeel.. have to give it high marks..good balance dry at the end leads to another gulp easily. Overall not a great pilsner but a very drinkable and enjoyable beer after work on the first mid to upper 70 degree day of the year. i actually thought it a lighter helles rather than a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 15:09:57 | More by Reidrover
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 22:56:34 | More by KarlHungus
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 02:33:10 | More by emmasdad
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cjgator3

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 03:14:17 | More by cjgator3
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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)

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 02:08:20 | More by msubulldog25
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild hop aroma with a little spiciness and a little floral. Mild malt background. Seems about right for style if not just a touch subdued.
Fizzy and loud. Smallish white head that leaves quickly. Very clear pale gold color. Lots and lots of bubbles rising.
Malt flavors a little more emphasized than I expected. Extended dryness after mild to moderate hop flavors and bitterness. Starts with pale malt flavors that are a tad bready, grainy and fairly clean pale malts.
Carbonated as expected with fullness and softness. Appropriately lightly bodied.
There is nothing particularly wrong with this. Not very exciting, but not so bad. The hop aroma's and hop flavors didn't match as I expected, but that's me. If I had another, I'd drink it without hesitation, especially if it's hot outside.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 02:35:19 | More by garymuchow
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harrymel

Washington

2.35/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 17OCT11,
bit old, but whatev Pours a golden, if not dark for style, with a short lived finger of white foam. Near excellent clarity. (3) Smells of grain, corn and some noble hops, simple and typical. (3) Tastes like water with some adjustments. Low hints of malt, hops, dry grass and sodium bicarb. (2). Thin, even for the style, seriously empty body. moderate carb. (2). Not impressed. (2.5)

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 21:16:39 | More by harrymel
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold with a thin white head. No lace but a fair skim that holds for most of the beer.

Light grain and herbal Euro hop aroma. Buttered crescent rolls come to mind too.

Nice and crisp, light and grainy with a lil' slick Euro hop bitter in back. Doughy and buttery. I'm more of a crisp and balanced pils kinda guy so this is a nice resfresher more the more highly hopped takes on the style that seem to be popping up more and more (Victory Prima, SA Noble, etc).

I'm not much of a pils guy but this was arguably the standout in my Redhook sampler 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 16:07:23 | More by donkeyrunner
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Offa

California

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold, it has an off-white head slowly shrinking to foamy ring.

Aroma is very nice full grain, perfumy, with lightly herbal, grassy hop, hint of lemon and citrus, plus apple.

Taste is very nice full grain, citrus, green grass, hint of herb. It has a light grain-apple-honey sweetness balancing a firm, light and vague leafy-grassy-citrusy bitterness. It has firm toasty biscuit joining the other elements in the finish and a slightly oily feel. The character is nice and firm, well-rounded and balanced, and it is very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 20:20:52 | More by Offa
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Kendo

New York

3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 01:27:03 | More by Kendo
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 12:57:17 | More by KTCamm
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Rayek

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Redhook Pilsner pours a bright gold that has more depth than many Pils. Its small white head quickly falls to a patchy film and leaves a bit of lace.

Musty noble hops struck me first. They're lemony, grassy and a touch metallic. The rest of the beer is pretty subtle, with a light honey sweetness accompanied by husky grain. The light body has carbonation that's a little too enthusiastic.

Overall, this is a pretty decent Pils. I have favorites in this style that this doesn't quite match, but I wouldn't turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 19:56:58 | More by Rayek
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook Pilsner has a very thin, white head and a somewhat hazy, yellow appearance with some streaming bubbles and essentially no lacing. Aroma is simple- a bit of lemon, cracker, and a dash of hops; taste is basically the same. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Redhook Pilsner finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a very easy-going beer, and it’s good.

RTJ

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 22:53:28 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 17:10:56 | More by Fatehunter
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