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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook PilsnerRedhook Pilsner

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BA SCORE
80
good

323 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 323
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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brewed on 5/4/10 consumed on 6/24/10

Looks clear golden color with a nice flow of carbonation and a really healthy, fluffy, slow-dissipating clean-white head.

Earthy, peppery hop and yeast aroma. More earthy grains and a tangy crispness. Dried wheat, corn husks in the hot sun, corn on the cobb maltiness and a bit of sweet malt. Great aromatic balance.

This one starts off clean and full of earthy, natural flavor's like dried corn from the cobb, golden wheat, earthy grains. The yeast adds a rightous hit of earthiness, peppery garden greens and subtle sour notes but all in perfect balance..>>> A really nice balance except the malt might have too much lingering sweetness<<<, slightly cloying, mostly clean and crisp, light but as time passes the quality slips and it becomes more malty and heavy. UPDATE:new fancy bottle: brewed on 3/22/11. This one is a classic, the malty sweetness is toned down and only, clean and crisp flavor's prevail here. the finish is crystal clean, refreshing and ultra crispy and it doesn't seem to downgrade as time passes. either this one is much fresher than my previous review's sample or the recipe has been slightly tweeked...for the better. I'm in love.

This one is quality. brewed perfectly to style this time around light and bright flavor's...gentle herbs, garden greens and crispy malt makes this one tough to put down!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 16:56:03 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: A crisp and bready pils malt forward aroma. Upfront scent of bready Pils malt with hints of biscuit, cereal grains, straw, yeast, and crackers. Light presence of earthy European hops that linger in the background. A pretty solid typical Pils aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and bready Pils malt driven taste. Bready taste of Pils malt with upfront notes of biscuit, cereal grains, straw, hay, crackers, and yeast. Decent backing of earthy European hops add a little balance. Nicely crisp and dry. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A good take on the Pilsener style. Has the grainy malt presence you expect for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 23:28:30 | More by MattyG85
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yesyouam

New York

2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red Hook Rope Swing is a very lively, semi-clear light golden beer with a thin, dense white head that fades to a film and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. It has a grainy aroma with a little lemon. It smells like a Pilsner. It's quite light bodied and smooth with a very crisp finish. It has a good amount of Pilsner malt taste. There's something melanoidal that reminds me of a doppelbock and seems a little out of place. I can taste a little lemon and there's not really any bitterness. It seems like a watered down dopplebock. It wasn't really a good choice for a lawn-mowing beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 19:18:04 | More by yesyouam
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a desent size head that lingers for guite a while. Carbonation is lighter then normal.

Aroma finds a good pils bouquet of bready malts and spicy hops.

Taste is quite good with a solid malt bill that has a clean taste and hops that have a spicy, grassy taste. Both linger into the aftertaste.

Feels thin and spicy on the palette with a slightly bitter and sharp finish.

Overall it's good and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 10:29:05 | More by micromaniac129
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the Red Stripe type stub bottle into a pilsner glass. Crystal clear and straw in color with a nice, two finger sized head. Some lacing is left on the glass as well.

Aroma is light and grainy. Lots of hay and grass available in the nose with some sweet caramel aromas as well. Some clean aromas mixed with a bit of sharp acridity.

Solid flavor profile. Very grassy and hay-like with a round and firm bitterness. Very clean with perfect amount of carbonation. Actually, the bitterness is quite stout and noticeable, which is okay by me.

A solid offering. For the price, this is an easy choice. Easy drinker for hot summer days. Highlyl enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 19:45:53 | More by SaCkErZ9
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CHickman

New York

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 02:13:41 | More by CHickman
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden, thin fizzy head holds on pretty well at about an eighth of an inch. A couple hints of lacing stick to glass.
S- Pretty grainy on the nose. Some light fruityness (apple, and something like the liquid in canned pears) and pretty grassy.
T- Initially all I got was sweet malt and grainy character. Some lemon and grassy notes popped out as it warmed.
M- Decent body for the style, high carbonation.
O- A decent pilsner and a pretty easy to drink summertime beer. Slightly on the better side of average for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 07:36:14 | More by jsprain1
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woemad

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.59. Bottled on July 13, 2011 according to the label. Strange bottle, like a glass version of a water bottle.

Poured a hazy yellowish gold color, with a couple of inches of sudsy white foam. The head hung around for a little while and left a surprisingly lage amount of lace streaking down the sides of my glass.

Soft, floral hops and malts, with a little bit of a grassy note. Not too far off from many traditional German pilsners I've had. So far, so good.

Seems a little more malty, flavor wise, than in the nose, and the hops are a bit one dimensional. Not bad tasting, but a little monotonous.

Slightly heavier mouthfeel than is right for a pils, but not to a crippling degree, and I've certainly had a lot worse.

Not too bad a take on the style, thogh not an essential one either. If I had ever come across this on-tap this summer and at a good price, I'd have stuck with it, as it goes down fairly easy.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 20:00:31 | More by woemad
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 20:14:49 | More by secondtooth
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shand

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from an awesome 12oz stubby bottle into a pilsner glass.

This one pours a slightly hazy golden color with a tiny head and huge apparent carbonation. Aroma is quite nice, zesty noble hops and some nice grassy pilsner malt. The taste is very nice, smooth noble hops hit first followed up by some clean bready malts and just a bit of grassiness.

The mouthfeel is perfectly crisp and thick, this is how all pilsners should feel. The drinkability is very high, this goes down very smoothly. Then again, it's a pilsner, if they don't go down easy, something's wrong. I don't understand the poor reviews for this. This is a super-solid Czech pilsner, and I think the unpopular Redhook name is tainting some people's opinions of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 17:57:43 | More by shand
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Duff27

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
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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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 16:51:20 | More by morebeergood
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vkv822

Oregon

3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz : pint glass

Pours a clear golden, straw color with a fizzy white head.

In both the nose and palate, grainy malts, with light grassy hop notes.

Medium body, fizzy, bubbly carbonation.

Fairly standard throughout. Nothing that particularly stands out.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 09:14:02 | More by vkv822
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Shaw's in North Hampton. Pours a Slightly hazy straw-yellow with about a half inch of head. Smell is rather subdued but some malt is wafting from the glass. Caramel and chocolate malt flavors mesh pretty well with a slightly grassy herbal hop presence, though all the flavors are pretty subdued. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A simple easy-drinker. Nothing more, nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:45:49 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Pours out a medium-dark yellow with high levels of transparency and a two finger fluffy white foam head that lasts for several minutes but leaves only minimal lacing behind.

S. Mild spiciness and grassy hopping. I can just barely find the pale malt aroma once the glass has warmed up.

T. Faint nondescript pale malt flavor ends with a faint rise in hopping. I was expecting a hell of a lot more spicy hopping for a Czech-styled pilsner than was delivered to me.

M. Light body, medium carbonation, mildly bitter yet somewhat crisp in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 22:35:32 | More by WastingFreetime
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: not quite pale or bright, gold. very clear. large bubbly/fluffy white head with .... retention.

S: very lightly toasted sourdough bread. a slightly spicy hop varietal is much more prominent.

T: starts malty and then moves into a bit of hop spice. pepper combined with a mouthfeel that consists of a slightly harder carbonation makes for a nice tang on the tongue.

M: not quite effervescent, but close. crisp and refreshing for sure.

D: very refreshing example. im surprised to see such negative reviews for this brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 02:11:30 | More by Jimmys
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BucannonXC5

California

3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was basically pale and clear. Less than a finger of head. Very little lacing on the top and none on the sides as the beer went down.

Smelled bread, grass, grain hay and corn malts.

Tasted exactly like the smell and exactly what a pilsner would smell like. Got bread, hay and corn malts. Also some light sweet caramel.

Light body. Thin texture. Above average carbonation. Abrupt finish. Pretty refreshing.

Pretty much what I thought it was going to taste like. Not a bad pilsner overall though.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 05:26:10 | More by BucannonXC5
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 06:43:27 | More by angrybabboon
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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 marlinsfan4
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RJLarse

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Rope Swing in a grocery store. $6.49. Poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a straw yellow color and is clear. Torrents of bubbles are rising and swirling in the glass. Modest one-finger frothy white head, leave some dainty lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell is sweet, with a fruity, candy, perfume like aroma. In some respects it has a banana a clove scent of a Bavarian hefe.

The taste is a corn cracker flavor, with a sweet spiciness along side, and a dry bitter finish. It has a lot more flavor than I was expecting of the style.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. A good thirst quencher on a hot day for sure.

A drinkable brew and I'd go back to it in the summer, especially on sale. A good lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 22:45:10 | More by RJLarse
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Bendurgin

Maine

2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. The beer is a sunshine yellow with a very thin and quickly dissipating white head. The body is hazy and has what appears to be sediment; this surprises me for the style as well as I did not stir this one. Smells pretty good. Certainly common pilsner characteristics on this one; grass, bitter hops , and a bit of lemon zest. This also smells a bit musty to me. The smell is not at all reflective of the taste. It finishes with a decent hop bittering but the malts seem darker than what they should be. The taste does not really reflect the style for me. This is a bit heavier than I would imagine. It's easy enough to drink, but I don't think I'd go for more. I'm really glad this is one that I inherited.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 00:23:41 | More by Bendurgin
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KajII

North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Pilsner glass]

The pour was a clear medium yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that reduced to a thin film and medium collar creating some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was pretty basic for the style with a straw malt, a grassy hop and a soapy yeast and had a mild note of caramel and a slight cardboard odor.

The taste was very lightly malty with a grainy feel and a touch of caramel at first and finished with a mild bitter hoppiness. The flavor lasted only a short while being mostly of a bitter stale taste.

Mouthfeel was light in body and had a mildly dry texture with a good lively carbonation.

Overall a light hoppy brew that would be just fine on a hot summer’s day after some yard work...

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 12:40:40 | More by KajII
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 06:13:03 | More by Duhast500
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biggred1

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden peach with a bone colored head that quickly shrinks to a skim and leaves some decent looking fine lace on the glass. The nose is raw grainy barley and bready yeast with a touch of floral hops. Grainy with an herbal hoppy bitterness up front with some malty sweetness to balance. Light bodied and highly carbonated. This beer is spot on for a 100° degree day like today. Rope swing is simply a clean and refreshing beer but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 22:35:24 | More by biggred1
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Murrhey

Montana

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured 11/23 in a tumbler.

A- Half finger head, very minimal retention. Small amount of lacing. Light orange-yellow color. Little carbonation.

S- Wheat, hoppiness. Citrus and other light fruits.

T- Strongly bitter. Bittering hops most prominent taste. Grass and wheat tastes.

M-Lightly carbonated, thin body.

O- Meh. Disappointed with the Redhooks so far.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 02:16:40 | More by Murrhey
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