Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 341
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 03-22-2010

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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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
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Photo of steveh
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook has a Pilsner, who knew?

Bottled in New Hampshire on 11/19/12. 5.3 ABV. Label tagline reads: "May not look it, but has a dark side." Really? Hmm.

A -- Clear gold color with a very dense and firm white head that holds up well.

S -- Lightly malty, mild spicy and citrus hop character back, mild DMS.

T -- Fleeting citrus up front that blends into a bready malt character that fades into a spicy bitterness. Finish is bready malts and the aftertaste is spicy hops. There's a mild grainy backbone to this beer so common with American takes on European light lagers -- I'm sure due to N. American 2 row barley, or just a corner-cutting mash process.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- A pretty good take on the style. The spicy hops do a good job of hiding a grainy character that might be otherwise distracting. A nice summer drinker to have alongside Sierra Nevada Summerfest or Victory Pils. (931 characters)

Photo of VALIS666
2.35/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear straw color, no life. Smell of grains, a little malt sweetness. Watery, undistinctive taste. Fizzy, slightly soapy aftertaste. Probably good with spicy food, that’s about the best thing I can say. Funny, though, I gave this a 4.0 a month or two ago. Either my palate is changing, or judging beer, like most subjective evaluations, depends heavily on mood, setting and circumstance. (389 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Hazy yellow with 1/2 finger of coarse nicotine stained head

Aroma- floral, banana, honey, melon, citrus

Taste- clove, light corn banana, shampoo. This drinks a bit like a lighter crisper heff IMO. Hops are resiny with a touch of citrus rind. Just a hint of skunk as it warms it gets more of a honey taste.

Mouthfeel- a little fizzy for my taste, but good for the style.

Overall- to me it taste like a lighter thinner heff. Sessionable perhaps not as filling. Another tasty lawn mower beer, but nothing new. (522 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A darker straw than most pilsners. minimal head and lacing.

S: Minimal smell, some grassy hops.

T: Taste brings more flavor than smell. Clean pilsner malts, sweet white bread. some spicy noble grassy hops. Crisp clean finish. Rather refreshing. Well executed pilsner.

M: big carbonation per style, medium body for style, quite quaffable. In summation a pilsner.

O: Pretty standard, within style, refreshing, clean crisp. (428 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
2.56/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

12oz bottle with no date, taken from the red hook sampler pack

look is a clear golden yellow-orange, with a small 3mm head. smell is all dusty grain and faraway skunky hops. taste is more sweet than the nose lets on, with none of te hops. sickly sweet buttered toast and plastic-y flat presence of hops. feel is slick and syrupy.

not a fan of this one, too sweet and with flat tasting hops. probably the least refreshing pilsner I've ever had. (445 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into standard pint.

A: perfectly clear straw color with a half inch of head that fell into a little cap with a pencil thin ring.

S: spicy noble hops and pale malt. Slightly sweet smelling. Hints of citrus.

T: a little floral, enticing herbal notes, a bit of malt to bring it all together. a crisp brew.

M: light and crisp with a bit of carbonation. not lying when they say it is refreshing.

O: not a bad brew. I am not a czech pilsner enthusiest but it is not bad based on my experience with the style. (514 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear golden color with a substantial white head that hardly dissipates at all and doesn't really leave any lace when it does.

Smell: Sweet and bready pilsner maltiness alongside hints of lemon and flowers. Some grassiness and mild herbal aromas.

Taste: Begins with some citric sweetness and mild citrus peel bitterness, which rounds out to pale malt sweetness before finishing with a balanced herbal bitterness that has a slight spice to it.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with lively carbonation and a crisp finish.

Overall: A good representation of its style and an easy-drinking beer. Worth a try. (664 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow. Thin white had and no lacing.

Smell: Grassy smell with some malts, and a faint alcohol smell.

Motuhfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Grassy, malts, and sugars.

Overall: Not bad, not my first choice, but I would have it again. (317 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3/5  rDev -13%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of mschind
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle dated May 2, 2012

A- classic Pilsener appearance, crystal clear golden straw color with a foamy bright white head with no retention.

S- a pleasing but faint combination of clean malt and some spicy hop notes.

T- like the nose, nothing here really stands out but but there is a well rounded malt and hop balance that gives an overall richness that is very appealing.

M- carbonation is spot on with medium body. For a subdued nose and flavor profile, this is not at all watery. Smooth and soft all the way through.

O- a great Pilsener for a warm summer day. Refreshing, slightly dry and very easy to quaff. I look forward to trying this on tap. (661 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 9 oz glass. Pours a nice straw color with a white head, that dissipates quickly but leaves little lacing. Smells of light grain, not much else. Tastes of grain, but stronger than most pilseners. Goes down real smooth and finishes nicely for its light body. Overall, a good beer. (312 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (469 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having this one at my patio bar on a 80 plus degree June afternoon. Pours a clear golden with a nice white head. Good retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is grainy,with some floral notes.Body is a bit heavier than I like for this style,with a good amount of carbonation.Taste is of bread and butter up front,with a sweetness throughout. Not my favorite of this style,but worth a try. (381 characters)

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FINALLY! Craft-brewers (even big corporate ones...) are doing solid Pilseners. This compares well to Sam's Noble Pils (though SA's is dryer) but not quite as complex. That would make sense as Noble Pils is more of a German-style pilsener (though not super-crisp, Jever-style), whereas this is a solid Czech/Bohemian Pils.

Reminds me of Prague...really.

Nothing dramatic to write home about...but since when is beer really SUPPOSED to be that? Does Mom want to know beer? A beer to drink with friends...over hours of in-person conversation (no texting or cell phones allowed).

A lovely true Bohemian Pils, made right here in America!

Na zdraví !!! (654 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of aranheaney
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the same variety 12 pack as the ESB, IPA and Copperhook ($9.99, just sayin...)

A-very nice pilsner, some decent head that disappatess

S-solid pilsner. roast, malt, a touch of hops

T-very good, smooth, nothing to disagree with here

M-crisp, clean and no caffeine

O-very good for the style, glad that I tried it (335 characters)

Photo of KajII
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
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... (740 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
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 (394 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazey 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. Like a Heineken but not skunky. Would hold up decently well at outdoor summer cookouts and tailgates. (691 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed on March 3rd, 2012...

A: Pours a solid finger and a half of fizzy eggshell head. Maximum clarity with zesty carbonation. Head retention is mediocre, even for the style.

S: Clean cracker like maltiness. Bit of lemon oil and spiciness from the hops. Faint sulfur like undertones. Smells like Pils!

T: Good malt bill again. The cracker like notes almost turn doughy and raw. Little bit of the same citrus and a hint of the spicy Bohemian notes, but just a hint. Lacks the hop bitterness of many classic Czech Pilsners. Finishes on the sweeter side. Fairly pedestrian.

M: Solid carbonation without being overly seltzer like. Again, fairly average.

O: Not a bad beer. Probably the best I've had by Redhook. And the price is more than fair. (750 characters)

Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.