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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 341
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 15
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.59/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of deadbody
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Glarus pint glass. Good amber color, nice head that faded somewhat quickly leaving small amounts on top, decent lacing, solid scent. Very bitter taste, not citrussy, and not super malty, just bitter. Odd for a pilsner style, not what I was expecting. Decent carbonation.

I will finish the 6 pack I have of this, but not buy anymore, and I am happy I got it on a clearout fot $3.99 for the 6 pack or I would have felt like I spent good money on beer I don't really enjoy.

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Photo of obireidkenobi
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I find it unfair sometimes that pilsners don't rank high on the beer geek radar. I'm looking at this pilsner in the pilsner category.

Pours clean, crisp and clarified.

Smell - Straw, light pilsner malts. Subtle hops.

Taste - Bold pilsner flavor. Highlighting the noble hops and light malts. This pilsner is crisp, clean, and refreshing. AND CRAFT!

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Hot Atlanta days put this beer as a great go to light bodied beer. Great for tailgating, pool etc.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.79/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of MA08
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a dense head that quickly dissipates. Smells of grass and earth-like notes at a moderate level. Tastes very much like a crisp pilsner, with well balanced malt and hop notes. An extremely sessionable summer beer that would seem to please a wide variety of beer drinkers, without being BMC or uber geek. Great for the summer BBQ.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - Medium straw/hay color. One and a half finger's worth of foam that disipates quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - very faint smell, period. I can't seem to discern anything beyond maybe a nut-like flavor. The first thing that comes to mind is maybe soybean or peanuts.

Taste - The taste is more potent than the smell, but it's still very light and balanced. I still seem to taste something "nutty" in this, but can't put my finger on it. Good taste though.

Mouthfeel - a little more toward the watery side, but not too bad.

Drinkability - This ale might be a little to faint for me to consider it a really notable beer, but as for repeat drinkability, it's not bad at all.

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Photo of UpNorthLager
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I guess I expected more than the averageness I got. The head stayed with the beer for awhile. The pale yellow color indicated beer. The simple taste was nothing special. And I didn't notice much of an aroma. It was as drinkable as any American macrobrew pilsner.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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)

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Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of LuthersMug
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice golden hue, clear with little to no head. Light lacing throughout.

S - Slightly sweet with grainy hints of corn.

T - A bit of a grainy flavor with moderate hops.

M - Decent carbonation, with a bit of a bite due to the hops.

D - An okay beer, but nothing I would need to have.

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Photo of kshankar
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow with barely any foam, even with a slightly aggressive pour. No lacing.

Aroma is of mild hops and malts.

Taste is mildly bitter from the hops, with a slick sweetness from the malts. Finishes grainy. Pretty decent carbonation. Light.

Drinkable, yes. I'm not the biggest fan of pilsners though. Done well, though.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.47/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz single for $2.00 at Barb's Beer Emporium on a recent trip to Concord NH. Stamped with bottled on date of 062610 (June 26 2010), so this stuff's pretty fresh. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Half-inch of fizzy head settles quickly to almost nothing. Brew is a crystal clear yellow that shines brightly when held to a light. Moderate carbonation seen streaming upward.

S: Some pilsner skunk on a fairly thick and medium-sweet malty background. Honey and fresh cherry tree blossoms.

T: Wow, unlike any pilsner I've ever had. It has a well-rounded bouquet, as opposed to the typical watery macro skunk bomb. Just a tiny bit of skunk blends seamlessly into the semi-sweet malts. What really makes it unique is a delicate but powerful floral somewhat fruity element. I think I nailed it on the smell: cherry tree blossoms. Or freshly-split cherry firewood. Floral, a bit green, and a bit of fruity sweetness. It makes me think I'm standing in an orchard on a spring morning after a night of rain when the grass is still wet and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. This is divine, it has really struck a nerve.

M/D: Light-bodied and smooth, maybe a bit flat. The finish fades quickly to a lingering trace. Hugely drinkable and highly recommended. Not a good example of a pilsner, but very damn tasty.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of brianjay
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle and into the glass. It is summer time, let's have some pilsner!

This has a thin, light head which disappears almost instantly. A nice, golden color with some darker bronze hues in the body.

Notes are an aromatic yeast with a light bread aroma. Light on all accounts as well as in flavor. There is a dry, grainy flavor which sticks around for a while.

very drinkable on a summer day. Rope Swing has more character and body than most American lagers but not much more.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellow color with a large, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Faint hints of grassy hops with grainy and toasty malts.

Taste: Pretty bland. Lightly bitter up front with hints of grassiness. Develops a slightly toasty taste towards the back but it's very faint.

Mouthfeel: A little thin with slightly too much carbonation. Not terrible though, in this regard.

Drinkability: Not the best pilsner but still an easy-drinking and fairly enjoyable summer seasonal. Certainly not something I'd seek out but still not THAT bad.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with almost no head.
Smells like Saaz hops, and a good dose of them. Nice nose.
Great malty flavor, with just a small bite. Not as crisp as I would hope on the mouth, but still really tasty.

Sacrifices refreshing quality for taste, but definitely not a bad thing.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
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!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

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