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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 15
Gots: 9 | 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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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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Photo of greenbeer29


3/5  rDev -14%

03-14-2012 03:25:36 | More by greenbeer29
Photo of WastingFreetime


2.78/5  rDev -20.3%

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.

03-12-2012 22:35:32 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of harrymel


2.35/5  rDev -32.7%

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)

03-03-2012 21:16:39 | More by harrymel
Photo of shelby415


3/5  rDev -14%

02-28-2012 08:08:57 | More by shelby415
Photo of angrybabboon

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

02-28-2012 06:43:27 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of savagepm


3/5  rDev -14%

02-17-2012 23:27:33 | More by savagepm
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3/5  rDev -14%

02-08-2012 03:50:02 | More by Wetpaperbag
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-06-2012 19:27:42 | More by timmick
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-06-2012 08:42:32 | More by Gtreloquence
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-01-2012 03:08:21 | More by rTheory
Photo of AndrewMichael


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-01-2012 02:11:43 | More by AndrewMichael
Photo of nwatson


4/5  rDev +14.6%

01-25-2012 10:14:13 | More by nwatson
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

01-17-2012 16:58:04 | More by edwardkersh
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

01-17-2012 16:33:15 | More by strongaf
Photo of DrNo


3/5  rDev -14%

01-17-2012 03:51:04 | More by DrNo
Photo of Hershdawg


3.7/5  rDev +6%

A: Pours a clear golden color with a white one finger head. Small amount of lacing. Great clarity.

S: Some noble hop aroma. Herbs, maybe a little mint, a bit of earthiness. Hop aroma is a little spicy as well. A little honey sweetness in the nose.

T: Spicy noble hops, a little honey, or light caramel. Clean finish. Moderate hop bitterness.

M: Good and light in body as a pilsner should be.

O: Not bad pilsner, its a little sweeter then pilsners should be but the color and flavor are still good.

01-15-2012 01:46:18 | More by Hershdawg
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

RedHook Pilsner. "May Not Look It, but Has A Dark Side." (What the hell does that mean?) 5.3% Alc./Vol.

I haven't had any RedHook in ages. They stopped meaning anything to me a long, long time ago. Now, apparently, they have 3 breweries. Did not know that.
Glad I got some samples from the sample man, this time one with RedHook and Widmer samples. Good thing, I don't think I would have purchased a 6'er of this on my own.

So let's look at it. Clear and golden, effervescent, snow-white head.

Clean, malty aromatics, some hops, cereal notes. Note perfect pilsner nose.

Taste: crystal clear and clean. Light body. Small hop blitz, gone in no time, revealing a sweet malt profile, ending dry. Dry and ever-s0-slightly bitter.
They pitched it perfectly. Not so bad.

But, where was that "dark side", again?

01-14-2012 09:17:04 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of jar2574


3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

Average looking beer, with average white head over golden yellow, highly carbonated beer. Decent lacing.

Smells is bitter hops that you'd expect in a pilsner, but not as strong as you'd like.

Taste is much milder than most pilsners, with malts balancing out the hops. Bitter hops really don't stand out, which is unusual.

Makes for an easy-drinking session beer, pretty much in line with what I've been seeing from Redhook. This brewery doesn't challenge you with assertive tastes, it just provides beers that are good (not great) and easy to drink.

01-14-2012 01:35:41 | More by jar2574
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

01-07-2012 15:11:19 | More by jpotocik
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3/5  rDev -14%

01-07-2012 01:58:21 | More by rudy0908
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2.63/5  rDev -24.6%

A: Poured like a fizzy yellow beer, no head, minimal lacing

S: Grains and light floral hops

T: Grass, grains and some bittering hops. Very unappealing and the taste is rather boring as well

M: Light body, not much on the palate

O: Below average Pilsener

12-28-2011 13:33:21 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

12-27-2011 20:48:02 | More by mikekrogerwine
Photo of ely2000k


3.38/5  rDev -3.2%

This beer is pretty decent. I don't know, perhaps I just am not the biggest fan of Pilsners, but I haven't had one that blows me away. That being said, as far as the style goes, this one is good overall, but also fairly forgettable. I will say however, that I bought a 12 pack Redhook variety pack to sample some of their beers, and this one was probably the best by a mild margin. The look is what your would expect, golden, straw coloring, with a decent head. As far as smell, I don't smell much other then some malt a lemony kind of smell. Taste has some hops to it which I like, but stays within the characteristics of the style. And the carbonation and mouthfeel fit also. Nothing amazing, but I would come back to this beer again if I was looking for a non big brewery Pilsner.

12-23-2011 04:34:35 | More by ely2000k
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-20-2011 17:17:38 | More by beaubarnett10
Photo of tempest


3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

12-19-2011 00:50:37 | More by tempest
Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
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