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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

336 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 17
Gots: 11 | 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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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 barleywinefiend
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

barleywinefiend, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of mikekrogerwine
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

mikekrogerwine, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of ely2000k
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ely2000k, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of beaubarnett10
4/5  rDev +14.6%

beaubarnett10, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

tempest, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Tone, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of TEAMHOLT
4/5  rDev +14.6%

TEAMHOLT, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +14.6%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Murrhey
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Murrhey, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is clean Pilsner malt and noble hops. Herbal and grassy hop. Smells resinous with an unexpected pine aroma.

Starts out slightly sweet with a strong hop bite. Sharp bitterness with a strong grassy taste. Spicy in the mouth this has a good grain flavor to go with the hops.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall tasty and much better than expected. A good hoppy Pilsner from an unexpected brewer.

Zorro, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of andrewj17
3/5  rDev -14%

andrewj17, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Exiled, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of doublehighjeff
4/5  rDev +14.6%

doublehighjeff, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Rayek, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +14.6%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -14%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of lwillitz
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - crystal-clear golden body under a finger of white head; some rising carbonation bubbles

S - weak smell of grassy hops and malt

T - bready malt, honey, lemon, grassy/floral hops; well-balanced

M - light/medium body, high carbonation, quite refreshing

O - crisp, clean, and refreshing; I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this one isn't too bad.

lwillitz, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

twiggamortis420, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - faint, barley straw hue. Clear as an empty glass. Nice foamy caps that quickly recedes. Plenty of carbonation. It's as good looking as a Pils can be; attractive, but not enticing.

A - fresh bouquet of flowers, lots of lemon and faint spice. It's not the spicy pop that I expected, but it's very impressive.

T - Actually, for a Pilsner, the malt is unbeatable. It's not until the end that I detect any patently Pils malt quality, so I have to wonder if they used pale malt instead. I'm torn on how I would feel knowing that. On the one hand, my experience has been that when Pils malt is not used in generous volume it has crackery taste and grainy finish. While other Base Malts are infinitely better, it would be terribly unauthentic to use Pale malt.

Anyway, the malt sweetness is well composed. The hop flavor and bitterness are very tranquil. I recall Pilsner Urquell to be much hoppier, when I enjoyed it on draught in Europe. Then again, my palate went uninfluenced by American Ales.

M - very clean and crisp. Super refreshing. It doesn't have the SNAP many Pilsners have, but it's incomparable for refreshment.

O - very refreshing and very flavorful. Maybe I'm just spoiled asking for more zap of Noble Hops. For what it is, it's one of the best beers I have had. I can't pin anything about it as remarkable, but it all comes together very well.

Ale drinkers will hate, but if you're looking to downgrade from the behemoths, while still enjoying good beer, here it is.

MONKandTUCK, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of mrfrancis
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a compact white head that doesn't make a point of sticking around all that long. Looks like a fairly typical pils.

S: Gentle aromas of grassy, herbal hops and soft, bready malts are present on the nose. This is not the most complex smelling lager one will run across, but it is fairly true to the style.

T: Opens crisp with notes of straw, lemon, biscuits, grass, minerals, and honey. The finish is pleasantly dry and grainy with a delicate interplay of grassy hop and biscuity malt notes.

M: Medium-to-full bodied compared to most of the other pils-type lagers I've tried. Carbonation is gentle. This beer has a bit of a weighty feeling in the mouth. It's heavier than most lagers of this type, but I don't find it at all unpleasant.

O: To be honest, Czech pilsener is not one of my favorite styles. I am, therefore, a bit biased. Compared to most American takes on the style, this is one is pretty good, and is relatively authentic. That being said, I still would not go out of my way for it.

mrfrancis, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of woemad
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

woemad, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of timtwoface
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love a good pilsner and it's a favourite style of mine; I always liken it to a lager, but with a little extra punch. I've yet to truly find one that blows my socks off but most I have are definitely drinkable, and Redhook Pilsner is no exception.

timtwoface, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp with a malty underpinning. Lots of hops but well within the general style. Attractive white cap of foam on the golden brew. Loads of lacing. Mouthfilling carbonation which seems appropriate for a thirst-quencher sort of beer. Nice toasty aroma. Touch of sweet malt greets the lips along with the biscuity taste. Some of the earthy hop flavors along with the floral. I'm grumpy when brewers seem to be clumsy with the hops, but the bitterness seems to enhance the richness of flavors in this modest-alcohol beer.

Extremely clean and well made. At Liticker's in Ocean Beach the 22 oz bottle I tried was $2.59, and sixes were $5.99. Such a deal!

mactrail, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" white head which faded fast. Hazy straw yellow color with not much carbonation. Smells lightly of malt. There's really very little taste though it has a crisp lager-like aspect as well as slightly more bitter in the finish than you'd guess to look at it. It's OK, just nothing more than average to me.

MoreThanWine, Oct 16, 2011
Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.