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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
okay

145 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 341
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 7.83%
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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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.

23 IBU
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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 341
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)

Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- clear bright yellow with small fizzy head that quickly disappears.

Smell - some malt and noble hops but faint

Taste - A very tasty pilsner with a nice euro/noble hop flavoring and a crisp finish

Mouthfeel - Nice

Overall - A good czech pilsener by any means. Just wish it looked a little better. (311 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of bready malts in the nose along with some hints of spicy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty with lots of bready flavors and has a light amount of bitterness. There are some hints of spicy hops in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness.
O: This beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable. It would make a perfect accompaniment with a meal. (739 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.79/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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) (401 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of Hershdawg
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (501 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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? (812 characters)

Photo of jar2574
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (552 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
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 (257 characters)

Photo of ely2000k
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.74/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (452 characters)

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