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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
New Hampshire, 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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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 KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the RH in Portsmouth NH.

Pours a clear light yellow foam with no lacing. Classic pulsy smell. Crisp, with subtle hop. Clean finish, with some closing bitter. Tasty.

Overall a good pils, not great, but a nice easy drinker with enough flavor to stay interested.

KTCamm, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a five finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: Light pleasant barley. Not much happening here. Light in strength.

T: Full expressive barley and malt, with little hop interference. A straight up pleasant pilsner with a good balance and build. It's certainly simple, but I enjoy it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, to style. Not exactly tailored to the flavour, but enjoyable.

Dr: It's a simple pilsner. What you expect is what you get. It won't win any medals, but it's a drinkable low-cost beer that is far better than budget macros.

kojevergas, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of TwinButte
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a signature Red Hook bottle into a you guessed it, a pilsner glass.

A: A clear straw goldish color with a thick two finger head. Tons of carbonation.

S: Slight malty smell with a small hop kick.

T: A nice grain taste similar to a cream ale with a very light hop aroma. The perfect pilsner taste.

M: Very smooth and malty. Highly carbonated but feels good on the tongue.

O: A very nice offering from Red Hook. Glad this is now offered year round. Appreciate the ample ABVs and love the packaging!

Serving type: bottle

TwinButte, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clean, golden color; very clear, some carbonation; bubbly, 2-finger soapy head that quickly dissipates

S: grainy up front, with hints of hop; some spice and citrus notes

T: grainy and hoppy; more malt than hops; very crisp and clean; touch of spicy citrus notes

M: light/medium body; crisp carbonation; refreshing

O: definitely enjoyable; crisp and easy to down; light and refreshing, like Summer

boudreaux, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Offa
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold, it has an off-white head slowly shrinking to foamy ring.

Aroma is very nice full grain, perfumy, with lightly herbal, grassy hop, hint of lemon and citrus, plus apple.

Taste is very nice full grain, citrus, green grass, hint of herb. It has a light grain-apple-honey sweetness balancing a firm, light and vague leafy-grassy-citrusy bitterness. It has firm toasty biscuit joining the other elements in the finish and a slightly oily feel. The character is nice and firm, well-rounded and balanced, and it is very nice.

Offa, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

golden yellow with a one inch white colored head. No lace to speak of.

I had expected your normal bland pilsner grain smell, but there was something decidely different here, HOPS, and a whole lotta them. Nice bitter smell mixed in with the grain and yeast. The flavor followed along tightly with this as well.Very crisp clean feel and finish. But what was the most remarkable was the bitterness of this pilsner. I really have never had one with soo much bite before

mikesgroove, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of dannydetox
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

first experience with Redhook's pilsner. not crazy about the new stubby bottle design, but that's just aesthetics. let's get to the beer...

golden colored beer with reasonable head retention throughout the glass after the pour. bready, yeasty aromas come to mind at first smell, followed by a touch of fruitiness. crisp, dry flavor that brings euro-styled pilsner beer to mind; no big surprises there. not as heavily carbonated as i would have first thought. some biscuit-like malts round out this offering from Redhook. Overall, a fairly average pilsner, but certainly drinkable.

dannydetox, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold with a thin white head. No lace but a fair skim that holds for most of the beer.

Light grain and herbal Euro hop aroma. Buttered crescent rolls come to mind too.

Nice and crisp, light and grainy with a lil' slick Euro hop bitter in back. Doughy and buttery. I'm more of a crisp and balanced pils kinda guy so this is a nice resfresher more the more highly hopped takes on the style that seem to be popping up more and more (Victory Prima, SA Noble, etc).

I'm not much of a pils guy but this was arguably the standout in my Redhook sampler 12 pack.

donkeyrunner, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Kind of a pale/golden yellow color with about a 1/2 inch white head that has ok retention and a bit of lacing

Smell: The nose is very mild and carries some citrus and spice notes

Taste: Again the flavor is mild as I expected it to be has so bready notes mixed in with a slight hop character honestly not much happening

Mouthfeel: Low to medium body with a decent amount of carbonation

Overall: The drinkability on this is pretty good it goes down very easy and seems like a beer you could drink about 20 of so for that reason alone I say the beer is worth a try

DarthKostrizer, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Crystal clear pale gold body topped by an inch of frothy, sticky white head. Good retention, lots of lace. Very attractive for the style.

S: Pretty average aroma: bready malt, lightly spicy hops, and plenty of sulfurous lager yeast. Not offensive, but nothing special.

T: Mellow malt up front, followed quickly by some harshly chalky yeast, and finished with a rather odd (but somewhat appealing) mixture of spicy hop bitterness and syrupy malt sweetness. Long, dry, grassy finish. Kind of interesting, but also kind of harsh.

M: Light body, lots of prickly carbonation. Again, standard.

O: This is about as forgettable as beer gets: it's reasonably clean, moderately flavorful, nicely balanced, and entirely boring. I really wish the hops stood out more, or that the yeast stood out less. This was definitely my least favorite part of the Redhook mixed pack that a friend and I recently split on a whim, but (that said) it was actually better than I expected.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of JMad
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours a darker yellow color with a thin white bubbly head that quickly disappeared. The aroma is mostly grass and hay with a slight funk to it, there is a hint of tea and lemon. It tastes slighty bitter with lemon and hay, there is lots of grainy malt flavors and a nice bitter finish. The beer has a medium body with a lots of carbonation and a dry finish. This is a good pilsner, I could drink lots of these.

JMad, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of mnrider
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle, snub nose. Nice and fresh. Pilsner Glass.

A: Pours a golden color with a real nice white head and pretty good retention.

S: The aroma is nice. Crisp with grains and a grassy smell. Also, Hops are mixed in well.

T/M: Light bodied and refreshing. You can really taste the malts and grass grains. A bitter taste develops towards the end with a dry finish.

O: IMO, one of the better beers from Redhook. I can see myself getting this one again. Especially during the warmer days.

Cheers!!

mnrider, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of NODAK
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is pretty clean. Some notes of toasted grain and small hoppiness are there. Not a surprise for style.

Crisp upfront, with a good hop presence right away...good malt presence here as well, with a citrus note and a small, sweet grain note as well. Finishes with a pretty decent Euro hop bite for style...I'm not sure why I wasn't expecting such a bite out of this beer, but it's held up its end of the bargain. More, albeit restrained, toasty grain is found here. Nowhere near as strong on the grain as many other pils, however.

Pretty solid beer here. More so than I had hoped it would be anyway. :)

NODAK, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of PintOHops
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Pilsner

A - Super clear yellow looking beer with just a touch of haze. It produced a 2-finger head that held pretty well for a Lager. Moderate-high C02 can be seen, I didn't get any lacing here.

S - I pick up dry and floral hop characteristics, along with a grape or apple like quality. I actually do get a bit of mild malt in the way of toasted grain, cracker and mild sweetness.

T - Almost balanced flavors hit me at once until I realized that the hop flavors won. I pick up apple, pair, and grape fruits with mild sweetness and soft drying on the finish. Hop flavors are mild and lend a very nice herbal flavor throughout the beer. It finishes clean with just slightly lingering herbal hop flavor.

M - Lite-medium bodied with soft to medium crispness and a smooth feel. I actually really like the mouthfeel on this one.

O - For the price I think this is a pretty good brew. I definitely could see myself picking up a 12pack of this once in a while. I really enjoyed the feel of the beer, and the flavors where soft and refreshing which made the beer really quaffable. I say give it a chance, especially if your into Pale Lagers. Cheers!

PintOHops, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of JosiahS
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

glass: Pilsner

a: Nice 2-finger white head with a slightly hazy, mostly clear straw colored body. Bubbles rushing to the surface.

s: light doughy malt, a touch of floral hops and a subdued yeast aroma.

m: Light to medium mouthfeel, not as much carbonation sting on the tougue as expected.

t: Very simple, decent sorta floral and lemon rind hop flavor mixed with a light overall doughy malt character. Finishes with minute bitterness.

o: An ok pilsner. There are too and far better choices though.

JosiahS, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the Red Stripe type stub bottle into a pilsner glass. Crystal clear and straw in color with a nice, two finger sized head. Some lacing is left on the glass as well.

Aroma is light and grainy. Lots of hay and grass available in the nose with some sweet caramel aromas as well. Some clean aromas mixed with a bit of sharp acridity.

Solid flavor profile. Very grassy and hay-like with a round and firm bitterness. Very clean with perfect amount of carbonation. Actually, the bitterness is quite stout and noticeable, which is okay by me.

A solid offering. For the price, this is an easy choice. Easy drinker for hot summer days. Highlyl enjoyable.

SaCkErZ9, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Clydesdale
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, clear golden color with some visible carbonation. The fairly tall, foamy and frothy white head has decent retention and deposits a bit of lace on the glass.

S: Some grainy, crackery maltiness in the nose. Mild floral and herbal hop notes seem appropriate for the style. A faintly sulfuric/lager yeast note is also present.

T: Quite grainy and crackery up front, with a light sweetness. Hops step in midway through to rescue things and bring balance to this pilsner, with a measured, medium bitterness. Hop flavors are stylistically spot-on, with floral/herbal noble character. Lager yeast character is faintly present as well.

M: A bit fuller than medium bodied. The carbonation and hops contribute a generally dry mouthfeel, but it's not crisp in an especially refined fashion.

D: This does a good job as an American version of a to-style Czech pilsner. I wasn't a giant fan of the mouthfeel, but this is an above average beer across the board.

Clydesdale, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Shaw's in North Hampton. Pours a Slightly hazy straw-yellow with about a half inch of head. Smell is rather subdued but some malt is wafting from the glass. Caramel and chocolate malt flavors mesh pretty well with a slightly grassy herbal hop presence, though all the flavors are pretty subdued. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A simple easy-drinker. Nothing more, nothing less.

MrHurmateeowish, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of hreb
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby, bottled on May 31, 2011, served in stange style glass. Beer is crystal clear yellow with a thick white head, which falls quickly. Not the most pilsnery aroma... actually somewhat sweet.

Flavor is part pilsner, part American lager. Slighty nutty even. But otherwise pretty dry. Actually, for an American Pilsner, it could have been a lot hoppier.

As others have said this is really too grainy to be as crisp and refreshing as a Pilsner ought to be. But it is highly drinkable and a solid B for overall enjoyability.

hreb, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is a copper/orange with a thin wisp of foamy white head that does not stay for long.

The smell is quite malty with a sweet aroma that has roots with some grainy flavor and a smack of bitterness.

The taste is grainy but sweet with a layered push toward a smooth finish that is a little bitter and a little smooth.

The feel of this beer is smooth but has a bitterness that is more identified with the style. A sweet flavor with some roots in bitterness that balance out but do not cancel each out.

Duhast500, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Rodekill
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love the new bottle and labels, but it appears to me that Redhook's beers have declined in quality a bit.

This is a decent hot weather, lawn mowing, BBQ, etc, type of beer.

Lacks real character, in that nothing really stands out.

Everything is middle of the road.

I got it as part of a sampler 12 pack and would not seek it out by itself in the future.

But man, that's a cool bottle!

Rodekill, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of goldbot
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep golden in color; lots of carbonation; thin white head that sticks pretty well. Definitely a hoppy pilsner from the aroma, but plenty of malt there too. Caramel and bread notes with citrus hops. Slightly resinous. Good, malty flavor, not too grainy or corny like some pilsners can be. Some caramel sweetness mixes well with fruity hops. Thin mouthfeel that could be a bit more crisp.

goldbot, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, slightly dark straw gold into a tulip with two fingers of bright white head. Faint aroma of lemon and grass.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Quick burst of lemon up front with lots of bready malt and grass followed by just a touch of bitterness.

Maybe a bit on the generic side, but is still quite crisp, balanced, and very drinkable.

grittybrews, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a bright gold with a ton of bubbles. Thin, light, foamy head. Very light toasty and floral nose, maybe jasmine. Light and crisp flavors; lemony and toasty. There are very sharp characteristics due to the increased carbonation. The finish is sour and musty, with some toasty notes, too. The finish lingers far too long; almost astringent.

GarthDanielson, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of fsimcox
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color. Bubbly white head dissipates quickly. No lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, some fruit and grass in the background. A faint hint of banana.

Some sweet malt up front, some grass and citrus notes in the middle, and a mild hop finish. Some hop after taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with quite a bit of carbonation.

I didn’t know Red Hook made a pils. A pleasant surprise. I will gladly drink another.

fsimcox, Jun 18, 2011
Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.