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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

332 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 332
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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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 PhageLab
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Must say I do like the redesigned bottles.

A - Nice two finger head, underneath a sparkling clear bodied golden brew. Lacing and retention were moderate.

S - Delicious aroma of apricots with some mixed herbal notes. Surprisingly delightful.

T - Grassy body with a slight hop tinge, finishes with an earth-like tone, but not dirty. Pretty spot on for what I expect from a pils.

M - Crisp light body, mild carbonation.

D - Great sessionable pilsner that isn't lacking in flavor. Will most certainly revisit.

PhageLab, May 19, 2011
Photo of shand
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from an awesome 12oz stubby bottle into a pilsner glass.

This one pours a slightly hazy golden color with a tiny head and huge apparent carbonation. Aroma is quite nice, zesty noble hops and some nice grassy pilsner malt. The taste is very nice, smooth noble hops hit first followed up by some clean bready malts and just a bit of grassiness.

The mouthfeel is perfectly crisp and thick, this is how all pilsners should feel. The drinkability is very high, this goes down very smoothly. Then again, it's a pilsner, if they don't go down easy, something's wrong. I don't understand the poor reviews for this. This is a super-solid Czech pilsner, and I think the unpopular Redhook name is tainting some people's opinions of this brew.

shand, May 19, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: not quite pale or bright, gold. very clear. large bubbly/fluffy white head with .... retention.

S: very lightly toasted sourdough bread. a slightly spicy hop varietal is much more prominent.

T: starts malty and then moves into a bit of hop spice. pepper combined with a mouthfeel that consists of a slightly harder carbonation makes for a nice tang on the tongue.

M: not quite effervescent, but close. crisp and refreshing for sure.

D: very refreshing example. im surprised to see such negative reviews for this brew.

Jimmys, May 11, 2011
Photo of streetcommander
4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pilsner. Probably the best example of a Czech pilsner I've had that wasn't a home brew. Smooth and very well balanced. Another perfect example of a gateway beer. Very well done redhook.

Anyone who negatively reviews this beer likely does not have a clear understanding of this styles intent.

streetcommander, May 03, 2011
Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redhook Ale Brewery--Redhook Pilsner-2011. 4 oz. Taster at Hop Scotch Beer & Scotch Festival in Fremont, Seattle on 4/2/2011. 5.80% ABV. 25 IBU's. Nice white head. Clear pretty bright gold color. Light herbal hop front. Crisp tangy light herbal malt body. Tangy refreshing Pilsner hop spice bitter clean crisp end.Snappy Pils. Odd malt flavor, but good. (3.5 / 5.0).

philbertk, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

The perfect golden clarity is there, ample amount of white foam stays for the duration. Clean bready grassy malt with a faint spicy herbal hop nose, a clean one at that. Crispness is spot on and make this beer really refreshing, light to medium bodied. Maltiness is very clean with a quick brush of dried grass and bread crust. Hops are bitter enough for this dry-sided lager, oily flavor adds some depth but does not detract from its superior drinkability.

Impressive to say the least, I'll be getting a case ASAP as it easily found a place in my beer fridge.

Jason, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Good presentation for the style.

Sweet, grainy pilsener malt greets the nose, with just a kiss of hops as well. Very simple.

Ditto for the flavor. Sweet pilsener malt with a "corn" feel to it. I'm sure that's nothing. Delicious as it is.

Lingering sweetness from the malt makes up the mouthfeel. Once again, creamy and corn-like flavors linger as well.

Obviously, this isn't made with adjuncts. Still, it feels somewhat off. Perhaps it's the no-frills approach? Regardless, you could do a lot worse. For that reason, you should still give this a shot.

Brad007, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From May 2010
Typical golden yellow lager, with a nice bubbly white head. Aroma isnt too hot..lot of paper and biscuit. Taste however is very nice, slightly fruity,malt driven, slight hop..gets a little drier and even salty at the end. Nice mouthfeel.. have to give it high marks..good balance dry at the end leads to another gulp easily. Overall not a great pilsner but a very drinkable and enjoyable beer after work on the first mid to upper 70 degree day of the year. i actually thought it a lighter helles rather than a pilsner.

Reidrover, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and light lager yeast. Then some mildly sweet flavors of lemon and caramel come in along with a little bit of spice. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is mild but complementary providing a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily because it's on the lighter side, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely a lot of other beers in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Duff27
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Clear light golden color with a one-fingered head. Lacing is nearly non-existent.

S- Not much here, maybe a tad of lemon zest.

T- Grass/straw. Get a slightly sweet after taste, orange-ish?

M- The beer is just kinda 'blah' in your mouth. Little carbonation.

D/O- This is about the blandest but still drinkable beer I think I've ever had. Nothing awful but would probably drink just about any other craft beer given the chance.

Duff27, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. The beer is a sunshine yellow with a very thin and quickly dissipating white head. The body is hazy and has what appears to be sediment; this surprises me for the style as well as I did not stir this one. Smells pretty good. Certainly common pilsner characteristics on this one; grass, bitter hops , and a bit of lemon zest. This also smells a bit musty to me. The smell is not at all reflective of the taste. It finishes with a decent hop bittering but the malts seem darker than what they should be. The taste does not really reflect the style for me. This is a bit heavier than I would imagine. It's easy enough to drink, but I don't think I'd go for more. I'm really glad this is one that I inherited.

Bendurgin, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of sjverla
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: Very mild. Hints of straw. Fresh with a touch of lightly roasted malts.

Appearance: Pale gold with a shock-white head that stacks generously but goes quickly. There was some kind of sediment, which I do like from time to time, but still had pretty good clarity.

Taste: Mild at first, giving way to a peppery hop finish. There's a slight yeasty-flavor, moderate crispness, and very refreshing feel. However, I picked up a metallic taste that did some real damage to the overall effect.

Overall: Could be a really good beer if not for the aluminum foil taste.

sjverla, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of yesyouam
2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

yesyouam, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of deadbody
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

deadbody, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of obireidkenobi
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

obireidkenobi, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

jdhilt, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of MA08
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

MA08, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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.

cjgator3, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.48/5  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.

CHickman, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of biggred1
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

biggred1, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

morebeergood, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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.

Nerudamann, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of UpNorthLager
3/5  rDev -14%
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.

UpNorthLager, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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)

biboergosum, Jul 30, 2010
Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.