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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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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 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.

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.

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.

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)

Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a grainy, pilsner malt scent along with a citrusy yeast character. It's light with little hop aroma. The taste is average as well. It has a light pilsner malt flavor with a moderate hop bitterness and a dry citrusy finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a light, easy drinking beer for the hot summer. It just isn't a very good summer ale.

Photo of LuthersMug
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice golden hue, clear with little to no head. Light lacing throughout.

S - Slightly sweet with grainy hints of corn.

T - A bit of a grainy flavor with moderate hops.

M - Decent carbonation, with a bit of a bite due to the hops.

D - An okay beer, but nothing I would need to have.

Photo of kshankar
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow with barely any foam, even with a slightly aggressive pour. No lacing.

Aroma is of mild hops and malts.

Taste is mildly bitter from the hops, with a slick sweetness from the malts. Finishes grainy. Pretty decent carbonation. Light.

Drinkable, yes. I'm not the biggest fan of pilsners though. Done well, though.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.53/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz single for $2.00 at Barb's Beer Emporium on a recent trip to Concord NH. Stamped with bottled on date of 062610 (June 26 2010), so this stuff's pretty fresh. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Half-inch of fizzy head settles quickly to almost nothing. Brew is a crystal clear yellow that shines brightly when held to a light. Moderate carbonation seen streaming upward.

S: Some pilsner skunk on a fairly thick and medium-sweet malty background. Honey and fresh cherry tree blossoms.

T: Wow, unlike any pilsner I've ever had. It has a well-rounded bouquet, as opposed to the typical watery macro skunk bomb. Just a tiny bit of skunk blends seamlessly into the semi-sweet malts. What really makes it unique is a delicate but powerful floral somewhat fruity element. I think I nailed it on the smell: cherry tree blossoms. Or freshly-split cherry firewood. Floral, a bit green, and a bit of fruity sweetness. It makes me think I'm standing in an orchard on a spring morning after a night of rain when the grass is still wet and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. This is divine, it has really struck a nerve.

M/D: Light-bodied and smooth, maybe a bit flat. The finish fades quickly to a lingering trace. Hugely drinkable and highly recommended. Not a good example of a pilsner, but very damn tasty.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear pale gold color. The head consists of a small ring of lacing that vanishes quickly. The aroma is a bready malt, and corn. The taste is mostly of corn. It isn't a bad taste, but it really doesn't remind me of a Czech Pilsener. The mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer is decent at best. If given the choice of drinking this beer or BMC product I would drink this beer without complaint. Other than that I can't see myself drinking it again.

Photo of brianjay
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle and into the glass. It is summer time, let's have some pilsner!

This has a thin, light head which disappears almost instantly. A nice, golden color with some darker bronze hues in the body.

Notes are an aromatic yeast with a light bread aroma. Light on all accounts as well as in flavor. There is a dry, grainy flavor which sticks around for a while.

very drinkable on a summer day. Rope Swing has more character and body than most American lagers but not much more.

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was a typical grain scent, with just a bit of earthy hops showing through. The taste was also grain dominant with a trace of hops. The body was fairly typical for the style, as was drinkability. Overall, not a bad brew, but you can do better if you're in the mood for the style. On the other hand, you can do worse, and in some situations, you might be glad to see this beer.

Photo of drpimento
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served with a fine white head and no lace. color was a clear gold amber. Aroma was hoppy, malty, and beery. Flavor was similar with hops coming out with some floral characteristics. Body was good but carbonation was a tad flat. Finsh was nice with hints of salt, acid, & bitterness. Could do worse.

Photo of wahhmaster
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellow color with a large, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Faint hints of grassy hops with grainy and toasty malts.

Taste: Pretty bland. Lightly bitter up front with hints of grassiness. Develops a slightly toasty taste towards the back but it's very faint.

Mouthfeel: A little thin with slightly too much carbonation. Not terrible though, in this regard.

Drinkability: Not the best pilsner but still an easy-drinking and fairly enjoyable summer seasonal. Certainly not something I'd seek out but still not THAT bad.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with almost no head.
Smells like Saaz hops, and a good dose of them. Nice nose.
Great malty flavor, with just a small bite. Not as crisp as I would hope on the mouth, but still really tasty.

Sacrifices refreshing quality for taste, but definitely not a bad thing.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brewed on 5/4/10 consumed on 6/24/10

Looks clear golden color with a nice flow of carbonation and a really healthy, fluffy, slow-dissipating clean-white head.

Earthy, peppery hop and yeast aroma. More earthy grains and a tangy crispness. Dried wheat, corn husks in the hot sun, corn on the cobb maltiness and a bit of sweet malt. Great aromatic balance.

This one starts off clean and full of earthy, natural flavor's like dried corn from the cobb, golden wheat, earthy grains. The yeast adds a rightous hit of earthiness, peppery garden greens and subtle sour notes but all in perfect balance..>>> A really nice balance except the malt might have too much lingering sweetness<<<, slightly cloying, mostly clean and crisp, light but as time passes the quality slips and it becomes more malty and heavy. UPDATE:new fancy bottle: brewed on 3/22/11. This one is a classic, the malty sweetness is toned down and only, clean and crisp flavor's prevail here. the finish is crystal clean, refreshing and ultra crispy and it doesn't seem to downgrade as time passes. either this one is much fresher than my previous review's sample or the recipe has been slightly tweeked...for the better. I'm in love.

This one is quality. brewed perfectly to style this time around light and bright flavor's...gentle herbs, garden greens and crispy malt makes this one tough to put down!

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rope Swing is an easy drinking Summertime sipper that rides the median line for all things Lager.

The beer begins with a deep straw, nearly copper color. Bright clarity. An initially froathy head that soon reduces to a thin lace but holding firm after that. The beer leaves light lacing on the glass as the beer fades.

Aromas of pilsner malt, raw grains, apples, and light vegital notes round out the first impressions of the nose. Light floral and herbal hops ride deep in the background but never compete for attention. Mild sulfur character seeps into a light grassy note after the beer warms.

Flavors of pilsner malt over shadow the grain character, and with a cracker-like or light bread taste. Grassy hops give a bit of a bitter bite while offsetting the sweeter malts and contributing light floral and fresh cut grass tastes. Light sulfurs and vegital notes once again become noticable after the beer warms a bit; but this is typical for lagers.

Creamy and perhaps a bit malt-heavy early on. But the beer crispens up well, leading to a mostly clean and dry finish. The weight and sweeter malts make me think Bohemian Pilsner moreso than a Czech Pils.

Redhook can be blamed for some of the more banal beers in the craft beer markets but this beer seems to suit their brewing style and target audience well as they did fine with this beer.

Photo of RJLarse
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Rope Swing in a grocery store. $6.49. Poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a straw yellow color and is clear. Torrents of bubbles are rising and swirling in the glass. Modest one-finger frothy white head, leave some dainty lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell is sweet, with a fruity, candy, perfume like aroma. In some respects it has a banana a clove scent of a Bavarian hefe.

The taste is a corn cracker flavor, with a sweet spiciness along side, and a dry bitter finish. It has a lot more flavor than I was expecting of the style.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. A good thirst quencher on a hot day for sure.

A drinkable brew and I'd go back to it in the summer, especially on sale. A good lawnmower beer.

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp and refreshing, some malts and grains, a bit on the sweet side. Finishes with mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass and served with a shrimp/pasta dish my wife whipped up. I would probably never have grabbed this off the shelf; it arrived as a single in a mixed 4-pack from the Craft Brewers Alliance shareholders meeting about 3 weeks ago. Bottled date: APR 27 10.

A: Vibrant golden, clear and well-filled with slow-rising carbonation. A half-finger head of snowy white, good retention and a fractured lacing, small and larger bits hanging, unmoving.

S: A rather drab noseful of sweet grains. It's not a 'bad' smell, but its a sugary whiff that hardly bears a resemblance to a true Czech Pilsener. Corny, a bit of cotton candy and sweet spice.

T: Lightly toasted malt, a bit like buttery crackers. Not a ton of spice, nor a ton of balancing bitterness, but its a flavorful lager, I suppose. A bit of fruit and a light grassiness.

M: A reasonable crispness, an equally reasonable mouthfeel that coats fairly nicely. Lighter body, on the thinner side. Whatever initial crispness there was trails off after a relatively brief amount of time.

D: A pleasing drinker for spring/summer heat (if we ever get any here in Oregon, just sayin'...), light and refreshing. Not a mold-breaker, but not bad at all either. Worth a shot...though probably NOT one I'm returning to (too many stellar pilseners out there)

Photo of Inflames
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is great, I just found my new yardwork beer. It's a pilsner so the obvious applies(light in color,thin head, faint aroma). But the flavor is quite nice, there is a nice slightly sweet malt flavor, dare I say maybe a bit grainy/bready, combined with a hop presence that completes the beer. Bubbly, it provides that little prickle on the back of the tounge. This drinks very well.
Congrats to those that brewed this up.
Rope swing is a worthwhile addition to the grocery store beer section. Enjoy.

Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Modest starting head that leaves nearly no lace. Settles to a single layer. The color is beautiful straw. It's also clear.

More malty than most pilseners. Quite dry to the nose.

Not as crisp as I'd expect. Dry to the tongue. The hop is too light and not fresh enough. The body is decent.

It's not a bad beer, it just isn't very special either.

Photo of Kendo
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 4/22/10, consumed 6/10/10.

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Stopped pouring to see how much head I'd get, then when I poured in the last ounce or so, there was some fine sediment that added a haze to the top of the glass. I can see it in suspension throughout now, after it settled. . . . Body is light golden with a 1-finger white head over top. Some splotchy lace sticks to the glass, but not a lot.

S: Faint cereal grains. Slight fruitiness.

T: Odd. Something seems off but I'm not sure what it is. Am I getting wet cardboard? Anyhow, there's a bit of grain up front, a bit of fruity sweetness (could that be corn?) and some slight hop grassiness in the back. Also a major minerally taste that lingers into the aftertaste, though at times the sweetness comes back.

M: Thin. Watery.

D: Ice cold after mowing the lawn while in the shower this wouldn't be horrible, but I wouldn't buy this.

Photo of Japerrault
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, light, golden pilsner with a nice white head.

S: Light cereal grain aromas.

T: Light sweetness from beginning to finnish. Mild grain flavors in the background. Corn in the finish. No obvious hops. Could use a slight bitterness to help balance.

M: Light bodied, smooth pilsner. Decent carbonation.

D: Easy drinker. Low complexity, and light sweet flavors make this a good beer to drink on a hot day.

Photo of SAtaMi
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Nice small soft white head. Light golden color.

Smell - Grainy with a little malt and maybe some fruit.

Taste - The grain is there in full affect. Malt is on the light side as it should be. With a sweet pinkie raising aftertaste for a pilsner.

Mouthfeel - Light, soft and lots of carbonation.

Drinkability - Goes down easy. Kind of like water. It is an average beer that would be better without the sweet aftertaste.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A new release from Redhook for the summer. Pours a light golden color, small head to it that dissipates into a barley visible one throughout. Not much aroma to it. Taste is light to medium bodied, some nice euro-hop flavors come out, nice malt backbone too.. a well balanced beer for sure. Highly carbonated, nice and fizzy. Not the most exciting style (Pilsener), but this one is a better then average variety. Thirst quenching on a hot day and very drinkable, nice dash of hops on the palette and finishes clean... solid brew.

Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.