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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
okay

145 Reviews
THE BROS
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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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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 Rayek
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (1,485 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (1,033 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of timtwoface
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (248 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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! (649 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3/5  rDev -13%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of TwinButte
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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 (534 characters)

Photo of boudreaux
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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 (403 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.52/5  rDev +2%
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 (468 characters)

Photo of dannydetox
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.52/5  rDev +2%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -13%
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 (571 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
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! (1,010 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of mnrider
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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!! (511 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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. :) (606 characters)

Photo of PintOHops
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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! (1,152 characters)

Photo of JosiahS
3.21/5  rDev -7%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (659 characters)

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