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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

333 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | 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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

GFD400, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of rTheory
4/5  rDev +14.6%

rTheory, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of ponbon63
4/5  rDev +14.6%

ponbon63, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of nwatson
4/5  rDev +14.6%

nwatson, Jan 25, 2012
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 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 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 steveh
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook has a Pilsner, who knew?

Bottled in New Hampshire on 11/19/12. 5.3 ABV. Label tagline reads: "May not look it, but has a dark side." Really? Hmm.

A -- Clear gold color with a very dense and firm white head that holds up well.

S -- Lightly malty, mild spicy and citrus hop character back, mild DMS.

T -- Fleeting citrus up front that blends into a bready malt character that fades into a spicy bitterness. Finish is bready malts and the aftertaste is spicy hops. There's a mild grainy backbone to this beer so common with American takes on European light lagers -- I'm sure due to N. American 2 row barley, or just a corner-cutting mash process.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- A pretty good take on the style. The spicy hops do a good job of hiding a grainy character that might be otherwise distracting. A nice summer drinker to have alongside Sierra Nevada Summerfest or Victory Pils.

steveh, Mar 21, 2013
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 aranheaney
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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

aranheaney, May 06, 2012
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 micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a desent size head that lingers for guite a while. Carbonation is lighter then normal.

Aroma finds a good pils bouquet of bready malts and spicy hops.

Taste is quite good with a solid malt bill that has a clean taste and hops that have a spicy, grassy taste. Both linger into the aftertaste.

Feels thin and spicy on the palette with a slightly bitter and sharp finish.

Overall it's good and refreshing.

micromaniac129, Sep 09, 2012
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.

Inflames, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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

RonaldTheriot, Apr 29, 2012
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
Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Zorro, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

MONKandTUCK, Nov 03, 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 sajaffe1
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a glass tankard

A- It has a hazy golden look with a short-lived head. No lacing can be seen.

S- Interesting. There are notable hints of honey, banana and melon aromas with a touch of Saaz hops. Smells sort of like a hefeweizen in lager form.

T- Not bad. Small bit of fruity sweetness similar to the aroma followed by some moderate hop bitterness. Not the best balanced beer though.

M- Moderate carbonation

O- This is worth a try. Makes a decent session beer.

sajaffe1, Apr 15, 2013
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 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 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 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.

RJLarse, Jun 27, 2010
Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.