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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
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145 Reviews
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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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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 RJLarse
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.21/5  rDev -7%
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) (1,329 characters)

Photo of Inflames
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (906 characters)

Photo of Japerrault
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of SAtaMi
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice creamy white fine-bubbled head. Aroma is fruity, malty and slightly yeasty. Lively flavor is malty and yeasty with hints of pear and cloves. Texture is smooth, fizzy and tingly. I prefer darker beers, but I did enjoy this pilsner. (269 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild hop aroma with a little spiciness and a little floral. Mild malt background. Seems about right for style if not just a touch subdued.
Fizzy and loud. Smallish white head that leaves quickly. Very clear pale gold color. Lots and lots of bubbles rising.
Malt flavors a little more emphasized than I expected. Extended dryness after mild to moderate hop flavors and bitterness. Starts with pale malt flavors that are a tad bready, grainy and fairly clean pale malts.
Carbonated as expected with fullness and softness. Appropriately lightly bodied.
There is nothing particularly wrong with this. Not very exciting, but not so bad. The hop aroma's and hop flavors didn't match as I expected, but that's me. If I had another, I'd drink it without hesitation, especially if it's hot outside. (789 characters)

Photo of Pooter
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A lot of folks on Beeradvocate aren't big Pilsner fans. I am. I find this brew disappointing in that it is pretty bland and malty, and not related to my favorite style of hoppy German Pilsener.

So, to get going:

Appearance is fine, what you'd expect for the style. Brief head with minimal lacing.

Smell: It smells better than it tastes; I was expecting something of better quality after I took a whiff.

Taste: On the sweet side. I can't peg it too specifically but I get an overall malty sweetness, I wish it were drier.

Mouthfeel: This is fine, there is a pleasant carbonation but not much aftertaste going on.

Drinkability: People that drink macrobrews would like this. Enough said. Perhaps that's their target market, I was looking for a little more.

Doubly disappointing after Sierra Nevada's poor showing for their pretty bland Summmer Lager/Pilsner offering. Although I hold SN to a higher standard than Red Hook. (928 characters)

Photo of mempath
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i guess this is just being offered in botte....7 reviews? and no picture? ok, here goes...

pours a basic golden expected color....white head....no lacing....settles fast....nothing astounding (yet)....

not much of a nose...slight malt/hops? i mean, i can't really quite catch it. or imagine.

for a pilsner, seems sweeter than i'd like. sure, this would be refreshing and welcome on a hot SUMMER day after some yardwork or a bike ride, but nothing spectacular. too sweet. cornish. corny. corn? hop element is too laid back, wimpy. did i say too sweet?

thin mouthfeel. i guess as it should be. but seems lacking in body. and even carbonation.

drinkability. sure, if you like this. i don't hate it. it's still better than anything from the macrofascists, but this is for the real beer advocate a boring pour... (812 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly golden color with a small, fizzy, white head of foam. It left a little soapy lace on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and some floral hops.

T - Nice crisp sweetness with a strong caramel flavor. Some mild toffee flavors blend with grains and a grassy hop presence.

M - It was sharp and crackled on the tongue. A light bodied and very easy drinking brew.

D - This is a pretty solid Czech Pils. It has the look of a great pilsener and brings a good flavor, too. (519 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is corn and wheat. Not too great. The flavor is very similar. The corn and wheat stand out and this tastes a whole lot like a macro lager. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not something I would try again. (317 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottle on: 04-22-10.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body with a smallish, fizzly, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pilsner malts accented by a pervasive grainy character and teensy hint of honey. Also noble hop notes of dehydrated grasses and spice.

Taste: Pils and pale malts with a pointed graininess to it. Mild cereal sweetness, like a taste of Golden Crisp. Floral, grassy, lightly spicy Saaz hop character with a decent pinch of bitterness. More graininess and grassiness on the dry, reasonably crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Goes down easy enough, I suppose. A little more graininess than I'm looking for in a pilsner, but otherwise it's acceptable. (809 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass a clear light to medium golden with a clingy half finger white head leaving an unbroken ring of lace as it settled.Mild fruity esters in the nose wich was a bit of surprise to go along with some toasty cereal grain.Decent flavors on the palate,grainy and lightly toasted with a tinge of honey malt,a light sharpness come in the finish.Not a bad pilsner not as hopped as I may have liked, but its crisp and pretty well rounded. (454 characters)

Photo of taylocd
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at Pine Bar as one of their new offerings.

A - It had decent lacing, but was beer itself was a touch too clear.

S - nice cereal / grainy aroma.

T - again grains were pronounced, but it had a delayed sweet aftertaste; if not for that, this would easily have been a 4.

M / D - this one is an easy drinker and is certainly thirst-quenching, but the score reflects the "good-but-not-great" brew. (413 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had lunch at The Chataqua Pub today. This wasn't on tap, but I picked up a 6pack to bring home. An innocuous beer. Gold color with a small white head and a tiny bit of lacing. Faint fresh grass, citrus aroma. Lemon taste, hops at the end. While it had a crisp mouthfeel, I thought it was overly hopped. Lots of better pilsners to choose from. (342 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know how it is that Redhook has come to serve their new summer seasonal in winter, but they have. It is impeccably well filtered and clear as one might expect both from the mandate of the style and the tendency of the brewery. But Ropeswing is almost greenish-yellow. It delivers persistent carbonation but no head or lace. A sudden wash of sweetness is followed by a drab, bitter flavor that's grainy and slightly tannic, but otherwise lacks definition. The aroma hints at enjoyably toasted grains.

Not a bad beer, but as with most Redhook fare, it's hard to get excited about it. (594 characters)

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