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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook PilsnerRedhook Pilsner

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BA SCORE
80
good

322 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%


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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/28/11

Appearance: Yellow gold, extremely clear, little white head, minimal lacing

Smell: Very mild - some light malts/grains - lager yeast, a slight spiciness - not much else

Taste: Basically, a lager - grains, slightly toasted grains, lager yeast - some spice - some slight grassiness - clean, nothing much to complain about

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, nicely dry

Overall: Not bad

This is a decent lager, but it's really not anything special. It's really not that much better than a typical American macro. But it's very inoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 06:43:27 | More by angrybabboon
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Hershdawg

California

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with a white one finger head. Small amount of lacing. Great clarity.

S: Some noble hop aroma. Herbs, maybe a little mint, a bit of earthiness. Hop aroma is a little spicy as well. A little honey sweetness in the nose.

T: Spicy noble hops, a little honey, or light caramel. Clean finish. Moderate hop bitterness.

M: Good and light in body as a pilsner should be.

O: Not bad pilsner, its a little sweeter then pilsners should be but the color and flavor are still good.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:46:18 | More by Hershdawg
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RedHook Pilsner. "May Not Look It, but Has A Dark Side." (What the hell does that mean?) 5.3% Alc./Vol.

I haven't had any RedHook in ages. They stopped meaning anything to me a long, long time ago. Now, apparently, they have 3 breweries. Did not know that.
Glad I got some samples from the sample man, this time one with RedHook and Widmer samples. Good thing, I don't think I would have purchased a 6'er of this on my own.

So let's look at it. Clear and golden, effervescent, snow-white head.

Clean, malty aromatics, some hops, cereal notes. Note perfect pilsner nose.

Taste: crystal clear and clean. Light body. Small hop blitz, gone in no time, revealing a sweet malt profile, ending dry. Dry and ever-s0-slightly bitter.
They pitched it perfectly. Not so bad.

But, where was that "dark side", again?

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 09:17:04 | More by feloniousmonk
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jar2574

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Average looking beer, with average white head over golden yellow, highly carbonated beer. Decent lacing.

Smells is bitter hops that you'd expect in a pilsner, but not as strong as you'd like.

Taste is much milder than most pilsners, with malts balancing out the hops. Bitter hops really don't stand out, which is unusual.

Makes for an easy-drinking session beer, pretty much in line with what I've been seeing from Redhook. This brewery doesn't challenge you with assertive tastes, it just provides beers that are good (not great) and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:35:41 | More by jar2574
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ely2000k

California

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty decent. I don't know, perhaps I just am not the biggest fan of Pilsners, but I haven't had one that blows me away. That being said, as far as the style goes, this one is good overall, but also fairly forgettable. I will say however, that I bought a 12 pack Redhook variety pack to sample some of their beers, and this one was probably the best by a mild margin. The look is what your would expect, golden, straw coloring, with a decent head. As far as smell, I don't smell much other then some malt a lemony kind of smell. Taste has some hops to it which I like, but stays within the characteristics of the style. And the carbonation and mouthfeel fit also. Nothing amazing, but I would come back to this beer again if I was looking for a non big brewery Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 04:34:35 | More by ely2000k
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a single bottle out of a mixed case. I was a little leary, based on some past Rehook beers, but this was a decent pilsner—maybe a step behind Summit's pils. I got a hit of toasty grain under the sweet and smooth base. A clean, spicy hop kick finished it off for a balanced Czech pils. Kinda hoppy, kinda tasty, worth a try. Certainly not forgettable like some of the other Redhook staples.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 00:50:37 | More by tempest
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Tone

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, citrus hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, pale malt, slight sweet malt, and hint of pine. Overall, good appearance, feel, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 17:23:34 | More by Tone
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Murrhey

Montana

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured 11/23 in a tumbler.

A- Half finger head, very minimal retention. Small amount of lacing. Light orange-yellow color. Little carbonation.

S- Wheat, hoppiness. Citrus and other light fruits.

T- Strongly bitter. Bittering hops most prominent taste. Grass and wheat tastes.

M-Lightly carbonated, thin body.

O- Meh. Disappointed with the Redhooks so far.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 02:16:40 | More by Murrhey
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Zorro

California

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 02:10:14 | More by Zorro
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Rayek

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 19:56:58 | More by Rayek
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lwillitz

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 04:11:57 | More by lwillitz
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 00:26:58 | More by twiggamortis420
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 02:47:03 | More by MONKandTUCK
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.08/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 19:59:47 | More by mrfrancis
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woemad

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 20:00:31 | More by woemad
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timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 01:43:18 | More by timtwoface
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mactrail

California

4/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 03:32:30 | More by mactrail
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 00:05:33 | More by MoreThanWine
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kojevergas

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 08:37:20 | More by kojevergas
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TwinButte

South Dakota

4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 02:20:49 | More by TwinButte
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boudreaux

Alabama

3.78/5  rDev +8%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 04:36:22 | More by boudreaux
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Offa

California

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 20:20:52 | More by Offa
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 04:46:31 | More by mikesgroove
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dannydetox

California

3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:45:47 | More by dannydetox
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 16:07:23 | More by donkeyrunner
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