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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook PilsnerRedhook Pilsner

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BA SCORE
80
good

323 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 323
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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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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brianjay

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 17:27:17 | More by brianjay
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DavidS88

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

All in all, Redhook's Pilsner isn't a terrible brew, but it wasn't all that outstanding either. Just sort of bland. The appearance was decent, a bright clean gold with a tiny white head that disappeared the moment it touches your lips. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass as well. This is one of the few beers that didn't really smell like anything. Seriously, even the light lagers of the world have that distinct macrobrew scent to them, but this didn't have anything on the nose. The taste was kinda largely the same. Very slight bitterness from some hops and even a little bit of skunkiness, but nothing like a Corona or an actually skunked beer. The best thing about the beer was that it had a very crisp and clean mouthfeel that made this extremely easy to drink if you can get around the fact that it pretty much doesn't taste like anything. Not terrible, but my first 12 pack of Redhook may also be my last. Sorry guys, I just wanted more.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 21:42:47 | More by DavidS88
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taylocd

Alabama

3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 04:51:29 | More by taylocd
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AnalogReigns

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FINALLY! Craft-brewers (even big corporate ones...) are doing solid Pilseners. This compares well to Sam's Noble Pils (though SA's is dryer) but not quite as complex. That would make sense as Noble Pils is more of a German-style pilsener (though not super-crisp, Jever-style), whereas this is a solid Czech/Bohemian Pils.

Reminds me of Prague...really.

Nothing dramatic to write home about...but since when is beer really SUPPOSED to be that? Does Mom want to know beer? A beer to drink with friends...over hours of in-person conversation (no texting or cell phones allowed).

A lovely true Bohemian Pils, made right here in America!

Na zdraví !!!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 16:57:36 | More by AnalogReigns
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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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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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SAtaMi

Arizona

2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 23:21:53 | More by SAtaMi
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deadbody

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Glarus pint glass. Good amber color, nice head that faded somewhat quickly leaving small amounts on top, decent lacing, solid scent. Very bitter taste, not citrussy, and not super malty, just bitter. Odd for a pilsner style, not what I was expecting. Decent carbonation.

I will finish the 6 pack I have of this, but not buy anymore, and I am happy I got it on a clearout fot $3.99 for the 6 pack or I would have felt like I spent good money on beer I don't really enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 12:35:05 | More by deadbody
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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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streetcommander

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pilsner. Probably the best example of a Czech pilsner I've had that wasn't a home brew. Smooth and very well balanced. Another perfect example of a gateway beer. Very well done redhook.

Anyone who negatively reviews this beer likely does not have a clear understanding of this styles intent.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 22:38:15 | More by streetcommander
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Inflames

California

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 03:20:33 | More by Inflames
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obireidkenobi

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2010 02:20:51 | More by obireidkenobi
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MA08

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 15:48:57 | More by MA08
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UpNorthLager

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 14:03:14 | More by UpNorthLager
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sajaffe1

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 19:53:38 | More by sajaffe1
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Rodekill

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love the new bottle and labels, but it appears to me that Redhook's beers have declined in quality a bit.

This is a decent hot weather, lawn mowing, BBQ, etc, type of beer.

Lacks real character, in that nothing really stands out.

Everything is middle of the road.

I got it as part of a sampler 12 pack and would not seek it out by itself in the future.

But man, that's a cool bottle!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 02:41:07 | More by Rodekill
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hogrider

Florida

3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint mug. I like the nice ochre yellow color of the beer, the head was decent, the lacing was nice, it had a malty aroma and subdue notes of hops. The first sip was pleasant to the taste buds, the beer is not fizzy; but has nice mouth feel and taste. I can drink lots of it and it is by no means a lawnmower beer....and remember folks, drink beer and support your local brewery. HOG

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 00:09:31 | More by hogrider
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WalterHeisenberg

New Mexico

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Bottle aggressive pour into pint glass
A: straw clear clearly carbonated white head good retention no lacing
S: not much smells like a typical macro
T: slight watery clean fresh not hoppy at all malty ricey
M: thin like atypical macro
O: very decent highly drinkable good price. If I had to slum it here's where I draw the line. I love the style but I've gotten so used to drinking higher ABV IPAs so I tend to look at the style almost like a 3.2 beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 03:26:26 | More by WalterHeisenberg
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VALIS666

New Hampshire

2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 1 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear straw color, no life. Smell of grains, a little malt sweetness. Watery, undistinctive taste. Fizzy, slightly soapy aftertaste. Probably good with spicy food, that’s about the best thing I can say. Funny, though, I gave this a 4.0 a month or two ago. Either my palate is changing, or judging beer, like most subjective evaluations, depends heavily on mood, setting and circumstance.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 04:43:26 | More by VALIS666
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Pooter

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 02:16:37 | More by Pooter
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Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.