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Redhook Pilsner - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook PilsnerRedhook Pilsner

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145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 341
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 20.23%
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 Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.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.

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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 341
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured like a fizzy yellow beer, no head, minimal lacing

S: Grains and light floral hops

T: Grass, grains and some bittering hops. Very unappealing and the taste is rather boring as well

M: Light body, not much on the palate

O: Below average Pilsener

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Photo of jdhilt
2.79/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Faint grassy nose. Flavor is more hops than malts, smooth, slight metallic finish. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was a typical grain scent, with just a bit of earthy hops showing through. The taste was also grain dominant with a trace of hops. The body was fairly typical for the style, as was drinkability. Overall, not a bad brew, but you can do better if you're in the mood for the style. On the other hand, you can do worse, and in some situations, you might be glad to see this beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The actual name of this is Cross Czech Pils. Sampled on July 22, 2013. Living in New Hampshire I expect this one was brewed at the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth.

Very typical looking pilsener pour with straw yellow color and big burst of white head that settles down a lot quicker than I am used to for the style.

The aroma is something else. I expect grain and grass but got that and more. There's yeast, toasted bread, and butter, and something incredibly interesting that may be rooted in the yeast.

Body is light to medium.

The taste is like the aroma. It has a little something special that I have never encountered in a pilsner and I liked it. It was a kind of toasted bread and butter thing with a biscuit and boiled potato richness and a low lingering bitterness at the end. I am stumped at finding a description. I have never had anything quite like it and for that alone it deserves a higher mark. I will be buying this one more often.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a fizzy white head that quickly disappears.

S- The aroma is light pilsner malt and faint hops. Not much else to mention, pretty faint.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with faint light pilsner malts with a mild bitterness from the hops in the crisp finish. Not all that flavorful but very clean and easy drinking with not any off-flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is not the most exciting pilsner but it serves it's purpose as an easy drinking summer session beer. Would hold up decently well at outdoor summer cookouts and tailgates.

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Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Good presentation for the style.

Sweet, grainy pilsener malt greets the nose, with just a kiss of hops as well. Very simple.

Ditto for the flavor. Sweet pilsener malt with a "corn" feel to it. I'm sure that's nothing. Delicious as it is.

Lingering sweetness from the malt makes up the mouthfeel. Once again, creamy and corn-like flavors linger as well.

Obviously, this isn't made with adjuncts. Still, it feels somewhat off. Perhaps it's the no-frills approach? Regardless, you could do a lot worse. For that reason, you should still give this a shot.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served with a fine white head and no lace. color was a clear gold amber. Aroma was hoppy, malty, and beery. Flavor was similar with hops coming out with some floral characteristics. Body was good but carbonation was a tad flat. Finsh was nice with hints of salt, acid, & bitterness. Could do worse.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.08/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear pale gold color. The head consists of a small ring of lacing that vanishes quickly. The aroma is a bready malt, and corn. The taste is mostly of corn. It isn't a bad taste, but it really doesn't remind me of a Czech Pilsener. The mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer is decent at best. If given the choice of drinking this beer or BMC product I would drink this beer without complaint. Other than that I can't see myself drinking it again.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
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.


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Photo of Fatehunter
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger of head with descent retention. Medium straw colored body.
A nice grain smell with a note of honey.
Taste has a little fresh fruit, light grain, and moderate bitterness. Not the best balance, but still good.
Crisp and clean texture. Moderate carbonation and a lighter body.
A solid pilsner.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From May 2010
Typical golden yellow lager, with a nice bubbly white head. Aroma isnt too hot..lot of paper and biscuit. Taste however is very nice, slightly fruity,malt driven, slight hop..gets a little drier and even salty at the end. Nice mouthfeel.. have to give it high marks..good balance dry at the end leads to another gulp easily. Overall not a great pilsner but a very drinkable and enjoyable beer after work on the first mid to upper 70 degree day of the year. i actually thought it a lighter helles rather than a pilsner.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.77/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
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.


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Photo of msubulldog25
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
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)

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: A crisp and bready pils malt forward aroma. Upfront scent of bready Pils malt with hints of biscuit, cereal grains, straw, yeast, and crackers. Light presence of earthy European hops that linger in the background. A pretty solid typical Pils aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and bready Pils malt driven taste. Bready taste of Pils malt with upfront notes of biscuit, cereal grains, straw, hay, crackers, and yeast. Decent backing of earthy European hops add a little balance. Nicely crisp and dry. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A good take on the Pilsener style. Has the grainy malt presence you expect for the style.

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Photo of harrymel
2.4/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 17OCT11,
bit old, but whatev Pours a golden, if not dark for style, with a short lived finger of white foam. Near excellent clarity. (3) Smells of grain, corn and some noble hops, simple and typical. (3) Tastes like water with some adjustments. Low hints of malt, hops, dry grass and sodium bicarb. (2). Thin, even for the style, seriously empty body. moderate carb. (2). Not impressed. (2.5)

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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

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