Brooklyn Pilsner - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 31
Gots: 93 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-06-2001

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker yellow color with not as much head as expected,aroma was really grainy and hoppy with some sweetness maybe honey?Taste is pretty sharp and bitter loads of hops in here with a dry malty backbone with a a light metallic flavor in there as well.This is a pretty manly pilsner but quite good.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a beer mug.

A: Almost clear, pale gold with a nice looking foamy white head of about 1/2" or so. Head receded after a few minutes leaving a thin white layer and lots of lacing.

S: Fresh bread, some pale malt, light hops, and a hint of yeast.

T: Very well balanced light sweetness from pale malts with the nimble citrus flavored hops. The flavors are solid, staying together nicely, and remain that way from first rush to final swallow. The finish is very satisfying and relatively quick, leaving just a hint of maltiness to play with the final wave hop bittering at the very final bit of linger. I think I have a new favorite Pilsner!!

M&D: A bit more robust in the mouth than I would have expected, but not really heavy by any means. The carbonation is perfect, lending itself to a smooth creaminess that makes this brew so easy to drink. This is incredibly satisfying and tasty and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good pilsner. This will be a new regular in my rounds.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gold color with just a hint of haziness. Medium sized white head, little bit of lacing. It had a sweet, outdoorsy aroma. Grass and flowers. Malt taste up front with some late sharp hops. Crisp beer. Easy drinking, had three of these in short order.

Photo of Todd
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Clearly marked freshness date.

Appearance: A clear, pale golden beer with lively carbonation. It pours with a thick white foam, but quickly collapses to a mere bubble lace covering.

Smell: Fruity, sweet, floral and grainy with a faint hint of sulfur in the nose.

Taste: A bit creamy on the palate, then sharp with a lemony bitter hop twang that rides in on a refreshing, crisp carbonation. The "twang" has grape skin-like flavours and dryness. The bitterness peaks and stays on the palate for a bit, then lends way to a firm, fruity malt character (almost exotic) with a nice level of sweetness. As the beer warms, the hop and grain flavours become a bit raw/fresh tasting and more pronounced, sticking to the palate. Finishes medium dry with grain flavours on the palate.

Notes: 4.8%abv. I thoroughly enjoyed this interpretation of a pre-Prohibition German beer. Extremely flavourful, traditional, but made unique with an American crafted hand. Highly recommended as a standard beer to stock in the fridge.

Photo of generallee
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a best before date.

Appearance: The body has a bright golden color with very good clarity and some nice streams of fine carbonation rushing to the head. The head builds up tall and fluffy. It is bright white in color, has good retention and makes some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma has a light biscuity malt presence with some floral hops.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor is very clean, crisp and very well balanced. A subtle biscuity malt mixes with a mild floral and almost fruity hops. The hops bring a pleasant bitterness and dry crispness to the finish. It has a smooth light texture with just enough carbonation to match its light to medium body.

Notes: This is a very clean and highly drinkable Pilsner and it is great on a hot summer day.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Yellow straw, faint haze & good lacing.

SMELL: Fresh hop resin, rose water, herbal, spicy, clean grain, fresh crackers.

TASTE: Bread crust, doughy, crisp, smooth, moderate body, thick noble hop flavor, spicy, clean grain, herbal hop bitterness, dry finish.

A real good quaff, right to style and easily rivaling the more mainstream German Pilsners. The hoppiness here has won me over.

Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light golden body with a modest white head. Medium patch lacing. Just about an ideal appearance for style.
Aroma is sweet pale malts and grassy and herbal hops. No Euroskunk sulfuric notes that I've come to associate with pilsners.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light bodied, with moderately high carbonation.
Taste is evenly balanced between pale malt sweetness and herbal hops. Nothing to jump out at you, but very crisp and enjoyable.
Solid session brew here. Very well made, and one of the better pilseners produced anywhere.

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before date notched into label. Poured light straw and very clear. White head, dissolves to a tiny bubble film, bubbles streaming up from the bottom and some lacing left behind. Bready nose. Light bodied, crisp hoppy brew, bready, malty notes with a nice hoppy, snappy finish. Decent session brew, solid summer thirst quencher. Nicely crafted pilsner.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, bright caution light yellow, 1/2 inch head, medium-high carbonation

Smell: grain, grass, and malt

Taste: grain, grass, and malt and small hops in the finish. This has a bit of the taste I associate with Abita's beers to it as well.

Mouthfeel: crisp, light, high carbonation, semi-sweet with a small bitter finish

Drinkability: A nice and hoppy pils. Not the best I have had but certainly good. I could have three or so, especially on a hot day.

Photo of LyonsHead
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pure gold, white fluffy head, good lacing

S: real grainy with an herbal hop note

T: Good hop bite with herbal/earthy flavors. There is a grainy malt backbone with subtle bread character and a hint of corn as well

M: clean and crisp medium light body and a dry finish

D: Good Pilsner, great for a warm day

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, light yellow with very active bubbles, a strong white cap and great lacing rings.

Smell: Grainy and sweet, with apple and straw, and some slight dry spiciness.

Taste: Drier (and better) than indicated by the aroma. Tart apple, straw, and peppery hops interplay very nicely.

Feel: Fairly light body with moderately high carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: Very nice everyday Pilsner that happens to be better than most of the competition, American or German.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, with expiration date of 1/07. Pours a hazy straw color, growing gradually more clear from top to bottom--a torrent of bubbles zooming up through the center. The head is one finger and white, rather creamy and show solid retention and lacing.

The aroma consists of grain, honey, lemon, and a whisper of sulpher.The flavor offers more of the same, with some nice biting hops.

The mouth is light, yet has some character and bite, a nice dry, bitter, hoppy finish. Very drinkable, easily paired with a wide array of foods. A solid Pils.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottle says best by July 2012.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with very good retention. Lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Lots of fairly sweet cracker like malts and wheat grains. Subtle hints of lemon zest. Has a pretty noticeable presence of grassy hops in the background. A pretty grainy and somewhat spicy aroma.

Taste: Big taste of pale bready malts and wheat grains up front. Some moderate hints of lemon zest. Also a fairly spicy presence of earthy and grassy hops. Some of the hops taste like Noble hops. A very nice hop presence for the style. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and somewhat tangy. Starts fairly sweet and finishes dry.

Overall: A very nice take on a Pilsner. One of the better American versions out there. Very good hop presence.

Photo of Thrasher
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I like this beer more than others seemed to. Not sure what they don't like about it. My brother (definitely NOT a BA) tried this at the TAP New York beer festival and proclaimed, "I could be happy drinking this for the rest of my life." This is a solid, delectable pilsner that is not only refreshing but excellent at stimulating the appetite. Marries well with practically any food, pilsners being among the most versatile beer. Light golden color, frothy head that subsides, gentle hoppy aroma that manages to be both musky and clean. Excellent malts, light but substantial, and the hops bring it all home. I wish they sold this at the ball park. Hell, I wish they sold this at my local bar. Brooklyn is one of the country's top breweries and this beer is probably the best pilsner brewed in the U.S. -- strong words, but prove me wrong. If you like pilsners (and I'm guessing most BAs like something a bit meatier), this beer is for you.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before August of 2002, well so far this beer has held up the best of my sampler that includes the lager Pennant pale ale. So it pours an impressive crystal clear bright golden tone with high bubbly carbonation and a foaming white two finger sized head. The aroma contains some delicate floral hops and some Saaz some where up in there alon with a nice sweetness. The flavor is also sweet with a nice spicy kick of hops going on, wonderfully balanced and I can't believe this beer is still this good. If it didn't have a best before date this one would be fresh by my palate no off flavors at all. Well constructed resiliant lighter bodied beer with plenty of flavor to make this a classic representation of the style. Very drinkable just had a sub with one a little earlier very good food beer ex. pizza and beer.

Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well...based on reviews, I have to wonder why mine poured so well. The color is a deep golden yellow. I poured my usual pour into my pilsener glass and the massive rocky white head eventually faded to about 4 fingers. Webs of thick lacing ended up at the bottom of the glass. 3.5? 3.0? I don't get it.
The smell is simple: floral, citrus and grains.
There's a sweetness in the back that compliments the lemon twang and hops bitterness that are up front. A nice clean malt flavor adds a good backing and adds to the balance. Grains are underneath and become more pronounced in the finish.
The one's very dry and smooth with a nice crispness. The body is medium and carbonation is moderate to high.
This is a good brew. The characters are fresh and clean. I don't understand why I got such a good pour when the consensus is that my experience is not at all typical.

Photo of watermelonman
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a great solid gold with a small head that lasted well. Lace is minor.

The smell is good, with light malts underlining a solid hop profile. The taste isn't quite as nice, but it's still very decent. Hops pull through in the finish to complete the package. It's pretty easy to drink, too.

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before Nov 2012.

This beer pours a frosted glass medium golden colour, with two fingers of moderately dense, foamy, dirty white head, which leaves some random holey swaths of lace around the glass as it evenly and steadily subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet toasted bread, musty aged lemon, and grassy, leafy, and somewhat spicy hops. The taste is more sweet bready malt, a bit of astringent wheatiness, mild generic, flat citrus, and softly bitter grassy, weedy hops, with a redux of that sultry spiciness.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, no flare ups to report, the body a sturdy medium weight, and more or less smooth, some pithiness the fly in the ointment. It finishes off-dry, the hops on a bit of an upswing, bitter, a tad musty, and just more showy than the stagnant breadbin malt.

Interesting that Brooklyn proclaims this as the kind of pilsner preferred by German-American brewers from a century ago, and not like the traditional homeland German pilsners. It shows, in that it isn't a good example of the current Deutsch style, but I wouldn't know what pre-Prohibition New York pils tasted like anyways, no matter how much Boardwalk Empire I watch. Anyways, an amenable quaff in its own right, nice to see it amongst its siblings on Alberta store shelves.

Photo of dacrza1
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: August 16, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Paulaner pokal... OCCASION: Strat-O-Matic football cards arrive... APPEARANCE: tawny straw-golden body that supports a confident white froth; lacing is thick with rings; effervescence is steady... AROMA: pleasant floral fragrance with bananas and clove--a flavorful combination...PALATE: smooth, medium-bodied with a palpable aftertaste; the balance is striking ...TASTE: lightly malty, slightly hoppy--the airy scents translate to a lagerish depth and strength... OVERALL: mellow, predictable pilsner--but a compliment, considering the pilsner profile as a whole; as a player in the Brooklyn sampler, the pilsner holds up well...

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn- Pilsner

A- Bright hazy yellow with a thick foamy white head. FGood ringed lacing down my pint glass.
S- Metallic hops with light citrus.
T- Light citrusy hops dominate. slight dry grassy malt body. Citrus and slight metallic hop finish.
M- Sweet and dry. Good hop presence throughout. Very dry and crisp in the end.

Overall- Crisp and delicious! This would be a great Baseball tailgating beer.

Photo of tastybeer
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a two finger, white, fine bubble head. Lacing is quite nice as well. Nose is doughy, bready, and spicy with a light floral hop. Good clarity and refreshing. Taste is also flowery and herbal, evenly spicy, bready and well carbonated. Nicely balanced with a good healthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth. Easy drinkability.

A good pilsner. Well made.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lable states 5.1% ABV and a best by: June/07

AP: Pours out a crystal clear pale golden color with big carbonation creating a one-finger, tight and fluffy, pure-white head that displays really good retention. There are some large clumps of lacing left behind.

nose: buttery, bread malt, herbal yeast, wheat, and a mildly citrus hop effect.

Taste: This has a semi-sweet, buttery malt with garden green vegetables and mild citrus undertone. There is an herbalized yeastie effect and a lemmon-zest style hop underneath. There's a very "green" and non-bitter hop aftertaste.

Feel: Light bodied, medium feel, extremely crisp and dry and pretty hefty.

DA: a very easy to drink style in which this is a pretty decent example.

Photo of jmz62565
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow gold with a nice big white foamy head. The head leaves great lacing and lasts forever. The smell is light with sweet malt and little else. The taste is sweet malt with a slight bitter hop backbone. Crisp and clean finishing,this is all about the malt with citrus bitterness. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well making this a nice everyday beer.

Photo of Retroman40
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a pale yellow with a rich head that lasted quite well. A good bit of lacing too.

S - Almost a bread-like combination of malt and yeast.

T - Malt with a touch of sweetness.

M - Good rich feel with excellent carbonation.

O - Pretty much what I expect from a pilsner, very refreshing and clean. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of emsroth
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App: Pure gold with a small but fluffy white head.

Smell: Sweet malt with a hint of floral hops.

Taste: Crisp, clean malt: much more biting than the smell indicates. Next comes a hint of sweetness followed by a nice clean hop flavor: not overly biting or bitter. Not one flavor dominates, truly a balanced beer.

Nice crisp carbonation; light and refreshing in the mouth. I could use another. A rare for me since I tend to like variety.

A great pilsener.

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Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
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