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Brooklyn Pilsner - Brooklyn Brewery

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859 Ratings
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Ratings: 859
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 30
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-06-2001)
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

02-05-2012 18:30:51 | More by JohnBeerRun
Photo of innersanctum


1.6/5  rDev -56.3%

Maybe this one was a bad example, but maybe it wasn't...

Appearance and mouthfeel were pretty much average for this pilsner, which appeared to be of the Czech variety - a balanced lager with a bittey-hop finish.

The taste was very distracting. Its hop finish, which is typical of this style, contained the presence of floral and perfumy tones which persisted from the front of the tongue through its finish. Although this dissipated somewhat, its prescense never left the bear, which was like a dark cloud on a beufiful day... Reminicent of a skunky Heinekin.

08-01-2012 16:34:00 | More by innersanctum
Photo of XsoreXsubjectX

New York

1.95/5  rDev -46.7%

Hey, I like beer. I'm a beer-liking man. If your company makes beer, there's an excellent chance I like it. So when I don't care for a beer, it's usually a shock, and it calls for a little extra evaluation. But damnit, can't find much nice to say. Here we go:

The appearance is the strongest part of this beer, though its beauty is traditional and uncomplicated. Pretty hay color, with a little more nuance than your average lighter beer, and a classic one-finger pour of head.

Smell hints at spicy hops and sweet, malty undertones. There is a gentle, piny prickle crossbred with a ruddy molasses. I would characterize the nose as optimistic, but chancy. The two dimensions of the nose are very separate, barely intertwined, which suggests a battle of some sort for supremacy in flavor.

The flavor turns up with a disappointing minimum of hops and an overwhelming and uninteresting malt flavor which frankly conjures a narrowly improved Ballantine's. Basically, one-dimensional, and on the sweet side, with notes of...well, college. After a suspicious start, the flavor really puts to rest the question, but it's worth mentioning the mouthfeel.

The mouthfeel does its work to elevate this otherwise underwhelming beer into a realm beyond cheap hooch but beneath quality beer. It is richer and fuller than beers I would usually associate with this flavor profile, and the thickened mouthfeel helps separate it out from the really bad stuff.

I wondered today while drinking this beer if Pilsners were generally disliked amongst the otherwise beer-loving public. I wondered this question because I can't say many nice things about it myself, and yet, it persists as an omnipresent choice amongst fast-moving shelves at a high-quality price. Judging from these reviews, it seems Pilsner has many detractors. Still, I would love to try a quality version of this style.

08-10-2011 23:14:51 | More by XsoreXsubjectX
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

01-13-2014 17:14:15 | More by jferrara35
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

12-24-2011 07:13:57 | More by jophish17
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New Jersey

2.05/5  rDev -44%

I am confused as to what a pilsner is... Take a beer like sunshine pils or victory pils then try brooklyn pilsner. This does not taste like a pilsner it is way way way way too unbalanced and malty. It has a heavy taste to it and does not taste like many other pilsners i have tried.

I am perturbed by beer advocate boys review... am I wrong?

07-27-2011 02:32:36 | More by Dougal
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review

New York

2.15/5  rDev -41.3%

Light straw color with mild carbonation and light head. Slightly fruity and an almost yeasty aroma. Heavy vegetable notes with hints of malt. Real lack of depth and character. Finishes a bit bitter. We're slightly disappointed with this particular brew because we feel it tastes far from complex to us.

07-14-2013 02:47:01 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

05-03-2014 20:31:57 | More by Beestin
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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

12-02-2013 04:23:39 | More by NonicPanic
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Ontario (Canada)

2.33/5  rDev -36.3%

12oz bottle. Pours a pale straw with lots of carbonation. Little to no aroma. I'm always wary of anything described as "refreshing" on the label, and this proves to be no exception. The taste started off rather bland - but eventually, a somewhat nice aftertaste actually did develop. I guess the Brooklyn Pilsener offers something lighter than the Brooklyn Lager, but I would choose the latter every time.

04-30-2007 21:41:52 | More by sstackho
Photo of LPorter33


2.48/5  rDev -32.2%

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance: straw colored, light golden hue, transparent with tons of bubbles rising upward, minimal head.

Smell: Slight sourness with a hint of a floral like aroma. I can't get much else out of it.

Taste: Not a lot of flavor here although tastes much better as it warms up a bit. There's a tiny bit of sweetness that's barely noticable, mixed in with the typical malt/hops proportions. Still can't really ascertain a distinct aftertaste.

Overall: Not too impressed. It doesn't stand out far enough from mass marketed pilseners for me to recommend it.

04-27-2005 00:06:54 | More by LPorter33
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

12-02-2012 22:30:51 | More by bshiban
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

11-17-2012 02:28:51 | More by TheBigBoy
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2.68/5  rDev -26.8%

Light Golden in color, with slight head. Some traces of bitter hops taste, and ever so faint malt character. Very weak in flavor, but still better than just the flavored water which is an A-B macro.

05-29-2002 18:01:54 | More by psugrad98
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New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -26.2%

Looks light brown with a slight amber tint. One finger length head that was creamy dissolved slowly. The smell was mild and hoppy. Not thrilled about the taste: lingered in the range of not quite bitter enough and not quite flavorful enough for my taste. It could have used a strong hop taste, or strong accents to the hops. Fine mouthfeel, leaves the pallate dry. Does fine, but overall not too drinkable to me.

04-16-2007 15:11:36 | More by micahgoldfus
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New York

2.73/5  rDev -25.4%

Reviewed on 6/13/08. On tap at the local bar. Pours a golden yellow with a white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma and flavor of buttery popcorn, sweet malt. Didn't really like this one-- too sweet and buttery and not well balanced. Loaded with diacetyl. Not a fan.
6/4/5/3/12 (3.0/5)

12-20-2008 15:48:23 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

05-18-2013 22:42:12 | More by Photekut
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Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

08-24-2012 17:14:15 | More by Cnorrisl
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

01-19-2013 03:09:46 | More by tJyM4
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

07-05-2014 01:24:37 | More by Frhdfishhead
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Pours to a slightly hazy straw color, with thin white head and decent lacing. Floral aroma carries over to the taste, which is bitter. Dry finish. Not bad for a pilsner, but not my favorite. I actually drank this beer over a month after its "best before" date. Not sure if that had a major effect, or if it is just a second-rate beer.

07-15-2006 03:02:10 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of drunkmonk

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Clear golden, nice ring with thin lace. Lively carbonation. Bready malts with some grassy hop aromas also detecting some butterscotch aroma. Bready malt, hints of honey again some buttery flavor, slight grassy hops on the finish. Gotta beleve diacetyl is involved here. Too bad as I was enjoying the malt and hop profile and this seemed to be a nicely hopped Pils. Note: this is the third sample of this over the last two nites. I was hoping the first two might have been the exception. The rest of this six pack will be returning to the store. I'll revisit this one later in the summer.

05-31-2008 20:38:46 | More by drunkmonk
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

07-31-2014 18:09:14 | More by Jack_Frost79
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

11-23-2013 00:57:35 | More by McGrumpster
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

06-26-2013 20:26:17 | More by mrfrancis
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Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
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