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Brooklyn Pilsner - Brooklyn Brewery

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473 Reviews
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Reviews: 473
Hads: 990
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 35
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-06-2001

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Photo of CochonKing
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a beautiful clear bright gold. Short fading head that doesn't last long. Disproportion in the bubbles so it lost some points there. Characteristics match a typical pilsner. 3.75

Smell - Malt forward and strong. Notes of cereal flow out of it. Faint lemon and wet hay. Very Nice - 4.0

Taste - The malt is the initial attack that balances out into nice bitters from the faint hops and a nice toasted cereal taste. Very well balanced. Medium finish. - 4.25

Mouthfeel - Light bubbles that are very small. Loses carbonation quickly though. Coats palate nicely. Has a very light body. - 3.75 (607 characters)

Photo of lostinfla
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to a pilsner glass. Great fluffy white head, lacing remained for a while and then thinned out . Nice German beer smell with a strong hint of citrus. Smelled very promising.
Color was golden yellow that was quite opaque. Nice solids ,but not too overdone.
Taste was smooth and refreshing with a light bite at the end. Was hoping for a bit more bite and hoppieness, but was good none the less.
This beer reminds me very much of the seasonal Sierra Nevada Summerfest, just unfiltered.
As with all the other Brooklyn products I have tried, this is a solid "go to" beer! (573 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale yellow and clear. Medium-tall foamy white head. Pretty persistent.

Smell - Light pale malt. Corny and bready.

Taste - Sweet pale malt. Finishes bitter. Orange peel and a little spice.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Overall - Very crisp and refreshing. Starts sweet, but nicely balanced. This beer's flavor is almost a descriptor of the style. (362 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, best by Sep 2013 (one day late), poured into a 16 oz. "Every Ounce Counts" Northern Brewer glass, drank 10/1/13 over a half-hour.

A: 2/3 - straw yellow coloration, decent clarity (but still cannot read or see through), received with little head with very subtle glass lacing; moderate carbonation; no alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - classic German pilsner flavors...lemon zest, spice, lager yeast...nothing to get too excited abot

T: 16/20 - these classic German pils flavors hit full on and don't stop the assault; it's a solid example of the style, but, unfortunately, something that really doesn't excite me in the brave new world of triple IPAs and 12+%ABV RISs

M: 4/5 - light-bodied and high carbonation = refreshing lawnmower beer; very pleasant

O: 8/10 - solid, to-style offering from Brooklyn Brewery but nothing that, I think, the American craft beer lover will turn to often unless he or she is looking for a sessionable lawnmower beer for housework or a BBQ

TOTAL = 38/50 (1,041 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a light straw gold with half a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - Sweet bready malts, wheat, lemon, light grassy hops.

Taste - Grassy hops from start to finish, bready/biscuity malts, wheat and a hint of lemon peel. Refreshing flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - An easy-drinking German pilsener. Flavours are refreshing together, but nothing really stands out as being extraordinary. (445 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a mixer 12-pack, gotta love those mixers!

Great looking, monster head that lasted and eventually settled to about a quarter inch of dense white foam, leaving super sticky lacing all over the glass,

Aroma is grainy, with a touch of hoppiness. Typically pilsner.

Flavor is nice, it's lightly sweet but bitterness is a bit stronger, a nice hoppiness and a strong grainy malt backbone. Flavorful by pilsner standards, but quite on the money.

Seems almost medium bodied, not at all watery, yet still refreshing, leaving a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall it's quite tasty. If I could find it regularly I'd buy it regularly. (633 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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... (674 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold, with a foamy white head that flattens quickly for the style. Good clarity.

Aroma: Pils malt dominates, followed by floral hops. DMS light, but detectable.

Taste: Light and fresh, with an almost lemony flavor. Medium bitterness dominates over the sweet, grainy malt flavor, and tingles on the tongue during the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel lacks the creaminess quality one would expect from an American Pilsner. Carbonation is high, producing a dry finish.

Overall: Crisper than typical versions of the style, with less malt flavor and aroma. The hop characteristics do a good job of showcasing bitterness and flavor without seeming too harsh. (682 characters)

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.15/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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. (302 characters)

Photo of CadetGCBD
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear yellow. Decadent white head.

Smell: Grassy, herbal, lemon scent. Spot on.

Taste: Perfect example for the style. Earthy and very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry, crisp and refreshing.

Overall: this is an excellent representation of a German pils. Right up there with with the best of them.

I LOVE THIS PILS! (343 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.69/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated for September 2013.

Scent of floral citrus. Pours a clear bright yellow body with two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is good and laces gently down the glass. Taste is perfectly balanced between the bite of hops and the sweetness of a slightly bready and lemony malt. very refreshing, a perfect summer drink. (357 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a warm summer evening, perfect for a pilsener.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

a: Clear light gold. Full finger plus white head stayed in place for a bit, then declined to a solid white ring with light lacing.

s: Lightly fruity.

t: Refreshing, although heavier than many pilseners, on its way to being a lager. Tasty with just the right amount of very slightly fruity hop bitterness to liven it up.

m: Substantial, no hint of the wateriness some pilseners seem prone to.

o: An outstanding summer brew. Usually I'll only drink a pilsener or light lager in hot weather, but this one I'd take anytime of year. One of my favorites for pure refreshment, well worth the extra money it costs over a mainstream pilsener/lager. (748 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Handsome golden color with a modest head. Thoroughly spritzy on the tongue. It has that intensely "beery' flavor that works well for a light brew. Fragrant nose of floral hops.

A little malty and warm flavored. Slightly sharp. Underlying corn sweetness but a nice bitterness fills the mouth. A little cracker flavor with the fruity hops.

Quite a pleasant quaff. Very light with a restrained hoppy finish and a touch of fruitiness. A 12-oz bottle from the mixed 12-pack bought in Lubbock, Texas. (496 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a three finger head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of grassy and herbal hops and grainy malt.
Sweet bready malty flavor with grassy hops and notes of earth. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Very well balanced pilsner, good beer. (254 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had it from the bottle.

The taste is good. It has a hop front and then shoves the tongue with biscuity malts. It's quite drinkable, but unlike other pilsners, this is super malty. It does not have a nice bitter finish of other pilsners. Lacks front hops and mouthfeel of clean, crisp lagers.

In the end, still a decent beer. It does not stand out for me because of the lack of hops and the bigger mouthfeel. (411 characters)

Photo of fields336
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Light golden, yellow color, with brilliant clarity, tons of carbonation streaming off of the bottom, 1 finger spritzy white head that dissolves slowly.

S: fresh bread, cracker, with a floral and grassy hop nose.

T: sweet,fresh bread, graham cracker, floral hop, some graininess

M: high carbonation, dry finish. (317 characters)

Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Slightly hazed, golden colored body. 1 finger, white head.

Aroma was malty and floral. A bit grainy.

Taste was pretty similar. Mild sweetness, lightly malty and floral hop flavor. Finished with a light bitterness

Mouthfeel was light body with medium carb and a crisp/dry finish.

Overall a nice enjoyable Pilsner. Good hop notes and light maltyness. (374 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pale straw colored body with a thick foamy bone-white head that hangs around.

S- Pilsner malt, dried grass, sweet grainy aromas.

T- Tastes just like it smells. Sweet pilsner malt up front, grassy and grainy flavors in the middle, with a slight bitterness at the end.

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied, smooth and drinkable. Slight lingering aftertaste with a crisp bite on the tongue.

O- A good pilsner, almost no hop presence, but the flavors are solid. (476 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice golden appearance but has some haze in there. A smallish white head fizzles away rapidly to a small color.
In the aroma I noticed spicy hops though subdued, Malts are bold. I can slso smell some sourness too, it's very light and works in the background.
Taste is mildly refreshing. Hints of noble hops and pilsner and pale malts too. Cloying at low levels.
Not a bad beer. (379 characters)

Photo of Wildcatz69
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap, at The original Brooklyn pizza.
The appearance was nice, a hazy golden with thick head.
Smell was grainy and a bit malty.
Taste was of cereal and had some grassiness, delicious.
The carbonation was right on for the type of German pilsner I think this represents.
Overall,t he brew is yummy and I keep ordering this, they are able to price it so high because Brooklyn uses quality ingredients and it is just yummy. (434 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. best before Feb 2013.

A: bright gold, clarity could use a little work in my opinion. head is a tightly bubbled bright white. retention is moderate. some spotted lacing.

S: minerally, slightly metallic. might be some herbal hop aroma as well, but it is definitely on the faint side.

T: a distinctive grain flavor here. some sweetness. not really getting much in the hop bitterness/flavor depot. slightly acidic, but still more cereal than anything.

M: moderate amount of carb. light bodied.

D: decent, but I would stay a step below good. a serious lack of hop aroma/flavor/presence mostly ruined it for me. that and the lack of clarity. not really much of a fan of either of Brooklyn's main lager beers. stick to your ales boys. (749 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 FLUID OUNCES bottle into a pint glass. BB APR 2013. BREWED AND BOTTLED BY THE BROOKLYN BREWERY, UTICA, N.Y. Utica is pretty far from Brooklyn, isn't it?

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear yellow. Decent white head.

Smell: Grassy, herbal, lemon scent. Spot on.

Taste: Perfect example for the style. Earthy and very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry, crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Not much to say about this except that it is an excellent representation of a German pils. Right up there with Troeg's Sunshine Pils (and maybe Victory Prima Pils) for domestic craft examples of German pilsners. (607 characters)

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz into a standard pint. Wanted to take a moment just to say how much I ALWAYS love Brooklyn's bottle design.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden beer with a short head. Looks the part.

Smell: Lightly sweet, maybe some corn.

Taste: I'm always impressed when I find a Pilsner that keeps my interest. This does that. Just enough hops to keep me happy, and really good ones at that. Super carbonation almost gives way to a spiciness that isn't actually there. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, pretty good. Not my style, but not bad. Could be a good gateway brew.

Mouthfeel: Next level carbonation and medium to light body. Easily sessionable if you can tolerate the extreme carbonation involved.

This is a decent beer, probably its biggest issue is the ridiculous carbonation level. Probably my least favorite Brooklyn, but that isn't so bad. (859 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Getting some herbal hops some slight lemon smells from them as well. The taste is a sweet herbal bitterness ending with a fruitness. The malts a doughy in flavor and sweet. The mouthfeel on the beer is really good for a Pilsner not thin at all for the style.

Its very easily drinkable and has complex hop flavors that are subtle than pronounced consisting of lemon herbal earthy and a peppery taste as well. Its a crisp mild but there bitterness from the hops and a tasty malt background that makes it easy to drink.

I was really surprised by this beer and is definitely better than I had thought (599 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before March 2013. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, pepper, apple, cracker, bread, earth, floral, grass, and herbal spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; but are quite mild. Taste of lemon zest, pear, pepper, apple, cracker, bread, earth, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal spiciness. Light grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, pepper, cracker, bread, grass, floral, light pine, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Nice flavor complexity and balance of malt and hop flavors; quite dry on the finish; with zero cloying flavors present on the finish as expected. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pilsner style. Well balanced with nice complexity; very smooth a crisp to drink. Very enjoyable and well put together. (1,255 characters)

Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
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