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Brooklyn Pilsner - Brooklyn Brewery

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889 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 30
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of mempath
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the expected simple pale straw color shows off an intricate, beautiful, sticky cobweb of lacing 3 inches high as it settle into a still nice dense head.

nice malty floral nose. cereal sweet almost gives me an english pale smell.

taste is rather unique for an american pils...the hops are very background, but the maltiness comes out florally but not overly sweet. the slight bitterness of the hops come in as a nice after thought. mouthfeel shows off a nice balance of smoothness and carbonation, rendering this quite drinkable.

mempath, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of zimm421
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very clear light orange to yellow color. Almost appears watered down. Has a decent white head foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Has a grassy scent from the hops as well as some citrus and a good sweetness.

T - Starts out with a good sweetness from the malts and citrus and then turns slightly bitter. Definitely refreshing and a nice taste, just nothing too impressive.

M - Pretty smooth with a mid to low amount of carbonation. Medium-bodied and nothing too thick.

D - Easy to drink, something that is refreshing, and not too strong on the palate. Something that would be easily session-able.
Not one of my favorite types of brew, but definitely one of the best pilsners I've ever had.

zimm421, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw-gold color with just about a finger of paper-white head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing.

A sweet, grainy scent mixed with a bit of pale malt and slightly floral aroma give the beer a good nose.

Pale malts up front infused with a grainy, sugary malt character, balanced in the end by a surprise dash of floral hops. Not really that bitter or intimidating, this is a beer most people would probably enjoy.

The thin, creamy mouthfeel is augmented with a moderately high amount of carbonation that provides a little zip when the beer is exploring your mouth, making this a pretty light but enjoyable drinking experience.

Overall, a pretty sessionable beer that brings lots of flavor to the table without sacrificing some of the backbone of the pilsner style. A solid beer all around.

feelmefoam, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

tigg924, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of OnThenIn
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: An extremely light straw gold with a finger of perfectly white head. A little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A bit of malt sweetness with a slight spicy or floral hop aroma. The sweetness of the malt contributes an almost honey smell. Really clean smell.

Taste: I am not a huge fan of lagers, but the up front flavor profile is awesome! My only issue is that instead of finishing clean, there was a little residual after taste that I really disliked. Up front there is a little citrus and lemony hop flavor balanced perfectly with a beautifully sweet malt base. Even a little bitterness from the hops that adds massive depth. This is one of the best pilsner I have had. The after taste kills it a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation a little on the high side.

Drinkability: The carbonation and not clean finish turn into a beer that is close to, but not exactly what I am looking for in a German pilsner. Not a bad beer at all. Rather refreshing.

OnThenIn, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

lordofthewiens, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is such a well balanced beer and I was not usually a pilsner fan years ago. This is the one that started the change for me when it was introduced.

A huge and rocky head that stays forever it seems and slowly fades to a light covering. Tons of lace all along the glass as I drink. Looks like a good triple from all the decoration. A lightly hazed gold with gentle carbonation.

Smell is sweet malt and husky grains with a good dose of floral and spicy hops. A sweet and yeasty dinner roll doughiness.

Taste is superbly balanced. Clean and crisp malt with a dry spicy hops and good clean bittering in the finish. Dry with a cereal grain flavor as tell. A light mineral taste that flows into saaz hops. Just a touch of grapefruit skin. Very clean. A crisp, dry and refreshing feel is complimented by a tingly carbonation the has a touch of creaminess at times

Such a great quaffer. Right behind a hefe for sessioning.

scootny, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, December 2009.

Very pale yellow colour, with some meringuey foam of pure white. Collapses pretty quickly but leaves a bit of lacing. Looks pretty decent overall.

Nose is pretty weak, which is a real shame. A little hint of herbal bite, with a slightly resinous lemon acidity - hints of bitterness, but nothing sharp like a true pils. Not bad, but not great.

Taste is a little better, with a pleasant hop bitterness that stays firm and clear, but the body feels rather weak, and the feel is very thin despite some spritzy carbonic acidity.

It's not a bad drop, and it's very clean and crisp, but it lacks a lot of the true pilsener characters that would make it really good. As it stands, I think it's the lesser of it and the Brooklyn Lager, which I find a little confusing.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, light malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild hops bite that is followed by bready flavors of grain and lager yeast. Then there is some citrus sweetness along with a thin malt character that provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this isn't the first pilsener that I would choose but it's still a solid beer to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Staw color with a large white head that dissipates rather fast and leaves lots of lace.

Smell: A bit of sweet malt with some earthy and herbal hop aromas.

Taste: Nice hop flavors throughout this beer. A bit of an herbal flavor alongside some earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Sharply carbonated, with a crisp and dry, yet refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Great session beer and a very good representation of its style. Hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. Therefore, it may not satisfy hopheads fully, but still provides a decent hop fix.

Mosstrooper, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Krušovice-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden color with a thick fizzy head that lingers for a while. The head lives impressive lacing as it dissipates.

Smell: Smells richly of grassy hops. A little sweetness in the background as well.

Taste: Has a strong hops taste with a a strange roasted flavor in the background. Pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: A highly drinkable pilsner. Worth a try.

wahhmaster, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color, perhaps a little darker than the "classics" of the style. A nice foamy head recedes into thin lace. A nice hop aroma with some cut grass, a little spicy, but definitely a bready malt backbone. Fresh and clean on the palate. A refreshing bitterness is balanced by a slight maltiness. The beer exits fast and again bitter, leaving a lasting dryness across the palate.

Anthony1, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of bum732
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellowish orange, decent bubbly head leaving nice lacing. Smells of sweet cut grass, earthy and grassy hops, some floral notes. Tastes of grassy semi-sweet malt followed by a nice floral bitterness. Ends with an earthy bitterness. Fairly high carbonation with a decent crisp mouthfeel.

Not a bad pilsner, kind of lacking in taste, especially compared to Prima pils and Troegs. Not a bad effort though.

bum732, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice and reliable US Pilsner

Presentation: 12 oz bottle.Simple and somewhat modern design, change in label color but essential Brooklyn brewery identity. Brief narrative on the neck label with a good description and a great recommendation to enjoy the brew before the freshness date. Shows freshness date as "Best Before Oct 2009", neither shows IBUs, °Plato, or Alc. Poured into a tall pilsner glass.

A - Pale golden with great head that shrinks to a nice layer and with strong lacing all the way through.

S - Bitter crisp aroma with a tad of floral tones.

T - Crisp bitterness that lingers with a final bite and a fresh and light maltiness accompanying it. Hmmm, and there is also a fresh citric note balance in the mouth.

M - Crisp and generous carbonation on a light body.

D - Nice, quick and refreshing experience.

Notes: I confess I´m not a big fan of the style but this is a good brew, very pleasing to be had, and clearly shines above the average macro offering and quite a few largers and pilsners around. Great beer to offer to guests used to macros to get them gently into a different range of beers. It has worked like a charm in that regard every-time so far. A regular in my fridge during a good part of the year.

Daniellobo, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 6 of this for the weekend.

Pours a hazy golden with a good 2 fingers of frothy white head. Head retention is average, lacing is minimal.

Smells of light crisp hop and fresh water.

Taste is crisp, light malt blends with a spicy hop.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, fairly carbonated, with a kind of gritty finish.

Drinkability is average. This is really just an average run of the mill pilsner. It's slightly higher quality than your generic, but its cheap and it pairs well with all sorts of summer food and events.

LumpyGuitar, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of firkinhophead
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pilsner glass

Big, foamy head forms from a hard pour, almost like shaving cream, which sits on top for a long while before settling ou into a rocky, jumble mess. Beer is gold, with a noticable haze.

Spicy, floral hops, light crackery malts.

Touch of sweetness up front qucikly fades in front of the spicy bitterness of Saaz hops. Some coarse cereal grains, then dullish and slightly chalky middle to end, with a bit of astringency lingering a bit too long.

Fairly lively carbonation, lacking something in the body. Needs to be a bit cleaner. Not the best craft pilsner out there, but still a good pick for summer grilling, etc.

firkinhophead, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Buebie
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown long neck poured into a pub glass. 1'' white head, somewhat quick to snap crackle pop and fizzle down to a colar of retention.
A darker golden amber, completely transparent. Thinish lace that streaks the length of the glass.

Aroma is spot on for a pils, with a bit of fresh cut hay, grassy hops, a touch of spice and plenty of malt backing.

Taste is alos spot on for the style. A bit more flavorful then say, a Budweiser. Hops also come around into the flavors as they presented themselves in the aroma. With a fresh cut hay, dried grass and a touch of carmelised onions.

Mouthfeel is thin light and crisp, carbonation not overwhelming or stinging. But kept in check, provideing a nicer feel then the Anbev counterparts.

Not my favorite style, actually, probably my least liked. But a good example of the style, with a bit more flavor.

Buebie, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of fank2788
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
This beer is a clean clear gold color with a nice bright white head that appears to be lingering nicely. The nose is a bit restrained but I do get a bit of floral hop with a touch of grainy malt. The taste is a good blend of light sweet grain and the floral grassy hop. Bitterness is never overpowering but is enough to balance the malt. Everything is carried along with a fine and fairly lively carbonation that keeps things pretty smooth. In general the taste, while good, may be missing a bit of assertiveness. I'd also like it if the beer was a bit cleaner, there is a little more residual flavor than I would like for a beer of this style. Drinkability is good but the beer is not a premier example of the style.

fank2788, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass (I think there was a woman wearing a pink dress on it?) at my sisters Manhattan apartment. Thanks Britta for picking up a sixer while I was in town.

A-Bright, fluffy white head, 2-finger off the pour, then reducing gradually to a sparse bubble layer. Slightly hazed light golden beer showed visible carbonation bubbles rising playfully.

S-Spicy, somewhat fruity hoppiness, remniscent of apple. Crisp with a slight tune of pale malt.

T-Crisp hop spiciness, oh-so-refreshing after a nice workout. Hop bitterness is providing more crispness to the flavor, with a grainy, bready malt presence. Finishes dry, making me want another sip.

M-Pleasant medium-light body compliments perfectly the refreshing flavor. Carbonation is a zesty medium-high level.

D-Very good. I'll ave to have a couple more :D I must admit, I was moderately disappointed when my sister purchased this, but it's delicious and one of the best pilsners I've had. Get some when you're in New York in the summer.

CHSLBrew, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of generallee
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

generallee, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of gfreed
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A not-great, run-of-the-mill offering. Soft amber color and an off-white head that stayed around for a while, leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. Pleasant and malty in the nose, with some citrusy hops and a bit of sugar. Rather flat body, and an overly-hopped taste that managed to have a pleasant dryness, but not enough to overcome the bland taste. Drinkable and enjoyable under the right circumstances, but on the whole... blah.

gfreed, May 23, 2009
Photo of mltobin
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchase from Liberta`s in Ridgefield, Conn.

Appearance is a light golden color with a two finger head.
Smell is corn, sugar, kind of like driving by a field in Kansas.
Taste is a medium bodied pilsner, with the barley there, again some sugar, a smooth taste all around. Mouthfeel is faintly sweet, with that corn field swishing about your palate. This pilsner from Brooklyn is better than the macro pilsners, but I wish the quality was little higher considering how good some of their other beer is.

mltobin, May 16, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Brenden, May 11, 2009
Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear dark gold/amber color with a ¾" white head that soon recedes to a ring of foam and a patch in the center of the glass. Sipping leaves a sheet of foam on the side that soon turns into a complex pattern of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is floral and grassy from the hops and has some clear underlying presence of sweet malt.

Taste: The flavor has a bit of sweet bready malt followed by a crisp, clean balance of hop flavors that are well balanced with an ongoing sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a soft creamy feel from the carbonation. The finish is medium long as the malt-hop balance slowly fades in a dry lightly bitter ending.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable pilsner. I could easily have several and I like this well enough I'll be buying more in the future.

drtth, May 10, 2009
Photo of Barbara516
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: Bread-y, very one note.
Taste: Nice toasted malty flavor up front with a hoppy finish. Maybe I'm hallucinating, but I also taste a slight smokiness.
Mouthfeel: I guess I'd call it a nice solid beer.

This is a good versatile beer that I can drink no matter what season; good inside on a cold winter evening, good outside in June at a bbq.

Barbara516, May 03, 2009
Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
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