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Brooklyn Pilsner - Brooklyn Brewery

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869 Ratings
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Ratings: 869
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 30
Gots: 34 | 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 mynie


4.18/5  rDev +14.2%

Can't get my hopes up too high for a beer that leaves out the second "e" on pilsener... or can I? Maybe. I don't know. What I do know is that whenever I see a Brooklyn bottle I think right away that the beer looks like generic crap. This is a stupid, visceral reaction. I've never had a bad beer from Brooklyn, for one. And the bottle art is actually pretty cool. But for some stupid reason I associate it with something lowly. That's my fault, though. Not theirs.

Stunning pilsener pour. Big head that's so big it leaves a lacing even before I've sipped it. Dark sparkly gold.

Smells like a really well balanced German pils. The hops are huge and spicy. The malt is varied and weedy, smells like you're driving around a field in the summer.

Tastes very good, firm and complex and balanced. The hops are more present than the malt (unusual) and they start everything out with a very bitter and dry burst. This gets a little spicy before moving very quickly into a middle of rich, fruity pils grain before ending with a very sweet weediness.

Very tasty, certainly one of the best American versions of the style. It doesn't quite reach the balanced level of uniform brilliance as Victory's Prima Pils, but it's damn close.

07-23-2008 06:36:42 | More by mynie
Photo of redneckchugger


4.28/5  rDev +16.9%

poured into a pint glass, light brown, amber highlights
smells light, some hop notes,
tastes crisp, citrus hops, goes down really well, one of the best pilsners i have had to date. i could drink several of these on a hot summer day in front of my grill.

07-18-2008 23:42:50 | More by redneckchugger
Photo of Slynger


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Clear dull gold in color with a cap of fine white fuzz. Sweetly floral nose lightly fruity grain and some spicy hops. Flavors are lightly sweet and floral with nice saltine cracker malt base and bunches of spicy nobles. Light-medium body good buzz to fresh carbonation. Crispy. One of the better German-style Pilsners I've had. Big spicy kick to it. Like it.

07-14-2008 01:56:54 | More by Slynger
Photo of ckeegan04


3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

A - Golden and clear. Lots of little bubbles rising to form a huge bubbly white head. Excellent lacing.

S - Spicey aroma with a lurking sweetness.

T = Somewhat tart spiciness up front. Followed by a pale malt sweetness. A funky, almost metallic, aftertaste knocks the score down from a 3.5 or 4.0 to a 3.0.

M/D - Light bodied and very crisp. A drinkable pilsner, but the aftertaste is a little too much.

07-12-2008 22:37:45 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of mhewes


4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

A : Pours a nice clear golden color with a good white head. Good lacing left on the glass

S : Earthy malts along with some floral and spicy hops

T : Good malt and hop balance. Earthy flavors shine through with a nice hop bitterness

M : Crisp and light

D : Easy to drink, definitely works for these hot summer days.

07-10-2008 18:45:09 | More by mhewes
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

A: A very clear pale gold color, with ample amounts of carbonation. A thick white head with ample lacing down the sides.

S: A combination of bready malt and floral hops.

T: A good balance of malt and hops. The taste was more bountiful than the smell. A tad sweet with a mixture of fruity hops.

M: Leaves a dry, crisp, clean taste on the palate, very true with this style.

D: A very good choice for hot summer days, low ABV, a great session beer.

07-08-2008 12:14:42 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.49...
Pours a clear, lucid, dark-copper hue with a decent-sized foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power for a Pilsner...
Corny, grainy, malty aroma with hints of vanilla in the nose...
Crisp, clean, refreshing taste with nuances of bread and butter, caramel, vanilla, honey, and sugars...
Good mouthfeel coupled with an equally good level of drinkability make for a very good depiction of a classic German style...

07-07-2008 22:34:29 | More by dsa7783
Photo of tmitch75


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Monthly club selection for June. Bottle looks a little different than the photo, with red markings where the photo shows blue. Stamped best by Nov. 2008.

Brilliantly clear golden color with ample white head and sticky lacing.

Sweet grainy malt nose with slighly spicy and floral hops.

Husky grain flavor, minimal sweetness, with grassy and lightly peppery hops. Very clean with good balance.

Dry and crisp mouthfeel with slighly above light body.

Easy to drink, an above average pilsner overall.

Tasted on 6/25/08.

07-05-2008 04:08:34 | More by tmitch75
Photo of argock


4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a short pilsner glass. Freshness date printed on the bottle.

A: Inviting deep golden color with tall foamy light off-white head and plenty of lace.

S: Malt and bready yeasty aromas dominate with enough noble hops to complete it.

T: Extremely malty like a pilsner should be. Bready with lots of malt flavors and a small shot of lemon. Hops are noble but less sharp than most pilsners, which lets the maltiness shine through.

M: Smooth and flows like a dream over the tongue.

D: A nice pilsner. I like Small Craft Warning from Clipper City Brewing better, but, this is the next best in the American-made pilsner bunch. A well-executed beer.

07-01-2008 05:01:26 | More by argock
Photo of JMD


3/5  rDev -18%

A: Peachy tones, with big pillowy head that dissipates quickly. Laces the entire glass

S: Grass, earthy grain, slight floral aroma

T: Bready, then a sharp bitterness that lingered a bit too long for my tastes.

M: Light and refreshing. Mild carbonation.

D: Not my favorite from Brooklyn, and definitely not my favorite pilsner. I would not repeat again.

06-27-2008 13:19:53 | More by JMD
Photo of perfectkaos


3.28/5  rDev -10.4%

Pours a hazy golden color with a long lingering head.

smells of white bread, a little hint of sweentess

tastes very grassy. i can barley taste any malts at all. i like pilsners to be hoppy but this one almost has too much bite.

pretty drinkable, but the bitterness keeps it from being a super easy drink.

i usually like brooklyn's beers but this one is an exception. maybe it has to do with the fact that nobody in my hometown drinks anything but american swill, but i suspect that this one had been in the case for a while. The lager i bought with it has a best before date of march 07... so this one is probably about the same. will need to revisit this beer with a fresh bottle

06-26-2008 04:00:15 | More by perfectkaos
Photo of ShrLSU


3.33/5  rDev -9%

12oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = A light golden color with a slight haze. A skinny white head that left some moderate lacing after pouring.

S = Wheat and earthy tones with some slight spice to it.

T = Very bready taste. Some eathy notes and grains. This is very complex for a pilsner. Quite refreshing.

M = Very light and refreshing. High carbonation but true to the style and german brewing style.

D = Flavorful and refreshing. This is one of the first true pilsners I've enjoyed drinking. Very well done. Excellent beer for a hot summer day.

06-25-2008 14:39:11 | More by ShrLSU
Photo of allengarvin


3.55/5  rDev -3%

Beer of the month selection June 2008. Would have liked more variety. The other Brooklyn beer was the lager.

Anyway, this beer's color is dead-on with a bright, brilliant gold color, though the small head that formed faded very quickly. Lightly sweet malt nose with a faint hoppiness at the rear. Moderately grainy malt flavor initially, followed by a moderate bitterness that fades away into a clean finish. Medium-bodied with a crisp texture.

Nothing extraordinary in this beer.

06-24-2008 02:02:59 | More by allengarvin
Photo of albern


3.38/5  rDev -7.7%

Not a bad pilsner, a bit more tart than I would have liked. The beer pours a clear, pale yellow with some initial white frothy head that dissipates to a ring around the glass, hardly any retention. At first, the aroma was quite hoppy, I'm thinking Saaz hops, but as the beer settled, the more floral, honeyed notes came out. There is a bit of grainy husk in the nose, quite characteristic of a pilsner. The taste is sweetish in the mid section, a bit honey and floral but not all that lemony; the peppery tartness really raises itself towards the finish and it lingers into the aftertaste. The beer is reasonably crisp, there is a touch of butteryness in the middle as well. The beer is fairly light, not much creaminess at all, and it lacks biscuity malts. There is a dryishness as the beer segues into the finish, and the initial sweetness departs. Mouthfeel is a product of the lingering peppery tartness, fairly watery. This is an okay beer, nothing spectacular.

06-19-2008 23:26:28 | More by albern
Photo of largadeer


4/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: Golden-colored and reasonably clear with some very active carbonation. Head retention and lace are excellent though clarity could be a touch better.

Smell: Dry biscuit-like malts and spicy noble hops. Nicely balanced and perhaps a touch more malty than hoppy.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry, crisp and slightly husky/tannic. Bready malt flavors pair nicely with spicy/grassy hops, neither being overstated. Warmer temperatures reveal some faint buttery notes. A light body and clean finish make this an ideal session beer.

Notes: Got this one from dyan, thanks! This is a great domestic pils that I'd gladly drink again.

06-17-2008 03:41:27 | More by largadeer
Photo of hreb


2.98/5  rDev -18.6%

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottle is labelled best before August 2008. Beer is very pale yellow with a thin white head. Doesn't look like much. Nearly no skunky lager aroma, but a hint of banana(?).

Even though the carbonation is only moderate, this pilsner is sharp and straight. Beyond that the beer is very thin and, honestly, not that interesting. Not the best Brooklyn, nor the best American pils. Although vaguely Pilsnerish in its bitterness, as opposed to tasting like a typical cascade-loaded American ale.

06-15-2008 19:06:06 | More by hreb
Photo of Traquairlover


4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Lightly hazy, golden yellow with a small tight white head, fair retention, heavy solid lace on glass after head receded, medium lacing after drinking.

S = Good smells of fresh wheat fields, earthy hops, light traces of white pepper and yeasty bread dough.

T = Fresh seven grain bread with a bitter bite at mid-palate. Finish is long and bitter with tart fruits. This has much more assertive flavors than I was expecting, a very enjoyable taste.

M = Light-medium body, good mouthcoating, high carbonation but fits the tastes well.

D = An excellent Summer time beer. Very flavorful and refreshing. Would be good for sessions, too.

06-15-2008 17:56:27 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of gabeerfan


3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a hazy, straw gold color with a finger's width head that falls to a thin cap. Good lacing down the glass.
Smells of toasted honey biscuit, a little earthy hops in there too.
The honey biscuit comes first in the taste, followed by mellow, earthy/grassy hops.
Medium mouthfeel which is heavy for a pils. A little chewy, but not objectionable.
Very drinkable with a moderate ABV and very good flavors. Good warm spring day beer.
A good, but not great, pils. I would pick Prima Pils over this, but wouldn't avoid it in the stores or turn it down if offered.

06-12-2008 01:57:31 | More by gabeerfan
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%

A nice clear, straw like golden in colour with a limited crown, almost nonexistant with glass ring and island lace.
Carbonation is light.
Aroma has a thin yeast scent to it.
Very flavourful brew with opposing actions, strong malt beginning, grainy, corn followed by some bitterness then a blend.
Dry mouthfeel.

06-04-2008 22:55:58 | More by Shiloh
Photo of BeerSox


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

On-tap into pint glass.

Clear golden hue with a one finger off white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. The aroma is very light, with bits of grain and a good balancing amount of noble hops. The flavor was a subtly sweet bready flavor with just a touch of bitterness from the hops. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

This is certainly a very refreshing beer, great to have in the summer. The low %ABV makes it very sessionable as well.

06-01-2008 00:01:55 | More by BeerSox
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
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Rich golden hue with a rather large two-fingered head slowly settles to a thin foam, leaving nice sheets of lace on the glass.

S: Honey, grainy malts, floral and herbal hops. A lovely and complex aroma that could stand to be a bit stronger.

T&M: Spicy/herbal hop flavors blended well with some grain malts. It's smooth and well-balanced--a definite plus for a pilsner, as over-hopped versions can tend to be unpleasant. Body is on the light side of medium with generous carbonation and a slightly lingering, lightly dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable--the flavors meld well together and it's fairly crisp and refreshing.

05-28-2008 02:42:52 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Nice yellow body with a slight white head.

Smells slightly hoppy, very malty.

Taste follows the smell here. A nice, sweet maly character dominates the flavor with slight grassy and hoppy notes. Crisp and well carbonated.

A drinkable beer, good for a hot day.

05-27-2008 15:46:43 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of mikeepeck


4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

The light was quickly disappearing on the beach when I reviewed this one, so I hustled to get my notes down. I think I got a good look at the color, but it's probably best to go by someone else's appearance than mine. Plus, when I popped it, it fizzed over a little bit.

A: Low light, but it looked dark for a pils. mostly hazy, light amber color.

S: light honey and caramel, lots of nose, some sweet, roasted nut smell as well, very rich and complex

T: light caramel touch, then overwhelmed by dryness from the carbonation, and bitter and citrus hops. It finishes very dry with a hint of honey (was that a glimmer of apples? or a touch of yeast? I'll need to crack another bottle to be sure)

M: Light, but again, the carbonation was kinda intense. another bottle would probably be better.

D: Good, but it would be better if it weren't so dry.

That dryness would really be helpful with some spicy food, and the hint of sweetness kept me coming back for more. A good, solid pilsner.

05-25-2008 16:35:54 | More by mikeepeck
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +12%

12 ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a sunny golden straw body with active carbonation topped with a big towering cake of creamy white foam that retains nicely and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell is lightly hoppy with a solid malt character.

Taste is lightly sweet and malty with a little nuttiness and bread with fruit and a solid dry, aromatic bitterness that persists. Nice minerally character throughout.

Smooth and creamy with a nice buzz of carbonation.Clean, crisp, and satisfying.

05-19-2008 23:36:58 | More by cvstrickland
Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
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