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Brooklyn Pilsner - Brooklyn Brewery

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927 Ratings
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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 29
Gots: 55 | 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 whiplash3825
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's been 25 years since I've had a German pilsener, when I was stationed in Germany... as I became so enamored with hefeweizens that that became my standard beer. I read decent reviews of this so I thought I'd revisit the style.

Pours a light, clear straw color with a nice two-finger head that quickly fades to a lasting cap with a good amount of lacing.

Really grainy in the nose, along with some floral hoppiness... grassy.

More hops bitterness in the taste than I expected or remembered, but it's a good clean flavor with a medium dry finish. Kinda grainy, but not in a bad way. Definitely better than your typical mainstream euro-lager IMO.

Very creamy mouthfeel, maybe a little heavy for the style? Feels good though.

The more you drink the better it tastes. An easy-drinking brew!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one tonight from mhewes.. another extra.. another trading props goes out to Michael.

Poured into my smaller weizen glass... the closest thing I have to a pils glass. Crystal clear gold/light orange .. rocky head lasts forever.. very pretty lacing atop a very pretty brew.

The aroma is deceiving... sorta like a slightly Americanized German pilsner.. quite a bit of everything.. pale malts.. and spicy/grassy hops.. very nice.

Flavor is more balanced... smooth malts.. a little bit of sweetness with a background bitterness... a little minerally with flowing hop flavors that linger on my palate for quite a while... as it warms the sweetness transforms into a bready profile that is not necessarily needed, but is still nice. Man, I wish I could brew a pils this nice.. "Now, I have a winter goal!", pops into my mind... body is just about perfect .. carbonation may be a bit much.. Another brew from Michael that I never probably would have traded for but am very happy I got the chance... Prost!


Photo of changeup45
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/8/2005. Lately I've been looking for beers that would be great for the summer and something to store in my golf bag :-) This fits the bill. Golden colored, pours some head and lace but not a lot. Sweet lemon malt aroma, not overpowering but there's enough there. Very well balanced and smooth. Crisp mild hop bite with a floral flavor and even some hints on honey. Lately my success rate hasn't been all that great with new beers so it was very nice to get something I really did enjoy.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a touch of nutty caramel color to it. Great bone white two finger head the pour that slyly recedes to a ring o' foam around the top of the beer. The aroma is a nice, clean hop lime and some brisk, dry malts. The taste has a soft touch of dry toasted bread. The hops impart some floral notes and some gentle earthy grassy that blends goes well with the malts and boost up the palate and drinkability and sessionablilty of this beer. I would love if this beer was available at Lunar all year round. Very good American/German pilsner.

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

A: Poured from a bottle into a large weizen glass. Body is clear golden with a small white head. Leaves behind some splotchy lace.

S: Spicy, herbal and floral hops dominate the nose, though the aromas are not overpowering or terribly strong at all. Hint of grassiness too.

T: Light biscuit or cracker-type malt flavors, balanced with a hint of fruit and then spicy and grassy hops. Finishes dry with a lingering grassy bitterness.

M: Light in body, but not watery or thin in feel. Good for the style.

D: Good drinker -- a nice summer post-lawn-mowing beer, or, as I had it, sitting on the porch after a day at the beach.

Photo of dpkpr
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle came in one of those beer of the month club mixed 12 packs. I always am suspect of the conditions in the shipping and warehouse facilities. I am drinking it on August first and it has a "best by" date of November. From a bottle it pours a nice copper color. Now I'm looking at the category and the German Pilsner is supposed by be much lighter -- light straw or golden. A respectable head, but not particularly dense. The smell is pleasant, but can't make out the hops. First swig really gives off an unpleasant metalic taste. Wonder if this may have suffered from mishandling during shipping. As I drink the beer, what I first considered metalic seems to mellow and gets less objectionable, but still not on style. The hops are in the background...can tell the balance is close but not quite there. Got better the more of it I drank. The citrus notes of the hops began to come out. Left a very dry crisp mouthfeel. It is okay, but I don't really think it's to style, which explains my lower score.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours Golden with a decent head and foamy lace that lasts the duration of the beer.
The aroma is of citrus,grains and hops.
The taste is hops,citrus notes and mild malts in the balance. There was some bitterness that sweetened out as I drank it and there was some grain taste in the finish.
The feel was crisp and then turned creamy with only mild bitterness and medium carbonation.
So smooth and well balanced. Malts are pretty light,but it does not hurt the brew.

Notes: I really liked this,starts off zesty and slightly bitter and ends sweet and creamy with decent hops and balance
A fine beer. Perfect for the summer time.

Photo of chilidog
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice pils to be had. Harder to find in my area than the lager, but worth the hunt.

It pours a clear golden, white head with good lace to follow. Active carbonation that keeps the glass moving.

The aroma is slight citric hop with an earthy malt undertone.

The taste is crisp ans clean front and now. Citric hop of lemon thats well balanced with malt highlights.

A creamy soft mouthfeel aids the amazing ease of drink and the flavors entertain the taste buds.

Easy to drink, like I say if you don't mind alittle flavor in your pils.

Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Slynger
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mhewes
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of tmitch75
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JMD
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of perfectkaos
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ShrLSU
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of albern
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of hreb
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.