Brooklyn Pilsner - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 29
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-06-2001)
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Photo of bboven
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium-dark gold very clear body with a big pillowy head that leaves lots of lacing. Looks good, however, too dark to be a german pils in appearance.

Spicy/sour caramel in the aroma, seems like there could be some diacetyl in there even though there should not be. Not overpowering, though.

Taste starts out very well balanced between sweet malt and spicy hop, but ends with a medicinal bitter note that's not the greatest.

Nice, filing carbonation, medium-high drying at the end. Very nice.

It's a pretty good pils, but there seems to be some off flavors and aromas. And they need to cut back the crystal malts or whatever they are using to tone the color down if they want to call it a German pils like the label says.

Photo of timmy2b
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler that was #3 out of the new keg. This beer poured a nice golden color with a small amount of cloudy white head. Has a nice scent to it with a hint of citrus. Could taste the citrus and the slight piney/tartness of it. Was very smooth and light in the mouth. I did not expect it to have a high citrus taste and it does, but not overwhelming at all. This was a very drinkable beer.

Photo of czfreeman
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out into my new Warsteiner pils glass I got from my little bro for christmas. I drank alot of Bitburger pils in Germany this summer, but this is my first american offering as well as my first from Brooklyn. Lovely golden amber color, honey tones, very light creamy head that billows out of the glass. lots of hoppy,piney,floral, bitter citrus aromas on the nose. very aromatic. flovor matches the aroma, citus,hops. very good, a lot more in this brew than i expected. will purchase again

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded straw gold with minimal white head. Nose is slightly citric - subdued oranges I say. Flavor is tangy with a tart touch. Bitter character on the end as well. Feel has a good bit of bubble on the tongue. Definitely drinkable. Doesn’t seem to be a typical pilsner, but it’s pretty good. I could go for more than one of these easily.

Photo of williamherbert
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright hazy yellow look. Minimal lace. Actually looks more like a Belgian white than anything. Bright and sunny.

The smell is spicy, bitter beechwood/noble hops. The malt is of a sharp, bitter nature. Leafy, woodsy aroma. Hint of chlorine in the hops.

The taste is flowery bitter hops, floating atop the lagery malt. A bit sharp in both the hop and the malt. Sharp, pilsnery taste (naturally). Actually becomes more like a light (Bud) lager as it warms.

Feels creamy at first but finishes clearn. Watery and thin, though bubbly on the swallow. Reveals itself as a lesser brew as it warms. A bitter lager that is decent but disappointing.

Photo of Wikipeteia
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'd like Brooklyn Pilsner to decide what it is -- It's both a baby IPA, with it's strong, stringent hop presence, as well as a much better alternative to the macropils of the world -- and stick to it.

This is my first experience with the brewery, and while this isn't a terrible beer in the slightest, it's confusing in every aspect. My tastebuds wanted a punch from the hops my nose smelled, and it didn't deliver. My palate wanted much more of a straight pilsner taste, and it didn't deliver.

The hazy, quasi-unfiltered golden color was fantastic, and my mouth literally watered as I watched the near inch head bubble in the glass, as I smelled the beer. The mouth feel confused me, and while I have every intention on finishing the 6pack, I don't think I'll do so with my usual wreckless abandon. And by that, I mean I like beer. And I like this beer. I just wish it had an identity of it's own.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of mgermani: Poured a clear golden color pils with a big foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of dry malt with some light floral hops. Taste is a nice mix between dry malt with a light floral and dry hoppy finish. I noticed some spices which may be from the yeast strain that was used. Body is quite full for the style with some great carbonation. Well done.

Photo of clemsonbrewer
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark hazy golden color. Thin head with thin fading lacing. Smells of light grains and some fruitiness. Tastes lightly of banana and almost a little wheaty with some nice hop bitterness. Light feel with a thin dry palate. Pretty easy to drink but not something I want to drink all day on Saturday.

Photo of sheikyerbouti
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is slightly cloudy, light straw to gold color.

Slightly sweet aroma from Pils malt with a touch of DMS. No hop aroma.

Small, white head is short lived, while the mouthfeel is moderately chewy and full.

Significant hop bitterness but not overwhelming, balanced by a light, bready sweetness.

Overall, decent example of Pre Prohibition American Pilsner, very drinkable.

Photo of bigeyedfish
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into the Ommegang 10th Anniversary Flute.

Really nice, dark golden color. Darker than most pilsners/pale ale's. Really substantial, bone-white head that has little recession. The lacing it leaves is thick and almost continuous.

A lot more grain-like in the aroma than a lot of the American-pilsners. A lot of straw on the nose, along with some really underlying orange and some barley. Good nose, but not great.

The taste is pretty much the aroma; nothing that is on the palate is not on the nose. Again, barley, straw, hay are the lingering aromas. There is some orange which is more pronounced than on the nose, A really cereal-heavy taste, not much of a finish which is a bit of a let down, and the flavors don't really linger on the palate. Oh well.

Hardly any mouthfeel. Some hold on the mid-palate, but this is a beer you can drink half to three quarters of and not even realize you drank that much.

It's a clean, not over-fruity, very mild Pilsner. My turkey just got popped in the over, and this seemed like the perfect beer to have at noon on Thanksgiving. Just a refreshing, relaxing pilsner that you can enjoy and forget in the same sitting. It what Matt Damon's NGC agent in Oceans 11 was trying to be. Perfect.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Ocean Grill, Manhattan, N.Y.

A: Poured a clear, golden straw yellow with a fluffy white head of foam that dissipated quickly, leaving a nice terrain of carbonated lace.

S: A distinct citrus zest and floral hop aroma mark this American-crafted pilsner. Not as funky as a full-blown German pilsner, which is a plus for me.

T: Tastes a bit spicy, a bit lemony, and a bit watery. Maybe that's the recipe. It's lightly flavored and leaves a nice little hop bite in it's wake.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and clean. The carbonation is lively and cleanses the palate very well.

D: There's not enough flavor or complexity to keep me drinking this all night, however, it accompanied my salmon dish quite nicely. I wouldn't write it off, but would recommend to to those looking for a lighter fare.

I'm not a big pilsner fan to begin with, so I might have been a bit biased against this brew. Brooklyn's version did open my eyes a bit to the style, however, and I'll bit a bit more objective in the future.

Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two finger, bone white head settles down pretty quickly with little lace. Golden body with excellent clarity.

S - Clean, malty aroma with herbal hops and a hint of honey.

T - Earthy, herbal hop flavor backed by clean, crisp malt. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness and flavor.

M - Light body with high carbonation. Quite dry.

D - Easily drinkable and an unusually authentic pilsner. This is an excellent example of a classic session beer style that many American craft brewers could learn from.

Photo of BBM
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear goldenrod from the tap and into the pint glass. A thin white head rest atop the brew. Aroma was very sweet and mellow. Slight hint of grass, perhaps.

This is a fairly standard pilsener, with a nice malty profile and some slight herbal hop essence for balance. It's is very sweet, almost too sweet for a pils. The hop profile didn't make it's way through enough for this one to really be great. It's a nice, solid, drinkable beer, but you can find better around this brewery.

Photo of hops4me
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was my "give pilsner a chance" beer. I am glad I chose this one. Pours a brillant gold with a rocky white head. Smells very floral. Good sharp bitter pilsner. Peppery bitterness gives way to a slight citrusy bitterness. Bready maltiness gives a medium body and the CO2 makes this beer very crisp. Brussels lace clings to the walls of the glass all the way to the bottom. Good drinkability...thankfully since I have a keg of it.

Photo of scott
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Clear, clean and well carbonated pour with mildly aggresive head presents itself with a pale copper. Subdued nose of restrained hop, and reminiscent of lemon cake. Neutral and without pretense, this will not aggrevate the palate. I have never fully enjoyed a pilsner, but this gives me some hope. Tame, but I can appreciate it. Sessionable, and that goes a hell of a long way. Recommended.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly substantial hazy soft gold with a white head. Grainy and bready malt aroma with grassy and herbal hops. Light to medium bodied with decent mouthfeel. Good balance with a bitter finish. Brooklyn's attempt at the classic pilsner style is a good one.

Photo of kaelingirl
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle best by 8/07. Poured into standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a moderate white head that faded quickly.
The aroma is grainy with some hops.
A hoppy kind of spicy flavor that has a bit of a mettalic finish. The hops seem to get grassy as the beer warms.
Moderate carbonation. This beer goes down easy.
Very drinkable.

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

Pours a bubbly golden colour with a smaller than expected but stickier than expected white head that leaves a healthy dose of itself all over the sides of the glass.

The aroma is a touch sweet with a heavy dose of malt followed by faint hops and grain and a bit of grass as well. Not bad but a bit un-pilsner like a times.

Unlike the aroma, the flavour definitely says pilsner all the way. Grassy flavour and graininess shine through much better here with a nice hop and slight spice bite at the end of each sip. Malt certainly takes a back seat here for the most part. Mouthfeel is light bodied but sharp and well carbonated as a pilsner should be.

I'm not a big pilsner fan but this is a nice representation of the style overall. Although the aroma could use a bit of tweaking as it just didn't scream pilsner to me, it was still pretty nice. A nice simple brew from Brooklyn.

Photo of techdiver
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden yellow with a 2 finger head that dissipates slowly leaving a small cap and nice lacing.

Nose seems balanced, with hops becoming progressively more dominant.

Taste displays the sharp hop bite nicely in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing; feels medium bodied due to some coating of the palate and apparent carbonation not making it's presence known.

Very drinkable, easy drinking.

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

Ah, a great beer I hardly ever have anymore. I'd rate this over their lager, which is thick and great, but a little too heavy for ths style while this is a great take on a classic style. This beer pours a medium gold with a solid, lacy-white head that clings to the glass. Fresh grains, malt and yard clippings are the aromas with a little hoppy smell in the background. Taste is crisp, dry and biscuity with enough hops there to make you notice; refreshing without being watery or too sweet. A great beer you could drink all day.

Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD of Nov 07 or May, notches in both months??

Poured a slightly hazed gold with 4+ fingers of fluffed up cream colored head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Straw & herbal hop, plus a little wet cardboard

T: Metallic & herbal hops up front, with some buttery diatehchly taste thrown in. Grainy & bready tastes dominate as this warms, along with soapy hops. Finished crisp with lemony hops

MF: Almost medium boidied with light carobonation & so-so balance

Drinks okay, but doesn't hold my interest past 2 bottles on a hot summer's day. Would do in a pinch, but otherwise I'd have to be sure I was drinking fresh to pick up another sixer

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.8/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours with vigorous carbonation action, two to three fingers of sudsy foam build up quickly. A hazy, dirty yellow/orange beer with lots of bead. Thick layering of lace form a very creamy head.

Aroma - initially sports some fresh grain, but fragrant Saaz take over as it sets up. Great staying power.

Taste - decent grain foundation, sweet and full. Hops flood the palate completely with a light floweriness and moderate bite. The aftertaste is dry with grapefruit rind dominating. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - an element of smoothness to this otherwise crisp pils. Moderate body.

Drinkability - fantastic sessionability, awfully glad I grabbed a sixer instead of a single. A fully flavored pilsner all the way.

Photo of mshallah
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours light gold with a soapy head. Great looking champagne-like bubbles. Some sediment from bottom of the bottle. Hop aroma of ocean air with an underlying sweetness. Cracker-like malt flavor leads to a salty, dry finish. Crisp as per style. Hop aroma is present with every sip. I would love to steam some mussels or clams with this beer. Great domestic(fresh) pils.

Photo of sleazo
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-A nice looking beer. This is a clear looking golden that poured out with a thick three finger head which has decent staying power.

S-Very clean smelling with a decent ammount of Saaz hops.

T-Not very malty but there is a significant ammount of floral/medicinal hoppiness. The aftertaste leaves something to be desired, as there is a bit of soap and a metallic twinge there. The floral hops though are the clear dominant factor here.

M-Light and crisp as should be expected for the style.

D-The wierd sopay metallic aftertaste limit the drinkability here. Fairly average for the style and the brewery.

Photo of soupyman10
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is slightly yellow-orange color, clear with minimal head on top that leaves a bit of lacing as it goes. Nose is grainy with a nice dose of fruit; a good scented pilsener. Maybe apricot on there too, a little honey. Taste is similar. That sort of rough grain flavor first, a little touch of astringency, some light hoppiness as the beer fades out. Feel is standard, a little thin but solid on carbonation. Overall, its another good one from Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
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