1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brooklyn Pilsner - Brooklyn Brewery

Not Rated.
Brooklyn PilsnerBrooklyn Pilsner

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

838 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 838
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 26
Gots: 27 | 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)
View: Beers (70) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Brooklyn Pilsner Alström Bros
Ratings: 838 | Reviews: 459 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of CDBeerDisappear


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Color is cloudy golden yellow. Head is small but there is lacing on the sidesof the glass.

S - Aroma primarily hops.

T - Mixed bitter and acidic taste.

M - Feels thin with light adequate carbonation.

D - A pretty good beer by itself but really shines with food. The taste stands up even to spicy food. The taste is refreshing and the bitterness and acidity are cleansing to the palette.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 00:02:35 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a European Pilsner glass. The color is golden and clear with lively carbonation. Small, fluffy, white head with excellent retention. Faint hop aroma with a touch of citrus...barely. The taste is crisp and clean. A bit of a sour/bitter aftertaste that hurt my overall impression of the beer. However, it is very light on the palate and goes down easily. Glad I tried this beer but probably will be looing elsewhere next time I'm in the mood for a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 19:14:36 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of Dogbrick


3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber color with a medium thin white head that lasts almost the entire glass. Thin patches of lacing. Aroma of fresh hops and citrus with a little sweet honey. Light-bodied and bubbly with grassy hops and some malt flavoring. The finish is short and fairly bitter but ultimately a little watery. Slightly above average all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 21:32:31 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale straw color with an orange tint. It's hazy with visible carbonation. The thick one finger head dissipated more quickly than I expected. Little lacing specks were all that remained.

S - A bit of faint floral hops over a thicker malt character. Slight metal (aluminum) decernable.

T - A tart malt. A faint bitter aftertaste with some sweetness underneath.

M - Carbonation is high, but thin and very refreshing.

D - Good. Good indeed. Make a pretty good session beer and would be a good pair for foods.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 01:15:04 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of weeare138


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white head that retains nicely. Tons of lacing all around the glass.
Smell is of pilsner malt, crystal, hints of caramel, honey, and chamomile.
Taste is of the aromas with some corn syrup thrown in and creamy vanilla notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, and sweet.
Drinkability- A bit like a lawnmower beer to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 18:32:53 | More by weeare138
Photo of SwillBilly


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Light golden hue with 1" foamy head. Ample lacing on the glass with small bubbles of carbonation making their way to the top of my Pils glass.

Smell: Grassy and herbal, apples, somewhat biscuity or bread like aromas make an appearance.

Taste: Hints of apple like fruit and grassy herbs are in the beginning. Middle is unremarkable. Finishes with a dry, crispy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing overpowers the palate, fairly balanced between sweet and bitter. Not the best Pils but one worth trying. A very good session beer or lawnmower beer due to the low abv and less than overpowering flavor profile. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 19:31:06 | More by SwillBilly
Photo of mattcrill


4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by Jan '06 notched on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a bone white sticky cap.

Smell: Mineral water and slightly fruity (think green apples). Maybe some German style hops but my nose isn't good enough to pick up which ones.

Taste: Wheat, apple juice, a touch of yeast, and a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: A tad undercarbonated but very light and enjoyable.

Drinkability: Better suited for summer sippin' but this is spot on. Strongly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 20:26:18 | More by mattcrill
Photo of jamie2dope


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light orange, nearly yellow color with little or no head to speak of and a thin lace that remained from start to finish. Smell was spicy with an interesting, almost meaty odor that was odd to say the least. Smell was also a bit musty, but not overpowering. Taste was also rather spicy, but not too heavy on the hops, with some light fruit flavors pulling through towards the end. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, making it very very drinkable. This is my second brew from Brooklyn brewery and I have to say that they make some pretty damn tasty beer. Looking forward to trying more. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 23:45:38 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of stewart124


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with thick white head that leaves quickly leaving a thin white lace. Smells of subtle floral and citrus hops. There is also a slight note of malts.
Very clean crisp malty tastes with a bit of lemon in the bite. The lemon also follows in the aftertaste. Very drinkable and goes down smoothly. Lots of carbonation and there is a bit of a hoppiness in this one. The grains and hops work very well together to produce a nice pilsner. This would be an excellent summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 02:08:30 | More by stewart124
Photo of Sycodrummer


4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the 12oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass the beer was a light golden color with two fingers of fluffly white head. Ample carbonation bubbles streamed up the sides of the glass and a nice sheet of lacing lined the glass.

The smell had a good hop presence with a faint aroma of grain and malt. Perhaps ever so slightly floral as well.

An immediate hop presence on the palate but very controled and balanced so as not to make it approach a mild IPA. Blended well with a malt presence to create a taste that despite its hoppiness has only a very mild and smooth bitterness to it. Very crisp with each sip and well carbonated. A slight fruitty/estery taste in the background existes, but all flavors are nicely matched and balanced.

Medium to light body with a high degree of carbonation and a crisp, dry, finish.

This was my first venture into the realm of pilsners coming from a large wealth of darker beers. Although I don't have much to compare it to insofar as style, I have to admit that I quite enjoyed this beer and its delicate flavors. It certainly ranks up there with beers that can be very easily sessioned, and overall found it more enjoyable than its current overall score might let on to some people.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 20:14:35 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of nlmartin


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: It has a brilliant golden coloration with a fluffy white head at least an inch and a half. Carbonation swirls nicely in the glass.

Smell: A combination of citrusy lightly herbed bread.

Taste: Nicely hopped with a slight citrus greeting.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean on the palate very light bodied but not watery.

Drinkability: This was a new experience for me a pilsner with taste. I see a hot summer day and lawnwork mixing with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 12:25:46 | More by nlmartin
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear straw color with a white head that fades. No lacing to speak of.

Smells crisp and malty with a nice hop aroma. Smells quite good.

Taste is fairly crisp up front, but could use just a little more bite. A nice level of hops compliments the mostly grainy malty taste.

Body is just average for the style.

A nice pilsner, I can easily drink it. With a little tweak, I think it could be superb.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2005 23:55:46 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of tweeder263


2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a golden brew with a one finger head that doesnt last. My first whiff i coulda swore smelled like euro skunk. But it must have settled out,,smell wasnt too bad as i started drinking it.Slightly hoppy smell not much else. Taste isnt bad,,nothing compared to something like prima pils but not too bad very subdued.An all around good drinking brew a few notches better then macros.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 00:56:47 | More by tweeder263
Photo of aquatonex

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not one for Pils, but this one was rather drinkable...

Pours light straw with a firm foamy white head, good retention, good carbonation. Looks like what Bud et al try to accomplish. Smell is better than most Pils as well, with more pronounced hops and bitter wheat notes. Maybe even a little fruit accents. Taste is rather good, even smooth for a Pils. Good hops, slight fruitiness, very consistent and refreshing. Not very lingering like others. Crisp.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 23:59:54 | More by aquatonex
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsener glass at just over fridge temperature. Commemmorative bottle has a baseball behind the logo and stripes throughout the entire label.

Drink before date reads February 2006.

Appearance- Clear pale to medium gold with a one inch crown that leaves behind a good amount of sticky lacing. Nice activity inside the glass, with small bubbles constantly rising to the top and replenishing the mat.

Smell- Hallertau and Saaz hops nicely balanced with the malts, a pleasant display of grains and light floral notes. A hint of bread is noticable as the beer warms.

Taste- A mellow blend of the classic two row malts and lightly bittering hops are just right, proving that the right ingredients make a difference in something as potentially nondescript as a German Pilsener. Great on its own or with just about anything!

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Delightful and so easy in the mouth, lively yet restrained. This is certainly an all day drinker, especially when the weather is warm and beer is on the menu. Another wonderful brew from my hometown, Brooklyn, and another reason why I love living on the East Coast.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 23:01:59 | More by yelterdow
Photo of UncleFlip


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks like a fine BMC. :) Maybe a deeper hue, but the tight foamy white head and yellow liquid remind me of a Bud or other such brew. (It's a bit more orange than yellow when not held to the light.) The one finger head slowly recedes, leaving some sticky lace behind.

The smell is stronger than a lot of pilsners I've sniffed, with some hints of orange, and even a bit of corn aroma (though I doubt there's any in the beer)! There's some hops and spice in the aroma, as well.

On first taste, there's woodiness up front- but a rather bland woodiness. Eventually, some spice and fruity sweetness hits. There's a scant hop undertone. Note a bad, but doesn't exicte me.

Carbonation is low and tight at front, but swells just after halfway. The liquid underneath is just thicker than BMC, but not quite medium.

Not a bad lawnmower beer- and I doubt I'd turn one of these down- but it doesn't hold my attention enough to really be terribly drinkable.

Be well

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 03:56:46 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear and light gold color with hardly any head to mention. Nose was very mild hops, but nothing special. Flavor is very smooth with just a slight tang. Malts are alyered ncieley in this beer but the hops permeate through and come out as nicely balance as they surround the malt flavors. Come through as herbal and just slightly bitter. Slightly dry with a fairly nice dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2005 15:45:46 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of tomthumbsblues


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice golden color with a thin white foamy head. Lots of carbonation was evident and the beer was slightly cloudy. Aroma of light hops and not much else. Taste was a good hoppy feeling, nice and smooth and not too bitter. This beer has a well balanced mouthfeel as well. A highly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 23:36:57 | More by tomthumbsblues
Photo of Suds


3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle as a light, clear, golden liquid. The head is somewhat disappointing…thin, then non-existent. No lace at all. Considerably high carbonation. Grassy, European hops, mixed with just a hint of malt. The taste is initially sweet and bread-like…almost dough-like. Hops kick in soon after the first impressions, and are herbal, bitter, and abrupt. This is a flavorful beer, for sure. The finish wasn’t quite as crisp as I’d expected, and instead lingered. All in all, this is an above average, very inviting pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 22:14:51 | More by Suds
Photo of jdm


4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

wow this is the best american pilsner i have come across. very clear. light yellow and very bubbly. one finger head that slowly fades to a thin line. light lacing all the way down the glass. smell light floral and spicy. starts a little sweet and finishes dry. very style correct and about a high a score as i think i can give a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 04:25:20 | More by jdm
Photo of Bleedingshrimp


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Pils pours a pale, light straw color and produces a very respectable two finger head. Smell is faint and of bready malts, not very pronounced even for a Pilsner. Taste is toasty, nutty (pistachio) malts with a light twang. It's dry, pretty crisp and VERY refreshing. Hops are just enough and mouthfeel is pretty nice and light. Found it to be extremely balanced and drinkable. Quite enjoyable. Definitely will have some more...it's no Prima Pils...but will more than suffice in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 03:17:12 | More by Bleedingshrimp
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another one of those staples that i try to keep on hand. It drinks easy. It is not a hop monster - has a nice biscuity palate and soft floral hops that refresh but do not over-power your tastebuds the way some Pale Ales do. It goes great with food especially chicken sate' I really think they scored a hit with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 15:55:47 | More by Citadel82
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better than the reviewer below me thought. This just happened to be the only beer I hadn't tried on the beer menu so why not? A bit pricey ($3.75 a pint), but a great find that almost rivals Prima Pils. Crisp, clean, with a nice bit of maltiness, especially in its light aftertaste. Real easy to finish, will be a great session beer one night before the summer is over.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2005 03:56:34 | More by Backer2004
Photo of woodychandler


3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light, white head that slowly waned away to clouds floating on the top. Color was a light, slightly hazy straw-yellow. Nose was sweet, almost candy-like. It reminded me of the way a package of Twizzlers smells. The mouthfeel was medium with some malty sweetness on the palate. The finish was mildly hoppy, but not overly so. I am sadly underwhelmed by this one, especially from Brooklyn, who I hold in high regard. I would have to say that there are many other Pilseners that I would reach for first.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 22:45:06 | More by woodychandler
Photo of ski271


2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very slightly hazy, medium gold with a small, white, foamy head that quickly diminishes to a thick film. Some light lacing.

Smell: Grainy bread and grassy hops with touches of citrus and caramel.

Taste: Floral and perfumey. Subtle flavors of herbal tea and apple, and then moderate citrus on the finish, which is bitter, slightly metallic, and medium-long in duration.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Sure, a pilsener should be fairly bitter and crisp, but I think the bitterness is a little too strong. No, change that, it’s not too strong, just out of balance. I found this to be a very average pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 18:40:13 | More by ski271
Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.