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Brooklyn Pilsner - Brooklyn Brewery

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943 Ratings
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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 30
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-06-2001

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle (ABV 5.1% according to the label), BBD of March '07 notched into the label, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow color. The head formed a good 2-3 fingers thick and retained nicely.

Aroma: Floral hops, mildly sweet.

Taste: Surprisingly malty for a pilsner beer, but very good. The hops come through in the middle and stay throughout, but the malt character is most noticeablet, except in the finish. The hop bitterness comes through then, leaving the desire for more. The alcohol is hidden quite well, you'd never know this was a 5% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. The carbonation is lively and fits in very well.

Overall: Wow, was this good. So smooth, so tasty, so good. Pick this up next time you see it, I promise you will not regret doing so.

Photo of trevorwideman
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of vanrassel. Thanks man! Poured into a Pilsner glass.

Pours a light hazy golden colour with a 1/2 inch head that recedes and keeps a little lacing throughout the glass. Mild-medium carbonation with a few bubbles clinging to the glass. Aroma is very clean with a light honey floral sweet noble hop character. A bit of earthiness, some grassy hay-like aromas and something akin to camomile. Subtle and lovely.

Taste is lightly malty sweet but the hops definitely shine through with a herbal bittering twang. Nutty malt character balances it nicely. Lemonlike sour notes are there, subtly. Not ovely complex, but it's a Pilsner, and we're going for drinkability and character here. Carbonation is mild and the mouthfeel is soft and dries the palate completely in the finish. Aftertaste is lightly bitter. This is a patio beer to be sure, and the hop flavours are wonderful and flavourful enough to make this a really nice craft-brewed German Pils. A regular supply of this would be great, and it makes me look forward to summer!

Photo of Braudog
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I need a beer as I watch my GW team get slaughtered in the NCAAs, why not this one. This pours with a deep golden color and one of the most effervescent bodies I’ve seen in a while, rising into a nice firm white head. The aroma is definitely restrained, slightly malty, but also hinting at a little hoppiness. This drinks very well, rich and malty yet with a nice Teutonic hop bite. Excellent Pilsner. (#2749, 3/15/2007)

Photo of kenito799
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at John's pizza, W 44th St.

Light amber color brought to me with just a rim of suds. Lace left on glass as I drank.

Very nice fresh malty and hoppy aromas. Flavorful, balanced and crisp...more refreshing and food-friendly than Brooklyn lager, yet full of floral hoppy flavor. Will not hesitate to order this in the future.

Photo of MDekker
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours out a translucent straw color with a nice finger of white head that dissipates relatively quickly. The aroma is also nice, with dry notes of bread, banana, citrus and some others I can't pin down. The flavor is crisp and clean, with hints of banana and grain again, and a lingering bitter aftertaste. A little soapy, but overall quite nice. The carbonation is satisfying, but other than that is unremarkable in the mouth. Overall, it was a pleasant drink. I can see myself having another.

Photo of Phatz
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale clear gold with a massive thick foam head. The sticky lacing lines the walls of the glass. A thick white cap lasts the duration of the beer.

Smell: Pale malts lightly sweet, dry grassy hops good Pilsener nose.

Taste: Light crisp dry bready cracker malt flavor with floral hops and gassy dryness and spices. All attribute of this beer are simple and not of the top. The most memorable thing is a long long lingering aftertaste. nice.

Mouthfeel: Light in the mouth with fine carbonation a dry.

Drinkability: A very easy drinking Pilsener if that is what you are looking for.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of Shiredave
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty bright golden yellow with a very dense white head and lots of lace. Carb is sparse for style but fine tiny bubbles they are.

Aroma is soft lemon and vanilla with a slight yeasty note not unlike a saison - a touch of earth.

Light and watery up front with spicy bite on the tongue. Very little malt character or flavor. Body is quite thin even for a pils. Hop flavor is tart and dry with an ubrupt finish - very clean. Aftertaste of spicy german hops.

Malt flavors and body come forward as it warms but this is meant to be cold and sure offers more flavor than many Euro lagers and pilsners.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden and transparent in appearance, healthy carbonation that assists a tall foamy white head full of bubbles itself. Retention is quite remarkable. Lots of sticky, almost gossamer lacing.

Grassy and lightly spicy hops on the nose, crisp biscuity malt underneath.

Sharp metallic grains blend seamlessly with herbal, almost astringent hops for a crisp, yet rounded finish. A pilsener with some cohones.

Even with the sharp metallic and spicy hop notes the mouthfeel still remains smooth and rounded, it will quench you without assaulting your palate.

A mighty fine pilsener to my taste buds, I wish this wasn't the last of my 6 of them, as this makes a great session beer if you're into this style.

Photo of Niniimaa
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Taste close to a Kolsh. Tight bubbles form nice head above opaque golden hue body. Complex flavour of good German incredients keeps the drinker occupied as the pints multiply. Not overt sugar flavour with a clean crisp finish that begs for more after finishing.

Recommended for spicy foods including Indian and Mexican.

Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright gold into my glass with a pillowy one-finger head at the top. It left beautiful rings down the sides of my pilsener glass as I drank.

Noble hops gave a nice spicy aroma that were well-balanced with bready malt and clover, which gave it a slight floral whiff. Hops and malt co-mingled and played well on the palate with alternating bitterness and a yeasty malt flavour. Nice spicy hops, too.

This beer had a nice crisp finish and its lively carbonation and medium body suits the style well.

Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow-straw color with a tall pillowy off-white head, and nice carbonation. Nice earthy hop and grainy malt aromas. Nice grainy malts up front; balanced well by earthy hops. Not at all sweet or bitter but does have a nice lingering hop finish. Medium-light bodied and crisp.

Solid - better than I remember with slightly different stats on their website than before.

Per BB website:
Malts: 2-Row Malt from Bamberg, Germany
Hops: Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Hallertauer Perle, Saaz, Vanguard
ABV: 5.1%
OG: 12.5 degrees Plato; 1050

Best Before: Feb '07 (notched)
Tasted: 01/07/07

($7.49 / 6-pack)

Photo of nvsblman
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale yellow with a thin white head of fine bubbles. The aroma is of cereal sweetness with a slight yeastiness. Very crisp and clean. Malty sweet taste with some honey in there. Nice hop balance. Medium/light mouthfeel and well carbonated. Easy to drink as a pilsner should be, a pretty enjoyable beer.

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid spicy noble hop with a soft biscuity malt aroma.

The taste consisted of a soft grain bill with a significant spicy hop punch.

The mouthfeel was normal with a good dry finish.

Overall a good drinkable pilsner. Very sessionable.

Photo of Gmann
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw color with a small white head with minimal lacing. Light smell of floral hops. A light hop bitter taste, a bit dry but not too much. This pilsner feels light but not watery, crisp, no lingering bitterness, moderately carbonated. This is a very drinkable beer with a nice light hop taste. Tastes like an American crafted Pilsner. Not as good as some of the European pilsners, but very drinkable.

Photo of jmz62565
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow gold with a nice big white foamy head. The head leaves great lacing and lasts forever. The smell is light with sweet malt and little else. The taste is sweet malt with a slight bitter hop backbone. Crisp and clean finishing,this is all about the malt with citrus bitterness. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well making this a nice everyday beer.

Photo of flexabull
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a bright straw color, a lot of bubbles floating around, but not much in the way of a head.

Aromas are faint, slightly sour, floral and grassy.

Beer is crisp, a bit sour, dry, and bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, and while the carbonation appears to be too much, it actually tastes about right for this one.

Not a bad Pilsener, I have had other's that I prefer, but I wouldn't turn this one down if offered to me. It's drinkable and session worthy.

Thanks again for the taste MuenchenerKindl.

Photo of alexskovan
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy pale golden with a coarse head that stuck around. Smell was hoppy and crisp. Taste was medium bitter grapefruit hop with a smooth maltyness underneath. Everything a Pilsner should be. Crisp, refreshing, and honest. Great for a session.

Photo of malcontent
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is THE dead-on look for a pilsner; pale straw color with steady streams of bubbles heading for the surface. The head is huge and sticky and clings to the side of the glass as if it were a life-or-death matter.

The nose is fresh-cut hay and yeast with a musty quality more akin to garbanzo beans than beer.

There is surprising hop bitterness here to compliment the yeast characteristics. A soft sweetness resonates in the finish, like a citrus sorbet in its subtlety. A really tasty pilsner.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect and this style, although usually unexciting, has always excelled in its drinkability and this is no exception.

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before Feb. '07.
Poured into pils glass.

Pours light golden yellow with a thin, white, foamy head that leaves some lacing on the glass. A steady stream of carbonation rises to the top.

The smell is clean - some lemony/grassy notes.

The taste is of lemony hops with an underlying sweet bready maltiness that gives it some body. Not complex, and just light enough to be refreshing and true to style without being too light. It has a crisp, clean finish. Just the right amount of carbonation makes it go down smoothly.
Nice, light, not too watery. Nothing great, but easy to drink and pretty much on target for the style. It's what the macros that claim to be pilsners should be. A nice "session" selection.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, with expiration date of 1/07. Pours a hazy straw color, growing gradually more clear from top to bottom--a torrent of bubbles zooming up through the center. The head is one finger and white, rather creamy and show solid retention and lacing.

The aroma consists of grain, honey, lemon, and a whisper of sulpher.The flavor offers more of the same, with some nice biting hops.

The mouth is light, yet has some character and bite, a nice dry, bitter, hoppy finish. Very drinkable, easily paired with a wide array of foods. A solid Pils.

Photo of bigone4
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date clearly notched. Poured a light hazy straw yellow color. Clean white head dissipated rather quickly. There was some mild lace clinging to the sides of my pint. This brew smelled rather floral with slight doughy yeast hint. It tastes very crisp with a rather smooth clean dry hop finish. Subtle hints of sweet pale malt we detected in the background. This beer is very drinkable and easy going down. Certainly possess the qualities of an enjoyable Pilsner offering. Good carbonation with a light to a medium body. Well balanced and a good offering.

Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold with a fluffy white head - good retention with some feathery lacing. The aroma has a solid bread-doughiness along with floral and citrus hops. Crisp hoppy flavors, sweet grain, and a grassy snap. Bitterness and moderate carbonation tickle the tongue...very crisp, medium body.

Hits the spot...refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of tastybeer
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a two finger, white, fine bubble head. Lacing is quite nice as well. Nose is doughy, bready, and spicy with a light floral hop. Good clarity and refreshing. Taste is also flowery and herbal, evenly spicy, bready and well carbonated. Nicely balanced with a good healthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth. Easy drinkability.

A good pilsner. Well made.

Photo of bonbright7
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tapped a 1/2 barrel of this right before the annual Lloyd Harbor Halloween party, while the band was doing a sound check. The tap was a standard Bud tap, which made it very easy to handle. Some foam erupted while I was pouring the first measure, but it looked like any other beer in that way.

I smelled the distinct aroma of hops in the first pint as I arched the cup my way.

The first taste exhibited a dramatic dry hops bitterness, which seemed to disappear slowly as more people tried it out. I was actually worried for moment my guests might not like it, or to put it better, understand it. I continued to drink it all night as it went slower than the Spaten lager. A suitably dressed pirate named Rob was able to coax the remains out when we thought it was totally dead.

It took me a keg to find out why this particular beer is not overly popular in my area, but I think with a few more tastings of this, it could be very good with a pork roast or spicy Chinese food.

1/10/07 update: Two months after the event, I found out many in the Halloween crowd actually liked the beer very much. A delayed response...

Photo of veech
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty standard pilsner with a good flavor profile, but nothing really outstanding to note about this beer. It is a true rendering of the beer style and is solid across the board, but it didn't overly impress me anywhere along the way. Appropriate hopping, carbonation and color were present, but it just didn't do much for me. I wouldn't avoid this beer, I just wouldn't seek it out.

Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
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