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Brooklyn Pilsner - Brooklyn Brewery

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881 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 30
Gots: 36 | 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 jamie2dope
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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

jamie2dope, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of stewart124
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

stewart124, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Sycodrummer, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of nlmartin
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

nlmartin, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.55/5  rDev -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.

MaltyGoodness, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of tweeder263
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

tweeder263, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

aquatonex, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of yelterdow
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

yelterdow, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of UncleFlip
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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

UncleFlip, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

MuddyFeet, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

tomthumbsblues, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Suds, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of jdm
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

jdm, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of Bleedingshrimp
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Bleedingshrimp, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Citadel82, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

Backer2004, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

woodychandler, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of ski271
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

ski271, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of watermelonman
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a great solid gold with a small head that lasted well. Lace is minor.

The smell is good, with light malts underlining a solid hop profile. The taste isn't quite as nice, but it's still very decent. Hops pull through in the finish to complete the package. It's pretty easy to drink, too.

watermelonman, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of gus
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A slight floral aroma, with a good golden color/appearance. Flavor was somewhat bitter with a moderate head with some lacing leftover after tasting. Good carbonation, somewhat fizzy, overall a good lager. Excellent beer to finish a hot summer day with.

gus, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a moderate amber color with white head that rapidly disappeared. Smell is floral with a hint of bread. Taste is suprising for a pilsener with a lack of crispness but a nice fruitiness without being overly sweet. Mouthfeel is a bit dry and enjoyable. A very nice drinking beer. I glad I tried it again because my perception has really improved

tgbljb, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of Redrover
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap while at the Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester. The beer was served in standard pint glass. It is bright yellow, served with a minimal head. Wisps of lacing.

The beer has a nice subtle nose of grass, floral hops and a bit of bread.

The taste is crisp and refreshing. It is slightly fruity but has a little kicked-up hop bite. I like the subtle spiciness of this beer. Becomes slightly more tart as you work through the pint.

The mouthfeel is solid. The crackling carbonation adds to the enjoyment. The beer had enough backbone to stand-up to the BBQ I had.

My first beer from Brooklyn leaves me looking forward to more!

Redrover, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of TheDeuce
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Pilsner...

Appearance-Into the pilsner glass it goes, pours a clear but surprisingly dark orange for a pilsner, decent clarity and about a one finger head that sticks around forever.

Smell-light flourescent hops (Saaz?) that indicate a hoppy version of the style, not malty at all, slight pine needle and lemon peel tendencies.

Taste-nice hoppiness up front, lemon peel flavor with a slightly spicy yet somewhat subdued hoppiness that helps balance the flavor, decent smoothness and very quaffable.

Mouthfeel-a very good balance in the beer, nice pilsner flavor through and through and it finishes with a final touch of hoppiness, good stuff.

Drinkability-for those who like balanced pilsners this one fits the bill and the low alcohol percentage ensures consistent drinking on a hot summer day such as this one.

Overall- a well-crafted pilsner, balanced but leaning towards the hoppy side, I tend to prefer the very hoppy ones but I can definite appeciate the balance and craftsmanship in this beer, a good pickup.

TheDeuce, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm in an interesting position where it's hard to be nice but easy to be objective in this review. Earlier in the day I had a "best in class" Pilsner which, unfortunately for Brooklyn Pils, served as a very big yardstick to measure up against. While this is a pretty good beer, I spent most of the time thinking about how it didn't really meet the ideals of the standard.

The pour is good enough - a deep yellow with a tinge of orange and a thick white sticky head. The head died down after a bit and didn't leave much lacing on the glass.

The smell was okay - mostly grassy hop notes with a wee bit of sulfur somewhere in the background. A strong malt note as well with light roasted tones but a little on the stale side.

The taste was pretty straight-line lager. Primarily Euro hops but some good toasty bread notes as well. While I know the beer was both reasonably fresh and well treated, it had a slight 'old' or stale taste to it. There was also a minor sourness that was really very distracting.

Mouthfeel was fine, enough bubbles to liven up the palate but the beer still left a bit of an oily residue on the tongue - not what I'd hope for in a light bodied pilsner.

Overall it was an acceptably drinkable lager but nothing outstanding. It did have a well defined body and wasn't at all meek or watered down. It would probably make a good transition beer for a macro drinker - similar in style to what they're used to without being overly challenging.

RedwoodGeorge, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of Schwarzbart
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale, golden yellow in color with a soapy looking ring that forms around the top of the beer and lacing that also looks soapy.
Smell: Smells like lager, but a little more grainy.
Taste: Nice pilsner flavor with a little bit of astringency coming through. A faint grassy hop flavor sticks around long after swallowing.
Mouthfeel: Medium weight with good carbonation.
Drinkability: This is among one of the best pilseners I have had to date. I'd like to do a taste test comparing the Victory Prima Pils which I feel is another great pilsener.

Schwarzbart, Jun 23, 2005
Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 881 ratings.