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Brooklyn Pilsner - Brooklyn Brewery

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862 Ratings
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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 30
Gots: 33 | 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 gus


3.1/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

07-26-2005 00:00:14 | More by gus
Photo of tgbljb


4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

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

07-17-2005 01:31:38 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Redrover


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

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!

07-14-2005 16:12:27 | More by Redrover
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

07-05-2005 18:51:48 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of RedwoodGeorge


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

06-25-2005 07:14:09 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of Schwarzbart


4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

06-23-2005 22:48:50 | More by Schwarzbart
Photo of Boilermaker88


4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

Served on-tap at The Public House Brookline.

Appearance: clear golden yellow color, fat bubbles of carbonation, and a fizzy, quick-to-fade white head. Looks rather like a macro.
Nose: Hmm, nice herbal hops notes and grassy hay-like malt aroma. Pretty nice.
Taste: okay, so appearances aren't everything. This ain't no macro despite it's outward appearance. Good merging of a solid base of biscuit malt up front and the snappy herbal hops bite in the latter stages of each pull.
Feel: light body, clean and crisp.
Drinkability: easy quaffer here. Light alc. content and clean, refreshing feel make it go this pils go down quite easily. Has the makings of a nice session brew.

06-23-2005 21:12:14 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4/5  rDev +9.3%

Sparkling dark amber with a modest infusion of orange. Brilliant honey highlights are present along the bottom edge of the glass and a wonderful head of sticky ivory occupies the upper portion of the glass. The cap has loads of character with pits, divots, large craters and quite a bit of rockiness. A necklace of lacy loops encircles the glass just above the surface of the beer.

The nose is deeper, more complex and sweeter than expected. Specifically, it's floral, herbal and fruity. The hop bill consists of three classic varieties: Saaz, Perle and Hallertauer. Only the fact that I don't love nobles (off with their heads!) keeps the aroma from the higher score.

Brooklyn Pilsner is a very good version of the style. It has quite a bit of hoppy flavor that is countered nicely by a equal amount of cracker-like malt. The beer is incredibly well-mannered with nothing but smooth edges in sight, yet it retains just enough of a bitter hoppy bite to keep mouth interest on the high end.

The mouthfeel is light-medium, which is just about where it should be for the style, and the rather generous amount of carbonation works well in the grand scheme of things. I wouldn't change a thing.

This is well-crafted beer. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's my favorite offering to date from this brewery. That's all the more remarkable since pilseners aren't really my thing. If you enjoy the style, Brooklyn Pilsner is an easy recommendation.

06-16-2005 13:26:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Clear golden yellow with a fluffy 2 finger head. Aroma was simple grass and lemon zest. The flavor components were of nice malt backbone, grass, and a dry bitterness. Medium / light in body. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles.

Mouthfeel was crisp and dry. Relatively clean finish as some soft grass hangs on the tastebuds. Overall a really nice pils for hanging on the deck while hanging with friends.

06-15-2005 18:40:18 | More by Gavage
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

I think something went wrong with this one.

Not much head, but nice gold color. Smells fine.

Taste has a lot of corn in it. Sounds like something went wrong. Must be a quality control issue. Mouthfeel is OK; everything else is OK. But there is a lot of corn tastes in this bottle.

I'd be willing to try this again on-tap. Or if someone reassures me this is an isolated incident.

06-12-2005 18:39:07 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%

Bright shiny yellow gold body, with some fine carbonation, topped by a hefty, tightly whipped , very white, three fingers of foam which took a bow above the rim. Decent lacing.

Very inviting aroma of fresh hay waffing across the fields.

Nice soft malt, not overly sweet a sense of balance even before the hops noticeably and nobly arrive. Not a severe hop bite, a gentle but firm nibble. Very refreshing in these prematurely hot days.

Nice soft mouthfeel, aiding in the refeshment. Outstanding drinkability.

Haven't had this in a while, after a subpar sixer a couple years ago. It's come a long way baby, including the packaging. There will be more of this at my house this summer. Get yourself some and watch a game.

06-11-2005 23:34:50 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of TinusTime


4/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a pale gold with a pristine white head that sat and sat and sat. I thought I had a beer merangue for a bit. Aroma is crisp with some citrus floral notes with just a touch of bread crust. Taste starts off malty then the hops take over and let this finish crisp and dry. Some herbal/floral notes in the finish. Very clean tasting maybe a touch of white bread in the beginning and middle, but nothing that takes away from the overall crisp clean bite at the end. Mouthfeel is good as it is nicely carbonated which helps keep the flavour clean. Drinkability is good. Perfect for a hot summer day especially while grilling and doing yard work. Good stuff and much better than some of the Euro-pils I have had over the last few days.

06-11-2005 18:38:03 | More by TinusTime
Photo of packetknife


3.15/5  rDev -13.9%

My bottle had a baseball on it which is my weakness as I don't much care for Pils but I got it anyway. This wasn't half bad though as it wasn't quite as hoppy and a bit thicker feeling (heavier carbonation for sure) than other Pils I've had. The frothy white head was too much and wouldn't fade with a ceiling fan. It had a strong bread/malt scent that was pleasantly overpowering given the muggy/mildew smells outside lately. Readily drinkable. There was no lingering aftertaste even thought the finish hit a bit sharp.

06-11-2005 18:00:48 | More by packetknife
Photo of TongoRad

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured into a pilsner glass- rich golden yellow color, crystal clear, with a long lasting rocky two-finger head. Textbook.

Aroma is a pretty kicking blend of grassy hops and bready malt. It smells clean and fresh. The aroma dies down after a bit but is quickly resurrected with a bit of swirling.

The flavor favors the malt along with a creamy texture and a significant hop bitterness. This beer is well made and a pleasure to drink.

06-09-2005 00:30:22 | More by TongoRad
Photo of PatandDavid


4.47/5  rDev +22.1%

I liked this one. Hazy sunflower gold in the glass, the low white head has left me with just a ring of froth in the glass. Aroma delivers, with dried grass and a hint of spiceyness. Mouthfeel is good and medium, carbonation is small and not overwhelming. Tastewise the perfume of dried grass carries through. Small burst of citrusy hops in the finish. Delivers what it should, nice American example I can't believe I haven't reviewed up till this point.

05-21-2005 23:23:30 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ARRg. I wished i lived closer so i could drink these guys' stuff every night. So amazing. This is one of my lesser enjoyed brooklyn's but i still like it. The aroma is sorta grainy and fruity. Nice fluffy head. This is a really solid pilsner. Its not very often that floral hops hit in you in the face so enjoyably with a pilsner. Its usually that gross metallic weak but prickley hops! Nice creamy-stickey mouthfeel. Really full yet refreshing.

05-14-2005 04:59:34 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of FirstMan


3.08/5  rDev -15.8%

Well... It's a little dark for a pilnser - kind of a deeper golden.

Smell is high on the hops, which is good - a clean, grainish aroma.

For the most part, the taste is lighter, but with a little more malt content than I'd expect from a pils. There's a note of yeast but lacking in the clean, crisp and fruity notes that I was hoping for. Not bad, but not a great pilsner.

05-01-2005 02:07:27 | More by FirstMan
Photo of LPorter33


2.48/5  rDev -32.2%

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance: straw colored, light golden hue, transparent with tons of bubbles rising upward, minimal head.

Smell: Slight sourness with a hint of a floral like aroma. I can't get much else out of it.

Taste: Not a lot of flavor here although tastes much better as it warms up a bit. There's a tiny bit of sweetness that's barely noticable, mixed in with the typical malt/hops proportions. Still can't really ascertain a distinct aftertaste.

Overall: Not too impressed. It doesn't stand out far enough from mass marketed pilseners for me to recommend it.

04-27-2005 00:06:54 | More by LPorter33
Photo of twelvsies


4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

This was the perfect beer for a hot night.Appears a very clear and light amber color, more on the yellow straw side of things, with a decent head actually, though it fades quickly. When I first took a sip of this beer I thought it lacked flavor but as I got accustomed to it I kept noticing little subtleties with each taste. Plenty of mellow matly scents and tastes, along with hints of honey and some floral hops. Nice and sweet in a way, biscuity, yet crisp, clean, and refreshing. Once again, perfect for hot weather and in general this is one of the tastier pilsners I've had the pleasure of trying.

04-20-2005 05:48:56 | More by twelvsies
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3.45/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a very pale gold. Clear and fizzy with a thin white head. Not much lace. Smells lightly grassy and hoppy.

Taste is grassy and lightly hoppy. Some sweetness from the pale malt. Creamy. Goes down easy. Nothing special about this pilsener but it's not bad either. Nice on a hot day.

04-17-2005 03:28:24 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

From a 12 ounce bottle (some poured into a chalice, some sipped from the bottle).
This is wonderful for what you'll probably spend on it.
Pours a beautiful orange-gold color with a respectable head.
Smells of faint hops and straw... typical lager smells but maybe a bit more floral.
The flavor is not as hoppy as I'd expect and maybe not sharp enough for some hardcore pilsner fans or hopheads but there is a clear, sharp hops presence that I've come to expect from a pilsner.
Nice carbonation and a smoother mouthfeel than I've gotten from other pilsners.
A great companion for snack food... this is a beer that I'd like to see replace many regular superbowl beers. You could drink 100 of these if alcohol poisoning wasn't a factor.
Brooklyn Brewery has quite a respectable stable of brews building; this one only reinforces that opinion.

04-08-2005 06:51:24 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of Onceeven

New York

2.88/5  rDev -21.3%

I've been looking for quite some time for a Pils that matches up to my all time fav, but have always been severely disappointed. I had high hopes for this one, thinking it would be fresher than the imports, but was a bit skeptical given Brooklyn's hit-or-miss track record (in my opinion).
This one was a bit of a miss.
I purchased a growler of this brew, refrigerated it, and consumed it the very next day, but found it to be largely flat. This may have been the pub's fault, I dunno. The brew was a lovely golden color, but lacked the pils' penchant for a stunning stream of bubbles. The nose was nothing to write home about..with just a hint of flowery hop presence, otherwise I'd guess I was smelling any old adjunct lager.
I may have rated the taste of this beer a bit low... but it just doesn't do it for me. The delicate hop presence seems to take backseat to a malty sweetness that creates a overall bland impression.
It's on par or better than most of the pilsners I've tried, but comes nowhere near the memory of that one perfect pils.

04-03-2005 04:31:57 | More by Onceeven
Photo of rajendra82


3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

Came in a brown 12 oz. bottle with the signature Brooklyn packaging, and a notched in best by date of May 2005. Poured pale golden yellow with a slight head, and decent lingering latent carbonation. The nose was faint and grassy, with a bit of grain husk. Taste was hoppy and had some malt undertones as well. The aftertaste was hoppy and salty. Mouthfeel was medium thick. When warmed us showed a bit of a cooked vegetable (pumpkin) flavor, but much better when cold out of the fridge.

Update: The new formula (with the Baseball on the label) has Saaz hops, and seems a much cleaner beer. No pumpkin flavor now, and mouthfeel is more crackling crisp.

02-26-2005 04:45:41 | More by rajendra82
Photo of Litterbean

New York

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

First time trying this, and I must say, I am impressed.

The appearance is very, VERY pale yellow, with bits of sediment visibile throughout and some visible carbonation. The 1.5 finger head is bubbly and dissipates quickly but does leave some lace down the sides of the glass.

Smells very floral and fruity. The sweet characteristics come through quite clearly.

The taste comes on with a slightly minty hop bitterness that hits the front of my tongue with the carbonation, which only serves to enhance it. It then turns sweet and fruity like green grapes and finishes smooth. The aftertaste is just as sweet and fruity, and lingers on the entire tongue for quite a bit. A very tasty, and clean finishing beer.

Good beer. Very drinkable.

02-19-2005 03:46:06 | More by Litterbean
Photo of merlin48


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a clear, light golden body with a modest white head. Medium patch lacing. Just about an ideal appearance for style.
Aroma is sweet pale malts and grassy and herbal hops. No Euroskunk sulfuric notes that I've come to associate with pilsners.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light bodied, with moderately high carbonation.
Taste is evenly balanced between pale malt sweetness and herbal hops. Nothing to jump out at you, but very crisp and enjoyable.
Solid session brew here. Very well made, and one of the better pilseners produced anywhere.

02-10-2005 00:50:32 | More by merlin48
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