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Brooklyn Pilsner - Brooklyn Brewery

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926 Ratings
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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 29
Gots: 54 | 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 malcontent
4.2/5  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
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -4.4%
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.

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

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle dated best by: 1/07, into a pilsner glass. Pale yellow body, chillhaze present. Moderate head faded to a collar.

Smell was earthy and floral. Creamy malt aroma.

Taste was lemony tartness, sturdy bitterness. Smooth malts under the livelier hops. Sweetness increased as it warmed. Little noble hops character noted.

Finishes mildly coarse. Rewarding and quenching. I found that this beer disappeared quickly. I would drink this one again but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Photo of BlackJeremiah
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date of Nov. '06.

A: Light golden, lots and lots of streaming. Head is full and frothy, looks nice.

S: Light, light scents. Biscuit, oranges, apple cider. Smells sweet and bready, but not very full.

T: Some bitterness up front, with bakery flavors. Surprising hops, mild but welcome, blend nicely. It's not particularly notable, but it's certainly far from offensive and does the pils thing pretty well.

M: Drying, really excessively so. A decent presence, but kind of hollow-feeling.

D: It's pretty quaffable. I'm not sure that I would buy a sixer of this, but it's certainly nothing I would turn down. Pleasant.

Photo of rarevos
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Bottle has freshness date clipped into side of label: best before October 2006.

A: Pours a translucent light golden-yellow with a finger of white head. Head quickly becomes light lacing. Sticky trails left in abundance on the inside. Lively carbonation.

S: Bit of sweet malt up front, like their lager (or their Pennant Ale). Hop spiciness is subdued, but I'm thinking that's a style issue more than anything.

T/M: Quick hit of malt up front before a citruc kick (lemon zest, orange) and some peppery/spicy hoppiness at the end. A clean finish with a moderately bitter tail that had some *slight* corniness to it, though I don't know if this beer is actually brewed with corn. Someone with a better palate might say "grainy," but it tasted like corn to me. Mouthfeel is crisp.

D: You can't go wrong with 4.8% abv, for sure. A crisp, clean pilsner lager. There are other Brooklyn offerings I'd reach for first in a session (Brown Ale, Lager, Pennant Ale), but this is pretty good.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tall pils glass. The liquid in a nice straw yellow, with great pils style carbonation. The head is also quite good, 2 fingers big bubbles and a rocky surface.

The smell is of fresh clean hops and some nice malt.

The taste follows, nice dry hopy taste, good light malt, quite clean and refreshing.

the mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation, medium body and a nice cleansing bite.

The drinkability is good, a very refreshing brew. In this style freshness is everything. MK

Photo of akahn
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Pilsner pours a pale, golden straw color, not completely clear. Aroma of sweet bread and surprisingly citrusy hops. The flavor is dominated by these surprisingly lemony hops; this beer certainly has the "snap" that Garrett Oliver praises in pilsners. In the finish, it fades into a dry grain flavor. Frankly, I think the hoppiness makes this beer less drinkable, but I'm not well-acquainted with pilsners. Still, an interesting, fun beer, and a good alternative to the ubiquitous lager.

Photo of HoboAGoGo
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass out of the bottle, a lively head with a straw golden body. The nose was of a hoppy, herbally, slightly citrus scent with a real malty, crispy bread scent. The taste is of a clean bread, almost like a french bread inside, real fresh. The hops were clean on the palate when I first swallowed, but towards the end of the glass, I noticed that I was getting an aftertaste that lasted for a considerable amount of time, which is why I dropped drinkability, wasn't as clean as a pilsner should be in my opinion. Other than that, a good pilsner that I probably won't grab again.

Photo of pvsob
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a pale yellow with a tiny bit of haze. It had a small head that dissipated rather quickly and left little to no lacing.

Smell - Standard upfront noble hop aroma with a hint of malty aroma.

Taste - Starts off with a subtle maltiness and leads into and finishes with nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Low to medium with a steady carbonation.

Drinkability - Brooklyn does a good job with this pilsner and it's worth a try if you haven't imbibed it before. A couple six-packs of this usually find their way into my refrigerator one or two occasions during any given summer.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two sips into this beer, and I'm bored already. Extremely similar to their all-malt Lager. Again, nothing wrong with the beer, but slight in the complexity, richess, texture, and depth, of great German Pilsners. Compared to their lager, the hops are earthier (saaz) and the malts are a bit richer and a bit vegital. Otherwise the texture, finish, aftertaste, and carbonation is average at best. Simply lackluster.

Photo of canucklehead
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice and crisp ,this beer tastes in the pocket for the style and provides a slightly bready pils that has a full body with no off flavours. Could drink a few of these on a hot day but it also has the class to move to the nightime scene. One of the better of this style I have tried lately

Photo of bruachan
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

caught a bottle at yankee spirits on my recent trip to NE. label says best by nov. 2006
the label also says it's 5.1%. website agrees

a thick, white, sudsy head results from the pour; fine lacing sticks as it falls

smells nice. soft doughy malt with plenty of floral hops and a zing at the end. the mouthfeel is clean and soft, too, with a good helping of bitterness

nice pils. great session brew: light, smooth, flavorful

Photo of quasimoto
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It is an ever so slightly cloudy golden yellow wiht a bright white head. Not much lacing and the head sticks around, but not much to it.

S - Citrusy hop aromas along with peaches and some pinapple. Maybe some diacytel, and some slight aromas of fusel alcohols.

T - It is of the same fruity flavors as mentioned before. There is a little more pineapple than others. Slight crispy cracker flavor in the back ground.

M- Slight carbination starts coating the toung e at firstand melds into a nice smooth mouthfeel. and Drys it out in the end. very nice.

D- This I think is a very nice pilsner. I have a new top 10.

Photo of rowew
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Style description and freshness info are prominently featured.

Appearance: Bright yellow with just a slight haze. Medium sized head of large bubbles fades to a bit of lacing.

Smell: Clean grain, noble hops, and just a whiff of sulphur. Exactly what I would expect out of a pils.

Taste: Lots of grain flavor and a bit of noble hops in the finish. Medium bodied with a nice smooth mouthfeel.

Overall impression: Another solid beer from Brooklyn. Very nice example of the style - I really wish more American craft brewers would make a quality pilsner!

Photo of akorsak
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle of Brooklyn Pils served in a Troegenator seidel. The beer is cold.

A: The beer pale yellow color with a nice head that laces well.

S: The beer has a slight hop aroma with a hint of freshness and a very biscuity malt demeanor.

T: The pils has a slightly bitter hop aroma up front, but it seems to have lost a bit of its edge. The malt character is very biscuity and makes the hop character seem flat. Pleasant tasting, but I wanted a little more dirty hops.

M: The pils has a nice taste but it seems to be a little too malt focused, but I do find that the hop flavor has a longer finish, coming through later in the sip.

D: The pils has a short hop flavor up front that rebounds nicely into a long clean finish. My thoughts on the beer changed drastically from first sip to last sip.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brooklyn Brewery.

A: Fluffy white head with good staying power. Transparent, slightly yellow, off-amber body. Good lacing.

S: Hoppiness: Piney and inviting. Slight malt maybe. Smells like beer to me.

T: Complex hoppy flavors with a nice malt aftertaste to balance. A hoppy bitterness finishes it off.

M: Pretty full. Mouth watering from the hops.

D: Pleasant bitter aftertaste bites into the score a little.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, straw color with a frothy head that leaves sheets of lace down the side of the glass

Smell: Lemon-lime and herbal tones; rather hoppy but not the expected Noble Hop aroma

Taste: Starts out with a bit of bready malt flavor but the hops quickly kick in and provide some bitterness that lasts through to the finish; a flash of sweetness also appears at the very end

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshing and well-made Pilsner

Photo of kimcgolf
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours to a slightly hazy straw color, with thin white head and decent lacing. Floral aroma carries over to the taste, which is bitter. Dry finish. Not bad for a pilsner, but not my favorite. I actually drank this beer over a month after its "best before" date. Not sure if that had a major effect, or if it is just a second-rate beer.

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

Pilsener isn't my favorite style of beer, all in all. But this is a reasonable summer drinking beer nonetheless. Appearance and smell are nothing special, but a bit better than average. Taste is decent, straight forward and not offensive, generally mild hops taste. Probably a good session beer that is certainly worth a try and isn't a bad member of the Brooklyn beer assortment, a generally easy beer to drink.

Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.