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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 Liquids
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this at room temperature of note, as I do most beers, but for a pilsner this is possibly a little warmer than most would recommend. Pours A fizzy foam head, with notable carbonation, and a surprisingly pale yellow hue that is ultra transparent not unlike straight water. Hmm. Smells rather hoppy here, but herbal and citric rather than spicy, with an intense and stinging aroma. Taste is rather mellow, herbal again. The malt and the hops do balance, while the malt is rather husky and robust rather than bready. Overall the beer is light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is actually rather low on carbonation--the initial bubles must have escaped and left it rather flat. The feel is light on the tounge, and finishes dry. This is a good beer for relaxing, but I must say something about it's taste seems...stale, less than fresh, with a lack of desirable bread or dough overtones. This is not simply due to bottle, as I've noted this when on tap as well. It just tastes somewhat second rate, as do most brooklyn beers, to my palate, sadly. This is not a bad beer or a bad pilsner, but not one I'll choose unless on tap and (hence) icy cold.

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Peace Street Market in Raleigh

appearance: poured into a SN Celebration pint glass, pale golden yellow, frothy white foam with average lacing left behind

smell: grassy, fair amount of citrus hops in the nose, peppery malt, light lemon zest, rather earthy

taste: above average pilsner...well hopped with strong pungent citric notes, lighltly spiced peppery malt, light toasted biscuit, splash of lemon juice

mouthfeel: medium-light body, refreshing and clean

drinkability: highly drinkable, as expected

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

cloudy medium yellow with a nice fluffy dense white head.

sweet, slightly grassy and a bit spicy smell, tho wasn't very present.

nice full body, light flavor of biscuit with a good hop balance. some earthy, grassy taste in there. not the hoppiest pils i've experienced, but well balanced and complex bitterness. very slight dms/vegetal flavor that actually blends in quite well.

overall another winning lager from brooklyn.

Photo of jameaterblues
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn's pilsner pours a golden yellow color, with a 1/2 inch white head that disappeared very quickly, but a nice lace remained.

The smell is of crisp citrusy hops, and nice lightly sweet malts.

Taste: The first thing that I noticed was the hopiness, and its presence throughout the beer. There is a nice balance of citrusy hops and malt in the beginning of the body, and as the finish nears the hops take over, and give a nice long bitterness, but the malts come back in to balance out the finish. This creates a very clean felling on my pallet.

Overall this beer was well balanced and had ample carbonation. Definitely a sessionable beer, and one that I will continue to drink throughout the summer.

Photo of bjohnson
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with a one finger white frothy head. Nice bubbles coming up from the bottom.
S: Aromas of slight floral and fruit hop notes, but not very powerful--wasn't expecting it from a pilsner though.
T: Tastes very smooth and delicious with a slight bitter ending that inviting and not to overpowering.
M & D: Mouthfeel and drinkability are both high on this offering. Crisp and smooth mouthfeel allows you to drink a bunch of these, especially if they are on tap and a waitress is bringing them to you. Would be a great beer for a hot summers day. Good offering from Brooklyn.

Photo of mobyfann
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.59 or so for a single at the Jungle...

The beer pours a hazy yellow base with a small white head, little head retention but a nice lacing effect on the glass in the end. The aroma is a speck of something sweet, but really nothing.

The taste is a solid pils with a mix of sweet and malty notes to the beer. M&D both above average, nothing extraordinary or bad to note.

Final Thought: I was hoping for more, but this style is owned by Pils Urquell... a slightly above average beer.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, clear straw yellow with a thin white head that dissapates quickly. The aroma has some citrus notes initially, followed by some mildly spicy german hops, sweet grain, and toasted bread, interesting if not stylistically appropriate. The flavor begins with some lightly sweet malt flavors of brioche and toasted biscuit, along with some lemony tartness, and some slightly spicy german hops. The mouthfeel is crisp, light and refreshing, and drinkability is near perfect. This certainly isnt a traditional german pilsner, but the predominant lemon flavors suit me well and make this a great hot weather brew.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up recently to help bring on spring. I wanted something light, well-crafted, and from a reliable brewer that was local. This wasn't as great as most of Brooklyn's other offerings, but this beer did not let me down in any way either. It would probably go better on a hot day, but today was mild enough outside for me to warrant popping one open and reviewing it!

Standard pour for the most part. Slightly cloudy straw color, a semi-robust head, nice lacing, and a good amount of carbonation combined for a pleasing look. The taste was solid too, but not very deep or introspective. There's lots of malt there, with slight lemon, grass, herbal, and metallic notes as well. The backbone has a subtle and linger bitterness, with a soapy texture and undertone to it. Follows up the initial taste nicely, and never overpowers the senses. It's a smooth session brew for a smooth session of drinking when things get warmer and the macro-ales just won't do!

I tend to prefer Brooklyn's Brown, Lager, or I.P.A., given a choice of their year-round offerings. However, this is no slouch of a beer and a pretty solid take on a European style. This pilsner would be a great introduction to Brooklyn's offerings for the novice, and rounds out their selection quite nicely. Worth a shot in the warmer months!

Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour creates a 1" white head that never really falls back into the beer. Some moderate lacing is left behind. The beer is a rich golden color.

smell: At the front are aromas of fresh, green nobal hops. Their aroma is somewhat grassy and tealike, but very fresh. A clean, light grain sweetness is hiding way in the back. Wonderful hop aromas on this one.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the low end of the high range, and smooth. The body is a lighter medium, a little heavier than I'd like in a pilsner.

taste: Pretty even blend of green noble hops and a light, grainy malt flavor, though the hops are a little dominant. Nice flavor, but not as crisp and refreshing as one might expect.

drinkability: Easily drinkable

Picked up a single...best by month of June '06 notched on the label. If there was an "other" pilsner category, I think this one would fit.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Tight white lacing atop a clear golden body.

To the nose, slight maltiness with a spicy hop character in the back. Nothing too intense here.

In the mouth, a creamy dryness filled with organic malts and fruity goodness. There is a pleasant floralness that backs up the sweet grains with correct balance.

The feel is crisp and effervescent. Very refreshing and balanced on the tongue. It finishes with the spent grains and earthy wetness that allows for another.

Musings: A thoroghly enjoyable pils. I can and will drink this throughout the warmer months as a go-to refresher.

Photo of scooter231
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very very clear, goldenish color. Light and pretty. Some nice lacing, and poofyish head. Nose is lemony, and a little fruity. Taste is okay, fruityish, a bit malty, and there's a bit of a crisp hoppyness near the end. A solid flavor, though not the deepest ever. Mouthfeel is on the chewy side, but a tad thin for me. Sudsy. Not offensive. Very drinkable- so easy for a six pack to disappear. Brooklyn's good.

Photo of Franchise
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pils from Brooklyn pours a maize color and leaves a 1/2in thick head. The body is clean and clear. The nose of this brew is spicy, lemon, wheat, and grassy must all come to mind. The taste is highly carbonated which refreshes the palate, very crisp and fresh. The start of this brew is a bitter hop bite on the tongue, with a lemon rind acidity that follows a small malty sweetness. The finish is bready, with a mellow wheat presence that balances the tartness in the brew. Very nice, refreshing pils exactly what the Germans where intending.

Photo of geexploitation
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent pilsner, true to the style, but no big whoop. Pours a pale gold with a large white head. The nose has that typical Saaz bitterness, but also a nectary, sweet note. On tasting, this beer starts with a quick hop bitterness before morphing into a bready malt taste on the front half of the tongue. This beer is quite dry; the finish is quick to flash up, and lingers for a while in a bone-dry fashion. Drinkability is fairly high, although the dryness of it all detracts a bit from the allegedly epic drinkability of pilsner beers.

All of this is highly faithful to the style, none of the elements of this beer are pulled off with particular grace, insight, or panache. The parts are all there, but the gestalt of this beer is a bit disappointing. Brooklyn Pilsner is OK, but nothing special; there are definitely better pilsners available out there, even for a comparable cost.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Jacobob10
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of SwillBilly
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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