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Brooklyn Pilsner - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

846 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 27
Gots: 29 | 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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Billolick

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before date notched into label. Poured light straw and very clear. White head, dissolves to a tiny bubble film, bubbles streaming up from the bottom and some lacing left behind. Bready nose. Light bodied, crisp hoppy brew, bready, malty notes with a nice hoppy, snappy finish. Decent session brew, solid summer thirst quencher. Nicely crafted pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2004 01:33:50 | More by Billolick
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, month notched on label.

This pilsner poured a light golden amber color with good carbonation and creamy white foam that persisted and coated the glass leaving some lace. The smell was bready and slightly sweet with notes of malt and grain. The taste was slightly sweet malt with a tanginess. It was mildly hoppy with some floral hops overtones. There was a touch of fruity citrus as well, and the finish was good and hoppy. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp with medium body and good carbonation. There was a light feel of tangy, soapy hops. This was a nice pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 21:08:48 | More by UncleJimbo
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours to a brilliantly clear pale golden, forming a tall soapy "pure as the blown snow" white, with excellent retention and lacing. Great looking brew. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma initially of dry, dusty floral hops, freshly mown hay, grain husk, macro booze, and a faint corn sweetness. Mouthfeel is bright and flittering with a light body. Taste is an echo of the aroma...dusty floral hops, hay, a very light malt body with medium bitterness, and unfortunately, a pervasive taste of nasty Brooklyn water complete with chlorine. The bitterness has a grape skin harshness, with some perceptable off-alcohols and esters. Yellabrau.

A very average beer, and a decent representative of the style, however it's not my thang. The empty bitterness and lack of malt body really doesn't satisfy me in any way. Honestly, if I was blind-folded, I would call this a product of the big three (until it warmed up). I'll pass on seconds.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2004 23:46:19 | More by Mitchster
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RocketWidget

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I went to the Czech Republic a few months ago. While I loved the lagers there, it was ONLY lagers there, and when I came back, I delighted in ANY kind of beer that wasn't a lager. This is the first true pilsner I've had since then, and I'm happy to say I remember why pilsners are awesome. Pours a very light golden color, much clearer then most beers. A light lacy white head with good carbonation. Hoppy and light, this is a true summer beer, extremely drinkable, with a nice spicy hoppy taste. A good show from Brooklyn Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 21:01:18 | More by RocketWidget
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marburg

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost sweet and estery at points, this is a bit unexpected, which I'm beginning to anticipate from Brooklyn. There seems to be a unique quirk -- good or bad is up to the individual, I suppose -- with each brew.

Neon white head radiates brightly from its position atop my beverage. Clear, crisp gold straw colored brew. Herbal and lightly flowery potpourri aroma -- very faint, as though you were smelling flowers from a few rooms over. Very light. The hops present themselves in a more earthy, floral way than a firm bitterness. Certainly, there's a little kick at the end of this brew, but this is by no means clear of estery sweetness. It lacks a certain crispness. Of course, it's nonetheless a very quaffable, tasty beer. Just not quite right in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 22:02:02 | More by marburg
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Naerhu

Japan

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright yellow with pure white small head that is gone in a flash.
Very modest malty aroma.
Slightly sweet malty profile and both floral and spicy hops with bitterness comes forward on the finish.
This more a malt focused pils than Jever, with almost the same amount of bitterness.
All in all, this beer is a little sweet for me and is nothing to get excited about. It is a good beer to watch out for, but not necessarily to go searching for.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 11:13:56 | More by Naerhu
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale gold color. What started as an initial 1 1/2 inch head is now just a thin layer of foam. Scant to absent lacing.

Smell: Grainy, just a whiff of hops in the nose.

Taste: Slight sweetness. Taste is more of a grainy hop taste that is just a bit on the bitter side. Finish is slightly bitter with a lingering aftertaste that is quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean. Not light in body, but not a big feeling beer, either. Carbonation level is good. No real feel of alcohol in this one.

Drinkability: Goes down very smooth, very easy to drink, this would make a great session beer. Not so different from one of the better macros that a newbie to good beer would be too intimidated by it, but interesting and well crafted enough to enjoy. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 03:31:45 | More by JackTheRipper
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palma

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer to introduce your macro drinking friends to micros. Yellow in color with a small head that disappears quickly. Lace sticks around for a while. Light floral and grainy aroma. A clean malty taste and subtle citrus notes. A little watered down IMO. Fizzy mouthfeel. It was however crisp and had a clean taste to it. Very refreshing, and drinkable especially with a good BBQ or with any fish or meat dish. That’s about all I can say about this brew. I'd drink this again, but won't be out hunting for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 05:34:47 | More by palma
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent pale amber-yellow.

Head is a pillowy white froth that dissipated promptly leaving fringes and atolls on the beer's surface.

The nose is a mild yeast note but otherwise virtually non-existent.

Very light hoppy flavor that ended in a quick finish.

Seemed like a good cold beer for a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 06:14:10 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a transparent gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. This is an average pilsner. It has a decent bitterness and a smooth finish. The taste is rather plain as most are. It's mouthfeel is fine. It's a low bodied beer with less than average carbonation. It drinks well and is fairly enjoyable. This is not a bad example of the style. It's just not one of their better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 00:17:43 | More by WesWes
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oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker yellow color with not as much head as expected,aroma was really grainy and hoppy with some sweetness maybe honey?Taste is pretty sharp and bitter loads of hops in here with a dry malty backbone with a a light metallic flavor in there as well.This is a pretty manly pilsner but quite good.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2003 21:10:18 | More by oberon
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light, clear, golden color, with a short, bright white head.
Aroma: honey notes greet me right off, a bit hoppy, but sweet, then drying out, a classic international pilsner-style nose, the very copy of so many I've sampled from the continent.
Taste: brisk, crisp, clean, dry, but still with that honeyish sweetness. A light, near-perfect pilsner lager. What that's what you want, this is it. Light body, tiny texture, swift finish, but then I'm repeating myself, for that's the style and it fits it perfectly, does it's job extremely well.

Thanks to 36LLoveChild for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 08:59:00 | More by feloniousmonk
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bright white head stood half an inch. Sunny wheat in color, and clear as can be. The aroma is of lightly sweet malt and hops with a bite. The taste is smooth, more malt in the burb than the taste. There's a dose of hops that hit the middle of the tongue, hardly any bitterness. The finish is light, just the taste fading away.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 03:32:28 | More by HappyHourHero
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown hued golden color. White head.
Aroma and taste are classic pils. Aroma of earthy, grassy hops and grainy malt.

Taste is crisp and nicely balanced. Toasty, grainy malt and earthy hops.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability. Flavor is just a touch off, but still good.

Overall, a solid to good pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 03:40:55 | More by PhantomVodoo
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into the glass a clear pale yellow gold color and was well carbonated. The head that was created was of the consistency of a cloud. Thick, rich, full, good height and was white in color. When poured it rose fairly quickly and lasted for some time then fell to a small light covering with presence on the edges. Some lace seemed to be present but not overly present. The aromas that came from the glass, were of clean and crisp citrus notes, sweet tones of fruit and malt, grains, floral hops, fresh grass and some bread or yeast tones in the finish of the nose. The flavors that came from this beer were also very crisp and clean, tastes of fresh floral hops, lemony citrus, grains, some spices come through in the middle, firm malt flavors all through, tones of grass and finished with a bit of yeast on the tongue. Bitter bit in the beginning, a bit creamy in the middle then finished crisp and dry. The aftertaste was light and fresh. Light bodied. With the light ABV this beer is a really good choice to just sit back and drink all day. A good representative of its style.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 19:48:29 | More by Jarod
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beerguy101

California

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange gold color. Small white foamy quickly disappearing head. Aroma is grainy, grassy, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied pilsner. Malts are fruity and slightly sweet. Hops are very spicy for a pilsner. Very nicely balanced, Clean and crisp. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is a touch dry and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 03:01:20 | More by beerguy101
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice golden color, with a crisp, fresh scent and very little to no head. Brooklyn's pilsner has great complexity of flavor for a pilsner, and a nice, light mouthfeel. Crisp, refreshing, easy drinking...and flavorful? I'm a fan. The taste also has a touch of florals and a very good balance of sweetness and bite. This is one of the better pilsners I've had on this side of the pond. Well done, Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 01:22:44 | More by RockyTopHeel
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BeerFan

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color into my 16 oz Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. White head which disappears quickly, but some small foam remains on top which leaves some nice lacing.
This light-bodied beer is crisp and clean with a snappy bitterness and floral aroma. The sweetness of the malts balances nicely with the hop bitterness. This is a very easy drinking, thirst quenching beer. Would make a great session beer and act as an intro beer for some macro drinkers. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 02:50:55 | More by BeerFan
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proc

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful pils. Pours out to a cloudy, gold in the glass with a decent, white head. Aroma is of light yeast and freshly baked bread. Nice balance of hop to malt here and it nice to get a slight hop bit at the end. A quirst-quencher and one you could probably put quite few down of...

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2003 02:37:37 | More by proc
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marc77

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear blonde hue. Dense, dogged, porcelain white head leaves Belgian lace. Grassy hops meld with sweet, bready pilsner malt tones to lend a mellow, mowed lawn impression in aroma. Very clean. Clean, lightly doughy malt upfront in flavor is complemented by drying, permeating, but well integrated hop bitterness. Understated, sweetly grassy hop flavor mirrors that of the aroma. Trace earthy, hay like notes emerge mid palate, accentuating the crisp, dominant grainy dryness. Very well attenuated, and although nearly bone dry overall, the mouthfeel retains a supple viscosity conducive to easy quaffing. Finishes abrupt, with quickly fleeting notes of husk and sweet cracker. A quinessential German pilsner, with a concomitantly thirst inducing and satiating dryness. With a more pronounced hop flavor and a firmer malt backbone this would be outstanding. An immaculately crafted pilsner, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 00:25:32 | More by marc77
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hyuga

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden and clear in appearance. A big white head sits on top and stays quite well. The aroma is characterized by a lemony presence, along with a nice spicy hop twang and some smooth malt underneath. Spicy hops are the most present in the flavor, making themselves known all over the palate. Lots of sweet and grainy malt backs the hops up. I'm detecting just a little yeasty spiciness in the back, which is very nice. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Overall, this is pretty impressive for a pilsner. Nice job, Brooklyn! Thanks to francisweizen for this bottle!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 08:42:28 | More by hyuga
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a highly drinkable pilsner from brooklyn. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a thin white head. Not much malt in the aroma, but plenty of citrusy hops. Taste is pretty much the same. Wonderful hop character without being very bitter. Much cleaner in taste than the lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 21:23:44 | More by dmarch
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Give me a gulp light golden color, almost fruity, grainy aromatics. Taste is very redolent of rye? A touch of fruity bread-dough mid-palate. The beer finishes mildly tangy, with a pleasant dose of hops and a kiss of sweet (again) rye flavor. A nice choice for pizza or perhaps a corned beef on RYE!? I wish we could get this in Chicago-it would be a hit. Thank you Bundy Brown for the sample bottle!!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 16:02:29 | More by moulefrite
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shirfan

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A perfect gold, with just a touch of haze, this has a white, retentive, lacy head.

Aroma is bready with a strong lemon presence.

Tastes of clean, refreshing malt and slightly sour lemon give way to a mildly pungent and grassy hop finish, with low bitterness. As with other pilsners, I get a moist, vegetative aspect that reminds me of kelp or seaweed or other water-borne plants.

Unmolested by light or age, this is probably the best example of the style I've sampled yet. A very sublime but dirty, organic, wholesome taste. Would go great with seafood if I weren't a vegetarian. As it stands, a passable summer session beer; the brown bottle makes this much better than imported examples of questionable age.
I think the odd funkiness of pilsners is an aquired taste that I haven't quite aquired; I'd rather reach for a well-hopped IPA or a hefe.. but this is definitely drinkable, and the lack of skunk is a big plus.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 13:48:38 | More by shirfan
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dwarbi

New York

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good pilsner. Pours an uneven, white head, that fades quickly, but leaves a thin layer Looks clean and clear. It smells and tastes much the same. Exactly what you expect from a good pilsner, but better than average. Very crisp and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2003 19:56:44 | More by dwarbi
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