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Brooklyn Pilsner - Brooklyn Brewery

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868 Ratings
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Ratings: 868
Reviews: 462
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 ViveLaChouffe


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
Photo of inebrius


4.1/5  rDev +12%

Pour strong for a thick craggy foam over amber gold abstract. Curly metal shavings, veldt and fried egg dough advance a sugary rush that is immediately followed by bone-dry bitterness. My preference is a cleaner Pils but I like this one too. Fussypuss agrees.

01-29-2005 06:13:16 | More by inebrius
Photo of Southernbrew


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a classic gold color with a 1/2" bubbly head.

Aroma is nice and fruity with some sweetness and a bit of grain.

Fairly creamy with a nice sour hop bite that makes this pretty refreshing. A dryness comes through that blends with a bitterness and pleasant sweetness. A light graininess begins to come through in the finish.

Nice beer, probably one of the best pilsners I've had, not that I've had that many.

01-25-2005 04:05:39 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of aracauna


3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

Clear gold body with a thinnish head. There are some mild hops on the nos wih a bit of straw malt. It’s drier than the Brooklyn Lager I had just before. It’s slightly grassy in the flavor, but it’s also a little on the weak side. It could use a bigger dry, straw malt and more of the hops.

11-23-2004 02:07:05 | More by aracauna
Photo of Hibernator


4.1/5  rDev +12%

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pilsner glass. Best before date clearly notched for January 2005. Sweet label design with the consistent Brooklyn Brewery logo design on the label.

Appearance is a golden yellow. Sticky lacings present on the pilsner glass.

The taste is clean with a soft and bready mouthful. Just a mini hop snap on a dry finish. Modest fruity malt profile. The overall finish disappears quickly, leaving a clean sensation on the palate.

Very refreshing and drinkable. A diverse beer to pair up with different styles of food. This could be an ideal brew to convert a Macro-only drinker.

One of the better American Pilsners.

11-04-2004 23:38:45 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Stingray5

New York

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

Pours clear yellow with amber hues, fizzy, short white head. A certain richness in the aroma, light fruit. Some lemon. Creamy, substantial mouthful, sweet, refreshing taste with passion fruits, slight banana. I'm lickin' my chops with this one. Finishes with complimentary bitterness, fresh.

An excellent pils! This was the hit of my last summer bbq. A good gateway brew for those pesky Corona imbibers. I think this beer is highly underrated.

09-26-2004 02:25:04 | More by Stingray5
Photo of pezoids


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Served in a tall Pilsner glass and poured slightly hazy, golden and brassy in color. Topped with a very impressive creamy white head of foam. The aroma is grainy, pungent, lemony and slightly metallic. The taste is grain accented. Light tart and lemony. The hop character is a bit muddled, and could use more distinct flavoring and aroma. The beer, overall, is fine. This was always one of my favorites in the past, and still remains a decent beer.

09-01-2004 14:39:18 | More by pezoids
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

The pilsener style may be one of the more simpler styles of brew, and it is indeed the most exploited style in most parts of the world, but Brooklyn brewed a version that stays true to what the style should be. Of course this means that this is no wimpy watered down fizzy yellow beer but instead a beautifully golden, crisp and flavorful beverage worthy of being called a beer.

As mentioned, the color of this liquid is a golden color that Midas would have coveted. The head on this brew was disappointingly a bit thin (only about 1 fingers worth), but it lasted a little over a minute and left some sticky lace in its wake. Aroma-wise, this smells pretty standard: pale, bready Pilsener malts with some hop presence in the nose. The mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, sparking the tastebuds to life. The malt flavors seem to be the focal point of this brew. Malty but at the same time nice and crisp, and quite reminicent of a German pils. The hop flavoring are very well done here. You won't find an overabundance of hops, but the bitter herb and woody flavors they add to the brew round out the beer nicely and add a good drying touch to the finish. The aftertaste contains some lingering notes of the biscuity malt and dryness, and concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

Yes, the style is simple. But simple is not synonymous with bad (certainly not in this case!). This would be a good beer to hand to a Bud drinker so that they can see that there is a world of difference between their alcoholic corn and rice beverage and a 100% all malt pils. All in all, this is a good, solid pilsener that might become a semi-regular in my fridge.

08-31-2004 01:25:42 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of steinlifter


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

This beer poured a nice pale golden, decent head that left some lacing, very bubbly, smell was floral, this beer, had a nice hoppy,floral, taste,rather smooth finish, hints of malt, crisp, and clean . mouthfeel was light, and bubbly, drinkability, I would say is good, nice beer, that I would have again, also would probably make a good session brew.

08-16-2004 23:50:45 | More by steinlifter
Photo of mschofield


3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a crystal clear medium gold, full of little streams of carbonation. Topped with a three finger stark white head, leaves puffy rings of lacing.
Lemon, spicy, grass aroma.
Lemony taste, toasted grain, herbs.
Light bodied and crisp, a good simple pilsner. Nothing outstanding, but good on a hot summer day.

08-12-2004 21:36:55 | More by mschofield
Photo of ManekiNeko


3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

12 oz bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale yellow topped by a smallish white head that shrinks to a film after a minute or so and which remained until the glass was emptied. Small fingers and bits of lace were left.

Smell: Fresh smell of noble hops. Rather pungent and quite pleasant. Faint whiffs of pilsner-style malts, vaguely bready.

Taste: Bready, slightly sweet pale malts with a hint of noble hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Rather enjoyable overall, but not quite as awesome as Tuppers' Hop Pocket Pils or Troeg's Sunshine.

08-10-2004 02:06:51 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of necoadam


3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

Pours out a clear golden color with a nice head that goes away somewhat eventually. Smell consisted of hops and some sweet aromas as well with an undertone of malts. Taste was ok. A little too clean for my liking for pilsner. I would of liked to see more of that hop bite that I like to see in more common pilsners, but decent enough to drink.

08-03-2004 01:03:21 | More by necoadam
Photo of thinkbreakfast

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

App: weak head on top of an extremely transparent yellow.

Smell: fruity hops and alcohol in the nose. Slight banana scent.

Taste: This is a very clean tasting beer. The beginning of the taste is very slight malt. Then, the hops bite confidently. I was actually kind of surprised by the aggressiveness of the hops. This is because the only other "pilsners" I have had are BMC. This is infinitely more enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and carbonated. The mouthfeel reminds me of seltzer...in a good way.

Drinkability: unlimited. Combines lightness and taste.

07-13-2004 01:18:49 | More by thinkbreakfast
Photo of waughbrew


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

A rich yellow with a very nice creamy white top about an inch thick with retention and lacing. Smell is faint, but of clean grains, metal, and tea. Taste is a smooth combination of those same things. When chilled the metallic notes stand out in the flavor. They are not harsh, but definitely present. As it warms it becomes less noticable and a creamy vanilla takes its place. All the way through this beer, the finish was great - perfectly balanced, crisp but smooth. Very clean and dry. It would be more drinkable for me if there was more to it. To be honest, boredom would be the only thing to stop me from drinking a bunch of it.

Quite a different beer than the bottled version, which I had very recently. Perhaps they are brewed at different locations. Whatever the reason, this draft version is very good and the bottled version was not impressive.

06-27-2004 20:08:29 | More by waughbrew
Photo of smcolw


4.3/5  rDev +17.5%

Clear, with a light straw color. Nice lace considering the head dies to a thin layer of micro-bubbles.

Nice floral hop aroma that balances the subtle rounded malt. I think the flavor is excellent: the malt is slightly sweet but not in an overpowering way. The hop is subtle in the initial tasting but soon forms a complex flavor profile which lasts through the swallow and lingers in the aftertaste. This is a full bodied crisp pilsner with a moderate level of carbonation.

So far, this is my favorite American Pilsner. I think it remains very true to its Czech roots.

06-27-2004 00:19:23 | More by smcolw
Photo of heidelbeerg


2.85/5  rDev -22.1%

Pale straw color with a bright white head. Hard to pick up anything special in the smell. A little hoppy. This beer was very crisp, clean and had a slightly bitter finish. This beer is easy to drink but does not do anything special for me. I would not look for this beer again, but if I went to a party and this was being served, I would be thrilled that it was not your run of the mill macro. This is a nice step up from them.

06-16-2004 02:34:24 | More by heidelbeerg
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Consumed @ the Mercury Lounge in NYC just prior to seeing Pilate perform.


Hazy pale straw in color with little to no head.


Mildly hoppy with light fruit undertones.


Not usually a pilsener fan, but this one was good. Quaffed at the Mercury Lounge while enjoying Pilate, this was extremely fruity, with just a faint hop finish. Goes down easy, infinitely drinkable.

06-15-2004 18:20:58 | More by cbl2
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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


2.88/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

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