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Brooklyn Pilsner - Brooklyn Brewery

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942 Ratings
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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 30
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-06-2001

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +10.4%
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 +6.8%
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 +4.9%
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
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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
3.94/5  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 +15.1%
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
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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 +10.4%
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
2.72/5  rDev -25.5%
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
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Liquids
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
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
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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 +13.7%
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
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
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
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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 -1.9%
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
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.