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Kelso Pilsner - Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn

Kelso PilsnerKelso Pilsner

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%

Brewed by:
Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnQVegas on 02-12-2009)
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Photo of drseamus

New York

4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my sister for getting this for me for my birthday.

A: Good god, this beer looks perfect. Brilliantly clear straw body topped with a pure white head comprised of identically sized bubbles.

S: Crisp malt with a bit of hop aroma. Very nice without being too much.

T: Dead on nuts. Exactly what a Czech pils should be. This easily rivals Reality Czech. Again with the crisp biscuit malt but no real hop flavor.

M: Nice and light.

D: Perfectly boring for a daily drinker. I need a sunny day for this.

Serving type: growler

03-06-2010 22:10:03 | More by drseamus
Photo of CaptKirkles

New York

4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample tasting @ Cargo Cafe

A: Golden clear with a fingers worth of head. Minimal lacing

S: A balanced smell for for pils. The malt hits you first then a a bit of the hops

T: A good layered taste of malt than hops. Definitly a good balance of the two.

M: Light, carbed just enough to excite the palate

D: Defintily a drinkable beer. Nothing to say WOW about but refreshing and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2010 17:38:42 | More by CaptKirkles
Photo of DrewSnyc667


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Little Town in Union Square. Awesome place that only serves craft beers. And only crafts brewed in NY State.

A- Pale golden yellow, has about 1/2 in head laces beautifully with lovely activity

S - really nothing there, watery slightly malty with just the faintest buttery sense

T - Wow super smooth with a lot going on. Starts sweet and malty, buttery smoothness. Nice dry hop finish, super crisp and refreshing!

M - Finishes clean, perfect amount of carbonation. Unbelievably drinkable

O- where has this been all my life one of the best I've had this summer. Great choice for those not yet into crafts, really tasty and a great American pilsner

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 22:03:40 | More by DrewSnyc667
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drseamus for the growler.

A: Perfect pilsner pour. Clear golden color. A finger of white head with a little bit of lacing. Perfect.

S: Fresh malt. A little bit hoppy. Very nice smell for the style.

T: Very nice balance of malt and hops. Very light. It is wonderfully boring.

M: Very light body. Well carbonated.

D: I liked this beer quite a lot. Very nice example of the style. Boring but great.

Serving type: growler

03-06-2010 22:10:48 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can picked up locally. enjoyed from a sixpoint snifter.

a - brew poured a crisp transparent straw yellow with tons of visible fizzy carbonation. nice finger of fizzy white bubbly head. to style. nice lacing.

s - grain all day. flax. definitive pilsner. lacks that macro shine though which is nice.

t - wow. that's really good. for a style that i'm not wild about, i am really enjoying this beer. nice lemon notes on grain. wheaty and sweet. bready.

m - extremely refreshing. a tasty version of a sessionable classic for the macro world.

o - overall, very impressive beer...let alone pilsner. really tasty, really easy drinking and a great crossover beer for trying to convert a macro drinker. a pilsner done right. cheers.

Serving type: can

12-02-2013 01:41:10 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of david18

New York

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never heard of this brewery before but I really enjoyed the beer when I had it. A very good crisp pilsner quality with a decent aroma and great flavor. Very refreshing; i think I drank it down in about two minutes. Would recommend this one if you can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2009 21:27:13 | More by david18
Photo of lovindahops

New York

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard some good things about kelso so I figured I would give this a try

A- a golden yellow body with fair shades of lacing on the sides of the glass. No foam from the pour, but slow carbonation arises to the top making an attept

S- faint scents of grass, lemon, and bready scents are at the forefront. Not over powering, but still there

T- a stronger appearance of bready and grassy notes are presented as good pilsner flavors. Very lively and refreshing brew

M- excellent carbonation and flavor on the mouth. Very respectful properties of good pilsner

O- Very refreshing pilsner that displays the taste profile I look for. The grassy and lemony flavors are both in full effect and excellent

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2012 21:15:58 | More by lovindahops
Photo of woodychandler


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a CANQuest (TM) score during my most recent foray to New York and Brooklyn, making it ever easier to entice me to come up and visit! Have CANS? Will Travel! That's my motto.

From the CAN: "Brooklyn Crafted Since 2006"; "Spicy nose, slightly sweet, with a dry finish"; "CANS: Infinitely recyclable Beer helps"; "Created by the husband and wife team of Kelly Taylor & Sonya Giacobbe, these 100% hand-made craft ales and lagers have been brewed fresh in the bountiful borough of Brooklyn since 2006. Mounds of malt, bales of hops and countless hours of dedication and passion. That's KelSo Beer."

A nice, loud Crack! revealed a brimful CAN, so in salute to the brewers, I utilized an inverted Glug. The pseudo-cascade was brilliant, finally settling into two fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with great retention. Color was like liquid sunshine with a slight haziness (SRM = 4 to 5), perfect for a rainy spring afternoon. The three gold stooges, Croesus, Mammon and Midas seemed to agree as they all showed up for a taste, but I was having none of it. It had a nicely controlled spicy nose, just enough to tickle my sinuses and get my mouth watering, but not enough to be too much of a good thing. Mouthfeel was medium and the Saaz hops really interacted well with the yeast and the malt knew enough to stand pat, creating the king of Pilsner that I really dig. Too many AALs under the bridge and GER Pilsners tend to be too sweet for my liking. Finish was dry, slightly spicy, slightly grassy and definitely refreshing. This would be ideal on a hot, humid summer's day.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 20:21:46 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic cup at a stand in Coney Island.

Appearance: Deep golden color with a small white head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lace.

Smell: Weak smell, mostly of sweet, grainy pilsner malt

Taste: Rather sweet and grainy with some citrus and a balanced finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with balanced carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: A solid pilsner- a faithful interpretation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2010 03:05:32 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of mdaschaf


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Whole Foods on Columbus Circle in NYC.

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was a hazy golden color with a small white head on top. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Very light citrus and lemony aromas with some grainy malt and some bready sweetness.

T: Some sweet bready/grainy malt upfront which transitions to some light citrus and lemon.

M: Light to medium bodied, very crisp and easy drinking.

O: Took a shot on a brewery I had never heard of, and it paid off. It isn't mind blowing, but definitely a solid beer that I could drink all the time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2012 16:38:46 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of WillCarrera


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of creamy white head, nice lacing.

S- Wheat sweetness, grain, a bit of breadiness and citrus. A bit of muted soapiness.

T- Similar to the flavor, sweet grain and wheat flavors, some lemon and soapiness again, has a really nice doughiness towards the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel.

O- Not a bad pilsner, I'm not crazy about the citrus aspect but the malt flavors are very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2013 03:40:07 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of micromaniac129


3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A fairly decent pilsner here, it's not going to shake the world up but it is pretty good.
It has a yellow straw color that is clear. Not much of a head formed but there was a small one. No lacing either. Slow rising bubbles are few and far between.

In the nose I get some malts and cereal grains. Perhaps some hops, floral I would guess.

It has a subtle crispness but not enough to counter the sweet grains in the taste. Some hoppiness too with maybe lemon or citrus.
Drinks smooth with a flat feeling.
It's better then thier brown lager, I'll say that.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 15:44:38 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of metter98

New York

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has some hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of bready and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The initial taste has flavors of soapiness and bready malts with some notes of sweetness while flavors of grainy malts become more noticeable towards the finish. The graininess and soapiness begins to disappear as the beer warms up and is replaced with more sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer becomes a lot more drinkable as it warms up and bready malts dominate more of the flavor and are accompanied by sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 23:20:43 | More by metter98
Photo of Nickls

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured a light clearish gold color; nice finger of fluffier white head that held OK

S - Nice hoppiness; a little hint of earth; very much on style for the most part; bit of graininess that I didn't particularly care fo

T - Hops continue through to the flavor; earthy; nicely bitter; some breadiness; OK but not fantastic

M - Light to medium; carbonation was not as crisp as would've wanted

D - Despite some of the lackings it was quite a quaffable brew

Not a bad example at all, and worth a look if you come across it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2009 20:52:52 | More by Nickls
Photo of PicoPapa


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours a clear golden straw color with virtually no head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is sweet malts with some sour notes. Some floral hops with hints of hay. The taste is a nice mix of malts and cereal. Slightly sour with some toasted malts toward the end. Some floral hop bitterness. Light and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, decent Pilsner.

Serving type: can

12-20-2013 03:43:18 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow gold, clear and effervescent, with a thin, fluffy white head.

Nose is restrained, a bit of cracker-like malt and some spicy, grassy hop note.

Flavor is spicy hops, a bit grassy and floral over a crackery, dry malt body. Finish is lightly bitter, grassy, with a crackery malt exhale.

Light body and crisply carbonated.

Nicely drinkable beer, great with food. I'd like a bit more of a grassy hop character, a bit less spicy, but that's a relatively minor quibble.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2009 00:49:42 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Been drinking this on tap since my local place showing playoff ball has this on special during all games. A not quite clear straw yellow with a solid little foamy head into the pint glass. The smells are of sweet bread and some grassy and lightly floral hop. Decent bitterness, a long and slow malt sweetness with good body, and a kiss of hops, floral, citrus, grassy.
A solid beer with some good dextrins holding it up. Will be drinking much more of this until the playoffs draw to a close.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2011 00:36:03 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of Tschnab

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden clear color with a two inch head and some lace on the glass. The smell is mostly a citrusy grassy aroma, with a faint cereal grain. The taste has that nice grassy, lemony, doughy characteristic found in a summery pils. The finish has a nice hoppy bite followed by a clean crisp maltiness. Great option for the summer time, refreshing and easy-drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 22:01:02 | More by Tschnab
Photo of dar482

New York

3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a clear straw color.

The beer is decently crisp, a bit of grassiness and floral, a good breadiness. A bit light on the hops and the flavor disappears a bit too quickly, along with the body being light as well.

Still a decent drinking pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2013 03:09:55 | More by dar482
Photo of afksports

New York

3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Amity Hall in the West Village. I didn't want to have this beer; I was supposed to be drying out for a day, but my friend @bearhuman was in town and I waited to see her off. It wasn't so exceptional that I regretted the decision to leave half of it on the counter. But the initial bite was pretty good. Maybe that was just my decision to drink again talking though.

Appearance: Looks like a pilsner, but it still has a body. Decent head, not much lacing to speak of. Golden color tells you what it is, if you didn't already know.

Smell: No real aroma to write home about, but I have a hard time knocking light beers for that. There's some malt, a little hops.

Taste: Not gonna be my session beer, but the ingredients seem good enough. Maybe a hint of citrus in it in addition to the malt and hops. Bites a bit. I will up my beercabulary to do better justice in the future.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Goes down easy. But only very little substance. It's like a typical action movie with no compelling suspense.

Drinkability: it's funny because out of all the categories I gave this the best rating, and I didn't even finish my pint.

Only tastes from now on in the BeerQuest. Only tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 12:52:26 | More by afksports
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local pub, poured into a cheater pint

A: straw yellow color, small silky white head, reduces to a thin pancake cap, light carbonation bubbles

S: mellow aroma, slight grass

T: sweeter than I would have expected for the style. Grass and flower hoppiness try their best to balance sweetness but fail. Kind of a bland beer.

M: medium bodied, very drinkable

O: not bitter enough to be really called a pilsner, feels more like a blond ale with continental hops. Overall very sessionable.


Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 20:41:33 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Lark; pours clear yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy white head; smells of malt and faint yeast, with a typical pilsner odor that's not exciting and really just smells like beer.

Tastes of roasted malt, yeast, light grains and some very faint hops. Very light and crisp, with mild flavor and good lacing. A middle of the road to above average pilsner that fits in the pilsner category well. Easy to drink, just a bit boring as far as flavor goes for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2010 04:21:20 | More by CHickman
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It was gold in color, basically clear with some bubbles and a limited head. Couldn't really get a read on the scent.

Like the scent, it had a limited taste. It had some maltiness to it, but not that nice biting sourness that I like from a Czech Pils. Lacks a bitterness to it. Very...meh.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 22:21:25 | More by Amalak
Photo of Huffs

New York

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a nice, full head with good retention and lacing. Head was white and fairly dense. appearance was a light, straw color with a slight haze. Aroma had some fruit and yeasty notes. Tastes light with some mild grass and grain notes. Mild aftertaste with a medium mouth feel.

Serving type: can

02-01-2014 00:40:06 | More by Huffs
Photo of nramsburg

New York

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a growler fill from Brazen Head. Pours a light straw color with small sized head. Smells slightly floral with a bit of banana action. Very light body with lingering carmel-ish sweetness. Hops not really assertive enough on this one for my liking, and the resulting is a fairly tired beer. Not the best Kelso style around.

Serving type: growler

01-24-2011 00:12:08 | More by nramsburg
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Kelso Pilsner from Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
81 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.