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Kelso Pilsner - Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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metter98

New York

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

06-16-2012 21:35:47 | More by acurtis
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a standard pint glass. The brew appears a pale golden color with spots of yeast hanging in suspension despite a careful pour. A white finger hangs across the top and fades leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The smell is quite sweet with notes of cereal. A little bit of lemon almost like coriander/grass blends breaking up the sweet candy appeal to this aroma.

The taste is unfortunately sweet like candy. A mild breadiness and coriander with a grassy herbal bitterness and sulfur towards the back. This is a very peculiar arrangement and seems partially unfermented and/or under-hopped to balance it out.

It is medium in body with a modest level of carbonation. It has a crisp bitterness at times and is enjoyable but it could be even more enjoyable if some of the residual sugar was stripped away. Unique and worth trying if you get the chance.

Serving type: can

07-24-2014 19:19:29 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-08-2014 14:23:45 | More by InspectorBob
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-17-2014 20:16:48 | More by Latarnik
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

01-08-2013 15:01:49 | More by tobelerone
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, yet another can courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, a touch of sweetness. Taste is crisp, malts, grains, a touch of bitterness at the finish, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking, refreshing beer.

Serving type: can

04-25-2014 00:01:51 | More by tone77
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vfgccp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-01-2014 03:45:17 | More by vfgccp
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Brenden

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Empire State Cellars in Tanger (Riverhead); notes are from 5/29

This pils is a bright, completely transparent orange-gold. The head on top is pillowy and soapy, with a just barely perceptible yellow tint. Lacing is dense, sticking in clumps, then patches, as the head sustains its full finger's height.
The aroma is lightly spicy with soft sweetness of ripe white fruits, a touch of grains, and a bit of tart green apple off some creaminess.
The flavor is more varied. It's both sweet and husky with a hint of earth, some grains, a light touch of grass and very light herbal bitterness. A little dryness eases into the flavor's finish.
Overall, it's semi-sweet in a body that straddles the line between light and medium all the way. Crisp and bright, it moves gently into a semi-dry finish.

Serving type: can

06-02-2014 18:10:13 | More by Brenden
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-22-2014 02:23:53 | More by Griffith
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-06-2014 16:19:43 | More by outoffocus
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cosmicevan

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%
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
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

02-11-2014 05:53:06 | More by IdrinkGas
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david18

New York

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.4%

05-05-2012 05:22:50 | More by 2dogbrew
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

02-19-2014 02:58:38 | More by hoppymcgee
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aerozeppl

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%
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
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-29-2014 21:02:00 | More by Durandal_777
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Amalak

New York

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
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
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dar482

New York

3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
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
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CHickman

New York

3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-17-2013 19:34:06 | More by mikeburd1128
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Kelso Pilsner from Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.