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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
redhook.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Czech out Redhook’s newest brew. Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia. Redhook Pilsner’s maltiness is offset by a medium dose of Saaz hops and finishes with a clean, bright, thirst-quenching quality. A great “session” lager for when you’ve got a long day ahead of drinking.

23 IBU

Added by RedDiamond on 03-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
145
Ratings:
342
pDev:
12.89%
Bros Score:
3.96
 
 
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Photo of Duhast500
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is a copper/orange with a thin wisp of foamy white head that does not stay for long.

The smell is quite malty with a sweet aroma that has roots with some grainy flavor and a smack of bitterness.

The taste is grainy but sweet with a layered push toward a smooth finish that is a little bitter and a little smooth.

The feel of this beer is smooth but has a bitterness that is more identified with the style. A sweet flavor with some roots in bitterness that balance out but do not cancel each out.

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Photo of Rodekill
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love the new bottle and labels, but it appears to me that Redhook's beers have declined in quality a bit.

This is a decent hot weather, lawn mowing, BBQ, etc, type of beer.

Lacks real character, in that nothing really stands out.

Everything is middle of the road.

I got it as part of a sampler 12 pack and would not seek it out by itself in the future.

But man, that's a cool bottle!

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Photo of goldbot
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep golden in color; lots of carbonation; thin white head that sticks pretty well. Definitely a hoppy pilsner from the aroma, but plenty of malt there too. Caramel and bread notes with citrus hops. Slightly resinous. Good, malty flavor, not too grainy or corny like some pilsners can be. Some caramel sweetness mixes well with fruity hops. Thin mouthfeel that could be a bit more crisp.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, slightly dark straw gold into a tulip with two fingers of bright white head. Faint aroma of lemon and grass.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Quick burst of lemon up front with lots of bready malt and grass followed by just a touch of bitterness.

Maybe a bit on the generic side, but is still quite crisp, balanced, and very drinkable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a bright gold with a ton of bubbles. Thin, light, foamy head. Very light toasty and floral nose, maybe jasmine. Light and crisp flavors; lemony and toasty. There are very sharp characteristics due to the increased carbonation. The finish is sour and musty, with some toasty notes, too. The finish lingers far too long; almost astringent.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color. Bubbly white head dissipates quickly. No lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, some fruit and grass in the background. A faint hint of banana.

Some sweet malt up front, some grass and citrus notes in the middle, and a mild hop finish. Some hop after taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with quite a bit of carbonation.

I didn’t know Red Hook made a pils. A pleasant surprise. I will gladly drink another.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Pours a light gold with one finger of head. There is visible carbonation as the bubbles quickly rise to the top.

A mixture of bananas and malts fill the nose, while the banana flavors seems to dominate the mouth. There is also a copper flavor almost reminiscent of a red ale. The pilsner malts are also present.

Overall a very refreshing beer. A bit more complex than the average pilsner, it remains crisp, pleasant, and drinkable for those hot summer days.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Why aren't these in eight packs?

Undersized pils glass. Bright, golden amber body. Inch of flimsy white wash head. Constant activity. Bottled on APR 18 11.

Smells of coppery/peppery hops; turning herbal as it warms.

Toasty, grassy, & a bit salty. Moderate, lingering herbal/soapy bitterness.

Seltzer-like carbonation. A bit too harsh. Non-existent body. Dry.

Decent quencher. Pretty clean. If it were cheap enough, I would be that CostCo would love to create a 20 foot store display of it. :)

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Photo of emmasdad
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up as part of a mixed six pack, for no other reason than I liked the look of the new bottles. Poured a clear golden color with maybe an inch or so of white foam on top. Aromas of apricots, grassy hops and biscuit. On the palate, this one is light bodied and crisp, with flavors of grassy hops and light malt.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden, thin fizzy head holds on pretty well at about an eighth of an inch. A couple hints of lacing stick to glass.
S- Pretty grainy on the nose. Some light fruityness (apple, and something like the liquid in canned pears) and pretty grassy.
T- Initially all I got was sweet malt and grainy character. Some lemon and grassy notes popped out as it warmed.
M- Decent body for the style, high carbonation.
O- A decent pilsner and a pretty easy to drink summertime beer. Slightly on the better side of average for me.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Must say I do like the redesigned bottles.

A - Nice two finger head, underneath a sparkling clear bodied golden brew. Lacing and retention were moderate.

S - Delicious aroma of apricots with some mixed herbal notes. Surprisingly delightful.

T - Grassy body with a slight hop tinge, finishes with an earth-like tone, but not dirty. Pretty spot on for what I expect from a pils.

M - Crisp light body, mild carbonation.

D - Great sessionable pilsner that isn't lacking in flavor. Will most certainly revisit.

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Photo of shand
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from an awesome 12oz stubby bottle into a pilsner glass.

This one pours a slightly hazy golden color with a tiny head and huge apparent carbonation. Aroma is quite nice, zesty noble hops and some nice grassy pilsner malt. The taste is very nice, smooth noble hops hit first followed up by some clean bready malts and just a bit of grassiness.

The mouthfeel is perfectly crisp and thick, this is how all pilsners should feel. The drinkability is very high, this goes down very smoothly. Then again, it's a pilsner, if they don't go down easy, something's wrong. I don't understand the poor reviews for this. This is a super-solid Czech pilsner, and I think the unpopular Redhook name is tainting some people's opinions of this brew.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: not quite pale or bright, gold. very clear. large bubbly/fluffy white head with .... retention.

S: very lightly toasted sourdough bread. a slightly spicy hop varietal is much more prominent.

T: starts malty and then moves into a bit of hop spice. pepper combined with a mouthfeel that consists of a slightly harder carbonation makes for a nice tang on the tongue.

M: not quite effervescent, but close. crisp and refreshing for sure.

D: very refreshing example. im surprised to see such negative reviews for this brew.

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Photo of streetcommander
4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pilsner. Probably the best example of a Czech pilsner I've had that wasn't a home brew. Smooth and very well balanced. Another perfect example of a gateway beer. Very well done redhook.

Anyone who negatively reviews this beer likely does not have a clear understanding of this styles intent.

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Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redhook Ale Brewery--Redhook Pilsner-2011. 4 oz. Taster at Hop Scotch Beer & Scotch Festival in Fremont, Seattle on 4/2/2011. 5.80% ABV. 25 IBU's. Nice white head. Clear pretty bright gold color. Light herbal hop front. Crisp tangy light herbal malt body. Tangy refreshing Pilsner hop spice bitter clean crisp end.Snappy Pils. Odd malt flavor, but good. (3.5 / 5.0).

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Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

The perfect golden clarity is there, ample amount of white foam stays for the duration. Clean bready grassy malt with a faint spicy herbal hop nose, a clean one at that. Crispness is spot on and make this beer really refreshing, light to medium bodied. Maltiness is very clean with a quick brush of dried grass and bread crust. Hops are bitter enough for this dry-sided lager, oily flavor adds some depth but does not detract from its superior drinkability.

Impressive to say the least, I'll be getting a case ASAP as it easily found a place in my beer fridge.

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Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Good presentation for the style.

Sweet, grainy pilsener malt greets the nose, with just a kiss of hops as well. Very simple.

Ditto for the flavor. Sweet pilsener malt with a "corn" feel to it. I'm sure that's nothing. Delicious as it is.

Lingering sweetness from the malt makes up the mouthfeel. Once again, creamy and corn-like flavors linger as well.

Obviously, this isn't made with adjuncts. Still, it feels somewhat off. Perhaps it's the no-frills approach? Regardless, you could do a lot worse. For that reason, you should still give this a shot.

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

From May 2010
Typical golden yellow lager, with a nice bubbly white head. Aroma isnt too hot..lot of paper and biscuit. Taste however is very nice, slightly fruity,malt driven, slight hop..gets a little drier and even salty at the end. Nice mouthfeel.. have to give it high marks..good balance dry at the end leads to another gulp easily. Overall not a great pilsner but a very drinkable and enjoyable beer after work on the first mid to upper 70 degree day of the year. i actually thought it a lighter helles rather than a pilsner.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and light lager yeast. Then some mildly sweet flavors of lemon and caramel come in along with a little bit of spice. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is mild but complementary providing a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily because it's on the lighter side, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely a lot of other beers in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of Duff27
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Clear light golden color with a one-fingered head. Lacing is nearly non-existent.

S- Not much here, maybe a tad of lemon zest.

T- Grass/straw. Get a slightly sweet after taste, orange-ish?

M- The beer is just kinda 'blah' in your mouth. Little carbonation.

D/O- This is about the blandest but still drinkable beer I think I've ever had. Nothing awful but would probably drink just about any other craft beer given the chance.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.69/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. The beer is a sunshine yellow with a very thin and quickly dissipating white head. The body is hazy and has what appears to be sediment; this surprises me for the style as well as I did not stir this one. Smells pretty good. Certainly common pilsner characteristics on this one; grass, bitter hops , and a bit of lemon zest. This also smells a bit musty to me. The smell is not at all reflective of the taste. It finishes with a decent hop bittering but the malts seem darker than what they should be. The taste does not really reflect the style for me. This is a bit heavier than I would imagine. It's easy enough to drink, but I don't think I'd go for more. I'm really glad this is one that I inherited.

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Photo of sjverla
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: Very mild. Hints of straw. Fresh with a touch of lightly roasted malts.

Appearance: Pale gold with a shock-white head that stacks generously but goes quickly. There was some kind of sediment, which I do like from time to time, but still had pretty good clarity.

Taste: Mild at first, giving way to a peppery hop finish. There's a slight yeasty-flavor, moderate crispness, and very refreshing feel. However, I picked up a metallic taste that did some real damage to the overall effect.

Overall: Could be a really good beer if not for the aluminum foil taste.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.59/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red Hook Rope Swing is a very lively, semi-clear light golden beer with a thin, dense white head that fades to a film and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. It has a grainy aroma with a little lemon. It smells like a Pilsner. It's quite light bodied and smooth with a very crisp finish. It has a good amount of Pilsner malt taste. There's something melanoidal that reminds me of a doppelbock and seems a little out of place. I can taste a little lemon and there's not really any bitterness. It seems like a watered down dopplebock. It wasn't really a good choice for a lawn-mowing beer.

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Photo of deadbody
2.56/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Glarus pint glass. Good amber color, nice head that faded somewhat quickly leaving small amounts on top, decent lacing, solid scent. Very bitter taste, not citrussy, and not super malty, just bitter. Odd for a pilsner style, not what I was expecting. Decent carbonation.

I will finish the 6 pack I have of this, but not buy anymore, and I am happy I got it on a clearout fot $3.99 for the 6 pack or I would have felt like I spent good money on beer I don't really enjoy.

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Photo of obireidkenobi
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I find it unfair sometimes that pilsners don't rank high on the beer geek radar. I'm looking at this pilsner in the pilsner category.

Pours clean, crisp and clarified.

Smell - Straw, light pilsner malts. Subtle hops.

Taste - Bold pilsner flavor. Highlighting the noble hops and light malts. This pilsner is crisp, clean, and refreshing. AND CRAFT!

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Hot Atlanta days put this beer as a great go to light bodied beer. Great for tailgating, pool etc.

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Redhook Pilsner from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 342 ratings
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