Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
German Pilsner
Ranked #378
Ranked #25,895
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
Jan 11, 2023
Mar 06, 2001
Notes: Brooklyn Pilsner is a refreshing golden lager beer, brewed in the style favored by New York’s pre-prohibition brewers. In the 1840’s, the pilsner style emerged from central Europe to become the world’s most popular style of beer. Like its ancestors, Brooklyn Pilsner is traditionally brewed from the finest German two-row barley malts. German-grown Perle and Hallertauer hops provide a crisp, snappy bitterness and fresh, floral aroma. The flavor of the malt comes through in the finish. We ferment Brooklyn Pilsner at cool temperatures, and then give it a long, gentle maturation (lagering), which results in a beer of superior complexity and smoothness. We believe that you will find there to be none finer. Unlike mass-marketed so-called pilsners, Brooklyn Pilsner does not contain cheap fillers such as corn or rice, nor does it contain any preservatives or stabilizers. Brooklyn Pilsner is the real thing.
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Rated: 3.69 by Rainintheface from Florida

Jan 11, 2023
Rated: 3.8 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Nov 21, 2022
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Reviewed by smbslt from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Medium gold with a one-finger tight white head. Good initial carb release to replenish, no lacing.
Sweet Biscuit aroma almost graham cracker.
The full body hits before a honey, earthy sweetness spreads out followed by the carbonation that lightens things.
Very pleasant, drinkable beer.
Nov 19, 2022
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottled in a bottle g 660ml big bad boy that I got from the local Tesco supermarket
Pours a crystal clear lemon jello with splashings of white head
Aroma is candy cigarettes
Flavour is dry
Nov 18, 2022
Rated: 3.89 by cabsandking from Ohio

Oct 09, 2022
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Reviewed by KleinSchwein

3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
UK brewed version 4.6%

Look:- Slightly light gold , big bubbled head , good lacing.

Smell :- Malt and plenty of it.

Taste :- Malt , a pleasing bitterness and slight tones of lemon and honey.

Mouth feel:-Good carbonation.

Overall :- Tasty , good malt right away then a nice level of bitterness. Refreshing.
Sep 28, 2022
Rated: 3.67 by Taybeh from Minnesota

Sep 27, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden, mostly yellow color with a strong white head. SRM of 4-5. (3.75)

Aroma: Mild aromas of pale malt, cereal malt, some bread yeast. (3.75)

Flavor: Mild flavors of pale malt, bread malt, yeast. Some lemon citrus hops. A relatively dry finish. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Full carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Finish is fairly clean. (3.75)

Comapred to North Coast Scrimshaw Pils 9/26/22: Pours a lighter color. Milder aromas. More smooth pale malt. Less bread and biscuit malt. Cleaner and lighter.

Compared to Capital Garten Brau Pils 9/26/22: Pours lighter, similar aromas. More sweet lemon and cracker malt. Less bready malt. Lighter and cleaner.

Overall: A pretty decent German Pils here. Nice pale malt and smooth lemon flavors, yet clean. Faintly sweet. Average to slightly above. (Rating: 3.85)
Sep 26, 2022
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Reviewed by jgido759 from New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear yellow/gold with a fluffy, white head that lingers. Aroma is very light, almost non-existent biscuit. Taste is light and bready. Heavily carbonated. Overall, a very mellow pilsner. . .
Jul 01, 2022
Rated: 3.64 by igl from Russian Federation

May 18, 2022
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Rated by AndyMcLaughlin33

1.23/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25
Terrible beer, not a fan at all. Paid double for a rubbish Pilsner and it’s never worth it. Buyer beware!
Apr 22, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation

Apr 10, 2022
Rated: 3.52 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Mar 23, 2022
Rated: 3.3 by Mikexw from New York

Nov 26, 2021
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
BB date of 12/21 or is it 2/12/21? (guessing - a little smudged)

Translucent medium gold, with one finger of white head.

Smell is a lightly sweet floral scent (goldenrod/bedstraw) , slight herbal aroma (marjoram?) , and light crackery malt.

Taste is light bread crust (fresh-out-of-the-oven white bread) , some of that sweet floral element ^, finishing with a light spicy/bitter herbal flavor. Moderate lingering bitterness.

Feel is light, but not watery , with moderate, very fine, sharp carbonation bite.

Overall, nothing "Wow!" , but it isn't meant to be. If you're in the mood for a clean, crisp lager, it's worth a try. I could use a little less of that herbal flavor, but that's nitpicking. On another occasion, I might welcome that. ;) *shrug* - try it yourself. :)
Sep 08, 2020
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Reviewed by maxpower from Missouri

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
12 oz bottle pours a clear yellow color with a good fizzy white head that sticks around. Light grassy and flowery aromas. Light flavor of cracker and grains. Pretty good.
Sep 05, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 31, 2020
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Rated by ChrisST12803 from New York

4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a can. Straw in color. Easy drinker. Slight bitter aftertaste. Interesting tasting this interpretation of a lager. Would buy again.
May 26, 2020
Rated: 3.66 by funku2 from Colorado

May 24, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus from Vermont

Apr 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Maxkelly9

3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
On draft in pint glass. Pale, see through color. Crisp with light hops. Good pilsner. Easy drinker with slightly bitter follow. Would get again but wouldn’t take home.
Dec 19, 2019
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Reviewed by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle. Straw in color with a good sized white head and pretty good lacing. Smells of grain and floral. Smells like what you expect from a pilsner which is good. Flavor is also what is expected in a good pilsner. Not too light bodied, just a really good example of a pilsner.
Dec 04, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

Nov 22, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by markallmon from Tennessee

Oct 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Urtravel from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
L: clear, pale, lively with a finger head and moderate lace
S: fruity/floral on front end with sweet roastiness back end that balances out extreme well
T: follows smell but with an added lively carbonation that tingles the tongue
F: crisp, clean, refreshing balanced; does not overpower any taste buds but pulls them all together for superb finish
O: a great balanced beer with a liveliness that invites another one
Jun 15, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by tbeer40 from New Jersey

Jun 04, 2019
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Reviewed by johnreggie from New York

2.41/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
From a 12oz bottle dated BB 11/19. Pours lively and decent gold/ amber color. Body is extremely light, and virtually no flavor up front. Decent dry finish with some malt/cracker taste. Noticed this is brewed in Utica NY. That’s quite a distance from Brooklyn NYC. Also was the only “craft” beer on 3 shelves of otherwise InBev exclusive. I’m a bit concerned. Sorachi Ace, their amazing Saison, brewed in Brooklyn is one of my all time favorites.
May 30, 2019
Rated: 3.63 by loganburgh from Michigan

Apr 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
It looks like your typical pilsner in the pilsner glass. The carbonation is full on with soft white fluffy head. The aroma is some cooked broccoli & boiled cob corn. The taste is white bread, grains, cooked broccoli, slight cracker, there is some mild bitterness on the backend. Brooklyn Brewery pilsner is tasty but there lager could use some tweaks here & there. Cheers! B
Apr 08, 2019
Rated: 3.01 by Red_Hook_Madness from Minnesota

Apr 01, 2019
Rated: 3.78 by moundbz from North Dakota

Mar 27, 2019
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Reviewed by BeerBobber from Nevada

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Clear golden color with streaming bubbles. Two plus fingers of a nice thick soapy white head. Nice slicks of lacing on my glass.

Very clean malts, barley water smell. A faint hint of some floral hops coming out.

Taste is very light with a bit of a hint of grassiness. the hops do come through way in the back and provide a very nice balance to the malts.

Mouth feel is very light and finishes crisply with just enough refreshing wetness to wet the old whistle.

Damn fine pilsner!This beer would be so easy to crush several in a row. Pairing with food would be so easy, eat food drink beer. If I could find this in a 15 pack here in Las Vegas during the summer I know what I would be buying. It drinks almost like a light beer but with flavor that approaches a more full bodied beer.
Mar 26, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by KiwiBrent from New York

Mar 20, 2019
Rated: 4.53 by jguzman718 from New York

Mar 09, 2019
Rated: 3.72 by Toynk from Illinois

Feb 17, 2019
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Rated by Iphilo4life from New York

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
I'm not much of a pilsner fan, but this one is pretty good!
Feb 12, 2019
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Crystal clear, pale yellow body topped with a thick, fluffy, sticky head. The scent is a little malty, a little grassy. Mild light malt flavor with a more powerful yet balanced hop bitterness. Medium body; crisp with a slight warmth.

A decent pilsner, nothing overly phenomenal or bad, but rather a solid offering for casual drinking.
Dec 23, 2018
Rated: 3.24 by Eychung from New York

Nov 23, 2018
Rated: 3.67 by cdub70085 from Connecticut

Nov 11, 2018
Rated: 3.09 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Nov 02, 2018
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