Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Pilsner - German
Ranked #337
Ranked #25,501
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
Apr 22, 2022
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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1.23/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25
by AndyMcLaughlin33

Terrible beer, not a fan at all. Paid double for a rubbish Pilsner and it’s never worth it. Buyer beware!

Apr 22, 2022
3.73 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Apr 10, 2022
3.52 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Mar 23, 2022
3.3 by Mikexw from New York on Nov 26, 2021
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3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by mikeinportc from New York

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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3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by maxpower from Missouri

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
3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Jul 31, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ChrisST12803 from New York

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
3.66 by funku2 from Colorado on May 24, 2020
3.75 by Velivolus from Vermont on Apr 01, 2020
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3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Maxkelly9

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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3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

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
3.74 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York on Nov 22, 2019
3.96 by markallmon from Tennessee on Oct 26, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Urtravel from Pennsylvania

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
3.75 by tbeer40 from New Jersey on Jun 04, 2019
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2.41/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by johnreggie from New York

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
3.63 by loganburgh from Michigan on Apr 10, 2019
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3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Nass from Florida

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
3.01 by Red_Hook_Madness from Minnesota on Apr 01, 2019
3.78 by moundbz from North Dakota on Mar 27, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BeerBobber from Nevada

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
3.83 by KiwiBrent from New York on Mar 20, 2019
4.53 by jguzman718 from New York on Mar 09, 2019
3.72 by Toynk from Illinois on Feb 17, 2019
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3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Iphilo4life from New York

I'm not much of a pilsner fan, but this one is pretty good!

Feb 12, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by beergoot from Colorado

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
3.24 by Eychung from New York on Nov 23, 2018
3.67 by cdub70085 from Connecticut on Nov 11, 2018
3.09 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Nov 02, 2018
3.57 by sparx1100 from Minnesota on Oct 22, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) brown bottle into a conical pint glass; best by 2019.
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden color, a half inch, foamy white head, big bubbles at times but solid retention, and rings and rings of complex, Brussels lacing.
S: Aromas of grasses and grains. ?Honeydew melon note.
T: Semidry. Follows the nose. Definite honeydew melon note. Light bitterness.
M: Light bodied with solid effervescence. Refreshing.
O: Not a big Pilsner drinker, but this is a solidly constructed and executed version of the style.

Oct 21, 2018
3.37 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Sep 27, 2018
3.75 by alexsergio from New York on Sep 21, 2018
4.18 by Ponody13 from New York on Sep 13, 2018
3.77 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Sep 10, 2018
Photo of Rinjisips
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Rinjisips from Connecticut

A really good representative of the type.

Sep 01, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by BJB13 from Maryland

Best By Nov 2018
12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

This one pours bright gold and crystal clear with a two finger white foam head that is fairly thick and has good retention. Lacing is spotty but there.

The nose is a little weak, grainy with corn and some grassy hops underneath. A nice aroma but I wish it was stronger. Tasting malty, clean and mostly dry, the grassy hop flavor is moderately bitter. Cracker and corn (not heavy) come through before a short clean finish with only a small, slightly bitter aftertaste. Body wise we are at medium-light, carbonation is low-medium, I think it could be a touch more crisp. There isn't much but it has some gritty chewiness to it.

Drinkable and fairly refined. This is no slouch.

Aug 25, 2018
5 by KingpinKev from Virginia on Aug 14, 2018
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3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by D1noB from Oklahoma

A clean slight citrus pilsner. Pilsner finish but just slight. Refreshing.

Taste rating in words: A cold spray of the shower first thing in the morning.

Jul 29, 2018
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