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Brooklyn PilsnerBrooklyn Pilsner

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-06-2001

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Reviews by RollTide05:
Photo of RollTide05
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a REALLY good German Pilsener. I live in Hong Kong and we have quite a few Pilseners from Germany and Czechoslovakia to choose from but very few beers from the US. I love the style and have to say that this beer is very true to it. It has a lot of that clean, pilsener hop flavor that I love. A bit more than say a Konig, Krombacher, Bitburger or even a Rothaus, which is my favorite. The malts and hops are very well balanced and I highly recommend this beer even to a European or "authentic" pilsener fan such as myself. I was shocked by how good this beer is. Highly recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker yellow color with not as much head as expected,aroma was really grainy and hoppy with some sweetness maybe honey?Taste is pretty sharp and bitter loads of hops in here with a dry malty backbone with a a light metallic flavor in there as well.This is a pretty manly pilsner but quite good.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a beer mug.

A: Almost clear, pale gold with a nice looking foamy white head of about 1/2" or so. Head receded after a few minutes leaving a thin white layer and lots of lacing.

S: Fresh bread, some pale malt, light hops, and a hint of yeast.

T: Very well balanced light sweetness from pale malts with the nimble citrus flavored hops. The flavors are solid, staying together nicely, and remain that way from first rush to final swallow. The finish is very satisfying and relatively quick, leaving just a hint of maltiness to play with the final wave hop bittering at the very final bit of linger. I think I have a new favorite Pilsner!!

M&D: A bit more robust in the mouth than I would have expected, but not really heavy by any means. The carbonation is perfect, lending itself to a smooth creaminess that makes this brew so easy to drink. This is incredibly satisfying and tasty and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good pilsner. This will be a new regular in my rounds.

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Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gold color with just a hint of haziness. Medium sized white head, little bit of lacing. It had a sweet, outdoorsy aroma. Grass and flowers. Malt taste up front with some late sharp hops. Crisp beer. Easy drinking, had three of these in short order.

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Photo of Todd
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Clearly marked freshness date.

Appearance: A clear, pale golden beer with lively carbonation. It pours with a thick white foam, but quickly collapses to a mere bubble lace covering.

Smell: Fruity, sweet, floral and grainy with a faint hint of sulfur in the nose.

Taste: A bit creamy on the palate, then sharp with a lemony bitter hop twang that rides in on a refreshing, crisp carbonation. The "twang" has grape skin-like flavours and dryness. The bitterness peaks and stays on the palate for a bit, then lends way to a firm, fruity malt character (almost exotic) with a nice level of sweetness. As the beer warms, the hop and grain flavours become a bit raw/fresh tasting and more pronounced, sticking to the palate. Finishes medium dry with grain flavours on the palate.

Notes: 4.8%abv. I thoroughly enjoyed this interpretation of a pre-Prohibition German beer. Extremely flavourful, traditional, but made unique with an American crafted hand. Highly recommended as a standard beer to stock in the fridge.

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Photo of 52Skiman
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz. bottle in a winter seasonal variety pack
Served chilled in a weizen glass

Appearance: Unfiltered hazy pale gold color with obvious floaties, three-fingers of long-lasting frothy cream-colored head, decent lacing
Aroma: Light nose, but mostly malts
Taste/Flavor: Very nice mellow flavor, quite more than expected from the nose. Well-balanced. No strange after-taste, seemingly unusual for this style
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, moderate carbonation, mostly smooth crisp finish, very nice on the palate
Overall: This is a superior pilsner. For those who care about such things, it contains no adjuncts such as rice or corn, neither does it contain any stabilizers or preservatives. I wonder if perhaps this is why I found it preferable to most pilseners made with adjuncts and preservatives??

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Photo of generallee
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a best before date.

Appearance: The body has a bright golden color with very good clarity and some nice streams of fine carbonation rushing to the head. The head builds up tall and fluffy. It is bright white in color, has good retention and makes some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma has a light biscuity malt presence with some floral hops.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor is very clean, crisp and very well balanced. A subtle biscuity malt mixes with a mild floral and almost fruity hops. The hops bring a pleasant bitterness and dry crispness to the finish. It has a smooth light texture with just enough carbonation to match its light to medium body.

Notes: This is a very clean and highly drinkable Pilsner and it is great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of shreead
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Yellow straw, faint haze & good lacing.

SMELL: Fresh hop resin, rose water, herbal, spicy, clean grain, fresh crackers.

TASTE: Bread crust, doughy, crisp, smooth, moderate body, thick noble hop flavor, spicy, clean grain, herbal hop bitterness, dry finish.

A real good quaff, right to style and easily rivaling the more mainstream German Pilsners. The hoppiness here has won me over.

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Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light golden body with a modest white head. Medium patch lacing. Just about an ideal appearance for style.
Aroma is sweet pale malts and grassy and herbal hops. No Euroskunk sulfuric notes that I've come to associate with pilsners.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light bodied, with moderately high carbonation.
Taste is evenly balanced between pale malt sweetness and herbal hops. Nothing to jump out at you, but very crisp and enjoyable.
Solid session brew here. Very well made, and one of the better pilseners produced anywhere.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before date notched into label. Poured light straw and very clear. White head, dissolves to a tiny bubble film, bubbles streaming up from the bottom and some lacing left behind. Bready nose. Light bodied, crisp hoppy brew, bready, malty notes with a nice hoppy, snappy finish. Decent session brew, solid summer thirst quencher. Nicely crafted pilsner.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, bright caution light yellow, 1/2 inch head, medium-high carbonation

Smell: grain, grass, and malt

Taste: grain, grass, and malt and small hops in the finish. This has a bit of the taste I associate with Abita's beers to it as well.

Mouthfeel: crisp, light, high carbonation, semi-sweet with a small bitter finish

Drinkability: A nice and hoppy pils. Not the best I have had but certainly good. I could have three or so, especially on a hot day.

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Photo of LyonsHead
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pure gold, white fluffy head, good lacing

S: real grainy with an herbal hop note

T: Good hop bite with herbal/earthy flavors. There is a grainy malt backbone with subtle bread character and a hint of corn as well

M: clean and crisp medium light body and a dry finish

D: Good Pilsner, great for a warm day

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Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MikePags
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, light yellow with very active bubbles, a strong white cap and great lacing rings.

Smell: Grainy and sweet, with apple and straw, and some slight dry spiciness.

Taste: Drier (and better) than indicated by the aroma. Tart apple, straw, and peppery hops interplay very nicely.

Feel: Fairly light body with moderately high carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: Very nice everyday Pilsner that happens to be better than most of the competition, American or German.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Milkysunshine
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Osiris9588
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, with expiration date of 1/07. Pours a hazy straw color, growing gradually more clear from top to bottom--a torrent of bubbles zooming up through the center. The head is one finger and white, rather creamy and show solid retention and lacing.

The aroma consists of grain, honey, lemon, and a whisper of sulpher.The flavor offers more of the same, with some nice biting hops.

The mouth is light, yet has some character and bite, a nice dry, bitter, hoppy finish. Very drinkable, easily paired with a wide array of foods. A solid Pils.

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