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Brooklyn PilsnerBrooklyn Pilsner

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of CadetGCBD
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear yellow. Decadent white head.

Smell: Grassy, herbal, lemon scent. Spot on.

Taste: Perfect example for the style. Earthy and very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry, crisp and refreshing.

Overall: this is an excellent representation of a German pils. Right up there with with the best of them.


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Photo of Kwak
4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Pilsner the best in this style.
Nice heavy head thick and rich.
Good brite golden color well carbonated.Nice fizzy taste.
Good clean body.
Very light taste nice and refreshing .Good on a hot day .
Anice light malt aftertaste.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.77/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours with vigorous carbonation action, two to three fingers of sudsy foam build up quickly. A hazy, dirty yellow/orange beer with lots of bead. Thick layering of lace form a very creamy head.

Aroma - initially sports some fresh grain, but fragrant Saaz take over as it sets up. Great staying power.

Taste - decent grain foundation, sweet and full. Hops flood the palate completely with a light floweriness and moderate bite. The aftertaste is dry with grapefruit rind dominating. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - an element of smoothness to this otherwise crisp pils. Moderate body.

Drinkability - fantastic sessionability, awfully glad I grabbed a sixer instead of a single. A fully flavored pilsner all the way.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.69/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated for September 2013.

Scent of floral citrus. Pours a clear bright yellow body with two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is good and laces gently down the glass. Taste is perfectly balanced between the bite of hops and the sweetness of a slightly bready and lemony malt. very refreshing, a perfect summer drink.

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Photo of mjurney
4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold color, slight hazy. Lots of bubbles rising up. Small head. Lacing looks good on the glass.

Grainy, spicy, crisp.

Grainy up front, wheat, hay, touch of biscuit. Spicy-floral hops, a little lemony. Crisp dry finish.

Body is light-medium, very crisp, tangy. Well carbonated.

Very good American made German style pilsner!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, best before Sept. 07, served in a Pilsner glass.

A - either I did 'the perfect pour' or this is one damn good looking beer. Clear golden yellow color with a lush white head, lots of carbonation in the glass, leaves nice amount of lace.

S - European hop flower aroma, almost a sour type of aroma, very much on style.

T - very good tasting Pilsner, sharp hop bite, smoothed out with a good balance of Euro barley malt for a crisp, clean finish.

M - light bodied with good carbonation fizz, very nice.

D - the BA site has abv listed lower than the abv printed on the bottle label (5.1%), either way, this is an exceptionally drinkable beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pale straw in color with little head and lazy lacing. I feel that this is undercarbonated, which is understandable in a bar setting; it's costly to set each beer to is appropriate level.

S: bouquet is faint, with malt, sulfur, and spicy hops as key players.

T: very traditional in taste; both grain and hop fight tooth and nail for the dominant position, but neither really wins. this pils is none dry, and displays just a touch of the sulfury bite that is common for the style.

M: very light and clean, leaving no residue on the palate. The carbonation is also quite enjoyable.

D: another great offering from Brooklyn. I would even venture to say that this is a better brew than their flagship Lager. If only Americans appreciated a well made pils....

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Photo of Thrasher
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I like this beer more than others seemed to. Not sure what they don't like about it. My brother (definitely NOT a BA) tried this at the TAP New York beer festival and proclaimed, "I could be happy drinking this for the rest of my life." This is a solid, delectable pilsner that is not only refreshing but excellent at stimulating the appetite. Marries well with practically any food, pilsners being among the most versatile beer. Light golden color, frothy head that subsides, gentle hoppy aroma that manages to be both musky and clean. Excellent malts, light but substantial, and the hops bring it all home. I wish they sold this at the ball park. Hell, I wish they sold this at my local bar. Brooklyn is one of the country's top breweries and this beer is probably the best pilsner brewed in the U.S. -- strong words, but prove me wrong. If you like pilsners (and I'm guessing most BAs like something a bit meatier), this beer is for you.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best Before Jan, 08; oh well.
Pours a brilliantly clear medium straw color with a quarter inch of fluffy white head. Aromas coming off this are full of sweet, candy like pils malt, spicy, floral hop notes. The hop aroma is really nice, smooth and candy like. On the palate this is an incredibly thirst quenching beer. A bright floral, citrusy sweetness rushes forth, getting slightly grainy and finishing dry and crisp, with a lingering bitterness. The hop character is much better than any other German Pils I've had thus far (including Prima Pils), and its solid, albeit a bit tame, malt profile make this one of the easiest drinking beers I've come across in a while. Brooklyn may be considered like one of the "big boys", but their base line is really solid.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.51/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 FLUID OUNCES bottle into a pint glass. BB APR 2013. BREWED AND BOTTLED BY THE BROOKLYN BREWERY, UTICA, N.Y. Utica is pretty far from Brooklyn, isn't it?

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear yellow. Decent white head.

Smell: Grassy, herbal, lemon scent. Spot on.

Taste: Perfect example for the style. Earthy and very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry, crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Not much to say about this except that it is an excellent representation of a German pils. Right up there with Troeg's Sunshine Pils (and maybe Victory Prima Pils) for domestic craft examples of German pilsners.

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Photo of Extol
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

One of the best pilsner beers I've had. Unique in flavor and supreme drinkability. I haven't seen a six pack of this yet, but when I do, I will definitely get it.

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Photo of RollTide05
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
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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Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked this one. Hazy sunflower gold in the glass, the low white head has left me with just a ring of froth in the glass. Aroma delivers, with dried grass and a hint of spiceyness. Mouthfeel is good and medium, carbonation is small and not overwhelming. Tastewise the perfume of dried grass carries through. Small burst of citrusy hops in the finish. Delivers what it should, nice American example I can't believe I haven't reviewed up till this point.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow-straw color with a tall pillowy off-white head, and nice carbonation. Nice earthy hop and grainy malt aromas. Nice grainy malts up front; balanced well by earthy hops. Not at all sweet or bitter but does have a nice lingering hop finish. Medium-light bodied and crisp.

Solid - better than I remember with slightly different stats on their website than before.

Per BB website:
Malts: 2-Row Malt from Bamberg, Germany
Hops: Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Hallertauer Perle, Saaz, Vanguard
ABV: 5.1%
OG: 12.5 degrees Plato; 1050

Best Before: Feb '07 (notched)
Tasted: 01/07/07

($7.49 / 6-pack)

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, a great beer I hardly ever have anymore. I'd rate this over their lager, which is thick and great, but a little too heavy for ths style while this is a great take on a classic style. This beer pours a medium gold with a solid, lacy-white head that clings to the glass. Fresh grains, malt and yard clippings are the aromas with a little hoppy smell in the background. Taste is crisp, dry and biscuity with enough hops there to make you notice; refreshing without being watery or too sweet. A great beer you could drink all day.

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Photo of chilidog
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice pils to be had. Harder to find in my area than the lager, but worth the hunt.

It pours a clear golden, white head with good lace to follow. Active carbonation that keeps the glass moving.

The aroma is slight citric hop with an earthy malt undertone.

The taste is crisp ans clean front and now. Citric hop of lemon thats well balanced with malt highlights.

A creamy soft mouthfeel aids the amazing ease of drink and the flavors entertain the taste buds.

Easy to drink, like I say if you don't mind alittle flavor in your pils.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this German Pilsener from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This Pilsener poured a slightly hazy golden color. It produced a nice white head, retention is below average, lacing is minimal. The aroma is comprised of sweet grain and a touch of hops. The beer is very crisp, a very nice bite, there is some citrusy lemony hops in the forefront, followed by bitter malt and a slightly dry finish that leaves you wanting to take another sip. Very nice example of a pilsner, according to the label, an attempt at a pre-prohibition German lager. Great craft brewed Pilsner. This is the kind of beer that if you drink would make me inclined to pick up a hitch-hiker. Bob Evans anyone?

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brooklyn Brewery.

A: Fluffy white head with good staying power. Transparent, slightly yellow, off-amber body. Good lacing.

S: Hoppiness: Piney and inviting. Slight malt maybe. Smells like beer to me.

T: Complex hoppy flavors with a nice malt aftertaste to balance. A hoppy bitterness finishes it off.

M: Pretty full. Mouth watering from the hops.

D: Pleasant bitter aftertaste bites into the score a little.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Getting some herbal hops some slight lemon smells from them as well. The taste is a sweet herbal bitterness ending with a fruitness. The malts a doughy in flavor and sweet. The mouthfeel on the beer is really good for a Pilsner not thin at all for the style.

Its very easily drinkable and has complex hop flavors that are subtle than pronounced consisting of lemon herbal earthy and a peppery taste as well. Its a crisp mild but there bitterness from the hops and a tasty malt background that makes it easy to drink.

I was really surprised by this beer and is definitely better than I had thought

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Photo of scootny
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is such a well balanced beer and I was not usually a pilsner fan years ago. This is the one that started the change for me when it was introduced.

A huge and rocky head that stays forever it seems and slowly fades to a light covering. Tons of lace all along the glass as I drink. Looks like a good triple from all the decoration. A lightly hazed gold with gentle carbonation.

Smell is sweet malt and husky grains with a good dose of floral and spicy hops. A sweet and yeasty dinner roll doughiness.

Taste is superbly balanced. Clean and crisp malt with a dry spicy hops and good clean bittering in the finish. Dry with a cereal grain flavor as tell. A light mineral taste that flows into saaz hops. Just a touch of grapefruit skin. Very clean. A crisp, dry and refreshing feel is complimented by a tingly carbonation the has a touch of creaminess at times

Such a great quaffer. Right behind a hefe for sessioning.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a touch of nutty caramel color to it. Great bone white two finger head the pour that slyly recedes to a ring o' foam around the top of the beer. The aroma is a nice, clean hop lime and some brisk, dry malts. The taste has a soft touch of dry toasted bread. The hops impart some floral notes and some gentle earthy grassy that blends goes well with the malts and boost up the palate and drinkability and sessionablilty of this beer. I would love if this beer was available at Lunar all year round. Very good American/German pilsner.

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Photo of CupcakeNY
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light straw color, with barely a 1/4 inch head. Smell is straw, citrus, grass. Light body, nice mouthfeel with good carbonation. Taste is clean, refreshing, a little cidery in a good way. Some malty sweetness, a little grassy hops and some citrus hop flavor, but not assertive. Finish is extremely clean. The more I drink it, the more I like it. Not a big pilsner fan, but this I will buy again. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of HBeezley
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like brooklyn beers. this one is not my favorite, but its a really nice pilsner. The difference between the bottled and on tap brews is incredibly different though! SOOO much better on tap!

The look is nice-ish. Doesn't look like a beer to crave, but it does look refreshing; when it comes to pilasters in the summer, that's perfect.

The smell is nice. reminds me of the smell of the brewery.

The taste, is pretty straight forward, but exceptional. nice hop flavor, little malt, nice earthiness to it too!

Drinkability seems to go a long way with this one. I could drink this all day if I needed to (or wanted to :) ). Basically, it's a great beer to keep in the fridge or best to get on tap at the brewery!

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Photo of Premo88
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(best by October 2015 printed on bottleneck)

L: cloudy yellow-gold, 1-inch head of offwhite foam ... dark foam for a pilsener; in fact, dark all-around for a pils ... the brew is borderline gold (though shows no amber); nice bit of sticking at top of head; clears up quickly, showing a nice river of bubbles flying up the middle of the column; no lacing but pretty thick off-white collar and beautiful light skin on top as the bubbles churn and churn to the top

S: very grainy, some cracker, hint of lemon ... something quite sweet ... lightest hint of grass hops that have a lemon-peel/citrus leaning; really sweetens out halfway in, getting closer to bready malt yet still with a slight tart citrus note in it

T: nice grain and earth hop mix with some cracker-malt flavor adding some sweetness ... the hops give off a perfect little bite, not overly bitter but enough to dance off the sweet malt and grain flavor; almost citrusy/lemon tart at times ... even orange the way it mixes with the sweetness

F: crisp, light, easy to drink but not watery

O: wonderful stab at one of my favorite styles with plenty of hop and malt flavor, neither overpowering the brew; the malt sweetness isn't the full Old World bready kind, but it's enough to tame the hop bite and make the brew quite tasty. arguably a unique mix of flavors yet all of them are well within the borders of the style without expanding into an overly hopped-up Americanized version. I'll be drinking this at least a few times a year. great brew!

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Photo of Niniimaa
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Taste close to a Kolsh. Tight bubbles form nice head above opaque golden hue body. Complex flavour of good German incredients keeps the drinker occupied as the pints multiply. Not overt sugar flavour with a clean crisp finish that begs for more after finishing.

Recommended for spicy foods including Indian and Mexican.

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