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Brooklyn PilsnerBrooklyn Pilsner

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsner

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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5/5  rDev +36.6%
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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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hard to find, But this is an amazing, excellent beer! I got it in a restaurant, haven't tried it in a bottle yet.

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kwak
4.8/5  rDev +31.1%
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 +30.3%
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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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.69/5  rDev +28.1%
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 +27.6%
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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4.63/5  rDev +26.5%
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 +26.2%
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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4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
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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4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
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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4.52/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.51/5  rDev +23.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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