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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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1/5  rDev -72.6%

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1.66/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Maybe this one was a bad example, but maybe it wasn't...

Appearance and mouthfeel were pretty much average for this pilsner, which appeared to be of the Czech variety - a balanced lager with a bittey-hop finish.

The taste was very distracting. Its hop finish, which is typical of this style, contained the presence of floral and perfumy tones which persisted from the front of the tongue through its finish. Although this dissipated somewhat, its prescense never left the bear, which was like a dark cloud on a beufiful day... Reminicent of a skunky Heinekin.

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1.99/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hey, I like beer. I'm a beer-liking man. If your company makes beer, there's an excellent chance I like it. So when I don't care for a beer, it's usually a shock, and it calls for a little extra evaluation. But damnit, can't find much nice to say. Here we go:

The appearance is the strongest part of this beer, though its beauty is traditional and uncomplicated. Pretty hay color, with a little more nuance than your average lighter beer, and a classic one-finger pour of head.

Smell hints at spicy hops and sweet, malty undertones. There is a gentle, piny prickle crossbred with a ruddy molasses. I would characterize the nose as optimistic, but chancy. The two dimensions of the nose are very separate, barely intertwined, which suggests a battle of some sort for supremacy in flavor.

The flavor turns up with a disappointing minimum of hops and an overwhelming and uninteresting malt flavor which frankly conjures a narrowly improved Ballantine's. Basically, one-dimensional, and on the sweet side, with notes of...well, college. After a suspicious start, the flavor really puts to rest the question, but it's worth mentioning the mouthfeel.

The mouthfeel does its work to elevate this otherwise underwhelming beer into a realm beyond cheap hooch but beneath quality beer. It is richer and fuller than beers I would usually associate with this flavor profile, and the thickened mouthfeel helps separate it out from the really bad stuff.

I wondered today while drinking this beer if Pilsners were generally disliked amongst the otherwise beer-loving public. I wondered this question because I can't say many nice things about it myself, and yet, it persists as an omnipresent choice amongst fast-moving shelves at a high-quality price. Judging from these reviews, it seems Pilsner has many detractors. Still, I would love to try a quality version of this style.

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2.12/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a fan of this one. The look and smell of this beer are not much different than a Miller Lite. The taste is on the bitter side. Would much rather drink a Hefeweizen. I like my beers cloudy.

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2.15/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Light straw color with mild carbonation and light head. Slightly fruity and an almost yeasty aroma. Heavy vegetable notes with hints of malt. Real lack of depth and character. Finishes a bit bitter. We're slightly disappointed with this particular brew because we feel it tastes far from complex to us.

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2.18/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am confused as to what a pilsner is... Take a beer like sunshine pils or victory pils then try brooklyn pilsner. This does not taste like a pilsner it is way way way way too unbalanced and malty. It has a heavy taste to it and does not taste like many other pilsners i have tried.

I am perturbed by beer advocate boys review... am I wrong?

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2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.26/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Ok, I'm doing this one from memory, but here goes:

Brooklyn Pilsner is a quality product made from good ingredients, but my experience was that the bitterness was out of control. Years ago I bought a sixpack of this because I liked the regular Brooklyn Lager, which I would drink sometimes if I couldn't find Yuengling Traditional or Sam Adams on tap. There is no question I am an Amber Lager guy most of the time, so I thought their flagship was a good quality product that was just a bit too bitter and hoppy for my taste (drinkable, even enjoyable, but not optimal). Since Pilsners are supposed to be lighter, and often turn out to be more delicate overall than Amber lagers, I thought that Brooklyn's Pils might turn out to be the best product in their lineup for me specifically I was wrong. Their Amber Lager was more bitter than optimal for me. But their Pils turned out to be undrinkable. The details:

The appearance was entincing. A large stable head that looked like I could float the cap on it, and a dark gold color that (to me at least) promised good things)

The smell was pleasant too. Clean sligthtly sweet malts and strong, assertive, slightly floral hops.

The taste was impossiblet though. the malts were again, clean, and slightly sweet, but like I said in the intro, this beer was impossibly bitter. As in this is the only beer I can ever remember trying where I had to pour it out because it was too bitter for me to finish. Thining maybe this was an acquired taste and maybe I was just a wimp, I let my 6pack sit in the fridge for another day or so then tried again. Same result. I had to pour my bottle out. It was literally undrinkable for me. But I hate wasting beer. So I decided I'd cook with it. I used 2 more bottles to boil a dungeness crab. The cooked crab was also too bitter to eat! I shit you not. I've never experienced anything like that. I've cooked with beer for years, everything from MGD to Bass and never has any other beer I've cooked with imparted any noticeable bitterness to the finished product. But Brooklyn Pilsner did somehow. I had to toss the crab. Still waste not, want not. I tried to pawn the last 2 bottles off on my unsuspecting mother who typically drinks manlier beer than I do and has a better tolerance for bitterness (she loves black coffee with no sugar I can barely drink coffee at all even drowned in milk and sugar). Same result, She couldn't finish a bottle either, and I had to throw the last bottle away.

Feel: Nothing wrong with the mouthfeel. If this beer wasn't impossibly bitter, it would be a great session beer. But given that it was impossibly bitter and the taste lingered, drinkability was not good either.

Overal, if they used the exact same recipe but didn't go absolutely insane dry-hopping the stuff (I'm assuming that is how the produced the impossible-to-drink bitterness that I recall from my soul sixpack of Brooklyn Pils, their website lists 2 varities of very good pilsner hops used for this beer, and then mentions that they dry-hop which is not, to my knowledge, particularly common for this style of beer), I'm pretty sure this would have met my general expectations and been one of the 3 best pilsners I'd ever tried (the 2 outstanding ones I've had to date are Czechvar and Urquell), but instead, what I got was something too bitter to drink. Still maybe I am a wimp. Or maybe I got a bad batch. If you see this individual bottles or on tap it may be worth a try. But my experience with it was definitely not good.

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2.28/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours a pale straw with lots of carbonation. Little to no aroma. I'm always wary of anything described as "refreshing" on the label, and this proves to be no exception. The taste started off rather bland - but eventually, a somewhat nice aftertaste actually did develop. I guess the Brooklyn Pilsener offers something lighter than the Brooklyn Lager, but I would choose the latter every time.

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2.35/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of LPorter33
2.51/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance: straw colored, light golden hue, transparent with tons of bubbles rising upward, minimal head.

Smell: Slight sourness with a hint of a floral like aroma. I can't get much else out of it.

Taste: Not a lot of flavor here although tastes much better as it warms up a bit. There's a tiny bit of sweetness that's barely noticable, mixed in with the typical malt/hops proportions. Still can't really ascertain a distinct aftertaste.

Overall: Not too impressed. It doesn't stand out far enough from mass marketed pilseners for me to recommend it.

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2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light Golden in color, with slight head. Some traces of bitter hops taste, and ever so faint malt character. Very weak in flavor, but still better than just the flavored water which is an A-B macro.

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2.72/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours to a slightly hazy straw color, with thin white head and decent lacing. Floral aroma carries over to the taste, which is bitter. Dry finish. Not bad for a pilsner, but not my favorite. I actually drank this beer over a month after its "best before" date. Not sure if that had a major effect, or if it is just a second-rate beer.

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2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks light brown with a slight amber tint. One finger length head that was creamy dissolved slowly. The smell was mild and hoppy. Not thrilled about the taste: lingered in the range of not quite bitter enough and not quite flavorful enough for my taste. It could have used a strong hop taste, or strong accents to the hops. Fine mouthfeel, leaves the pallate dry. Does fine, but overall not too drinkable to me.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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