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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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a really great american pilsner, as pilsners go. pours a conventional light yellow color but has a large cloud-like head. smells like more than the traditional pilsners do, notes of vanilla and pitted fruit. taste is on the sweeter side, not dry at all. really nice hop additions as well. great medium/light body makes this a not-boring pilser to session. definitely one of the more inspired versions i have had

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and poured with a finger high bright white head that slowly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose along with some hints of malts.
T: The initial taste has flavors of biscuit malts but quickly transitions over to a finish with some bitterness and notes of spiciness from the hops.
M: It feels a tad below medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is sessionable.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before Nov 2012. Thanks to my colleague John for flipping me the single!

This beer pours a frosted glass, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of moderately dense and foamy dirty white head, which leaves some random holey swaths of lace around the glass as it evenly and steadily subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet toasted bread, musty aged lemon, and grassy, leafy, and somewhat spicy hops. The taste is more sweet bready malt, a bit of astringent wheatiness, mild generic, flat citrus, and softly bitter grassy and weedy hops, with a redux of that sultry spiciness.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, no flare-ups to report, the body a sturdy middleweight, and more or less smooth, some pithiness the fly in the proverbial ointment. It finishes off-dry, the hops on a bit of an upswing - bitter, a tad musty, and just more showy than the stagnant bread-bin malt.

Interesting that Brooklyn proclaims this as the kind of pilsner preferred by German-American brewers from a century ago, and not like the traditional homeland German pilsners. It shows, in that it isn't a good example of the current Deutsch style, but I wouldn't know what pre-Prohibition New York pils tasted like anyways, no matter how much Boardwalk Empire I watch. Anyways, an amenable quaff in its own right, nice to see it amongst its siblings on Alberta store shelves.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two sips into this beer, and I'm bored already. Extremely similar to their all-malt Lager. Again, nothing wrong with the beer, but slight in the complexity, richess, texture, and depth, of great German Pilsners. Compared to their lager, the hops are earthier (saaz) and the malts are a bit richer and a bit vegital. Otherwise the texture, finish, aftertaste, and carbonation is average at best. Simply lackluster.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BBD: Oct 2011

Bright pale gold, flurry of carbonation rises to the surface. Thin white veil of skim lasts for the duration of the glass. Sticky, puffy foam that leaves spindly tendrils of lace all around the glass.

Lemony hop aroma, also a little bit grassy.

Bready with clean pilsner malt, almost saltine cracker-like due to the dryness. Lemony hops, with a mild bitterness that tends to linger. Flavor is good, though slightly bland and papery outside of the hop character. Light bodied, crisp and dry. Good summer session beer, far better than Brooklyn Lager.

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Photo of superspak
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before March 2013. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, pepper, apple, cracker, bread, earth, floral, grass, and herbal spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; but are quite mild. Taste of lemon zest, pear, pepper, apple, cracker, bread, earth, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal spiciness. Light grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, pepper, cracker, bread, grass, floral, light pine, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Nice flavor complexity and balance of malt and hop flavors; quite dry on the finish; with zero cloying flavors present on the finish as expected. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pilsner style. Well balanced with nice complexity; very smooth a crisp to drink. Very enjoyable and well put together.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of floral notes, grains and sweet caramel. It tasted of sweet toasted caramel with a spicy bitterness.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, straw color with a frothy head that leaves sheets of lace down the side of the glass

Smell: Lemon-lime and herbal tones; rather hoppy but not the expected Noble Hop aroma

Taste: Starts out with a bit of bready malt flavor but the hops quickly kick in and provide some bitterness that lasts through to the finish; a flash of sweetness also appears at the very end

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshing and well-made Pilsner

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of mgermani: Poured a clear golden color pils with a big foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of dry malt with some light floral hops. Taste is a nice mix between dry malt with a light floral and dry hoppy finish. I noticed some spices which may be from the yeast strain that was used. Body is quite full for the style with some great carbonation. Well done.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden in color with a fluffy bright white head that drops readily but keeps an OK collar and some whispy surface foam throughout the serving. The aroma is limited but offers some light floral hops and a clean, softly sweet maltiness. The body is light with a fine, gentle carbonation that leaves it quite smooth in the mouth. The flavor is well balanced with a lightly sweet & grainy malt against a grassy and lightly spicy hop flavor. The bitterness is restrained but backs up the malt that's there. It finishes fairly dry with just a minor lingering malt and some residual hop flavor. A pretty mainstream pilsner that exhibits some of the F.X. Matt house character. Somewhat dissapointing compared to the other beers in their bottle line-up.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pasty white 1 finger fizzy head that fades semi slowly with nice layered lacing, over slight hazy straw orange color.

Nose light toasty grainy malts, a bit of straw and wet hay, a hint of a strange citrus aroma, light maltiness, hint of grassy hops that also may add that citrus like aroma.

Taste start with some grainy malts, semi sweet for a pils, with a light toasty straw, hint of wet hay, some malty toasted flavors, a bit of very light lager fruit. Hops bring a decent bitterness with light grassy earthy hops. Finish is dry with a bit more grassy earthy almost spicy and fairly bitter hops, little straw malts.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall eh, not really what I expected for a german pilsner, too much sweetness, not enough of the lighter toasty straw malts, hops have some good qualities but not so great ones as well.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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