Brooklyn Pilsner | Brooklyn Brewery

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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 StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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 metter98
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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 BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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 biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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 brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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 largadeer
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden-colored and reasonably clear with some very active carbonation. Head retention and lace are excellent though clarity could be a touch better.

Smell: Dry biscuit-like malts and spicy noble hops. Nicely balanced and perhaps a touch more malty than hoppy.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry, crisp and slightly husky/tannic. Bready malt flavors pair nicely with spicy/grassy hops, neither being overstated. Warmer temperatures reveal some faint buttery notes. A light body and clean finish make this an ideal session beer.

Notes: Got this one from dyan, thanks! This is a great domestic pils that I'd gladly drink again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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 emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Pilsner Urquell pilsener glass.

A: Very light. Not too much carbonation. A decent-sized bone-white head.

S: Grassy. Slight hop presence. Grainy malts.

T: Very clean and crisp.

M: Very light body. Slight carbonation and not much alcohol presence. Bites the tip of the tongue.

D: Highly drinkable. Pretty good example of the style. The fiancee likes it.

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Photo of nickfl
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two finger, bone white head settles down pretty quickly with little lace. Golden body with excellent clarity.

S - Clean, malty aroma with herbal hops and a hint of honey.

T - Earthy, herbal hop flavor backed by clean, crisp malt. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness and flavor.

M - Light body with high carbonation. Quite dry.

D - Easily drinkable and an unusually authentic pilsner. This is an excellent example of a classic session beer style that many American craft brewers could learn from.

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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 superspak
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
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 jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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 NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, light malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild hops bite that is followed by bready flavors of grain and lager yeast. Then there is some citrus sweetness along with a thin malt character that provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this isn't the first pilsener that I would choose but it's still a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Handsome golden color with a modest head. Thoroughly spritzy on the tongue. It has that intensely "beery' flavor that works well for a light brew. Fragrant nose of floral hops.

A little malty and warm flavored. Slightly sharp. Underlying corn sweetness but a nice bitterness fills the mouth. A little cracker flavor with the fruity hops.

Quite a pleasant quaff. Very light with a restrained hoppy finish and a touch of fruitiness. A 12-oz bottle from the mixed 12-pack bought in Lubbock, Texas.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a, effervescent, lightly hazy, yellow-orange body with a small, white head.

Smell: Pale malt aroma with full floral notes and a nice spiciness present. Malts become more prominent as the beer warms, but a tiny hint of diacetyl seems to show up, too.

Taste: Pale malts with a crackery flavor. Floral hops with a spicy bitterness that lingers beyond the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid, refreshing pilsner that I wouldn't mind having on-hand during the warmer months.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling dark amber with a modest infusion of orange. Brilliant honey highlights are present along the bottom edge of the glass and a wonderful head of sticky ivory occupies the upper portion of the glass. The cap has loads of character with pits, divots, large craters and quite a bit of rockiness. A necklace of lacy loops encircles the glass just above the surface of the beer.

The nose is deeper, more complex and sweeter than expected. Specifically, it's floral, herbal and fruity. The hop bill consists of three classic varieties: Saaz, Perle and Hallertauer. Only the fact that I don't love nobles (off with their heads!) keeps the aroma from the higher score.

Brooklyn Pilsner is a very good version of the style. It has quite a bit of hoppy flavor that is countered nicely by a equal amount of cracker-like malt. The beer is incredibly well-mannered with nothing but smooth edges in sight, yet it retains just enough of a bitter hoppy bite to keep mouth interest on the high end.

The mouthfeel is light-medium, which is just about where it should be for the style, and the rather generous amount of carbonation works well in the grand scheme of things. I wouldn't change a thing.

This is well-crafted beer. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's my favorite offering to date from this brewery. That's all the more remarkable since pilseners aren't really my thing. If you enjoy the style, Brooklyn Pilsner is an easy recommendation.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden amber, a bit darker then I would have thought, and that is good. a nice fluffy pillow like white head graced the top to a height of about two inches before settling back down to just some lace ringing the glass, a touch of which stuck around for a while. Great visible carbonation evident in streams of bubbles filtering up from the bottom. Smell was light, lots of grain with some hints of maybe corn or an earthy cereal, but nothing spectacular. Taste was good, you typical pilsner. Light on the flavor, big on carbonation. Smooth crisp mouthfeel. Not a real lingering flavor, but what was there was lots of grain and corn maybe, something else but it was hard to place. Very sessionable, as it was very light. All together a good summer drinker, I have had better, but it is definatly not bad. Looking forward to hitting up some more.

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Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD of Nov 07 or May, notches in both months??

Poured a slightly hazed gold with 4+ fingers of fluffed up cream colored head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Straw & herbal hop, plus a little wet cardboard

T: Metallic & herbal hops up front, with some buttery diatehchly taste thrown in. Grainy & bready tastes dominate as this warms, along with soapy hops. Finished crisp with lemony hops

MF: Almost medium boidied with light carobonation & so-so balance

Drinks okay, but doesn't hold my interest past 2 bottles on a hot summer's day. Would do in a pinch, but otherwise I'd have to be sure I was drinking fresh to pick up another sixer

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Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, with a light straw color. Nice lace considering the head dies to a thin layer of micro-bubbles.

Nice floral hop aroma that balances the subtle rounded malt. I think the flavor is excellent: the malt is slightly sweet but not in an overpowering way. The hop is subtle in the initial tasting but soon forms a complex flavor profile which lasts through the swallow and lingers in the aftertaste. This is a full bodied crisp pilsner with a moderate level of carbonation.

So far, this is my favorite American Pilsner. I think it remains very true to its Czech roots.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap this afternoon with lunch at the Chelsea Grill in NYC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, grains, bready malts, biscuit, and light floral hops. Pretty average...just a lot of wheat and grain.

t - Tastes of wheat, fruity malts, floral hops, grains, bready malts, and biscuit malts. Much better than the nose thanks to some fruit and more floral hops.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall an above average pilsner, though the nose is a bit bland. Easy to drink and some nice fruit and floral notes in the taste. Would drink it again if I was looking for a light pilsner.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My original bottle review shows the early stages of my review writing. I looked at it, looked at a fresh bottle & decided to look back with fresh eyes. The CANQuest (tm) CAN wait.

From the bottle: "Brooklyn Pilsner is a pale refreshing lager, brewed in the style favored by New York's pre-Prohibition German-American brewers. Brooklyn Pilsner tastes best before the freshness date indicated."

I Pop!ped the cap, as I am often wont to do & let go with a heavy-handed pour. This, in turn, produced two fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a clean grassy/hay-like smell, clearly involving Saaz hops. Mouthfeel was medium, but soft, lightly carbonated and pleasant on the tongue. The taste was more hoppy than malty, very much of Saaz hops, but underlain by a biscuity maltiness. This really struck me as more of a Czech Pils than a German one, but I have had other pilsners recently that also seemed likewise misidentified. Finish was dry, again more hoppy than malty, although the inherent malts did not really add much sweetness. This was a nice, crisp pilsner that really belongs in a CAN for the summer months.

Light, white head that slowly waned away to clouds floating on the top. Color was a light, slightly hazy straw-yellow. Nose was sweet, almost candy-like. It reminded me of the way a package of Twizzlers smells. The mouthfeel was medium with some malty sweetness on the palate. The finish was mildly hoppy, but not overly so. I am sadly underwhelmed by this one, especially from Brooklyn, who I hold in high regard. I would have to say that there are many other Pilseners that I would reach for first.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before August of 2002, well so far this beer has held up the best of my sampler that includes the lager Pennant pale ale. So it pours an impressive crystal clear bright golden tone with high bubbly carbonation and a foaming white two finger sized head. The aroma contains some delicate floral hops and some Saaz some where up in there alon with a nice sweetness. The flavor is also sweet with a nice spicy kick of hops going on, wonderfully balanced and I can't believe this beer is still this good. If it didn't have a best before date this one would be fresh by my palate no off flavors at all. Well constructed resiliant lighter bodied beer with plenty of flavor to make this a classic representation of the style. Very drinkable just had a sub with one a little earlier very good food beer ex. pizza and beer.

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