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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Reviews: 487 | Ratings: 1,058
Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%

3 months past bb date. The slight skunk of pilsner malt is accompanied by light sweetness and floral hops. Malt dominates. Flavor reveals crackery malt at the base, with sweetness lingering in the aftertaste. The finish ends up being fairly crisp and lightly bitter. There's an underlying tang that is offputting.

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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 Reegze79
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden pils appearance with good lacing but not perfectly clear. Neutral in the nose; no marked malt or hop coming through. Seemed a bit light for the style and I was really looking for the perfect balanced crispness you get with a world class pils but it was not there.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light gold with a slightly off white head that has minimal retention but does show a decent side glass lace.
Aroma: Fruity, herbal, spicey, clean grain with floral scents.
Taste: Sharp lemony bitter hop presence, bready and dry bitterness.
Excellent German Pilsner with hoppiness not often enjoyed in this style.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a light haze and moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy white foam. Pretty good!

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a yeasty character and a bit of a floral aroma. I rather like it.

Taste: drier than the aroma; there's a little bit of graininess here and a less-floral, more noble hop character. Bitterness and hops are subtle, but appropriate to a German Pilsner. I dig it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and concomitant creaminess.

Overall: highly quaffable Pilsner. It's not crisp and bitter like a Czech, but is appropriately rounded like a German version of the style. I think it is a success.

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Photo of Ale_Dog
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: clear straw yellow
Smell: very faint aroma, nothing jumps out
Taste: light hop bitterness with light malt backing, well balanced
Overall: solid German Pils. Can't go wrong with Brooklyn. Only scored it somewhat low because I'm biased towards Czech Pils which showcases the hops much better IMHO.

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Photo of lewzer99
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: It pours a straw color with a one finger white head that vanishes quickly.
S: There's grassy hops, some citrus and a hint of malt
T: Again, there's grassy hops, then some malty sweetness, and finally hoppy grassiness and bitterness.
M: Light and crisp
O: Really good for a style that's not my normal go to.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure golden blonde, very clear with ample bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Thick white head. Beautiful lacing. Nose is clean with pale light malts, hint of floral and mildly citric hops. Super clean and refreshing with a healthy carbonation.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pilsener glass, an orange-yellow hue with an ample fluffy white head. Smells like doughy pale malt and assertive floral-spicy noble hops, pleasantly tangy and vibrant with a subdued rounded sweetness. Taste is saltine crackers, subtle lemon-lime citrus, faint celery stalk, white pepper, blackberry, maybe hints of apple, and a rounded corn-like sweetness: I think Brooklyn did indeed capture some preProhibition flavor here. Not overly green but does feature a more rounded floral citrus hop note, almost like perfumed tea, with a sweeter than usual malt backbone. Moderately carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel and thin but not watery body. Great pils in my book. I dig the sweeter malts and noticeable fruity hop flavors, although things don't stray too far from style guidelines. Top notch patio beer drinkable in quantity.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a pale yellow with a rich head that lasted quite well. A good bit of lacing too.

S - Almost a bread-like combination of malt and yeast.

T - Malt with a touch of sweetness.

M - Good rich feel with excellent carbonation.

O - Pretty much what I expect from a pilsner, very refreshing and clean. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Normal golden pilsener color. Fluffy white head with excellent lacing.

S: Hoppier than an average german pils. Grassy and slightly citrusy smell

T: Grassy with a slight bitterness. Sweet bready malt background

M: Light bodied with a sweet finish

O:A pretty good pilsener. Not my favorite. I prefer the dryer more grainy pilseners but this has its time and place as well. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of mnrider
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Has Best By Date.

A: Pours straw yellow with intense carbonation bubbles. Medium sized bone white head with nice retention and great lacing.

S: Grains. Fresh herbal hops. Fruits. Very nice for a Pilsner.

T/M: Bitter hops. Spicy. Smooth. Nice grain presence. Creamy. Fruity. Typical dry Pilsner finish.

O: Great example of a German Pilsner with an American hoppy twist.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color. Clear and with a fat head of white foam. The appearance is perfection. Some bubbles race to the top and the head falls slowly leaving lots of lacing. The nose is Sweet grain and herbal. It's got a bit of hop perfume on it and and is lightly lemony. The taste is clean , crisp and terrific. The mouthfeel is creamy but the carbonation is crisp so it's a nice tease to the palate. The grain is just sweet and the herbal is a touch spicy. The lemony hops take the back end and bring this to a medium dry finish with a small little hint of bitter. Lively and malty this has plenty of flavor to keep you satisfied as you drink three or four of these.

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Photo of Twobeards
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden sun yellow, one and a half finger head that falls kinda fast. Decent carbonation. Smells like light malts, hay, and a slight hoppy background. Taste follows suit, nice sweetness from the malt, fruity hop notes, a fresh light note of that typical 'pilsner' flavor. Very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, feels like you can drink a lot without feeling full. Overall a really great pils, very happy with it.

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Photo of CochonKing
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a beautiful clear bright gold. Short fading head that doesn't last long. Disproportion in the bubbles so it lost some points there. Characteristics match a typical pilsner. 3.75

Smell - Malt forward and strong. Notes of cereal flow out of it. Faint lemon and wet hay. Very Nice - 4.0

Taste - The malt is the initial attack that balances out into nice bitters from the faint hops and a nice toasted cereal taste. Very well balanced. Medium finish. - 4.25

Mouthfeel - Light bubbles that are very small. Loses carbonation quickly though. Coats palate nicely. Has a very light body. - 3.75

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Photo of lostinfla
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to a pilsner glass. Great fluffy white head, lacing remained for a while and then thinned out . Nice German beer smell with a strong hint of citrus. Smelled very promising.
Color was golden yellow that was quite opaque. Nice solids ,but not too overdone.
Taste was smooth and refreshing with a light bite at the end. Was hoping for a bit more bite and hoppieness, but was good none the less.
This beer reminds me very much of the seasonal Sierra Nevada Summerfest, just unfiltered.
As with all the other Brooklyn products I have tried, this is a solid "go to" beer!

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Photo of scaliasux
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale yellow and clear. Medium-tall foamy white head. Pretty persistent.

Smell - Light pale malt. Corny and bready.

Taste - Sweet pale malt. Finishes bitter. Orange peel and a little spice.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Overall - Very crisp and refreshing. Starts sweet, but nicely balanced. This beer's flavor is almost a descriptor of the style.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, best by Sep 2013 (one day late), poured into a 16 oz. "Every Ounce Counts" Northern Brewer glass, drank 10/1/13 over a half-hour.

A: 2/3 - straw yellow coloration, decent clarity (but still cannot read or see through), received with little head with very subtle glass lacing; moderate carbonation; no alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - classic German pilsner flavors...lemon zest, spice, lager yeast...nothing to get too excited abot

T: 16/20 - these classic German pils flavors hit full on and don't stop the assault; it's a solid example of the style, but, unfortunately, something that really doesn't excite me in the brave new world of triple IPAs and 12+%ABV RISs

M: 4/5 - light-bodied and high carbonation = refreshing lawnmower beer; very pleasant

O: 8/10 - solid, to-style offering from Brooklyn Brewery but nothing that, I think, the American craft beer lover will turn to often unless he or she is looking for a sessionable lawnmower beer for housework or a BBQ

TOTAL = 38/50

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Photo of leaddog
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a light straw gold with half a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - Sweet bready malts, wheat, lemon, light grassy hops.

Taste - Grassy hops from start to finish, bready/biscuity malts, wheat and a hint of lemon peel. Refreshing flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - An easy-drinking German pilsener. Flavours are refreshing together, but nothing really stands out as being extraordinary.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a mixer 12-pack, gotta love those mixers!

Great looking, monster head that lasted and eventually settled to about a quarter inch of dense white foam, leaving super sticky lacing all over the glass,

Aroma is grainy, with a touch of hoppiness. Typically pilsner.

Flavor is nice, it's lightly sweet but bitterness is a bit stronger, a nice hoppiness and a strong grainy malt backbone. Flavorful by pilsner standards, but quite on the money.

Seems almost medium bodied, not at all watery, yet still refreshing, leaving a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall it's quite tasty. If I could find it regularly I'd buy it regularly.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: August 16, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Paulaner pokal... OCCASION: Strat-O-Matic football cards arrive... APPEARANCE: tawny straw-golden body that supports a confident white froth; lacing is thick with rings; effervescence is steady... AROMA: pleasant floral fragrance with bananas and clove--a flavorful combination...PALATE: smooth, medium-bodied with a palpable aftertaste; the balance is striking ...TASTE: lightly malty, slightly hoppy--the airy scents translate to a lagerish depth and strength... OVERALL: mellow, predictable pilsner--but a compliment, considering the pilsner profile as a whole; as a player in the Brooklyn sampler, the pilsner holds up well...

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Photo of BethanyB
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold, with a foamy white head that flattens quickly for the style. Good clarity.

Aroma: Pils malt dominates, followed by floral hops. DMS light, but detectable.

Taste: Light and fresh, with an almost lemony flavor. Medium bitterness dominates over the sweet, grainy malt flavor, and tingles on the tongue during the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel lacks the creaminess quality one would expect from an American Pilsner. Carbonation is high, producing a dry finish.

Overall: Crisper than typical versions of the style, with less malt flavor and aroma. The hop characteristics do a good job of showcasing bitterness and flavor without seeming too harsh.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.15/5  rDev -42%
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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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 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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