Brooklyn Pilsner | Brooklyn Brewery

487 Reviews

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-06-2001

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 487 | Ratings: 1,059
Photo of scotorum
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a warm summer evening, perfect for a pilsener.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

a: Clear light gold. Full finger plus white head stayed in place for a bit, then declined to a solid white ring with light lacing.

s: Lightly fruity.

t: Refreshing, although heavier than many pilseners, on its way to being a lager. Tasty with just the right amount of very slightly fruity hop bitterness to liven it up.

m: Substantial, no hint of the wateriness some pilseners seem prone to.

o: An outstanding summer brew. Usually I'll only drink a pilsener or light lager in hot weather, but this one I'd take anytime of year. One of my favorites for pure refreshment, well worth the extra money it costs over a mainstream pilsener/lager.

 748 characters

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.

 496 characters

Photo of FLima
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a three finger head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of grassy and herbal hops and grainy malt.
Sweet bready malty flavor with grassy hops and notes of earth. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Very well balanced pilsner, good beer.

 254 characters

Photo of dar482
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had it from the bottle.

The taste is good. It has a hop front and then shoves the tongue with biscuity malts. It's quite drinkable, but unlike other pilsners, this is super malty. It does not have a nice bitter finish of other pilsners. Lacks front hops and mouthfeel of clean, crisp lagers.

In the end, still a decent beer. It does not stand out for me because of the lack of hops and the bigger mouthfeel.

 411 characters

Photo of fields336
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Light golden, yellow color, with brilliant clarity, tons of carbonation streaming off of the bottom, 1 finger spritzy white head that dissolves slowly.

S: fresh bread, cracker, with a floral and grassy hop nose.

T: sweet,fresh bread, graham cracker, floral hop, some graininess

M: high carbonation, dry finish.

 317 characters

Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Slightly hazed, golden colored body. 1 finger, white head.

Aroma was malty and floral. A bit grainy.

Taste was pretty similar. Mild sweetness, lightly malty and floral hop flavor. Finished with a light bitterness

Mouthfeel was light body with medium carb and a crisp/dry finish.

Overall a nice enjoyable Pilsner. Good hop notes and light maltyness.

 374 characters

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pale straw colored body with a thick foamy bone-white head that hangs around.

S- Pilsner malt, dried grass, sweet grainy aromas.

T- Tastes just like it smells. Sweet pilsner malt up front, grassy and grainy flavors in the middle, with a slight bitterness at the end.

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied, smooth and drinkable. Slight lingering aftertaste with a crisp bite on the tongue.

O- A good pilsner, almost no hop presence, but the flavors are solid.

 476 characters

Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice golden appearance but has some haze in there. A smallish white head fizzles away rapidly to a small color.
In the aroma I noticed spicy hops though subdued, Malts are bold. I can slso smell some sourness too, it's very light and works in the background.
Taste is mildly refreshing. Hints of noble hops and pilsner and pale malts too. Cloying at low levels.
Not a bad beer.

 379 characters

Photo of Wildcatz69
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap, at The original Brooklyn pizza.
The appearance was nice, a hazy golden with thick head.
Smell was grainy and a bit malty.
Taste was of cereal and had some grassiness, delicious.
The carbonation was right on for the type of German pilsner I think this represents.
Overall,t he brew is yummy and I keep ordering this, they are able to price it so high because Brooklyn uses quality ingredients and it is just yummy.

 434 characters

Photo of Jimmys
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. best before Feb 2013.

A: bright gold, clarity could use a little work in my opinion. head is a tightly bubbled bright white. retention is moderate. some spotted lacing.

S: minerally, slightly metallic. might be some herbal hop aroma as well, but it is definitely on the faint side.

T: a distinctive grain flavor here. some sweetness. not really getting much in the hop bitterness/flavor depot. slightly acidic, but still more cereal than anything.

M: moderate amount of carb. light bodied.

D: decent, but I would stay a step below good. a serious lack of hop aroma/flavor/presence mostly ruined it for me. that and the lack of clarity. not really much of a fan of either of Brooklyn's main lager beers. stick to your ales boys.

 749 characters

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.51/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

 607 characters

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz into a standard pint. Wanted to take a moment just to say how much I ALWAYS love Brooklyn's bottle design.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden beer with a short head. Looks the part.

Smell: Lightly sweet, maybe some corn.

Taste: I'm always impressed when I find a Pilsner that keeps my interest. This does that. Just enough hops to keep me happy, and really good ones at that. Super carbonation almost gives way to a spiciness that isn't actually there. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, pretty good. Not my style, but not bad. Could be a good gateway brew.

Mouthfeel: Next level carbonation and medium to light body. Easily sessionable if you can tolerate the extreme carbonation involved.

This is a decent beer, probably its biggest issue is the ridiculous carbonation level. Probably my least favorite Brooklyn, but that isn't so bad.

 859 characters

Photo of thebrood1987
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Getting some herbal hops some slight lemon smells from them as well. The taste is a sweet herbal bitterness ending with a fruitness. The malts a doughy in flavor and sweet. The mouthfeel on the beer is really good for a Pilsner not thin at all for the style.

Its very easily drinkable and has complex hop flavors that are subtle than pronounced consisting of lemon herbal earthy and a peppery taste as well. Its a crisp mild but there bitterness from the hops and a tasty malt background that makes it easy to drink.

I was really surprised by this beer and is definitely better than I had thought

 599 characters

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.

 1,255 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by Feb 2013 purchased for just a dollar

A - A very tame pour with just a mild lace ring at best. Beer is a sort of hazy bright yellow.

S - Musky yeasts and hops are the highlight. Maybe some corn or whatever.

T - A pretty harsh blast of skunked grain atop of some sweet corn like malts. Also a good touch of bitterness from the hops but nothing I am enjoying much.

M - Light, crisp, skunky.

Overall not that I am a huge fan of the style but I pretty much like em sweet or dry hopped and this one came off too traditional with skunked grains and hops. Pass

 565 characters

Photo of cyclonece09
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark straw color with a small white head that stays for some time, but not forever. Smells of lightly roasted grain with the barley standing out. Tastes of plain grain but much stronger and with hints of fruitiness. Beer is light bodied and very drinkable as is expected for a pilsner, and carbonation is right. Overall, a very good beer.

 400 characters

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium golden color with a two finger white head. The head last for ~ 3 min before fading as the big bubbles pop to give a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is malty and bready with some lighter notes of a caramel sweetness. With these aromas are some lighter herbal and citrus hop aromas as well.

Taste – The taste begins bready with a very small amount of sweetness. The sweetness is lost quite rapidly with some bitter earthy hop flavors coming to the tongue. A light citrus flavor then develops at the end and when combined with the earthy hop, it leaves a bitter and dry malt flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body was rather thin in nature with a carbonation level that is slightly above normal. Both are quite nice for the drier style and make for one very easy drinking and refreshing brew.

Overall – Not a bad brew. It was rather lacking in some of its flavors and transitions, but it is quite refreshing.

 998 characters

Photo of tobelerone
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber, copious head that has strong retention, nice lacing on the glass, excellent all-around appearance. Crackery/biscuit malt aroma, noble hops, floral, grass, herbal notes. As the beer warms more of a honey and caramel sweetness becomes apparent.

The flavor follows the nose. Initially dry, biscuity bready malt character, with noble hops well-balanced; again floral, grass, and herbal notes emerge. As I progress through the beer sweetness comes on stronger, more honey and caramel than expected, but the finish remains mostly dry with some light bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied, crisp carbonation. Not bad; I would have enjoyed a sharper, more bitter hop presence and an even cleaner drinking feel in the end.

 757 characters

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB FEB 2013

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a fingers worth of head

S: Grainy, with some nice floral hoppiness. Fairly neutral

T: Very floral (almost perfume-like) hops are the first and most dominating aspect, with a light graininess from the malts. Again, fairly neutral

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid American-brewed pilsner, with plenty of floral hops. A solid choice if you're into the style or lagers in general

 468 characters

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased in a mixed 12pk at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin film of white-ish head. Fruity and grassy hops dominate the aroma. Grass, lemon, grapefruit, with bready malt in the background of the flavor. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. Bright, fruity, and quaffable. Pretty damn good.

 357 characters

Photo of RollTide05
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a REALLY good German Pilsener. I live in Hong Kong and we have quite a few Pilseners from Germany and Czechoslovakia to choose from but very few beers from the US. I love the style and have to say that this beer is very true to it. It has a lot of that clean, pilsener hop flavor that I love. A bit more than say a Konig, Krombacher, Bitburger or even a Rothaus, which is my favorite. The malts and hops are very well balanced and I highly recommend this beer even to a European or "authentic" pilsener fan such as myself. I was shocked by how good this beer is. Highly recommended.

 590 characters

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.

 862 characters

Photo of innersanctum
1.66/5  rDev -55.3%
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.

 561 characters

Photo of dontpanic5
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours golden with a white head. Head retention is nothing to write home about, the body is hazy. Smell is malty and a little fruity. It tastes pretty good, balanced and relaxing. Mouthfeel is on point too. Overall a good beer that I want to have on draft at a baseball game on a warm summer day!

 298 characters

Photo of Jesse13713
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Winking Lizards Tavern. Shorter review since I was eating dinner. This beer really surprised me.

Appearance - A translucent elixir-like gold color. Very vibrant and almost shiny in a way. A nice retentive foamy head that takes quite awhile to fade.

Smell - A really impressive scent. Smells of delicious citrusy malts with a complex sweetness. Light spice.

Taste - An excellent malt backing to a zingy, lightly sweet and malty beer. Light pepper spice with faint clove spread across a piece of wheat bread.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability - Extremely wall-balanced and sessionable. Went down smooth and fast. Avoided the skunky hop taste that I've experienced in the last few pilsners I have tried. Light-bodied, crisp, and perfect for summer.

 748 characters

Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 1,059 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.