Brooklyn Pilsner | Brooklyn Brewery

1,066 Ratings

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 tclapper
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of sbricker
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Radeberger flute at low altitude.

A: Pours a honey color with a creamy white head that sticks around for quite a while. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

S: Moderate strength smell with prominent floral hop notes along with bready malts.

T: Floral hops dominate all the way through with some bready malt notes on the finish. Fairly simple in terms of flavor, but I think the hops dominate a bit too much for the style.

M: Light- to medium-bodied with a clean mouthfeel that's slightly drying on the finish. Very nice in this respect.

D: This beer is simple and refreshing. For the style, I think the flavor is overly dominated by hops, but it's tasty no less.

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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 rdub
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Wegmans as part of a mixed six. Best by date this month so had to try it quick. Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner. Bright shiny color, moderate carbonation and nice clarity. Foam cap lasted a minute or two. Clean aroma with some malt and just a tiny hop presence. May be lighter than intended due to the freshness. Good basic pilsner flavor, easy drinking. Would like to try on-tap. Oh, and bottle said brewed in Utica.

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Photo of crossovert
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Best before DEC 2011.

It pours a slightly hazy looking gold with a nice "golf ball" head. It sticks for awhile and leaves nice lacing. The beer color is a bit odd but the head is nice.

The smell doesn't really typify a pilsener for me. It has a mild honey scent with some orange. Almost like an american pale ale meets american pale lager. There is some underlying breadiness that is reminiscent of a German pils. There is also some metallic coin.

The flavor is alright, not traditional but not bad. It has a nice balance and a crisp bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this German Pilsener from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This Pilsener poured a slightly hazy golden color. It produced a nice white head, retention is below average, lacing is minimal. The aroma is comprised of sweet grain and a touch of hops. The beer is very crisp, a very nice bite, there is some citrusy lemony hops in the forefront, followed by bitter malt and a slightly dry finish that leaves you wanting to take another sip. Very nice example of a pilsner, according to the label, an attempt at a pre-prohibition German lager. Great craft brewed Pilsner. This is the kind of beer that if you drink would make me inclined to pick up a hitch-hiker. Bob Evans anyone?

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Photo of XsoreXsubjectX
1.99/5  rDev -46.4%
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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Photo of chefelf
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of pilsner in general but this was a pretty good beer for a warm summer evening. A little more hoppy than I usually like.

I poured this into a pilsner glass and it poured a nice copper color with a foamy white head. The beer was very dry and moderately hoppy. Probably a decent pislner if you're a fan of the style just not something I've crazy about.

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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 Tim460
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass.

Pours a light golden color with a good amount of head. slightly darker than many of the other pils I've had. Lacing stuck to glass. Smells grainy/ biscuity from the malts up front. I detected a bit of floral and citrus notes.

Taste slight citrus note with malts dominating the finish. I did detect a hop presence but the malts really shine in this beer.

This one has a stronger malt presence than any of the other Pil's I've had and I enjoyed it. Definitely sessionable and something that I'll probably pick up in the future on a hot day.

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Photo of Dougal
2.18/5  rDev -41.2%
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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Photo of fx20736
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz brown bottle with Dec 2011 date stamped on it into a Pilsener glass.

Beer is pale gold per the style with decent carbonation and a thin white head.

Aroma is bready malt with a floral/ herbal hoppiness, well restrained and lacking the citrusy hop bill of their lager.

Mouthfeel is full.

Taste: Crackery malt with a nicely balanced bitterness from the hops. Finishes dry and clean.

Notes: My 2nd lager from Brooklyn reviewed today and both are fantastic. The Pilsener is paler in color, with a simpler hop bill and a drier, cleaner finish than the Lager. The Brooklyn Pilsener is a totally refreshing, crisp Summer Sessioner.

Brooklyn seems to be proof yet again that there a handful of Breweries (along with Great Lakes and Boston Brewing) that can produce a spot on version of a style, well crafted with quality ingredients, rather than the overhyped, overhopped beers with the clever, funny names.

I look forward to trying other Brooklyn styles and plan to make room in the fridge for Brooklyn Lager and Pilsener the remainder of the Summer.

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

A: Pours a nice golden color with a short heat that dissipates quickly. Weak lacing and low carbonation.

N: Sweet caramel, floral hops, bubblegum and green tea.

T: Light caramel and grains upfront followed by some bubble gum, green tea and notes of floral hops. Finishes dry with a nice bitterness and lingering hops.

M: Light-Medium bodied, smooth, clean, dry and crisp.

O: Sweet caramel malts and bitter floral hops combine for a nicley balanced and easy drinking Pilsner.

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Photo of CupcakeNY
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light straw color, with barely a 1/4 inch head. Smell is straw, citrus, grass. Light body, nice mouthfeel with good carbonation. Taste is clean, refreshing, a little cidery in a good way. Some malty sweetness, a little grassy hops and some citrus hop flavor, but not assertive. Finish is extremely clean. The more I drink it, the more I like it. Not a big pilsner fan, but this I will buy again. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weekend pilsner kick. Decided to go with the obsession. Loved the pour here. Nice perfect clear gold and great white head. Sticky head. Aroma had nice faint hops and lots of sweet malts. Yum. Ready for the taste. Great balance and kick throughout. Finishes with a bite. Real good snap at the end. A fine beer and even finer in the summer if yo ask me. Glad I picked this one up.


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

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Clear golden yellow coloration with a nice 2 finger head. Decent retention.

S - Grassy hops are present, but an aroma of ripe apricots takes center stage here. Unexpected and pleasant.

T - Sweet crystal malt body with some mild tartness and fruit notes. Good balance and quite refreshing.

M - Smooth light body, mild carbonation level, and a rather tangy finish.

D - Very good beer, and a great example of the style from an American brewery. Impressive, most impressive.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Straw yellow. 2 finger off white tight head. Leaves little lacing.

Smell- Big hit on lemon. Some grainy and earthy aroma. Lightly hopped. Smells refreshing.

Taste-Sweet honey and some floral and earthy hops. Upfront alot of lemon with a nice bitter finish. Tastes fresh and very clean.

Mouthfeel-Clean, Refreshing, Smooth...what you want in a Pilsener. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall-I'm the first one to admit I pass by Pilseners because of their lack of flavor. However, this is a very nice beer, and a nice example of the style.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I paid a $1.49 for a 12oz bottle at Total Wine.

Poured into a Pils glass a pale gold straw with a slight haze. There was a fluffy 2 finger white head that was sticky with good lace.

It smelled of citrus zest, some grain, and was nice and clean

There was a small but nice hop bite which showed up toward the end after the citrus zest and some floral notes.

A nice crisp refreshing beer with a clean finish. I haven't explored the world of Pilsner much but this has me wanting more. I found in very drinkable and something I will go for again especially given the excellent value.


Didn't realize I already reviewed this one, so I found it interesting how my review differed this time around. 1/28/12 review below:
Best before date of Mar 2012. Poured into a Pilsner glass a pale gold/straw color topped by a white 1 finger head that gave way quickly but was sticky about the glass.

The fragrance was strong for a Pils with lots of grains, biscuit, mixed with a malt sweetness, hints of tropical fruit and grass.

Full of flavor given a lager and light color. Hops and herbaceous, grassy flavors, straw, dominate with some malt sweetness in the background holding it together. A bit of fruit more on the citrus side coming in as well.

Ample carbonation to tingle and clean the palate. Finishes clean. Not watery at all - good body for a lager.

Impressed overall, looks great as the lace continues throughout; more flavor that I expected; nice contrast between the grainy malt nose and grassy flavors.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Got some dark golden brew with a small white head as a cap. The German hops give this a straw profile, which I both expect and love in my pilsners. Straightforward, nothing that really blows me away, but sometimes "just nice" is a beer I want to have in my fridge often. Pair it with some BBQ, and there's nothing wrong in life.

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Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 1,066 ratings.
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