Brooklyn Pilsner | Brooklyn Brewery

1,064 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 Samp01
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden amber with an offwhite head. Aroma of grassy citrusy hops, light fruity notes, with some malt and cereal grains make a presence in the taste. Palate is light bodied, with good carbonation, and crisp mouthfeel. Finish is malt,yeasty, grass, some light citrus hops and a bit of skunkyness. Overall an ok brew.

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

Pours to a frothy, lacy white head and pale gold color. Aroma is sweet malt and noble hops. Flavor is mild with a balance of sweet pale malt and noble hops. There's a slight butteriness and fullness of flavor akin to a Czech pils. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is right. Very tasty but not quite as sharp as most German pils. I like it anyway.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a schooner. Best before Aug 2011 - lots of time!

A - truly a classic looking beer: small white head that resolves after a minute with no lacing, lots of visible carbonation in the clear golden yellow beer

S - good shot of bready malt on the nose with just a hint of hops (so little it's hard to define them). Waited a while and then started to get a little floral/honey character; this came long after the pour.

T - very light in character; slight edge of hops gives way to the mild bready malt with a hint of enduring bitterness. The flavor builds with time, and eventually this provided good solid bitterness.

M - highly carbonated, and very light; exactly how it looks!

D - could drink a bunch of these with out batting an eye.

A little light for my taste but overall is pretty good.

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Photo of micmillon18
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a clear pale yellow. Head or good looking; its thin and bubbly but dissipates quickly. Lots of carbonation from the looks of it.

S - Sweet malt, hops, some floral notes.

T - Sweet malts, hops with lemon flavors. The lemon and grain continues into the after taste. Good bitterness. The citrus flavors are a nice touch but they seem to mesh with the hops creating a kind of off taste. The malt and hops should be the focus and I feel the lemon hurts its balance.

D - Light bodied with ok carbonation; its at times overly prevalent and takes away from the flavor. Crisp and refreshing.

O - I've been trying a lot of American-made pilsners as of late to compare to my own homebrew pils. Sadly, this doesn't seem to stack up to others I've had recently. Don't get me wrong, its not a bad beer but its not a good one. Drinkable and refreshing though not a brew I'd go back to.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Room 11 last night.

A clear yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a gorgeous beer. The nose is chock-full of doughy and cracker-like malt. There's some honey as well, and the hop character is surprisingly restrained with a blend of floral and earthy with a little lemon. The hops are much more assertive on the palate. Opening with a blend of spicy hop flavor and doughy, bready malt, this beer has a very rustic malt character. Particularly bitter on the finish with some lemon peel, this beer is light in body and is amply carbonated. The bitterness is too high for the style (IMO), but apart from that, this is a solid pils.

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Photo of Groomsy
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Dewey's Pizza in Newport, KY. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dark golden/straw color, topped by a thin, wispy head of eggshell-colored foam which lingers around as a collar but leaves little in the way of lacing. Some carbonation bubbles rise to the top.

Smell: Very nice and crisp pilsner smell. There are some grassy and spicy notes from the hops as well as a solid backing of sweetness from the malt. More on the hoppy end of the spectrum, but still very balanced and clean on the nose, although it's a little faint.

Taste: Crisp and dry, but very good. Some spicy and grassy hops hit the palate at first and twist into some citrus notes mid-palate, something which becomes more detectable as the beer warms. The beer finishes with notes of honey and sweetness from the malt. A fairly simple beer overall, but this was refreshing and just what I was looking for at the time.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and clean in the mouth, slightly dry finish. Well-placed carbonation helps the light-medium body go down very smoothly.

A very solid pilsner, glad I got to try this. Maybe it doesn't stack up against others I've had, but when paired with the right food, it's really quite good.

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

12oz bottle to pint glass.
It's rare that I buy a pilsner from outside of my home state so I picked up one of these to broaden my horizons. Very nice looking pils. Crystal clear and golden with a decent foamy head. Smell is grainy, grassy and floral. Palate is crisp and bitter with a balanced hop to malt flavor ratio. Earthy and grainy with just a hint of sweetness on the back end. Mouthfeel is mildly dry and very lively. In the end, this was much better than I expected but won't be a regular in my fridge. There's just too many great local pilsners that are a notch or two better.

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

12oz bottle best by July 2011.

Pours into the Carolina Brewing Imperial IPA pint glass with an utterly transparent, golden hay body. A spittle colored head retains well up top and leaves a few smears of lacing as the beer level drops. Lemony, soapy aroma with bleached crackers and gorgeous notes of herbal German hops. Exactly what the style dictates.

Solid flavor too, with more cracker maltiness and a bit of toasted bread crust. Hops taste grassy and bitter, while the finish is all mineral water. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style: thin body, bubbly carbonation, juicy/crisp finish. Just a superbly made Pilsner, nothing to see here...

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Photo of patreely12
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy blonde with a clean white head that's pretty sudsy. good bit of visible carbonation through the cloudiness.

S - smells of honey. grassy and floral hops. nice blend of bitterness and sweetness in the nose. basic, but it's spot on for the style.

T/M - mirrors the nose. sweet honey on the front. some bready malts balanced with the bitterness from the grassy, floral hops. very refreshing and clean. slight bite in the aftertaste. not the most complex of flavors, but like I mentioned for the nose it's a great interpretation of the style. light bodied.

Overall this is very easy to drink, gone before I knew it. I can see this being a great beer for any occasion, quite sessionable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of JUL 2011, so this one is pretty damn fresh. Pours a mostly clear gold color with a really nice cap of creamy white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is grassy and floral hops with a crisp, crackery malt. Not much else could one want in a pilsner.

Taste has a nice balance of light, grainy malt and grassy hop flavor. Decent bitterness throws a bite on the finish. Freshness is key here, and is quite the thirst quencher. I like it, glad Brooklyn brought this one into Tx recently.

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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 number1bum
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear honey-golden color, a tad darker than many, with two fingers of off-white head. Head keeps pretty well, with a pretty thick and fluffy lace all the way to the bottom.

Smells of grassy hops with a touch of lemon. Has a light sweetness to it, and is bready and grainy as well. The grassy hops are the star of this show and are quite nice.

Taste is light and clean, although it's perhaps a bit too light and a bit too clean. Has a pleasant, mostly dry but slightly sweet grainy and bready malt base. Hops don't deliver that pleasant grassiness that the nose offered, and instead are a bit more muted. Subtle bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel here is on the light side of a medium body and is smooth and drying in the finish. Pretty clean, although it doesn't have the snappy crispness I like to see in a pils.

This is a pretty solid and easy drinking pils, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. For me, however, there are a number of better ones that are just as if not more accessible here in Eastern PA, so I don't think I'll find myself reaching for this with any regularity. A solid brew however that I'd be happy to knock back on draft if I saw it on the menu.

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

Pale golden colour, tight one finger of sticky head, some lace on the glass. Smells slightly hoppy, grassy, some malt, light lemony citrus, nice light fresh nose. Taste is of crisp hop, grassy notes come back, solid malt finish, pretty clean brew. Thin mouthfeel, slightly watery, very crisp carbonation. Drinks very nicely, I probably wouldn't order/buy this all the time but it would be a good beer from time to time in the warm weather.

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Photo of Morey
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a slight hint of orange into my newly acquired Pilsner glass. There's just a bit of haze going on, but otherwise it's pretty clear. One finger of white foam has settle to a pretty thin lace. Pretty good stick/head retention.

Smells clean and crisp, typical for the style. Not too much in the way of hops in the aroma.

Carbonation tingles on the tip of the tongue up front. Clean crisp and slightly hopped. Pretty refreshing, but nothing flashy .

Thin body with moderate carbonation.

Pretty drinkable pils. Would gladly session this on a hot summer day.

Morey's Bottom Line: A pretty good representation of the style. Nothing groundbreaking, but it's good. It only runs $8.99 a sixer here in Erie, which is pretty good.

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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 HBeezley
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like brooklyn beers. this one is not my favorite, but its a really nice pilsner. The difference between the bottled and on tap brews is incredibly different though! SOOO much better on tap!

The look is nice-ish. Doesn't look like a beer to crave, but it does look refreshing; when it comes to pilasters in the summer, that's perfect.

The smell is nice. reminds me of the smell of the brewery.

The taste, is pretty straight forward, but exceptional. nice hop flavor, little malt, nice earthiness to it too!

Drinkability seems to go a long way with this one. I could drink this all day if I needed to (or wanted to :) ). Basically, it's a great beer to keep in the fridge or best to get on tap at the brewery!

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Photo of gabedivision
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to a 16 oz glass.

A- A cloudy golden orange with a frothy white cloud of a head.

S- Sweet grains and malts, almost candy like.

T- Malty and sweet. Strong citrus or lemon zest.

M- Tingles on the tongue, very crisp and refreshing.

D- Very drinkable, great summer/session beer.

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Photo of foogerd
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw yellow dull looking body, a bit hazy, a thin layer of white carbonation bubbles, bit of lacing.

S- Thin smelling malts and I can detect some hops in the distance.

T- Crisp clean lager qualities, then the bitter spicy noble hops come in, in a non agressive way staying to character of this brew.

M- Pretty good for the style some thickness and even a frothiness feel to it.

D- Thats this beers strong point. Would pair wonderfully with many foods and is tasty enough to drink a few on its own.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a pale golden straw color. It has a 1 1/2-finger white head on it that fell pretty quickly. the head left some lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of light malts. It also has an earthy grassy smell to it, as well and a slight hop aroma and some yeast spiciness.

T - The taste has a nice earthy flavor to it. There is also some breadiness, hops, and yeast spiciness here. This has a good clean flavor, and it tastes great.

M - The body is more dense than expected, but its not too dense. It is smooth and refreshing. It has a good level of carbonation as well.

D - Good drinkability here. It is a very refreshing beer, and I think it would be great to enjoy on a hot summer day. I'm going to have to get some more of these when summer rolls around. I recommend giving it a shot.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw color. A small amount of haze and a frothy head with big bubbles.

Smells grassy and like sour fruits (apple). Some honey and pale malt backbone. Nice malt base. Very minor citrus hop.

Crisp citrus hop and pale malts. A hint of caramel and grassy middle. Lemon earth finish with a soft bitterness, dry.

Refreshing mouthfeel with a nice hop bite. A good amount of carbonation tingle.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Clear Yellow with about 1 finger head. Carbonation is present

S-Yeast, wheat, grain

T-Very sweet, wheat and bananas some lemon flavors. There is a slight bitterness at the end

M-Light with carbonation

D-Really drinkable. Would be even better in the summer but I am not going to turn down a beer at a friend's house.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Normally I don't drink Pilsner but I decided to try one from Brooklyn the brewery I like. 12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy golden-amber color with a nice lacy head. Aroma of floral hops with hints of citrus and malts. Flavor is mild (for Pilsner) hops upfront balanced by some maltiness. Finish is short, dry with grapefruit notes. OK beer, but expected more from Brooklyn.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice straw color. Mostly translucent. Not much head. Bright white.

S - Hay, yeast, lemon rind, coriander.

T - Real refreshing and nice tasting. Follows the nose to the point with some extra zest that leaves your tongue a little flitty and numb. I like it.

M - Nice. Light to medium bodied. Carbonation is perfect.

D - I could drink these all night. One of the few beers I'd ever have the urge or ability to drink more than six of. I really like this beer as a session beer. There's nothing spectacular about it, but being the first time I've tried it, I know I'll be coming back to it. Real real solid beer here. Simple. Reliable.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy gold colour with an above average size frothy/fizzy white head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is just a little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - pale malts, hops, lemon juice and zest, floral notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation, and it feels very refreshing on the palette. Most of the flavour comes from pale malts, hops and lemon juice/zest. There are also some floral notes and a woodiness combined with some breads/grains. The beer finishes with a lemon juice/zest and hop bitter aftertaste.

Drink - A very enjoyable beer that reminded me a little of Victory's Primia Pils. (although not as good) It's an above average brew that I'm happy I tried. I'd really like to try this one on tap.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the restaurant Pie in Port Jefferson, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: clear, light golden color with a thin white head. The head doesn't last for very long but while its there it leaves some lacing, though the lacing also seems to disappear shortly.

Smell: some pale malt notes and some honey but not much in the way of hops.

Taste: pale malt with some bready flavors, not much in terms of hop taste, but some chalkiness in the finish.

Feel: fairly dry which is odd considering the low ABV. Crisp and well carbonated though.

Drink: I probably wouldn't want more than one. The chalk flavor in the finish makes it tough to drink a lot of these and, well, isn't that the point of a pilsener?

Overall, fairly disappointed on this one. I don't know what I expected, exactly, but I didn't get anything I would want to try again. Brooklyn can be a little hit or miss sometimes and this one was a miss. I'd go elsewhere if pilseners are your thing.

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Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 1,064 ratings.
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