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Brooklyn PilsnerBrooklyn Pilsner

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brooklyn Pilsner is a refreshing golden lager beer, brewed in the style favored by New York’s pre-prohibition brewers. In the 1840’s, the pilsner style emerged from central Europe to become the world’s most popular style of beer. Like its ancestors, Brooklyn Pilsner is traditionally brewed from the finest German two-row barley malts. German-grown Perle and Hallertauer hops provide a crisp, snappy bitterness and fresh, floral aroma. The flavor of the malt comes through in the finish. We ferment Brooklyn Pilsner at cool temperatures, and then give it a long, gentle maturation (lagering), which results in a beer of superior complexity and smoothness. We believe that you will find there to be none finer. Unlike mass-marketed so-called pilsners, Brooklyn Pilsner does not contain cheap fillers such as corn or rice, nor does it contain any preservatives or stabilizers. Brooklyn Pilsner is the real thing.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-06-2001

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Photo of XsoreXsubjectX
1.99/5  rDev -45.5%
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 -4.7%
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 -1.9%
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 +12.3%
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 -40.3%
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 +11.5%
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 -1.4%
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 +17.8%
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 +10.4%
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 +17%
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 +13.4%
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 +8.8%
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 -1.9%
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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Photo of Bendurgin
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Clear golden color with about a finger of creamy white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Looks good, but I tend to expect a little more from a pilsner.

A little bit of banana is noticable right away with lots of toasty grains in the aroma. A little bit of spicy hops round it out with a little bit of lemon zest. Everything I would expect; except a sweet banana aroma that I"m just not digging. Toast on the flavor with a musty after taste. Nothing great here. A little bit of spicy hops finish it up.

Nice light body here with lively carbonation. Overall this is enjoyable enough but there are a gazillion better pilsners on the market.

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Photo of JRed
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent golden corn color with white frothy head that stays. Aroma of European hops, grains and a touch of honey. Refreshing flavors of hops, cereal, light floral, slight citrus with bitterness and dryness towards the finish. Light in body with light carbonation. Crisp, thirst quenching and sessionable.

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Photo of Samp01
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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 +8.8%
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 -2.7%
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 -16.4%
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 -5.2%
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 +4.7%
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 -1.9%
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 +8.8%
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 +8.2%
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 +9.6%
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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