Brooklyn Pilsner | Brooklyn Brewery

1,061 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 KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle was ever so slightly past the drink by date.

Pours golden clear with minimal foam, and touches lacing. Light grape smell. Little peppery notes. Some malt. Good clean crisp lemony taste. Grassy notes. Very smooth with a nice hop finish.

Good beer, could drink a bunch. I had this following the Bitburger, and thought this was a notch below. But solid.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark golden color with a lacy 1 inch head leaves perfect rings around glass.

Aromas of spicy german hops and pale grassy undertones.

the taste is subtle malt like the brooklyn lager, but a little bit spicier. the hops have a good bite on your tongue.
Very smooth...i would say this is a "light brooklyn lager" but it is just as full flavored as the lager.

These would be a great choice for a summer session. I've always been impressed by brooklyn beers.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, tall thin pilsner glass.

A - Slight chill haze on the nearly clear golden yellow brew. Small white head.

S - Nice nose with some hop and pils malt present.

T - A nice, easy drinking refreshing flavor. Nice flowery/spicy hops present but not huge over the smooth pilsner malt.

M - Nice light body, appropriate for the style. Goes down smooth managing to not jump over to being watery desptite the light body.

D - An easy drinking, refreshing pilsner.

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Photo of Jayli
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 7/24 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a light straw yellow with a one finger of bone white head. Head retains nicely leaving wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is grain, mild grassy hops and a pale malt presence.

T: Taste starts off with a mild grassy hop flavoring before moving in to a bready, grainy flavoring that really fills out the middle. Finish has hints of pale malts and a touch of citrusy sweetness.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, nice crisp, clean body to this.

D: Goes down easily, not filling, well balanced - certainly a nice beer to sit with for a while, especially on a warm evening.

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Photo of halo21
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:I poured this inviting golden white headed lager into my new Brooklyn Brewery 20 oz pintglass. It gave a small amount of lacing to the sides of the glass from it's inch thick, white, small bubbled head; and was fed strongly by big carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Light malt, yeast, and spicy lime hops.

Taste: Sweet and malty, with a whole bunch of citrus and spice hops; mirrors the smells.

Mouthfeel:Lively and very drying. Leaves a slightly tart lime rind finish that makes you want to take another big swig.

Drinkability/Palitability:High; this is not only a very drinkable beer, but very sessionable. Or, in recently used lingo to describe American session beers, a succession beer.

Notes:I enjoyed this beer on one of the hottest nights New York has seen. I went for a swim and enjoyed a few of these. I cannot think of a better day of the year to be enjoying this great beer.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a translucent golden hue into pilsener glass, with heavy carbonation, one finger of white, and decent head retention and lacing. The smell wasn't as herbal/bitter noble hoppy as I had expected; a little more malty and maybe sweet'ish. The taste confirmed that something was missing; either in the form of a less pronounced grain bill or a more pronounced noble hops bill. That being said, it did finish on a crisp dry note. The mouthfeel was on the thin side, and highly carbonated. Definitely a decent session pilsener, but I would suggest working on the hop/malt balance.

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Photo of wcintula
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Nice active head, very airy with a little lacing. Pours a clear golden body with lots of initial carbonation sticking to the glass.

S- Sweet and grassy.

T- Crisp dry hops with nice bitterness, ever so slightly sweet.

M- Light body, crisp with a nice active carbonation. Extra dry on the way down.

D- Very refreshing pils. I don't have much to say other than this is a great beer in a category I'm not otherwise familiar with. Now I'm interested in the great German Pilsener...

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Photo of mjw06
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not an expert on/or even very versed when it comes to pilsner. But I do know that my this fulfilled my prior expectations to what a pilsner should taste like. The beer overall, left me with an impression of being very pure. That was my perception of everything. The look was pure, the smell was dry and clean. Very simple but pleasant. And the taste was excellently balanced with a very clean finish.

Once again. Pure, clean, simple. Good.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into astandard pint glass
Clean gold in color with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Subtle biscuit notes
Taste-Biscuit, with a spicy hop bite up front that lingers to the finish. Crisp and refreshing, a worthy session beer. Would make a nice entry-level brew into the craft world.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- very foamy pour with some nitro-esque cascade action becoming a very bright very clear lemony golden brew with very tiny bubbles. soft barely off white foam is creamy and dense, akin to sam adams noble pils, not airy and light like i often associate with the style. after that observation, i'm really hoping for some great hop flavor.
*head retention is outstanding and after drinking thid brew, the 1/3in cake has only been staggered by a concave notch right where i drank from the glass. impressive.

S- fresh. lemony. citrus. grassy. sweetish biscuit malt. swedish massage parlor. wait what? smells of flaked wheat malt. on the floral side of hoppy.

T- a touch of metallic, very german and fresh. malt is sweet but not sugary, dry and crackery, well balanced by floral hop flavor that tastes like white lilies. some grassy and green wood notes as well with delicate spicy hop bitterness. finish is clean and refined with some lingering leafy flavor and grain husk.

MF- first thing of note is the carbonation. i don't know what those guys did to this thing but the carbonation is so freakin tight that... man i can't even think of a good metaphor here. it's so tight that it's not prickly or bubbly. it's just a fine wash of million grit sandpaper rolling softly over the tongue and disappearing like a summer love. ha. there we go. it's quite amazing. now the foamy pour and great retention make sense. body is light but solid, braced by this ghostly bubbly micro carbonation, with a soft and juicy refreshing feel.

D- over the past few months i've been more and more attracted to lighter bodied german style beers and this one definitely feeds my hunger. summer practically here, i will be keeping this one around. thanks to dave from heidelberg for the samples.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pale straw in color with little head and lazy lacing. I feel that this is undercarbonated, which is understandable in a bar setting; it's costly to set each beer to is appropriate level.

S: bouquet is faint, with malt, sulfur, and spicy hops as key players.

T: very traditional in taste; both grain and hop fight tooth and nail for the dominant position, but neither really wins. this pils is none dry, and displays just a touch of the sulfury bite that is common for the style.

M: very light and clean, leaving no residue on the palate. The carbonation is also quite enjoyable.

D: another great offering from Brooklyn. I would even venture to say that this is a better brew than their flagship Lager. If only Americans appreciated a well made pils....

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Photo of Kaiser777
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is a very good pilsner, something I could drink all night at the bar and not get tired of it, definitely better then your average pilsner, I love Brooklyn brewery It is one of my favorite brewery's and when I visit Brooklyn I am going to the brewery for some tasting!

A- It's likable, inviting, nothing with a wow factor though, so I would say it's slightly above average.

S- It's has a good smell to it for a pilsner beer, way better then your average American lagers that most people drink because it's what everyone else is doing.

T- Very delicious not to light, not to heavy, I could say it's the best pilsner i have ever tried, not a huge pilsner fan but it is very drinkable, and refreshing, with out the heavy feel of a full flavor American Lager, so to the Brooklyn Brewery two thumbs up and keep up the good work!

MF- It is good, it pours in to the glass like it pours in to your mouth, nice and smooth with a rich pilsner flavor that is beyond it's competition, look out world Brooklyn is in the building!

D- Most excellent drinkability was very impressed that it was in fact a pilsner, it is in a class all it's own, a deserves all the great recognition this beer will receive if it hasn't already, so grab your favorite beer mug, crack open a Brooklyn pilsner and get ready to be impressed!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

@ the Indie, Somerville MA

Pale straw color with a thin white, "solid" head. Eh retention but great lace. Go figure.

Smells of dense, light malt. That's about it. Maybe a smattering of sulfur?

Not crisp at all but has a fairly dense mouthfeel--like a pils mousse. Rich, light malt with a very subtle noble hop character.

Maybe I just had a more summery lager in mind 'cause it's not a bad beer by any standard. Maybe more of a winter time pils.

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Photo of chaz01
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle in a local NY style pizza place -- served in a plastic up, well because that's all they had. Bottle dated best before June, 2010.

A: Clear pale golden yellow, very light head, but tons of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the cup.

S: Very heavy floral hay and grass smell. One of the nicest smelling pilsners I've had to date.

T: Initially, some hay and straw flavors with a hint of banana and bready dough. Then the carbonation kicks in with a burst of energy, sometimes overpowering the taste and sometimes bringing the flavors out more.

M: Very well carbonated. Beer finishes with more straw and hay notes, a bit on the dry side.

D: Light, refreshing and smooth. Not a lot of flavor going on, but I could easily drink a few of these and finished the beer before I finished my 2 slices (beer went well with the pizza, btw).

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Photo of wcudwight
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color. Nice enough head I just wish it lasted a little longer.
Honey like aroma with faint hops.
It's a good tasting beer but there's not a lot going on in the flavor. Cracker tasting malt backbone with some mild hoppy flavors and a hint of sweetness. Maybe honey again.
Light to medium bodied.
Very easy to drink. Kind of a mindless beer when you wanna throw a couple back.

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Photo of mjw2808
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light transparent amber color with a one finger head that leaves a lot of lacing. The nose is heavy on malt and grain and a slight bit of hops. The taste is very grainy with a slight bit of malt sweetness and a touch of hops. Very watery and lacking in flavor. The mouthfeel is decent but its not a very drinkable brew and one of my least favorite from brooklyn, which is a brewery I like a lot.

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Photo of semibaked
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Light Gold color, super clear in the body with tons of carbonation. Had about 1 finger of big bubbly white foam.

S - Light hoppy aroma with a hint of apple juice and some sourness too.

T - Light pear and apple juice flavors with some assertive bitterness.

M - Watery with good carbonation.

D - Pretty decent pilsner, but nothing to write home about, just easy drinking.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Pilsner pours a standard effervescent gold-yellow, but the head and lacing elevate this lager above most others in terms of appearance. A big, fluffy white head laces very well.

Nose is of crusty bread, accented by spicy, skunky and floral hop aromas.

Flavor is good. Bitter, with a solid biscuity malt backbone. Not a ton of hop flavor, but a nice tangy and fruity finish thanks to the noble varieties. High carbonation doesn't overpower the drink, which is easy-going and surprisingly smooth.

This is one of the better craft pilsners on the market. It leans towards the bready and malty end of the spectrum, while remaining crisp and bitter.

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

A: pure gold, white fluffy head, good lacing

S: real grainy with an herbal hop note

T: Good hop bite with herbal/earthy flavors. There is a grainy malt backbone with subtle bread character and a hint of corn as well

M: clean and crisp medium light body and a dry finish

D: Good Pilsner, great for a warm day

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

pours a bright yellow with a big-bubbled two-finger white head that lasts a good while and sticks to the glass decently. lots and lots of bubbles race through this beer in my "perfect pint" glass. very light in color, but impressively active pour.

smells of floral and noble hops. lemony citrus with a bit of lemon-scented anti-bacterial soap. not bad. crisp!

taste has more of that soapy-quality, but a nice, crisp hop bite is there. some bready malt is there too. lemon rind is strong. a bit sour, somewhat bitter.

tingly in the mouth but not too much. light bodied with a drying effect when you swallow.

drinkability is where it should be for an american craft pilsner. crisp, refreshing, and tart but with plenty of flavor and no alcohol harshness or over-the-top bitterness. not too complex, but solid in every aspect.

Not quite as good as Victory's prima pils or Sam Adam's noble pils, but close enough to be included in the discussion. These american pilsners are making me want to try the authentic german versions fresh. some day.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pale golden yellow, clear with lots of bubbles rising to the top. The head is pure white, thick and creamy in appearance. A good 3 fingers of head with some retention and a pretty thick lacing left on the glass

S-the nose is pretty decent. Toasted malts, hints of bread and caramel start off the nose very nicely. A good bit of grainy aromas do come in with some phenol notes and a light herbal hop presence with a hint of grass

T-the taste is not as malty and is more phenolic and bitter. The sweet caramel malt gives a nice foundation. Metallic notes set in towards the middle. The finish adds a decent balance of floral hops and hints of grass clippings. The bitterness is mild but definitely present in the finish.

M-the body is light and thin, it is quite smooth with a nice level of carbonation to give it a clean crisp finish.

D-solid lager with pretty good flavors and a nice balance. Clean and crisp drinking, very sessionalbe

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Photo of jonziefle
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a straw color, slightly cloudy, with a micro-suspension. One finger white head that reduces down to a thin layer pretty quickly. Minimal visible carbonation. Some lacing.

Smell: Mild roasted malts and apple juice scents. Some hop flavors, but not very strong.

Taste: Pale grainy malts, with some darker sugars.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Little bite. Smooth, but filling.

Drinkability: A decent beer, but not the typical taste I think of when I think Pilsner. Good though. Mild nose and flavor, and easy drinking.

Buy Again? No.

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

the expected simple pale straw color shows off an intricate, beautiful, sticky cobweb of lacing 3 inches high as it settle into a still nice dense head.

nice malty floral nose. cereal sweet almost gives me an english pale smell.

taste is rather unique for an american pils...the hops are very background, but the maltiness comes out florally but not overly sweet. the slight bitterness of the hops come in as a nice after thought. mouthfeel shows off a nice balance of smoothness and carbonation, rendering this quite drinkable.

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Photo of zimm421
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very clear light orange to yellow color. Almost appears watered down. Has a decent white head foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Has a grassy scent from the hops as well as some citrus and a good sweetness.

T - Starts out with a good sweetness from the malts and citrus and then turns slightly bitter. Definitely refreshing and a nice taste, just nothing too impressive.

M - Pretty smooth with a mid to low amount of carbonation. Medium-bodied and nothing too thick.

D - Easy to drink, something that is refreshing, and not too strong on the palate. Something that would be easily session-able.
Not one of my favorite types of brew, but definitely one of the best pilsners I've ever had.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw-gold color with just about a finger of paper-white head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing.

A sweet, grainy scent mixed with a bit of pale malt and slightly floral aroma give the beer a good nose.

Pale malts up front infused with a grainy, sugary malt character, balanced in the end by a surprise dash of floral hops. Not really that bitter or intimidating, this is a beer most people would probably enjoy.

The thin, creamy mouthfeel is augmented with a moderately high amount of carbonation that provides a little zip when the beer is exploring your mouth, making this a pretty light but enjoyable drinking experience.

Overall, a pretty sessionable beer that brings lots of flavor to the table without sacrificing some of the backbone of the pilsner style. A solid beer all around.

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Brooklyn Pilsner from Brooklyn Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 1,061 ratings.
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