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 Liverpool08
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow very fizzy. Big foamy white head that slowly leaves. Still it leaves good lacing. Smells of grass and malt, nothing overpowering. Aroma of a typical Pilsner. Taste is Very smooth. Flavors of malt,with a malty/metalic taste. Its very drinkible, but doesn't have anything really exciting going for it. Its a good summer beer, but not anything I would seek out.

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

After the brooklyn lager failed to over impress me, i believed a pilsener wouldn't do much else. especially when poured, because it's all golden and shiny and translucid, with a quick-to-disappear head. seemed fairly lagerish, and didn't kill me much- but didn't look bad either.

smell was more intrigueing, it's very discrete and hoppy-metallic for the most part. taste is, instead, fairly roasted maltish and has a synthetic-sweetened feel to it, something like cough syrup but in a good way.

it's also not overhopped in the end and to the most part medium bodied making it a harmonious pilsener if there ever was one. probably one of my highest ranked lagers.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this at Total Wine by Perimeter. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale yellow color with minimal head or lacing. Smell is earthy and grassy. Tastes slightly hoppy, metallic, and grassy. Moderate carbonation in the mouth - slightly watery, but it's a pilsner, so who's complaining? Overall, an average pilsner.

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

at first look it was a nice deep gold with a thick head.. the head left good lacing while drinking.. it had a nice light hint of hops and malts scent nothing to overpowering.. tasted good again nothing to overpowering i did get a taste of a slight roast of malts.. maybe i am wrong.. drinkalbity is great and easy to throw them back on a warm day... cheers

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Photo of emsroth
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App: Pure gold with a small but fluffy white head.

Smell: Sweet malt with a hint of floral hops.

Taste: Crisp, clean malt: much more biting than the smell indicates. Next comes a hint of sweetness followed by a nice clean hop flavor: not overly biting or bitter. Not one flavor dominates, truly a balanced beer.

Nice crisp carbonation; light and refreshing in the mouth. I could use another. A rare for me since I tend to like variety.

A great pilsener.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle stated 5.1% ABV

Best before April 2009.

Poured a slightly hazy amber-ish color with a big white dense head that was very well retained.

Very nice pilsner aroma, malty with some hops. Nothing too big or over the top, just well done.

Mostly malty/bready taste to it with some hops. Simple, yet really well done.

Smooth, slightly more of a medium body with a bitter dry aftertaste, although I expected the beer to have a lighter body than it did. Clean and crisp with really good drinkability and refreshing. Brooklyn again, produced another quality beer that I will be enjoying more of during the summer months.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden color, perhaps a little darker than the "classics" of the style. A nice foamy head recedes into thin lace. A nice hop aroma with some cut grass, a little spicy, but definitely a bready malt backbone. Fresh and clean on the palate. A refreshing bitterness is balanced by a slight maltiness. The beer exits fast and again bitter, leaving a lasting dryness across the palate. Refreshing and great as an aperitif or just to have in fridge.

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Photo of confer
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Pilsner was not in the Sampler case so I bought a six on its own. I'm glad I did. The beer pours a a beautiful gold with a small head that fades quickly.
The aroma is the weakest part of this beer, slightly sweet and hoppy. This test was done while I had a cold so I could be missing something.
I love the taste. It is what I expect from a good German Pilsner. Easy drinking with small hoppy bite, very refreshing.
It feels nicely carbonated and has a dry finish.
This is a very good drinking beer. Easy all the way around.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Pilsner Urquell pilsener glass.

A: Very light. Not too much carbonation. A decent-sized bone-white head.

S: Grassy. Slight hop presence. Grainy malts.

T: Very clean and crisp.

M: Very light body. Slight carbonation and not much alcohol presence. Bites the tip of the tongue.

D: Highly drinkable. Pretty good example of the style. The fiancee likes it.

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Photo of DannyS
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - translucent orange. A little darker than what I was expecting. Head dissipates quick but leaves a good bit of lacing.

S - Straightforward. Hoppy, yeasty, light. Nothing special, but still good.

T - Light on taste too. Slightly citric and resiny, with little alcohol bite. Not powerful, but easy on the palate.

M - Fine carbonation, clean finish, little aftertaste.

D - Like most Pilsner, it's really drinkable. If you're looking to knock back quite a few, this one will do the trick.

Overall - I should try to get my light beer drinking father to try this one. It's not very complex, but it tastes enjoyable enough and is not heavy at all. A good gateway to craft beer.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Pours a nice color of golden straw; sadly, the head is quite thin and patchy, showing a bit of stick on the sides of the vessel. Not the greatest-looking Pils in the world, that's for sure.

Aroma is full of buttery diacetyl; in fact, it's like a slice of toast slathered in butter, with almost all butter and just a bit of toasted bread hiding in the background.

Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated, giving it a pleasant mouthfeel. A touch of bready malt up front gives way to a snappy, grassy hop bite in the middle, giving over to a slightly grainy and mostly dry finish, without much aftertaste lingering around.

Easy-drinking, but lacking in the nose; the diacetyl character is certainly undesireable in such a brew. Perhaps this is isolated and can be attributed to other factors in the age of the keg or the tap lines, but either way, aside from that it is a fairly nicely crafted Pilsner.

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Photo of gabe23
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden honey color with a giant, white head. Excellent lacing & retention.

S - Typical mild pilsener aroma with a touch of fruitiness and bready yeast.

T - Excellent flavor of sweet malt with just enough hop bite at the finish. Earthy, grassy, lemony - this is a very flavorful pils.

M - A bit more body than some pilseners, but plenty of carbonation keeps it refreshing.

D - High drinkability as with most pils. But this one has some solid flavor and character to it, while still retaining the cleanness expected from the style.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look- Pours nice golden color with lots of bubbles, and a decent clean white head

Smell- Aroma of floral and fruity hops, sweet.

Taste- Nice, slightly bitter hoppy flavor with crisp almost bready malt in the background. Nicely balanced, and true to the style. Malt comes out a bit more as it warms. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel, balanced with nice carbonation.

Drinkability- Possibly my favorite Pilsner so far, which might not be saying much, as they're far from my favorite style. Definitely a beer I feel might be good to introduce to someone, trying to gradually bridge the gap from macro lagers, to craft beer.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a one finger thick white head into a pilsener glass. the head leaves sticky lace throughout. the body is a crystal clear golden color and is very bubbly and vibrant.
s - fruity and sweet but not over the top.
t - same as above with a hint of grain.
m - crisp and dry.
d - easily drinkable and could be a new go-to beer for the spring and summer.

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

12oz into Ayinger Celebrator glass.

Appearance- light, slightly cloudy, straw color, with pure white head. More or less what you would expect from a pils.

Smell- hops, like you would expect, but also some fruit aromas. Apples and oranges? Either way, nice smelling, and unexpected.

Taste- fruity sweetness hits the palate, and gives way to a balancing hops flavor, which in turn gives way to a combination sweet and hoppy flavor. Swallow is clean, with a lightly hopped, slightly watery aftertaste. Nothing AMAZING, nothing EARTH SHATTERING, but very well balanced and pleasant.

Mouthfeel- light, but more juicy than watery, and not thin at all, in spite of its lightness.

Drinkability- excellent. This is easy drinking, simple, and enjoyable. I will definitely buy more.

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

picked up a 6 pack of this in a local grocer. Poured into a pilsner glass

a: orange strawish color, with minimal head. Bubbling carbonation

s: sweet fruity aroma with a hint of floral hop

t: clean and crisp, a bit of citrus bitterness that is a bit surprising. Has a slightly biscuity malt taste

m&d: Light to medium bodied, plenty of carbonation makes this very drinkable and with the < 5% ABV, deffinatly a session beer. I would like to try this again in the summer.

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Photo of Amalak
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of the bottle and this beer had an orange color to it with a good three-finger head to it, slightly bubbly, which dissipated quickly. It had a dull hop scent to it.

The taste was of good mix of hops and spice, slightly bitter. Very smooth, almost like an Oktoberfest would taste like. Good balance, but could use a little more bitterness to it.

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

On tap at Brooklyn Brewery on 1/16/09. Served in a 12oz. logo plastic cup.

A - Golden/peach-colored body akin to apple juice with a thin, bubbly white head that diminished to a thin ring of retention and left adequate lacing.

S - Pretty muted nose with a touch of grass, lemon and biscuity malt and grains. Pretty reserved overall.

T - Opens with a biscuity/bready malt flavor with a touch of grassy hops and a subtle lemony citrus character. Finishes with a grainy malt character and a hint of butter.

M - Light bodied with a slight syrupy texture and medium carbonation. Finish is pretty crisp and dry with a moderate hop bite on the palate.

D - There's no questions that it's easy to drink. I find pilsners to be quite sessionable, and this is no exception. Nothing outstanding, just a solid pilsner.

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Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow color with an orange tint to it, clear enough to see the diffuse bubbles on their way to making a thin white foam across the surface. Crisp and invigorating nose of hops, grapefruit pith, cigar ash, dried corn, oats, not truly complex but its freshness keeps you pleased. Light-bodied with an enduring bitterness which dries out your throat in such a way that you take another sip to try and wet it down some. Orange and grapefruit citrus present, little malt or any sort of sweetness. Grains and straw, can't lose that suggestion of ash. The carbonation level is moderately high and adds to the overall high tone. Stylistically correct, requires both high summer temperatures and the outdoors to show best. Still, not sure you could put down more than three bottles before needing to drink a gallon of water.

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Photo of yossarian14
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden pilsner with a big sudsy pillow top with staying power. Smells sweet. Tastes sweet and feels crisp and turns a quick biting bitter. The bitter doesn't last long as the dry finish just makes me take another sip. A solid American offering of the German Pilsner style.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 6/13/08. On tap at the local bar. Pours a golden yellow with a white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma and flavor of buttery popcorn, sweet malt. Didn't really like this one-- too sweet and buttery and not well balanced. Loaded with diacetyl. Not a fan.
6/4/5/3/12 (3.0/5)

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Photo of Blake
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy this brand a lot.

Good amount of frothiness. A good hoppy flavor, just the right bitterness. Also a sweet flavor on top of the hops.

Smells warm, sweet, and zesty. like a citrus peal.

Seeing as I'm from Brooklyn this beer is available for me to drink at anytime.

My favorite from the Brooklyn line.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Original Rating Date:
September 6, 2008

Malty aroma. Golden colored, carbonated. Flavor malty, some citrus. Well rounded for a pilsner. I've never been a fan of this style for pretty obvious reasons -- the weak, watery pilsner is dominant in America in the form of Budweiser/Coors Light/Miller Lite. However, this is a very good effort and easily the best pilsner I've ever had.

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Photo of Offa
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, fairly characterful pilsner.

Gold, it has a medium white head, slowly shrinking to a permanent thin head and leaving some nice lace.

The aroma is fruity grain, toasted white bread, lemon, herbs, steamed peas.

The tatse is light, crisply malty and hoppy, with bread, herbs, and a hint of lemon. It's lightly sweet with a light bitterness dominating the finish and lingering slightly.

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

A previous delivery of the BOTMC that brings beer to my doorstep without lifting a finger. Smell is very malty with a hallertau-like subdued hoppiness. Pours to a yellow golden colour with a shaving cream head that leaves lacing. Taste is very sweet as anticipated from the smell. Start is sweet but quickly gets into some bitterness that doesn't linger at full strength, but stays a little longer than expected for a pilsener. The finish is a nice gradual dryness, not abrupt like macro pilseners. Good range of flavors for a pilsener. A usually simple brew style, hats off to Brooklyn this one that has fresh and more complex flavor. I'd pair this one with a real cheesy mushroom quiche.

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