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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 lacqueredmouse
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, December 2009.

Very pale yellow colour, with some meringuey foam of pure white. Collapses pretty quickly but leaves a bit of lacing. Looks pretty decent overall.

Nose is pretty weak, which is a real shame. A little hint of herbal bite, with a slightly resinous lemon acidity - hints of bitterness, but nothing sharp like a true pils. Not bad, but not great.

Taste is a little better, with a pleasant hop bitterness that stays firm and clear, but the body feels rather weak, and the feel is very thin despite some spritzy carbonic acidity.

It's not a bad drop, and it's very clean and crisp, but it lacks a lot of the true pilsener characters that would make it really good. As it stands, I think it's the lesser of it and the Brooklyn Lager, which I find a little confusing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, light malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild hops bite that is followed by bready flavors of grain and lager yeast. Then there is some citrus sweetness along with a thin malt character that provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this isn't the first pilsener that I would choose but it's still a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Staw color with a large white head that dissipates rather fast and leaves lots of lace.

Smell: A bit of sweet malt with some earthy and herbal hop aromas.

Taste: Nice hop flavors throughout this beer. A bit of an herbal flavor alongside some earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Sharply carbonated, with a crisp and dry, yet refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Great session beer and a very good representation of its style. Hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. Therefore, it may not satisfy hopheads fully, but still provides a decent hop fix.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Krušovice-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden color with a thick fizzy head that lingers for a while. The head lives impressive lacing as it dissipates.

Smell: Smells richly of grassy hops. A little sweetness in the background as well.

Taste: Has a strong hops taste with a a strange roasted flavor in the background. Pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: A highly drinkable pilsner. Worth a try.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bum732
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellowish orange, decent bubbly head leaving nice lacing. Smells of sweet cut grass, earthy and grassy hops, some floral notes. Tastes of grassy semi-sweet malt followed by a nice floral bitterness. Ends with an earthy bitterness. Fairly high carbonation with a decent crisp mouthfeel.

Not a bad pilsner, kind of lacking in taste, especially compared to Prima pils and Troegs. Not a bad effort though.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice and reliable US Pilsner

Presentation: 12 oz bottle.Simple and somewhat modern design, change in label color but essential Brooklyn brewery identity. Brief narrative on the neck label with a good description and a great recommendation to enjoy the brew before the freshness date. Shows freshness date as "Best Before Oct 2009", neither shows IBUs, °Plato, or Alc. Poured into a tall pilsner glass.

A - Pale golden with great head that shrinks to a nice layer and with strong lacing all the way through.

S - Bitter crisp aroma with a tad of floral tones.

T - Crisp bitterness that lingers with a final bite and a fresh and light maltiness accompanying it. Hmmm, and there is also a fresh citric note balance in the mouth.

M - Crisp and generous carbonation on a light body.

D - Nice, quick and refreshing experience.

Notes: I confess I´m not a big fan of the style but this is a good brew, very pleasing to be had, and clearly shines above the average macro offering and quite a few largers and pilsners around. Great beer to offer to guests used to macros to get them gently into a different range of beers. It has worked like a charm in that regard every-time so far. A regular in my fridge during a good part of the year.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 6 of this for the weekend.

Pours a hazy golden with a good 2 fingers of frothy white head. Head retention is average, lacing is minimal.

Smells of light crisp hop and fresh water.

Taste is crisp, light malt blends with a spicy hop.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, fairly carbonated, with a kind of gritty finish.

Drinkability is average. This is really just an average run of the mill pilsner. It's slightly higher quality than your generic, but its cheap and it pairs well with all sorts of summer food and events.

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Photo of firkinhophead
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pilsner glass

Big, foamy head forms from a hard pour, almost like shaving cream, which sits on top for a long while before settling ou into a rocky, jumble mess. Beer is gold, with a noticable haze.

Spicy, floral hops, light crackery malts.

Touch of sweetness up front qucikly fades in front of the spicy bitterness of Saaz hops. Some coarse cereal grains, then dullish and slightly chalky middle to end, with a bit of astringency lingering a bit too long.

Fairly lively carbonation, lacking something in the body. Needs to be a bit cleaner. Not the best craft pilsner out there, but still a good pick for summer grilling, etc.

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Photo of Buebie
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown long neck poured into a pub glass. 1'' white head, somewhat quick to snap crackle pop and fizzle down to a colar of retention.
A darker golden amber, completely transparent. Thinish lace that streaks the length of the glass.

Aroma is spot on for a pils, with a bit of fresh cut hay, grassy hops, a touch of spice and plenty of malt backing.

Taste is alos spot on for the style. A bit more flavorful then say, a Budweiser. Hops also come around into the flavors as they presented themselves in the aroma. With a fresh cut hay, dried grass and a touch of carmelised onions.

Mouthfeel is thin light and crisp, carbonation not overwhelming or stinging. But kept in check, provideing a nicer feel then the Anbev counterparts.

Not my favorite style, actually, probably my least liked. But a good example of the style, with a bit more flavor.

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Photo of fank2788
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
This beer is a clean clear gold color with a nice bright white head that appears to be lingering nicely. The nose is a bit restrained but I do get a bit of floral hop with a touch of grainy malt. The taste is a good blend of light sweet grain and the floral grassy hop. Bitterness is never overpowering but is enough to balance the malt. Everything is carried along with a fine and fairly lively carbonation that keeps things pretty smooth. In general the taste, while good, may be missing a bit of assertiveness. I'd also like it if the beer was a bit cleaner, there is a little more residual flavor than I would like for a beer of this style. Drinkability is good but the beer is not a premier example of the style.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass (I think there was a woman wearing a pink dress on it?) at my sisters Manhattan apartment. Thanks Britta for picking up a sixer while I was in town.

A-Bright, fluffy white head, 2-finger off the pour, then reducing gradually to a sparse bubble layer. Slightly hazed light golden beer showed visible carbonation bubbles rising playfully.

S-Spicy, somewhat fruity hoppiness, remniscent of apple. Crisp with a slight tune of pale malt.

T-Crisp hop spiciness, oh-so-refreshing after a nice workout. Hop bitterness is providing more crispness to the flavor, with a grainy, bready malt presence. Finishes dry, making me want another sip.

M-Pleasant medium-light body compliments perfectly the refreshing flavor. Carbonation is a zesty medium-high level.

D-Very good. I'll ave to have a couple more :D I must admit, I was moderately disappointed when my sister purchased this, but it's delicious and one of the best pilsners I've had. Get some when you're in New York in the summer.

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Photo of generallee
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a best before date.

Appearance: The body has a bright golden color with very good clarity and some nice streams of fine carbonation rushing to the head. The head builds up tall and fluffy. It is bright white in color, has good retention and makes some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma has a light biscuity malt presence with some floral hops.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor is very clean, crisp and very well balanced. A subtle biscuity malt mixes with a mild floral and almost fruity hops. The hops bring a pleasant bitterness and dry crispness to the finish. It has a smooth light texture with just enough carbonation to match its light to medium body.

Notes: This is a very clean and highly drinkable Pilsner and it is great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of gfreed
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A not-great, run-of-the-mill offering. Soft amber color and an off-white head that stayed around for a while, leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. Pleasant and malty in the nose, with some citrusy hops and a bit of sugar. Rather flat body, and an overly-hopped taste that managed to have a pleasant dryness, but not enough to overcome the bland taste. Drinkable and enjoyable under the right circumstances, but on the whole... blah.

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Photo of mltobin
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchase from Liberta`s in Ridgefield, Conn.

Appearance is a light golden color with a two finger head.
Smell is corn, sugar, kind of like driving by a field in Kansas.
Taste is a medium bodied pilsner, with the barley there, again some sugar, a smooth taste all around. Mouthfeel is faintly sweet, with that corn field swishing about your palate. This pilsner from Brooklyn is better than the macro pilsners, but I wish the quality was little higher considering how good some of their other beer is.

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Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well...based on reviews, I have to wonder why mine poured so well. The color is a deep golden yellow. I poured my usual pour into my pilsener glass and the massive rocky white head eventually faded to about 4 fingers. Webs of thick lacing ended up at the bottom of the glass. 3.5? 3.0? I don't get it.
The smell is simple: floral, citrus and grains.
There's a sweetness in the back that compliments the lemon twang and hops bitterness that are up front. A nice clean malt flavor adds a good backing and adds to the balance. Grains are underneath and become more pronounced in the finish.
The one's very dry and smooth with a nice crispness. The body is medium and carbonation is moderate to high.
This is a good brew. The characters are fresh and clean. I don't understand why I got such a good pour when the consensus is that my experience is not at all typical.

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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear dark gold/amber color with a ¾" white head that soon recedes to a ring of foam and a patch in the center of the glass. Sipping leaves a sheet of foam on the side that soon turns into a complex pattern of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is floral and grassy from the hops and has some clear underlying presence of sweet malt.

Taste: The flavor has a bit of sweet bready malt followed by a crisp, clean balance of hop flavors that are well balanced with an ongoing sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a soft creamy feel from the carbonation. The finish is medium long as the malt-hop balance slowly fades in a dry lightly bitter ending.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable pilsner. I could easily have several and I like this well enough I'll be buying more in the future.

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Photo of Barbara516
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: Bread-y, very one note.
Taste: Nice toasted malty flavor up front with a hoppy finish. Maybe I'm hallucinating, but I also taste a slight smokiness.
Mouthfeel: I guess I'd call it a nice solid beer.

This is a good versatile beer that I can drink no matter what season; good inside on a cold winter evening, good outside in June at a bbq.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn- Pilsner

A- Bright hazy yellow with a thick foamy white head. FGood ringed lacing down my pint glass.
S- Metallic hops with light citrus.
T- Light citrusy hops dominate. slight dry grassy malt body. Citrus and slight metallic hop finish.
M- Sweet and dry. Good hop presence throughout. Very dry and crisp in the end.

Overall- Crisp and delicious! This would be a great Baseball tailgating beer.

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

A: A somewhat hazy, faintly glowing yellow-orange color. The white head is tall, dense, and foamy, with good retention and some nice lacing.

S: Some sweet maltiness, along with an unusual fruity/yeasty character. Noble hops are present, offering an herbal and floral nose.

T: A tangy, slightly sour bready malt flavor up front. Hops are again herbal and floral, with a firm bitterness.

M: Medium-full body for a pilsner. Carbonation is a touch too low in my opinion, lending less liveliness than I'd like. Otherwise, pretty good.

D: A nice little pilsner from Brooklyn. These guys remind me a lot of Samuel Adams - a big, mass-produced line of interesting styles, some of which are well done and others of which leave something to be desired. This has to rank near the top of their regular line, however. Fairly refreshing on a muggy night like tonight.

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Photo of deaconoflove
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap. Pours a rich golden color with a smallish head that disapated quickly.
Sm. Not very strong anything...some hops and grain, maybe some sweetness.
Ta. Very mild, again a little hops, a touch of citrus.
Mf. Fairly thin with some fuzzy carbonation.
Dr. A good tasting beer, but not remarkable. A few would go down pretty easily.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +9.6%
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 -6.8%
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 -4.1%
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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