Brooklyn Pilsner | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn PilsnerBrooklyn Pilsner
1,073 Ratings
Brooklyn PilsnerBrooklyn Pilsner

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 03-06-2001

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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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Photo of emsroth
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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 +7.7%
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 +12.9%
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 +14.5%
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 +2.2%
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 +6.3%
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 +2.2%
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 +14.5%
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 +3.3%
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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