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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

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Added by UncleJimbo on 03-06-2001

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Ratings: 1,074 |  Reviews: 490
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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Photo of GPHarris
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +11.5%
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 +4.1%
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 -2.5%
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 -1.4%
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 +15.3%
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 +3.3%
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 -24.4%
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 +10.7%
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 -5.2%
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 +12.3%
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 +0.5%
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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Photo of mnj21655
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle best by FEB 2009.

Pours a light straw color with about a finger or so of white head that lingers briefly. Pleasant aroma, a light grainy pils malt character (nearly like a graham cracker) with a bit of subtle spicy hoppiness. Taste is quite good. Solidly bitter throughout with some nice pils malt undertones with only hints of spicy hop flavor. Finishes relatively dry with a lingering bitterness. Medium-light to light body with medium-high carbonation. Overall this is a very crisp and refreshing beer that is characterized by a solid lingering bitterness and a good balance between pils malt and noble hop character. Very enjoyable, something I'll try to keep in my fridge.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy tangerine color with moderate carbonation, perhaps a tad much per style.

S: Some sweet oranges, tangerines are on the nose along with a creamy caramel presence. The aroma is very sweet and almost orange candy like.

T: For flavor there is malty oranges and some spicy hops making for a very big style pilsner. Starts out with a candy sweetness and ends with a nice spicy hoppiness. Very citrusy and thirst quenching like a wheat with a hefe style yeast. Certainly does not drink like a typical pilsner. For the finish there is a dry malty lacing with oranges providing a nice coating on the tongue. A very good twist on a otherwise low key style.

M: creamy, full of sweet malt and warm oranges for flavor that comes through upon warming of the tongue.

D: a nice well hopped interpreation of style. not one i would consider a classic by style but worthy of checking out.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured an orange/amber color that was very clear with some visible carbonation. The bubbles very pin point in size. There was a thick creamy head that demonstrated great retention. Awesome patchy lacing.

Slight fruit aroma. Some yeast and nice grains.

Flavor is great. Nice malt backbone. Subtle hop bitterness at finish. This clearly showcases some nice malt more than other pilsners. It is said to be brewed in the style of pre-Prohibition Pilsners, so I'll take them at their word.

I really enjoy it. The mouth feel is a bit thicker than most pilsners.

Very drinkable.

I enjoy this!!

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pilsner ours a straw yellow with decent bone white head that sticks to the glass as I drink.
The aromas are light malt backbone with a grassy hop aroma. The taste is crisp up front followed by a creamy sweet malt character that then goes to a lemon bitterness that rides out for a bit leaving plenty of flavor on the tongue. I would rank the drinkability high, but that is what a pilsner should be. This is not the greatest Pilsner I've ever had, but it also doesn't appear to have any flaws--at least from my palate.

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Photo of dmk139
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another classic from Brooklyn. This beer has such a nice bite to it. I really dont know how to describe why i like this beer so much. Goes perfectly with food coming off the grill. Great beer for a summer day.

The flavor is a perfect balance of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orange amber, somewhat cloudy. odd for a pils. persistent cap and lacing.
citrusty and floral/spicy hops. bread crusts. pretty reserved aroma overall.
certainly not your usual pilsner moderate sweetness is offset by the spicy (but not bold) hops.
the meium body is lushand creamy with high quality carbonation, yet the finish manages to be reasonably short and nearly crisp with a nice lingering bitterness and citrusy twangy.
for all its luxuriousness, it's a little bit dull. maybe an ultrafresh bottle ... but then i've notice the same sort of quality in Brooklyn's octoberfest. a certain muted aspect. still, a very solid brew and quite drinkable. kinda reminds me of boston ale. yeah this drinks a bit more like an ale than a lager, not unlike Brooklyn Lager. Note: right after having this i had a boston ale. there are similarities to be sure, but the ale is over the top with softness and dull sourness. the brooklyn would be my choice between the two.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass...

Ok, so I found a really nice session beer here...

A- Golden yellow color, but not dark at all. Lots of carbonation and a nice two finger fluffy white head. Some lacing is there but not that much...

S- Smell was grainy and medicinal, some hop, and faint fruits (apple?)

T- Crisp, tasty, refreshing, easy drinking. This is a damn good pilsner. The hops tasted very fresh and there was definitely an earthy quality to them. Grains, grass...its all there.

M- Light bodied and very carbonated, perfect for the style.

D- Easy drinking beer right here. A phenomenal session beer. Nothing overwhelming, a pilsner done right.

Brooklyn hardly ever gets it wrong...

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Photo of maltusaurelius
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a beer mug. Thin half-finger head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin white foam on top - no head to speak of. I thought my glass was dirty the first time I poured one but it seems to be the beer as I've had three and each has poured the same.

Deep gold to copper in color, with active carbonation - darker than average for this style. Aroma is of grainy malts with a hint of caramel, and mild floral hops.

Taste is the same - somewhat sweet grainy malt flavor, again with a hint of caramel with hop bitterness to balance. Malts are less buiscuty than typical of pilsner. The overall taste and mouth feel are less crisp as well. I almost think I got their Vienna lager in the wrong bottle.

I like this beer, but it is not very pilsner-y. It's got more in common with a marzen/Oktoberfest or Vienna lager.

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Photo of marcpal
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Been on a pilsener kick lately so I thought I would give this one a try even though Im not a huge Brooklyn beer fan. Man, do I love pils.

A: Good looking bottle of Brooklyn as the others. Pale gold with an enormous head after being poured into a pilsner glass. Constant carbonation.

N: The aroma matches the look, good stuff. The spices of the hops are front and center and the rest of the nose is their to match- biscuity malts make you think chewiness and grassiness together.

T: The hops also take center stage in the flavor, in a good way. The bitterness and the spices slice in first, than some sweet malt flavors, finishing with the spicy and earthiness. One of the more complex pilseners, at least thats what I catch.

M: A bit creamy with the coating spice and hoppy without being oily.

D: As with any good pils, drinkable as you can get. Awesome with the spicy food I was eating as Im sure it would be with a variety of other flavors. This deserves a spot in any fridge.

This fits right into my pilsener love affair- will be grabbing more. This gets lower ratings apparently but this doesnt fall short of many others that top the style, perhaps Pikeland and Prima. Deserves respect.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's been 25 years since I've had a German pilsener, when I was stationed in Germany... as I became so enamored with hefeweizens that that became my standard beer. I read decent reviews of this so I thought I'd revisit the style.

Pours a light, clear straw color with a nice two-finger head that quickly fades to a lasting cap with a good amount of lacing.

Really grainy in the nose, along with some floral hoppiness... grassy.

More hops bitterness in the taste than I expected or remembered, but it's a good clean flavor with a medium dry finish. Kinda grainy, but not in a bad way. Definitely better than your typical mainstream euro-lager IMO.

Very creamy mouthfeel, maybe a little heavy for the style? Feels good though.

The more you drink the better it tastes. An easy-drinking brew!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one tonight from mhewes.. another extra.. another trading props goes out to Michael.

Poured into my smaller weizen glass... the closest thing I have to a pils glass. Crystal clear gold/light orange .. rocky head lasts forever.. very pretty lacing atop a very pretty brew.

The aroma is deceiving... sorta like a slightly Americanized German pilsner.. quite a bit of everything.. pale malts.. and spicy/grassy hops.. very nice.

Flavor is more balanced... smooth malts.. a little bit of sweetness with a background bitterness... a little minerally with flowing hop flavors that linger on my palate for quite a while... as it warms the sweetness transforms into a bready profile that is not necessarily needed, but is still nice. Man, I wish I could brew a pils this nice.. "Now, I have a winter goal!", pops into my mind... body is just about perfect .. carbonation may be a bit much.. Another brew from Michael that I never probably would have traded for but am very happy I got the chance... Prost!


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Photo of changeup45
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/8/2005. Lately I've been looking for beers that would be great for the summer and something to store in my golf bag :-) This fits the bill. Golden colored, pours some head and lace but not a lot. Sweet lemon malt aroma, not overpowering but there's enough there. Very well balanced and smooth. Crisp mild hop bite with a floral flavor and even some hints on honey. Lately my success rate hasn't been all that great with new beers so it was very nice to get something I really did enjoy.

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