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 mnj21655
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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 +3%
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 +5.4%
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 +11.9%
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 +10%
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 +3.2%
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 -0.3%
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 +14.8%
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 +2.4%
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 -2.2%
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 -1.1%
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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Photo of scruffwhor
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a touch of nutty caramel color to it. Great bone white two finger head the pour that slyly recedes to a ring o' foam around the top of the beer. The aroma is a nice, clean hop lime and some brisk, dry malts. The taste has a soft touch of dry toasted bread. The hops impart some floral notes and some gentle earthy grassy that blends goes well with the malts and boost up the palate and drinkability and sessionablilty of this beer. I would love if this beer was available at Lunar all year round. Very good American/German pilsner.

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

A: Poured from a bottle into a large weizen glass. Body is clear golden with a small white head. Leaves behind some splotchy lace.

S: Spicy, herbal and floral hops dominate the nose, though the aromas are not overpowering or terribly strong at all. Hint of grassiness too.

T: Light biscuit or cracker-type malt flavors, balanced with a hint of fruit and then spicy and grassy hops. Finishes dry with a lingering grassy bitterness.

M: Light in body, but not watery or thin in feel. Good for the style.

D: Good drinker -- a nice summer post-lawn-mowing beer, or, as I had it, sitting on the porch after a day at the beach.

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Photo of dpkpr
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle came in one of those beer of the month club mixed 12 packs. I always am suspect of the conditions in the shipping and warehouse facilities. I am drinking it on August first and it has a "best by" date of November. From a bottle it pours a nice copper color. Now I'm looking at the category and the German Pilsner is supposed by be much lighter -- light straw or golden. A respectable head, but not particularly dense. The smell is pleasant, but can't make out the hops. First swig really gives off an unpleasant metalic taste. Wonder if this may have suffered from mishandling during shipping. As I drink the beer, what I first considered metalic seems to mellow and gets less objectionable, but still not on style. The hops are in the background...can tell the balance is close but not quite there. Got better the more of it I drank. The citrus notes of the hops began to come out. Left a very dry crisp mouthfeel. It is okay, but I don't really think it's to style, which explains my lower score.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours Golden with a decent head and foamy lace that lasts the duration of the beer.
The aroma is of citrus,grains and hops.
The taste is hops,citrus notes and mild malts in the balance. There was some bitterness that sweetened out as I drank it and there was some grain taste in the finish.
The feel was crisp and then turned creamy with only mild bitterness and medium carbonation.
So smooth and well balanced. Malts are pretty light,but it does not hurt the brew.

Notes: I really liked this,starts off zesty and slightly bitter and ends sweet and creamy with decent hops and balance
A fine beer. Perfect for the summer time.

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Photo of chilidog
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice pils to be had. Harder to find in my area than the lager, but worth the hunt.

It pours a clear golden, white head with good lace to follow. Active carbonation that keeps the glass moving.

The aroma is slight citric hop with an earthy malt undertone.

The taste is crisp ans clean front and now. Citric hop of lemon thats well balanced with malt highlights.

A creamy soft mouthfeel aids the amazing ease of drink and the flavors entertain the taste buds.

Easy to drink, like I say if you don't mind alittle flavor in your pils.

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

Can't get my hopes up too high for a beer that leaves out the second "e" on pilsener... or can I? Maybe. I don't know. What I do know is that whenever I see a Brooklyn bottle I think right away that the beer looks like generic crap. This is a stupid, visceral reaction. I've never had a bad beer from Brooklyn, for one. And the bottle art is actually pretty cool. But for some stupid reason I associate it with something lowly. That's my fault, though. Not theirs.

Stunning pilsener pour. Big head that's so big it leaves a lacing even before I've sipped it. Dark sparkly gold.

Smells like a really well balanced German pils. The hops are huge and spicy. The malt is varied and weedy, smells like you're driving around a field in the summer.

Tastes very good, firm and complex and balanced. The hops are more present than the malt (unusual) and they start everything out with a very bitter and dry burst. This gets a little spicy before moving very quickly into a middle of rich, fruity pils grain before ending with a very sweet weediness.

Very tasty, certainly one of the best American versions of the style. It doesn't quite reach the balanced level of uniform brilliance as Victory's Prima Pils, but it's damn close.

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass, light brown, amber highlights
smells light, some hop notes,
tastes crisp, citrus hops, goes down really well, one of the best pilsners i have had to date. i could drink several of these on a hot summer day in front of my grill.

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Photo of Slynger
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dull gold in color with a cap of fine white fuzz. Sweetly floral nose lightly fruity grain and some spicy hops. Flavors are lightly sweet and floral with nice saltine cracker malt base and bunches of spicy nobles. Light-medium body good buzz to fresh carbonation. Crispy. One of the better German-style Pilsners I've had. Big spicy kick to it. Like it.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden and clear. Lots of little bubbles rising to form a huge bubbly white head. Excellent lacing.

S - Spicey aroma with a lurking sweetness.

T = Somewhat tart spiciness up front. Followed by a pale malt sweetness. A funky, almost metallic, aftertaste knocks the score down from a 3.5 or 4.0 to a 3.0.

M/D - Light bodied and very crisp. A drinkable pilsner, but the aftertaste is a little too much.

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

A : Pours a nice clear golden color with a good white head. Good lacing left on the glass

S : Earthy malts along with some floral and spicy hops

T : Good malt and hop balance. Earthy flavors shine through with a nice hop bitterness

M : Crisp and light

D : Easy to drink, definitely works for these hot summer days.

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

A: A very clear pale gold color, with ample amounts of carbonation. A thick white head with ample lacing down the sides.

S: A combination of bready malt and floral hops.

T: A good balance of malt and hops. The taste was more bountiful than the smell. A tad sweet with a mixture of fruity hops.

M: Leaves a dry, crisp, clean taste on the palate, very true with this style.

D: A very good choice for hot summer days, low ABV, a great session beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.49...
Pours a clear, lucid, dark-copper hue with a decent-sized foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power for a Pilsner...
Corny, grainy, malty aroma with hints of vanilla in the nose...
Crisp, clean, refreshing taste with nuances of bread and butter, caramel, vanilla, honey, and sugars...
Good mouthfeel coupled with an equally good level of drinkability make for a very good depiction of a classic German style...

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Photo of tmitch75
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Monthly club selection for June. Bottle looks a little different than the photo, with red markings where the photo shows blue. Stamped best by Nov. 2008.

Brilliantly clear golden color with ample white head and sticky lacing.

Sweet grainy malt nose with slighly spicy and floral hops.

Husky grain flavor, minimal sweetness, with grassy and lightly peppery hops. Very clean with good balance.

Dry and crisp mouthfeel with slighly above light body.

Easy to drink, an above average pilsner overall.

Tasted on 6/25/08.

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