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Brooklyn PilsnerBrooklyn Pilsner

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsner

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 rab53
3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Jacobier10
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a European Pilsner glass. The color is golden and clear with lively carbonation. Small, fluffy, white head with excellent retention. Faint hop aroma with a touch of citrus...barely. The taste is crisp and clean. A bit of a sour/bitter aftertaste that hurt my overall impression of the beer. However, it is very light on the palate and goes down easily. Glad I tried this beer but probably will be looing elsewhere next time I'm in the mood for a pilsner.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pilsener:

A: clear yellow colored body with no head, no lacing, no rings in my pint glass. A fair amount of carbonation was seen rising slowly.

S: sweet grains with some malts and breads in the background.

T: malts and breads with the sweet grains in the background. Some floral tones came out in the taste.

M: light, sessionable, crisp and the carbonation was definitely felt in my mouth.

O: I guess its not a bad beer, but nothing to scream about. From what I've read of other reviews, I was hoping for a better appearance, but was let down a bit. I'd probably only seek this out again if I found it on tap.

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Photo of ski271
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very slightly hazy, medium gold with a small, white, foamy head that quickly diminishes to a thick film. Some light lacing.

Smell: Grainy bread and grassy hops with touches of citrus and caramel.

Taste: Floral and perfumey. Subtle flavors of herbal tea and apple, and then moderate citrus on the finish, which is bitter, slightly metallic, and medium-long in duration.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Sure, a pilsener should be fairly bitter and crisp, but I think the bitterness is a little too strong. No, change that, it’s not too strong, just out of balance. I found this to be a very average pilsener.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color. Nice foamy head with some retention. Faint hops on the nose. This beer is pretty void of taste. There aren't any bad things of note however. It's got a pretty light body. The tastes that I do note are some pils malt and very,very slight hop bitterness. The beer is pretty easy to drink. This beer is better than the yellow fizzy macro counterparts, but not by much.

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Photo of hreb
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottle is labelled best before August 2008. Beer is very pale yellow with a thin white head. Doesn't look like much. Nearly no skunky lager aroma, but a hint of banana(?).

Even though the carbonation is only moderate, this pilsner is sharp and straight. Beyond that the beer is very thin and, honestly, not that interesting. Not the best Brooklyn, nor the best American pils. Although vaguely Pilsnerish in its bitterness, as opposed to tasting like a typical cascade-loaded American ale.

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Photo of austinwise
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mjw2808
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light transparent amber color with a one finger head that leaves a lot of lacing. The nose is heavy on malt and grain and a slight bit of hops. The taste is very grainy with a slight bit of malt sweetness and a touch of hops. Very watery and lacking in flavor. The mouthfeel is decent but its not a very drinkable brew and one of my least favorite from brooklyn, which is a brewery I like a lot.

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Photo of Onceeven
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking for quite some time for a Pils that matches up to my all time fav, but have always been severely disappointed. I had high hopes for this one, thinking it would be fresher than the imports, but was a bit skeptical given Brooklyn's hit-or-miss track record (in my opinion).
This one was a bit of a miss.
I purchased a growler of this brew, refrigerated it, and consumed it the very next day, but found it to be largely flat. This may have been the pub's fault, I dunno. The brew was a lovely golden color, but lacked the pils' penchant for a stunning stream of bubbles. The nose was nothing to write home about..with just a hint of flowery hop presence, otherwise I'd guess I was smelling any old adjunct lager.
I may have rated the taste of this beer a bit low... but it just doesn't do it for me. The delicate hop presence seems to take backseat to a malty sweetness that creates a overall bland impression.
It's on par or better than most of the pilsners I've tried, but comes nowhere near the memory of that one perfect pils.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. best before Feb 2013.

A: bright gold, clarity could use a little work in my opinion. head is a tightly bubbled bright white. retention is moderate. some spotted lacing.

S: minerally, slightly metallic. might be some herbal hop aroma as well, but it is definitely on the faint side.

T: a distinctive grain flavor here. some sweetness. not really getting much in the hop bitterness/flavor depot. slightly acidic, but still more cereal than anything.

M: moderate amount of carb. light bodied.

D: decent, but I would stay a step below good. a serious lack of hop aroma/flavor/presence mostly ruined it for me. that and the lack of clarity. not really much of a fan of either of Brooklyn's main lager beers. stick to your ales boys.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours to a brilliantly clear pale golden, forming a tall soapy "pure as the blown snow" white, with excellent retention and lacing. Great looking brew. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma initially of dry, dusty floral hops, freshly mown hay, grain husk, macro booze, and a faint corn sweetness. Mouthfeel is bright and flittering with a light body. Taste is an echo of the aroma...dusty floral hops, hay, a very light malt body with medium bitterness, and unfortunately, a pervasive taste of nasty Brooklyn water complete with chlorine. The bitterness has a grape skin harshness, with some perceptable off-alcohols and esters. Yellabrau.

A very average beer, and a decent representative of the style, however it's not my thang. The empty bitterness and lack of malt body really doesn't satisfy me in any way. Honestly, if I was blind-folded, I would call this a product of the big three (until it warmed up). I'll pass on seconds.

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Photo of tweeder263
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a golden brew with a one finger head that doesnt last. My first whiff i coulda swore smelled like euro skunk. But it must have settled out,,smell wasnt too bad as i started drinking it.Slightly hoppy smell not much else. Taste isnt bad,,nothing compared to something like prima pils but not too bad very subdued.An all around good drinking brew a few notches better then macros.

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Photo of gfreed
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
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 deaconoflove
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
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 SkunkWorks
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the restaurant Pie in Port Jefferson, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: clear, light golden color with a thin white head. The head doesn't last for very long but while its there it leaves some lacing, though the lacing also seems to disappear shortly.

Smell: some pale malt notes and some honey but not much in the way of hops.

Taste: pale malt with some bready flavors, not much in terms of hop taste, but some chalkiness in the finish.

Feel: fairly dry which is odd considering the low ABV. Crisp and well carbonated though.

Drink: I probably wouldn't want more than one. The chalk flavor in the finish makes it tough to drink a lot of these and, well, isn't that the point of a pilsener?

Overall, fairly disappointed on this one. I don't know what I expected, exactly, but I didn't get anything I would want to try again. Brooklyn can be a little hit or miss sometimes and this one was a miss. I'd go elsewhere if pilseners are your thing.

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Photo of Jdt4488
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Session beer, I can drink this all night.

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Photo of heidelbeerg
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale straw color with a bright white head. Hard to pick up anything special in the smell. A little hoppy. This beer was very crisp, clean and had a slightly bitter finish. This beer is easy to drink but does not do anything special for me. I would not look for this beer again, but if I went to a party and this was being served, I would be thrilled that it was not your run of the mill macro. This is a nice step up from them.

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