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Kelso Pilsner | Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn

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Kelso PilsnerKelso Pilsner

Brewed by:
Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
New York, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 130
Photo of Cadyfatcat
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark straw yellow lacey head.
Smells ripe and fruity for a pilsner, smells like perhaps a belgian strain of yeast was used
hop bitterness overpowers any spicy notes that this beer has. Overall i would say too much bittering in this beer, it ruins any real hop character that a good vzech pils needs. Decent body.

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Photo of nramsburg
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a growler fill from Brazen Head. Pours a light straw color with small sized head. Smells slightly floral with a bit of banana action. Very light body with lingering carmel-ish sweetness. Hops not really assertive enough on this one for my liking, and the resulting is a fairly tired beer. Not the best Kelso style around.

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Photo of Huffs
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a nice, full head with good retention and lacing. Head was white and fairly dense. appearance was a light, straw color with a slight haze. Aroma had some fruit and yeasty notes. Tastes light with some mild grass and grain notes. Mild aftertaste with a medium mouth feel.

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Photo of Amalak
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It was gold in color, basically clear with some bubbles and a limited head. Couldn't really get a read on the scent.

Like the scent, it had a limited taste. It had some maltiness to it, but not that nice biting sourness that I like from a Czech Pils. Lacks a bitterness to it. Very...meh.

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Photo of CHickman
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Lark; pours clear yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy white head; smells of malt and faint yeast, with a typical pilsner odor that's not exciting and really just smells like beer.

Tastes of roasted malt, yeast, light grains and some very faint hops. Very light and crisp, with mild flavor and good lacing. A middle of the road to above average pilsner that fits in the pilsner category well. Easy to drink, just a bit boring as far as flavor goes for my liking.

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Photo of stakem
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a standard pint glass. The brew appears a pale golden color with spots of yeast hanging in suspension despite a careful pour. A white finger hangs across the top and fades leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The smell is quite sweet with notes of cereal. A little bit of lemon almost like coriander/grass blends breaking up the sweet candy appeal to this aroma.

The taste is unfortunately sweet like candy. A mild breadiness and coriander with a grassy herbal bitterness and sulfur towards the back. This is a very peculiar arrangement and seems partially unfermented and/or under-hopped to balance it out.

It is medium in body with a modest level of carbonation. It has a crisp bitterness at times and is enjoyable but it could be even more enjoyable if some of the residual sugar was stripped away. Unique and worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local pub, poured into a cheater pint

A: straw yellow color, small silky white head, reduces to a thin pancake cap, light carbonation bubbles

S: mellow aroma, slight grass

T: sweeter than I would have expected for the style. Grass and flower hoppiness try their best to balance sweetness but fail. Kind of a bland beer.

M: medium bodied, very drinkable

O: not bitter enough to be really called a pilsner, feels more like a blond ale with continental hops. Overall very sessionable.


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Photo of afksports
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Amity Hall in the West Village. I didn't want to have this beer; I was supposed to be drying out for a day, but my friend @bearhuman was in town and I waited to see her off. It wasn't so exceptional that I regretted the decision to leave half of it on the counter. But the initial bite was pretty good. Maybe that was just my decision to drink again talking though.

Appearance: Looks like a pilsner, but it still has a body. Decent head, not much lacing to speak of. Golden color tells you what it is, if you didn't already know.

Smell: No real aroma to write home about, but I have a hard time knocking light beers for that. There's some malt, a little hops.

Taste: Not gonna be my session beer, but the ingredients seem good enough. Maybe a hint of citrus in it in addition to the malt and hops. Bites a bit. I will up my beercabulary to do better justice in the future.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Goes down easy. But only very little substance. It's like a typical action movie with no compelling suspense.

Drinkability: it's funny because out of all the categories I gave this the best rating, and I didn't even finish my pint.

Only tastes from now on in the BeerQuest. Only tastes.

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Photo of dar482
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a clear straw color.

The beer is decently crisp, a bit of grassiness and floral, a good breadiness. A bit light on the hops and the flavor disappears a bit too quickly, along with the body being light as well.

Still a decent drinking pilsner.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: pilsner malt; a hint of diacetyl;

T: grainy; a touch sweet at mid-palate; a little metallic toward the finish; moderate bitterness in the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: OK, but not very interesting;

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Photo of Tschnab
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden clear color with a two inch head and some lace on the glass. The smell is mostly a citrusy grassy aroma, with a faint cereal grain. The taste has that nice grassy, lemony, doughy characteristic found in a summery pils. The finish has a nice hoppy bite followed by a clean crisp maltiness. Great option for the summer time, refreshing and easy-drinking.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty regular pilsner that is reminiscent of Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues. Has the same flavor profile and body. Sweet and a kiss of hops for the bitter finish. Easy to knock a few of these back but if you like your pilsners hoppy you'll be looking for something else. Hard to say which is better, but I might give the slightest edge to Yella Pils.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, yet another can courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, a touch of sweetness. Taste is crisp, malts, grains, a touch of bitterness at the finish, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking, refreshing beer.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow gold, clear and effervescent, with a thin, fluffy white head.

Nose is restrained, a bit of cracker-like malt and some spicy, grassy hop note.

Flavor is spicy hops, a bit grassy and floral over a crackery, dry malt body. Finish is lightly bitter, grassy, with a crackery malt exhale.

Light body and crisply carbonated.

Nicely drinkable beer, great with food. I'd like a bit more of a grassy hop character, a bit less spicy, but that's a relatively minor quibble.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Been drinking this on tap since my local place showing playoff ball has this on special during all games. A not quite clear straw yellow with a solid little foamy head into the pint glass. The smells are of sweet bread and some grassy and lightly floral hop. Decent bitterness, a long and slow malt sweetness with good body, and a kiss of hops, floral, citrus, grassy.
A solid beer with some good dextrins holding it up. Will be drinking much more of this until the playoffs draw to a close.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours a clear golden straw color with virtually no head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is sweet malts with some sour notes. Some floral hops with hints of hay. The taste is a nice mix of malts and cereal. Slightly sour with some toasted malts toward the end. Some floral hop bitterness. Light and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, decent Pilsner.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a clear mug.

Appearance: very lightly hazy straw-yellow hue with a mild effervescence and a finger of creamy white foam that leaves a chunky lace on the glass. Head is good, but the color is a bit lackluster for me.

Smell: a bit corny with a dash of noble hops. It's not corny in a bad way, though; just kind of sweet with a light dose of corn pops.

Taste: malt is again lightly corny, but not at all in a bad way. The slightly grassy, noble-y hops play off that element rather well; I find myself quite liking it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: the corniness is interesting and not bad, though I'll admit it gets a little old through a whole glass. It's not terrible, though.

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Photo of Nickls
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured a light clearish gold color; nice finger of fluffier white head that held OK

S - Nice hoppiness; a little hint of earth; very much on style for the most part; bit of graininess that I didn't particularly care fo

T - Hops continue through to the flavor; earthy; nicely bitter; some breadiness; OK but not fantastic

M - Light to medium; carbonation was not as crisp as would've wanted

D - Despite some of the lackings it was quite a quaffable brew

Not a bad example at all, and worth a look if you come across it.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A fairly decent pilsner here, it's not going to shake the world up but it is pretty good.
It has a yellow straw color that is clear. Not much of a head formed but there was a small one. No lacing either. Slow rising bubbles are few and far between.

In the nose I get some malts and cereal grains. Perhaps some hops, floral I would guess.

It has a subtle crispness but not enough to counter the sweet grains in the taste. Some hoppiness too with maybe lemon or citrus.
Drinks smooth with a flat feeling.
It's better then thier brown lager, I'll say that.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has some hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of bready and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The initial taste has flavors of soapiness and bready malts with some notes of sweetness while flavors of grainy malts become more noticeable towards the finish. The graininess and soapiness begins to disappear as the beer warms up and is replaced with more sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer becomes a lot more drinkable as it warms up and bready malts dominate more of the flavor and are accompanied by sweetness.

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Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Empire State Cellars in Tanger (Riverhead); notes are from 5/29

This pils is a bright, completely transparent orange-gold. The head on top is pillowy and soapy, with a just barely perceptible yellow tint. Lacing is dense, sticking in clumps, then patches, as the head sustains its full finger's height.
The aroma is lightly spicy with soft sweetness of ripe white fruits, a touch of grains, and a bit of tart green apple off some creaminess.
The flavor is more varied. It's both sweet and husky with a hint of earth, some grains, a light touch of grass and very light herbal bitterness. A little dryness eases into the flavor's finish.
Overall, it's semi-sweet in a body that straddles the line between light and medium all the way. Crisp and bright, it moves gently into a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of Act25
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this better than the initial Ba's. Hard to rate good pilsner, but they're never really disappointing, just hard to tease apart. Try 6.

A - Lots of lace, fine bubbles, good head and retention. Golden perfection. I give it a 4.

S -Too much corn accusation in the review. It's got a bit of corn, but more white crackers, stone wheat thins, with a dash of bright hops.

Taste: The main upper flavor is lemony, grassy, noble hops that play off the white cracker back drop as a kind of smear of tang on sweet bread crust.

Mouthfeel: Nice in the mouth, tingly with creamy body with a bright, peppery carbonation. Clean finish.

Overall: I did not tire of this and like it alongside others like El Sully.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of creamy white head, nice lacing.

S- Wheat sweetness, grain, a bit of breadiness and citrus. A bit of muted soapiness.

T- Similar to the flavor, sweet grain and wheat flavors, some lemon and soapiness again, has a really nice doughiness towards the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel.

O- Not a bad pilsner, I'm not crazy about the citrus aspect but the malt flavors are very nice.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic cup at a stand in Coney Island.

Appearance: Deep golden color with a small white head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lace.

Smell: Weak smell, mostly of sweet, grainy pilsner malt

Taste: Rather sweet and grainy with some citrus and a balanced finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with balanced carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: A solid pilsner- a faithful interpretation of the style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsener glass. Pours a light straw/golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of grainy biscuit malt and grassy hops with a hint of citrus. Flavor is follows with biscuit malt, grain, light citrus, grassy noble hops; finishes with grassy hops, slightly metallic. Light to medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A good domestic take on the pilsener style, starting slightly sweet, but finishing dry. There is a slight metallic or astringent quality to finish, as the malt flavors taper off, but overall a nicely balanced and traditional style pilsener. A new brewery to our area.

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