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: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnQVegas on 02-12-2009

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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 41
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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2.16/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of moodenba
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Kelso pilsner can about 50F poured into a glass in August, 2018. The beer had a modest head. The body was somewhat thin and sweet. The aftertaste was a reasonably good noble hop bitterness. This beer pales in comparison to Brooklyn Pilsner.

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Photo of mynie
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at some hotel bar in Manhattan.

Pours dark for the style. The aroma is very grainy with lots of generic cereal nodes and minimal hops. The flavor is the same: a not entirely pleasant grain bill and then the faintest little bitter kiss of hops on the finish.

I don't know who this is for. Even for a beer that debuted in 2009 this is oddly out place--it tastes like a flagship offering from a second-tier midwest brewpub circa 1998 or so. It's not horrible, but it's certainly not worth your money.

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2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
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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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%
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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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
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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3.15/5  rDev -12%
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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3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of grains, malt juice and mild floral hops.
Similarly, flavor with notes of floral and spicy hops, crude grains, a bit of mineral feeling and dough. Dry aftertaste with a mild to medium bitterness.
Light body with mild carbonation.
Decent Pils, but the experience could be enhanced if it had a somewhat stale carbonation. It felt tired, but it is 4 months old. Maybe this got to freeze temperature levels and than back at some point.

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3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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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3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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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3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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Kelso Pilsner from Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 138 ratings