Kelso Pilsner | Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn

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Kelso PilsnerKelso Pilsner

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Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
New York, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 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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Photo of tigg924
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, gold, with 1/3 inch head. Taste is honey, graham cracker, and light grass. Makes for a nice, light, and refreshing beer. Sweeter than most in the style and certainly one I would pick up again if I wanted the style.

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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 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 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 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 mediumtommy
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very enjoyable beer that tasted better poured than from the can. The pilsner malt flavor wasn't over bearing or too strong as is the case with most pilsners. It was a well balanced beer. There was little to no hop aroma or flavor. It was very light in color and taste.

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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 woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a CANQuest (TM) score during my most recent foray to New York and Brooklyn, making it ever easier to entice me to come up and visit! Have CANS? Will Travel! That's my motto.

From the CAN: "Brooklyn Crafted Since 2006"; "Spicy nose, slightly sweet, with a dry finish"; "CANS: Infinitely recyclable Beer helps"; "Created by the husband and wife team of Kelly Taylor & Sonya Giacobbe, these 100% hand-made craft ales and lagers have been brewed fresh in the bountiful borough of Brooklyn since 2006. Mounds of malt, bales of hops and countless hours of dedication and passion. That's KelSo Beer."

A nice, loud Crack! revealed a brimful CAN, so in salute to the brewers, I utilized an inverted Glug. The pseudo-cascade was brilliant, finally settling into two fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with great retention. Color was like liquid sunshine with a slight haziness (SRM = 4 to 5), perfect for a rainy spring afternoon. The three gold stooges, Croesus, Mammon and Midas seemed to agree as they all showed up for a taste, but I was having none of it. It had a nicely controlled spicy nose, just enough to tickle my sinuses and get my mouth watering, but not enough to be too much of a good thing. Mouthfeel was medium and the Saaz hops really interacted well with the yeast and the malt knew enough to stand pat, creating the king of Pilsner that I really dig. Too many AALs under the bridge and GER Pilsners tend to be too sweet for my liking. Finish was dry, slightly spicy, slightly grassy and definitely refreshing. This would be ideal on a hot, humid summer's day.

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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 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 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 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 cosmicevan
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can picked up locally. enjoyed from a sixpoint snifter.

a - brew poured a crisp transparent straw yellow with tons of visible fizzy carbonation. nice finger of fizzy white bubbly head. to style. nice lacing.

s - grain all day. flax. definitive pilsner. lacks that macro shine though which is nice.

t - wow. that's really good. for a style that i'm not wild about, i am really enjoying this beer. nice lemon notes on grain. wheaty and sweet. bready.

m - extremely refreshing. a tasty version of a sessionable classic for the macro world.

o - overall, very impressive beer...let alone pilsner. really tasty, really easy drinking and a great crossover beer for trying to convert a macro drinker. a pilsner done right. cheers.

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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 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 lovindahops
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard some good things about kelso so I figured I would give this a try

A- a golden yellow body with fair shades of lacing on the sides of the glass. No foam from the pour, but slow carbonation arises to the top making an attept

S- faint scents of grass, lemon, and bready scents are at the forefront. Not over powering, but still there

T- a stronger appearance of bready and grassy notes are presented as good pilsner flavors. Very lively and refreshing brew

M- excellent carbonation and flavor on the mouth. Very respectful properties of good pilsner

O- Very refreshing pilsner that displays the taste profile I look for. The grassy and lemony flavors are both in full effect and excellent

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Whole Foods on Columbus Circle in NYC.

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was a hazy golden color with a small white head on top. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Very light citrus and lemony aromas with some grainy malt and some bready sweetness.

T: Some sweet bready/grainy malt upfront which transitions to some light citrus and lemon.

M: Light to medium bodied, very crisp and easy drinking.

O: Took a shot on a brewery I had never heard of, and it paid off. It isn't mind blowing, but definitely a solid beer that I could drink all the time.

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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 DrewSnyc667
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Little Town in Union Square. Awesome place that only serves craft beers. And only crafts brewed in NY State.

A- Pale golden yellow, has about 1/2 in head laces beautifully with lovely activity

S - really nothing there, watery slightly malty with just the faintest buttery sense

T - Wow super smooth with a lot going on. Starts sweet and malty, buttery smoothness. Nice dry hop finish, super crisp and refreshing!

M - Finishes clean, perfect amount of carbonation. Unbelievably drinkable

O- where has this been all my life one of the best I've had this summer. Great choice for those not yet into crafts, really tasty and a great American pilsner

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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 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 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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Kelso Pilsner from Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
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