Kelso Pilsner | Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnQVegas on 02-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
133
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of smithj4
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

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 paulish
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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 sendbeer
2.16/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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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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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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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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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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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Kelso Pilsner from Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
3.59 out of 5 based on 133 ratings.
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