Review of Brooklyn Pilsner

20 Jul
For today’s craft beer review, I’m going to try another beer by the Brooklyn Brewing Company located in Brooklyn, New York.

On the menu for today is the Brooklyn Pilsner.  I have sampled numerous brews from Brooklyn, but this is one that has eluded me for some reason.  Well, no longer.  With the Sun blazing down, what better time to try it than now?

From the website,, we find this description of the Brooklyn Pilsner.

Available all year round.  Brooklyn Pilsner is a refreshing golden lager beer brewed in the style favored by New Yorks pre-Prohibition brewers.

In the 1840’s, the pilsner style emerged from central Europe to become the worlds most popular style of beer.  Like its ancestors, Brooklyn Pilsner is traditionally brewed from the finest European tow-row barley malts.  German-grown Perle and Hallertauer hops provide a crisp, snappy bitterness and fresh, floral aroma.  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. 

Ok.  Only one thing left to do…. drink it!!!!

This Pilsner comes in a 12 oz. bottle and has an ABV of 5.1%.

The appearance was a clear, straw yellow/light gold color.  I didn’t find the beer to be as clear as some of the other Pilsners I’ve seen though.  Oh well.  The head was bright white, soapy and fluffy.  It was of very nice size and had above average retention.  Some “ok” lacing was left behind too.

The aroma was clean and fresh with hints of grain and corn husk.  Smells reminiscent of freshly cut hay brought forth a touch of an earthy note.  Maybe even getting a cracker or a toasty bread nose too.  A fragrance of light lemon brought out a bit of sweetness to give it a little edge.  Not bad on the nose and balanced ok.

The taste revealed more of the the grain and breadiness along with a moderate, pine, hop bite.  The malt seemed to wrap around the taste buds nicely and dominate the flavor, however it did leave a little bit of room for some sweetness and an earthy, herbal, grassy flavor.  Much like the smell, the taste was clean, crisp and fresh with light touches of a fruity lemon. 

The mouthfeel was medium to thin.  Smooth, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  A little bit watery and only an average amount of flavor was left on the palate.  It finished with a quick snap.

The Brooklyn Pilsner is super easy to drink, super refreshing and could be enjoyed by most anyone.  It’s very sessionable and would be perfect after a hard days work in the heat or by the BBQ.  It’s not the best Pilsner on the market, but it’s a nice interpretation and is complex enough for some discussion.  It’s worth a try if you see it, so don’t hesitate to pick it up while the weather is still warm.

Thanks to everyone who reads and comments.  As always, it’s most appreciated.


Score:  3.5 out of 5
Grade:  B-   

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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Brooklyn, Country: USA


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