Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Stromness, Scotland


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
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Available in cask (described as "Cask Pilsner"), and in bottle ("Highland Pilsner"), this beer is a delicious straw-coloured session beer, dominated by crisp, fresh, citrus hop character from classic German "noble hops".
Brewed with a balance of best British Ale Malt and Lager Malt, this beer exhibits a pale straw colour. The aroma combines a zesty attack and an apricot fruitiness with the subtle floral hop notes of the Styrian Golding, Saaz and Hallertauer Hersbrucker hops.
Moderate levels of residual sweetness are balanced by a crisp, well-rounded bitterness to give a clean, refreshing mouthfeel in the best traditions of pilsners – pint after pint!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (20618) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Bottled. Golden colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is wood, hops, grass and caramel. Flavour is grass and some hints of mild fruityness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2008
Clear golden with tiny white head. Sweet and fruity aroma with discrete hoppy an citric notes. Flavor likewise with a mild hoppy end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MiP (13663) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle, 3.9% at ÅBF08. Weak plasticky aroma. Hazy golden colour. The flavour is slightly citric, hint of sherry. Finishes oxidized.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (1861) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2008
Bottle. Pours a golden colour with a thin white head. The beer has a pronounced malty sweet aroma.The beer has a bitter sweet flavor with notes of some hoppy fruityness., with a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
yespr (31470) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2008
Århus2008. 50 cL bottle. Pours almost clear yellow with a lacing white head. Light malty spiced aroma. Flavour is mild breadish and dry malty. Mild dry malt finish too. A bit boring imho.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mountainforest (130) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2008
lots and lots of carbonation, perhaps the only thing it has going for it to be labelled as a pilsner. the blended malt (british ale, continental, lager, german) not bad, certainly not a simple beer. buttery and thick. a bit citrus, too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle, Students’ Association, St Andrews. Nose is lemony malt with seaweed. Mouth has plenty of carbonation and has bunches of lagery maltiness, some sweet seaweed and salty balance. Woody tones, but quite refreshing towards the end. Would be gulpable if it weren’t for some bite of hoppiness at the back of the throat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2007
Bottle from the cave. Aroma is minimal hints of lemon over the pale malts. Taste is lager malts, hints of honey sweetness but the hops are no use and too rawly grassy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrismuirhead (1) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 30, 2007 does not count
Clean and zesty flavour perfectly balanced with a firm hoppy nose. Wonderfully refreshing beer with an alcohol content that lets you keep your head even when quenching a serious thirst.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7249) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2007 Bottled. Pours with a slight golden haze and impressively lacy suds. Sweet, vanilla-accented nose. Chewily piney and hop-laden for the ABV. A hint of vanilla maltiness not unlike Innis and Gunn, but otherwise very coniferous. Takes some getting used to, but an admirable attempt at the style with a full-flavoured malt-hop balance. Despite the blurb, better as it warms than at fridge temperature. Just not too keen on those grainy, malt whiskeyish flavours. A little too like drinking freshly polished furniture for my liking.

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