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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Czechmate is a classic Bohemian style Pilsner featuring noble Czech Saaz hops and Bohemian Pils malt. Twice crowned champion international style lager - Brewers Guild of NZ awards, 2006, 2007.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omega (898) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 7, 2014
More a malt driven style of beer than a fresh citrus style, meaning while technically true was not embraced by the drinking public and is being retired for the meantime. May reappear with a tweaked recipe.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 20, 2014
500ml bottle pours deep orange gold, faint malty aroma with a tangy hoppy creamy taste, the finish is bitter dry & definitely hoppy without being too intense

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (2764) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is grainy, grassy, light earth. Crisp hops are the defining factor of this one. It has a nice soft grain profile that is cleaned up nicely with the crispy hops. Solid pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2615) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark gold colour with a thin white head, hoppy and malty aroma, taste is light bitterness with a crisp dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pdubyah (641) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2014
Different but. Whilst it appears to be crisp and clean it’s actually a bit abrasive and one dimensional. The hops add bitterness but it’s a sharpness. It might be that this is the style but you could expect a more rounded edginess to a pilsner that this doesn’t have. It’s pleasant but it’s not a stayer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2014 Czech Saaz on steroids. Lemon balm, sulfur, herbs, grass, cheese rind and touches of BO, the Saaz character is powerful and may be the strongest I’ve experienced. Exceptionally soft malt is creamy, silky and velvety and delivers the strong spice, peppercorn, cheese rind must, lemon oil and herbs with prickly, lively acids... succulent and juicy and savory. I want to say the bitterness is extreme but I don’t find it overbearing, on the contrary I’m marveling... smacking and quenching, frothy and creamy, pithy and zesty and minerallic... very intense sensory experience contrasted with the softest malt core I’ve found in New Zealand. I went through the entire bottle waiting for hop fatigue to set in but I only found it more appealing. A few more of these to be sure. Update: second bottle was so-so... Re-update: third bottle was quite basic like a better version (clone) of Pilsner Urquell. Score lowered from 4.0 to 3.6.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DylansDad (590) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 9, 2013
Somewhere there lurks some nice flavours in this beer, they’re just hiding behind a dough-dominant aroma and a middle and finish where a slightly lemony carbonic-type tang just blows everything else away. Drinkable, but disappointing after their glorious Hopsmacker.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
turnermj (5) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2013 does not count
Poured clear, golden with light head. Tight on the nose with little aroma, followed by a lackluster palate that was void of texture and minimal malt or hop backbone. Overall left disappointed.

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