Brewed by Boatrocker Brewing Company
Style: Pilsener
Braeside, Melbourne, VIC, Australia


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Hoppbier is our little nod to the amazing pilsners from Northern Germany...with a little love from New Zealand hops. We crafted this beer with only the best German pilsner malt, then loaded it up with some choice Kiwi hops (including late boil hop bursting & dry hopping). Sure we could have made some bland, flavourless lager to appeal to the masses, but if we wouldn’t drink the beer, how could we expect you to? When we drink Hoppbier, memories of beer gardens in the north of Germany with their wonderfully hoppy pilsners all come flooding back... Ingredients: MALT - German Pilsner Malt, German Carapils; HOPS - NZ Hallertau Aroma, Riwaka, Motueka; Pilsner yeast; water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bendybenbeer (39) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2011 A great modern example of a New World pilsner. Pours a lovely straw gold, with a good sized head that stays until the end (albeit a little smaller). Aroma is nice and fruity, with lychee, passion fruit & citrus. Some good malt aroma behind it all as well. As shambles pointed out, nice to see the listing of ingredients on the packaging... and such good quality ingredients by the taste of it - fruity, citrus, with a well balanced bitterness. Palate is full, which really works with this beer. As the label says, ideal for a beer garden on a hot day. Speaking of which, as a Melbournite, i find the label really works - very "rock music poster"... Maybe things move a little slower up in the Blue Mountains.... ;-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
highlandlad (1470) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 After Sweetwater and now this, I’m beginning to think there’s a gap in the market for a good beer label designer down under. This one looks like it was knocked up on a home computer. Fortunately the beer is a tad better. This pils is in Emerson Pilsner territory but it shares a postcode rather than living next door. Kudos to the brewer for not serving up another conveyor-belt lager, but this one doesn’t meet the aspirations declared on the bottle. Looks fine - clear gold with a modest head that lingers all the way to the finish line. Some limited hop cut-through in the aroma but already it feels like they haven’t quite gone the full monty. Good malt base. However, the overall effect is soapy, rather than sharp. Feels like they’re almost there but couldn’t quite bring themselves to chuck in enough hops. Five years ago I would have loved this. These days the benchmark for Australian brewers is higher. (330ml bottle courtesy of a beer club the in-laws signed me up to as a birthday gift.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2782) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2011
Pours gold with a small head. Nose shows a fair bit of fruity hops and some faint bready malt. Very similar flavours, faint fruity hops and a lot of sweet cookie dough-like malt. Finished with a somewhat sharp bitterness. Carbonation could be higher just to dry out the finish a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maris (1384) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2011
From a 330ml bottle on 24/1/2011. Has a mild aroma of sweet malt and grass. There’s a strong Euro malt flavour, with a light dash of citrus fruit. Finishes with a good, lingering hop kick. All up, a pretty good crack at a pilsener.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jade (433) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2011
Light golden colour with moderate carbonation and a white head. Aroma is hops and wheat. Light taste of hops, with a bitter after taste. Refreshing, not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2011
Clear, pale gold body with lasting white head. Citrusy notes aroma and taste, just some hop bitterness without too much hop flavour, a little thin but still drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2010
Pale gold pour good head aroma fruity very hoppy beer fl;avour resinous tangy fruit passionfruit has a real German touch the bitter a little like Urqell finish strong hop flavours some sweetness particularly good bitter and fizz nice on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a nice light golden straw with largish white head. Nice looking beer. Nice grainy ho aromas nicely offset by citrusy hops. Quite subtle but good all the same. The grainy malt follows through to the flavours with good resiny hop bitterness on the finish. Medium mouthfeel. This is a really good beer. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Bottle 330ml. Nice pilsner. Aromas of honey, flowers, and pine. Taste starts sweet, with a lingering bitter finish. Palate is oily, with a thin-to-medium body. Yellow, bubbly, with a head that doesn’t last.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (3504) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2010
Bright gold with an inch of very white head that fades quickly to a coat. Medium bead. Hay and hop nose: the Kiwi influence is there (passionfruit, gooseberries), but mingled with earth and meadows. Quite fruity and sweet with orange and passionfruit. Quite prominent bitterness. The new world influence is slightly greater in the taste, but not to the point of clashing - more of a twist on more traditional pilsners. Not bad, but a little too much sweetness and fruit for me.

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