highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.)
Davros (2408) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Maris (1167) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Jade (423) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
gam (3636) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
hawthorne00 (2876) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Shambles (35) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear pale straw colour with a thin white head. Aromatic hops - pine, grassy, citric notes, passion fruit, lychee, straw/hay and flowers. full bodied with good bitterness and malt profile, finishes clean, dry and crisp with lingering flavour. This beer is complex and smashable, a great contribution to the Australian beer scene.