bendybenbeer (38) - - FEB 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.... ;-)
KeefOz (634) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a clear golden amber colour with a thin white bubble head. Moderate to high carbonation. Aroma of sweet floral hops, passionfruit and a trace of citrus. Taste is sweet with a very slight subtle hops bitterness. Light body. Short very slight and subtle bitter finish. Quite OK.
Jimthechap (1331) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good pilsener colour with a useful white head that is sinking slowly into the glass in front of me. Not necessarily conventional hoppy aroma, but then there’s a fair amount of interpretation going on with the pilsener style. Gentle grapefruit and lemon aromas. Not overwhelming hop aroma, but it’s there and it is pleasant. Good fluffy mouthfeel and gentle fruity characters. There’s a definite nod to the German malts which I really like. The bitterness is very gentle and the finish is so subtle as to be too short. On the whole though, excellent sessionable beer.
jameshope11 (1) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2011 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a light straw colour, with a thin loose head that dissipates fairly quickly. High carbonation. Aromas of citrus and passionfruit. Taste is sweet, almost like some mainstream radlers, finish disappears quickly, lacking a satisfying bitterness. Drinkable Pilsner but underwhelming in many regards.
Stew41 (1625) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is not expensive for aussie craft and I think it’s a very good session beer. Some new world fruity hops early before some daggy pils bitterness kicks in. Bitterness leaves the palate feeling sharp.
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Not a big lover of pilseners but this one was okay. Amber and very clear with a deep white cloud of foam capping it off. Passionfruit and citrus aromas are pleasant as is the clean crisp flavour that leaves a little dryness on the palate. Overall pretty good.
highlandlad (1395) - 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 (1725) - 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 (857) - 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 (393) - 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.