mkel07 (2516) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle from The Beer Cellar. Looks pretty thin in the glass, amber colour with a clean crisp white head that fades to leave a ring of white foam around the glass. Harsh flavour that is quite flat but it does foam up a bit in the mouth. Long metallic aftertaste detracts a bit from this beer.
DylansDad (290) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is not BRB’s best beer, but I disagree with the comment below that Mac’s HopRocker is a better beer than this. This Bouncing Czech has a clear, well-defined flavour. Simple, un-complex and a bit like a large-print book and a well-made pair of safety shoes. It has got a job to do (it is a Hop Delivery System) and it does it without fanfare. It’s a good, reliable dolt of a labourer; the hops make it through rain or shine. Which is more than can be said of HopRocker.
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A yellow beer with a ehite head. The aroma has notes spicy hopps, malt, and citrus fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, spicy hops, and citrus fruits, leading to a bitter finish.
Jimthechap (1324) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks like an archetypal pilsner but I note there’s no Saaz hops listed on the label. There is a good herbal, citrus note upon hoovering in lungfuls of aroma, so a tick in the box there. Tart bitterness and orange peel flavours, not too bad, a good summer quencher.
Bif (1192) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle- Pours a golden color with a nice head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of some citrus, mallt sweetness with trace of herbs and grain. Taste of citrus with a mild malt sweetness. Decent bitterness and a clean finish. Light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Decent pilsner that went well with dinner.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 27, 2012
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Golden colour with mild hop bitterness. I agree with the comments by simonw"boring beer that should never had been made."
simonw (1) - - MAR 21, 2012 does not count
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
If you are going to make a claim such as "a characterful pilsener with explosions of citrus. It’ll bounce round your mouth like a rabbit on a trampoline." then I really hope you have a beer to live up to it.
I poured this into a pint glass, as expected for it’s style it pours a nice clear golden colour.
The aroma is a big let down, there isn’t much of it, and what there is smells of off corny grain
The taste is much off the same, there is some bitterness coming through from the hops, but I’m not getting any citrus, let alone an ’explosion of citrus’ like the packaging claims. This beer is boring, and the only reason I drunk it so fast was to finish it and get on to drinking something with more character (another trait the brewer claims this beer has)... I really wonder what is the point? There are other beers in the style available that are better, the brewer isn’t kidding anyone that this is a craft beer, and it offends me that the brewer trys it make it look like one.
If you want a value for money beer in NZ of this style pay a few dollars extra and get a 6 pack of Macs Hop Rocker.
I’ll admit that if I did a blind taste of this beer, without all the packaging, bold claims of citrus explosions, etc, and pretending to be a craft beer (when it’s brewed by a company owned by Asahi), I’d probably rate it higher. But for what it claims to be, this is an incredibly boring beer that should never have been made.
ciaranc (583) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml Bottle, NZD$11.99 in New World for six. Is this the best budget beer in NZ? Nice golden colour, good nose - floral, grass, citrus, herbs. Light to mid body, a bit sticky, not too much carbonation, good hoppy bitterness to it. Malty finish lets it down a bit, but a budget macron beer you can taste.
inceptioj (30) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cost me eleven dollars for a six pack. It’s not too exciting but exceptional value. Tastes like a decent pilsner; fruit, pear, citrus with a moderate (and unusual for such a low priced beer) hop finish. The presence of biscuity squishy malt lowers the overall deliciousness in my opinion. Overall not bad and certainly better than anything else I’ve tried in this price-range.
maneliquor (2247) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Beervana 2011. A fluffy white head sits atop a deep golden opaque brew. Floral and citrus hoppage backed by biscuity malt and a little bit of earth on the nose. The same citrus and light biscuit malt backing in the taste. Pretty decent pils