Brewed by Cassels & Sons Brewing Company
Style: Pilsener
Christchurch, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
This beer has much in common with our Lager, but is more generously hopped. Pouring a bright golden hue beneath a pillowy white head, the aroma and palate offer an attractive honey-like sweetness, with lemony and passionfruit notes from the New Zealand hops blending with the biscuit and caramel from the malts. Carbonate-laden water from the brewery’s own well gives the beer a firm, but creamy mouthfeel which distances it from most European Pilseners, but the emphatic dry finish is entirely appropriate. With sufficient bitterness to cut through oily food such as salmon or deep fried fish and chips, this beer is also a fine match for strongly flavoured shellfish like mussels and oysters, or spicy Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisine. 4.8% ABV Geoff Griggs – October 2011

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EXE (2) - Nelson, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2015 does not count
Quite respectable. I guess I've been lucky enough to taste quite a few really good pilsners lately. Probably looking for a bit more malt or maybe the keg being served is a bit old. Would love to taste this "fresh as".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (5003) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
On tap @ Cassels. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has slight notes of grain, some honey, slight fruits. Clear, golden coloured beer with a white head. The beer is full of taste, citric hoppiness.Goes down easy. Light bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 12, 2013
The head is ok, the body blond. It smells malty, bit hoppy, ild. The taste is bit hoppy, bit malty, bit flowery. Medium

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
horotane (18) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 22, 2013
This is great Pilsner. When the going gets tough the tough get going. Petanque, yachting, whatever, it’s European, it’s delicious, and it’s right now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Natz (5) - christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 19, 2013 does not count
Light,not too hoppy nice balance of flavours. Would be perfect for a summers day to compete against the hot weather and quench the thirst.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cantabrian (964) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2012
This would probably have a totally different appreciation if it wasn’t called a Pilsener. To the best of my knowledge, a "Pilsener " has become a style after a certain lager produced in a certain area that everyone knows about. It has a clear profile of flavour and appearance that sets the tone. Making it too hoppy will be as preposterous as calling dark lagers "Black Pilsners". This beer was just way too hoppy and not a partricularly pleasant hoppines, nor the bitterness. Everything else was smothered by this audacious addition. I brought a couple of Germans to this brewery the other day. Glad we just missed the Pilsner and I gave them the excellent Milk Stout.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
deusax (459) - Grenoble, FRANCE - APR 8, 2012
On tap @C&S brewery. Not looking like a traditional czech pils (too bitter and dry), but still a good kiwi pils

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4547) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 31, 2011
lots of tropical fruit, passionfruit notes. Fairly aggressively bitterness. Hops just remain in the mouth. Def not traditional but a very nice kiwi pils

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 19, 2011
This was tasted some four months after my esteemed colleague Snuffla and must have been different brew as I got no hint of diacetyl, just a flourish of hops, honey, resin, lemon curd, passionfruit and grass. It is more overt than traditional Pilsners. Just a small note of disappointment that the head barely fluffed up and was gone in seconds. However, where it lacks on appearance, it gains on flavour. The bitterness creeps in and makes itself known as a lush, tangy citrus and resinous slap. It has surprising mouthfeel considering the lack of carbonation to the eye. This is a very good thing as it adds an additional dimension. It has a long, lingering finish that is a hallmark of excellent beer. I’d happily go back for seconds, thirds probably if it weren’t for the ESB that this brewer produces. God, I could hump that ESB.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle 16/1/2011. Nice bottle with woodcut print label. Flip top lid. Aroma of very sweet malt and a bit of a diacetyl followed up with something floral. Got more and more diacetyl the more I thought about it. Golden in the glass with a fine white head. Big clash of flavours to taste. Sweet at first which changes to bitterness then back to sweet but this time corn corn corn. Lots of sweetcorn. Mouthfeel a bit chalky with some slickness and a bit mouth coating. A German friend of mines had told me it wasn’t a pilsner as he knew them and I’d have to agree.

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