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Croucher New Zealand Pilsner

Brewed by Croucher Brewing
Style: Pilsener
Rotorua, New Zealand


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keg and 500ml bottle
Pilsner brewed with New Zealand grown motueka and riawaka hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Davros (2164) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
Pours amber with a small head. Nose shows floral hops, soft peach blossom and a little orange peel alongside grainy, bready malt. Pretty much a Czech pilsner with new world hops. Flavours pretty much mirror the aroma. Spicy, floral hops followed by light grainy malt and an assertive bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AV (4) - - JUL 12, 2014 does not count
Limpid in appearance, citrous nose, good mouthfeel and drinkability. Could use more lift on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4687) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2014
On tap @ Brew Craft Beer Pub, Rotorua. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma is flowery. Clear, golden coloured beer with a thin, white head. The taste is very fresh hoppy, flowery, bit citric. Clean mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2005) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Tap at Brew Craft Beer Pub Tauranga. Pours a dark gold colour with no head malt and fruit aroma, taste is on the sweet side with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShaneJ (639) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle from Plonk. Honey gold, pine, citrus, cut grass, biscuty/bready malt, sweet with nice bitter finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1783) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
Keg - Brew, Tauranga. Poured a hazy golden amber with a small, lasting and lacing loose white head. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, grain and a note slightly vegetal but predominantly crisp, fresh and bright with some biscuit and toasty malt in a support role. Medium body with good palate effervescence, a firm, balanced mid-palate and a crisp, dry citrus hop bitterness with endurance. A balanced but distinctly hop-forward Kiwi take on the traditional pils style though on the bitter side and a touch weighty for a ítrueí pils in terms of outward character(s) at least.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Cantabrian (905) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 20, 2014
Taster at the Craft Beer Bar in Rotorua. Iím glad I was not the only one that had a problem with the aroma: boiled tripe with cabbage. Very umpleasant. Nothing of a Pilsner on aroma or flavour. I did not like it at all - and it has nothing to do with the fact that I missed their Chocolate Cherry Porter...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2014 A combination of foul-smelling Matueka and Riwaka hops with abrasive malt roughness and fizzy carbonation, itís difficult enough to smell let along drink. But itís foul because of the hops, not because of any fault or flaw... itís this vegetable root bubble gum and diesel fuel quality that I canít wrap my head around. These Matueka hops are sexy and the American drinkers are reportedly falling in love, but itís the same foulness found in Citra and Mosaic that is an instant turn off for me. Sharply acidic with underlying syrupiness, the pale malt has an over-kilned / burnt grain quality. Dry, bitter, medium to light body, very un-Pilsner like and a shame that these hops are being featured over the more elegant and nuanced variants like Pacifica and Wakatu. Itís rare that I give a 4 for aroma without any overt flaws, but these hops are so off-putting and foul-smelling that I have to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwichurchie (12) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle, Subdued hop -citrus and sweet caramel malt, little head, dispersed quickly, bright golden hue with orange hints. Strong nz hop on palate, medium sweetness, strong inital bitterness not lasting too long, medium body, pleasant, sessionable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3413) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2013
The head is good, the body blond. It smells hopintensive, bit malty, sweet, aromatic. the taste is sweet-hoppy, maltaromatic, bit spicy, hoparomatic, balanced. In the aftertaste a bit strange combinated, but not bad. 12/11/11/10/-/11

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