Brewed by Croucher Brewing
Style: Pilsener
Rotorua, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
keg and 500ml bottle
Pilsner brewed with New Zealand grown motueka and riawaka hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (32889) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2011
Bottled. A golden beer with a white head. The aroma has notes of hops and a lighter touch of over ripe fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Clear golden with a small, off-white head. Very fresh and flowery hop aroma. Medium body with a solid and lightly sweet malt base with a lovely floral hoppiness in the finish that also contains a solid bitterness. Another lovely NZ micro pilsener. 050208

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (19477) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Draft at Brew Craft. Clear yellow color, fluffy white head. Aroma of peppery straw and biscuit. Taste is similar. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (14671) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
Floral nz hops -rambutan and melon as well. Slightly doughy pale malt accent. Light and dry. Malts are understated but show a bit in the finish. Hops are slightly fruity, slightly woody. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8962) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (8802) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear yellow gold with a thick dense white head that leaves early lace. Interesting floral and tropical fruit (mango) hop aroma. Clean pale malts with lots of aromatic hops, tropical fruit, goose berries, and capsicum. Very bitter finish. Similar hop profile as their APA, but I found the hops married better to the toasty toffee malts of the APA. Still, a nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (7775) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Spicy hops, mild bitterness, and a soft grainy base. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (5095) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle. A bit pricey in Calgary but it is a bit of a distance. Dark amber with a nice foam and lace. Good carbonation. Hoppy aroma, a bit of pepperiness and some caramel touches. Moderate malt body and a good hop flavour. Has a bit of that roughness I remember foundly from my first Urquells ten years ago. A bit of vegetable note in the finish and then a long hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (4832) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2011
330ml bottle. Pours a clean looking orange colour with a puffy cloud like head of white foam. Malty orange aroma that is refreshing and clean. Full crisp flavour with some citrus flavours along with some honey. Light and airy and pleasant to drink. Clean on the palate and this is a very good pilsener and another good brew from Croucher.

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