Demise (57) - Wellington, - FEB 3, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a slightly cloudy golden with white head.Quite sweet on the nose with floral hops, vanilla and a bit of malt. A very smooth beer due to a roasted malt flavour, but the fruity hops dominate. A hint of vanilla on the finish, and a bit too yeasty on the palate for my taste.
skortila (4345) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
joe19612 (1743) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ShaneJ (414) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Plonk. Honey gold, pine, citrus, cut grass, biscuty/bready malt, sweet with nice bitter finish. Excellent.
sm89walt (1716) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 ’true’ pils in terms of outward character(s) at least.
Cantabrian (762) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 20, 2014
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Taster at the Craft Beer Bar in Rotorua. I’m 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...
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2014 A combination of foul-smelling Matueka and Riwaka hops with abrasive malt roughness and fizzy carbonation, it’s difficult enough to smell let along drink. But it’s foul because of the hops, not because of any fault or flaw... it’s this vegetable root bubble gum and diesel fuel quality that I can’t wrap my head around. These Matueka hops are sexy and the American drinkers are reportedly falling in love, but it’s 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. It’s 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.
kiwichurchie (7) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 11, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
kiwianer (3315) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
pintbypint (2379) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml brown bottle. Golden pour, small white head. Nose has fruity hops, tropical notes. Taste has slight grass and sweeter tropical notes, finish has herb and grass, light bitterness. Body is light, average carbonation. Overall a pretty easy drinker, nice hop flavours.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Brew Craft. Clear yellow color, fluffy white head. Aroma of peppery straw and biscuit. Taste is similar. Decent.