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Emerson’s Pilsner (Organic)

Formerly brewed at Emerson’s Brewing Company (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: Pilsener
Dunedin, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Brewed in the tradition of German Pilseners, it is crisp with a delicate malt flavour and a lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whiterabbit (28) - AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2004
Very pleasant aroma with an extremely fruity flavour. Not exactly what I was expecting from a "pilsener". Its taste is very earthy and refreshing true to the "organic" labelling on the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2004
Poured out a huge white head. Hazy golden colour with a floral and citrus hop aroma. Lovely texture more citrus flavours with a nice bitterness and maybe some soapy yeast characters. Excellent pilsener that also had a long finish. What more do you want? Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 My bottle started with a definite Hydrogen Sulphide nose. I will forgive this as it subsided quickly to reveal a fine saaz hop aroma. The head is creamy over a cloudy gold brew, which is expected as the description on the bottle says it is not filtered. The body and mouthfeel is surprising given the ABV, the flavour being quite mellow and full. The hop profile is great and it complements the malt very well. Dryness on the back palate makes this an entirely refreshing beer. It is organic but not quite orgasmic. RE-RATE 28/10/04: No discernible H2S this time, just the delicious aroma of fresh saaz. All of the good things described above are given a big endorsement with the addition that this is just a delightful flavour and nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 28, 2003
great stuuf. chocolate malt aroma threw me a bit. very dry and bitter with some honeyish sweetness in the malt. would not be out of place in an old-fashioned hospoda

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2003 Many many thanks to duff for letting me sample some out of his bottle. Beautiful pils, spicy and buttery and nice and cloudy with yeast. The best pilsener I've tried so far. Thinking of getting a case or two in time for the one day series against WI.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 crackery, grainy malt to begin with, joined by enormous round saaz flavour that devours all in its path and burps out pure alpha acid when it’s finished. rer8: this tastes more like an APA than a pilsener but i don’t care.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2003
At AIBA 2003. Nice light gold colour with a big head. Lemon and orange fragrance which carries over into the taste. Has a little bit of spice in the finish, which I think was a distraction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 An excellent pilsener, very fresh floral, hoppy and spicy, with some delicious pale malts, soft and round and entirely diggable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2002
The more times I try this, the more I like it. Probably one of the best pilseners anywhere in the world. Fantastic golden-yellow colour. Nice flowery hop aroma. Dry, crisp pils flavour with a nice bite. New Belgium’s Blue Paddle and Victory’s Prima Pils come to mind when drinking this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Annastesia99 (4) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2002 does not count
Served fresh, no imported pilsener can compete.

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