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Emersonís Pilsner (Organic)

Formerly brewed at Emersonís 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mjollnir (398) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2010
500mL bottle, 4.9% ABV. Pours a clear pale straw colour with a thin white head. Citrusy, extremely grassy and slightly vegetal aroma with some malt in the background. The flavour is acidic, slightly fruity and decently bitter. Average carbonation, light bodied, dry bitter finish with a strange lingering burning sensation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 5, 2010
Really aromatic "New Zealand" Pilsner - aromas of white flowers, grass, hay and a hint of bubble gum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Thanks to OSLO for sharing. This was stellar. Smooth lager yeast and malts on the aroma with the subtlest floral hints. A very hazy yellow body with wisps of white head. The body followed similar patterns but with a hop flavor not present earlier. A smooth malty finish with a bit of candy sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1283) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2010
[Bottle purchased in Perth, Australia] Pours pale golden with a small off-white head. Aroma is very fruity with a lot of peach, some pineapple and notes of kiwi. Taste has the same fruit profiles, with the perfect amount of bitterness and a crackery malt backbone that balances it well. Medium-thin mouthfeel, smooth, and has a dry finish. From now on, probably will be what I think of when I hear the term session beer. Just all around a great beer and exceeded my expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2010
(bottle shared by OSLO) Pours a hazy light gold with a soapy light white head. Strong floral hop scent, with some biscuit, cookie dough, and on occasion the smell of green olives which prompted me to lower the aroma score. The taste is very nice, with a solid sweet undertone (could be peach-like), coupled with a dry cracker-like flavor towards the finish. Hops are present as well, but they show up towards the finish providing a pleasant lingering bitterness on the tongue, with some mineral flavor appearing right before this bitterness. Mouthfeel doesnít get any better than this on a pilsener, as it stays light while remaining creamy, which prompts further sips. Never was really all that excited about this style, but now that Iíve tried one thatís masterfully brewed, Iíd like to try more. Thanks Al!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Bottle 500ml. Great pilsner. Aroma is floral, with also grass, apple, and banana. Taste is sweet, with lingering bitterness, and average duration. Creamy palate, with medium body. Yellow and bubbly, it has a white creamy head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours with an average foamy head over a clear light straw body. Excellent lacing. Light floral aroma and light floral-tropical fruit flavour that reveals a soft mouth filling bitterness. Clean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3537) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2011 Bottle, 500ml. Pale gold, large tight white head, fair bit of carbonation. The head lasts very well. Smells grassy and spicy. Some wood chips and blackcurrants too. Flavour is a little sour to go with supporting light, biscuity malts and fruits (berries, apricots). Mouth-puckering hop bitterness at the end. Not an imitation of a Czech or German Pilsener. I was going to say itís a bit austere and I wouldnít want a second now had I bought one, but itís become quite a bit more approachable as it warms a little in the glass.

[moved rate of non-organic version, returned score to what it was]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle. Clear golden pour with a large, white long-lasting head. Nose is hoppy and has notes of citrus, pine, malt and grass. Flavour is quite similar but has stronger notes of lemon, grapefruit, caramel and malt. Medium body with a long bitter finish. Very good pilsener, one of the best Iíve tried, but I kind of expected that from Emersonís.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle at Brew on Quay in downtown Auckland. Pours a pale, slightly cloudy, yellow-gold with a huge white head and a lot of visible carbonation. Embodies its íorganicí label well, with a very earthy aroma of hops, malt, and straw. The flavor starts earthy, too, with straw and wood chips, and then finishes sweet and almost tangy with a little bit of a bite. Crisp, light-bodied, and bubbly in the mouth from such active carbonation. I was thrilled to see this rated so highly in class because itís the best pilsner Iíve ever had.

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