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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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A ‘Kiwi Classic’, Pilsner is a showcase for Nelson grown Riwaka hops. Its overt fruitiness begs comparison with Marlborough’s world-beating Sauvignon Blancs. Emerson’s Pilsner oozes citrus and passionfruit aromas and flavours. The beer’s palate shows a hint of early malt sweetness but develops a lengthy dry finish.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2014
An assertively hoppy New World Pilsner showing Sauvignon Blanc and burnt tropical fruit notes with faint green onion and diesel fumes (in one bottle but not the other). Mild metallic and rusty mineral smell; slight burnt quality to the malt; floral, herbal hop aromas show through as it opens. Some gumminess. Semi-sweet, bitter, hoppy. Filling, frothing medium body provides a soft, quenching wash of acid across the palate. Clear amber-tinted effervescent gold body. Twice from fresh bottles.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyobon (862) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2014
(On tap) Clear straw with good white head. Nice aroma with lots of citrus and hints of pine. Light body, good carbonation. Foretatse is citrus with hints of biscuity malt. A nice bitterness develops and stays around for a long finish. A fine pilsner.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (2002) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Nice pilsner thanks to Gene, nice change of pace after multiple sours and stouts. Very good NZ pils

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PGNZ (4) - Hastings, NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2014 does not count
I just love this beer. Light straw colour with light white lasting head. Taste is well balanced beautiful malt followed by fruity hoppy bitterness. Perfectly balanced. Easy to drink. Fantastic beer. I think someone else has said all this !

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (1748) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Tap at Pig and Whistle Rotorua. Pours a dark orange colour, soft fruity malty aroma, taste is light with some bitterness, with a soft dry fruity finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (358) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 11, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 An excellent introduction to the world of craft beer. Not too far from the mass produced lagers that dominate beer production and consumption - but not even close when compared to those mass produced brews. Not many will go back after one of these I suspect.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiwianer (3315) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 12, 2013
The head is ok, the body blond. It smells refreshing, fruity, malty, citrus. The taste is hoppy, citrus, malty, hopintensive, fruity. Intenisve, refreshing and tasty a very good Pilsner!

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KeefOz (763) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2014
Tasted 4/2/2014. Draught at "Pig & Whistle", Rotorua, NZ. Poured a clear golden amber with a white collar that laced poorly. Carbonation low with medium sized bubbles. Aroma of sweetish malt plus a nice floral hops. Taste of sweet malt, floral hops, and tropical fruit (?passionfruit). Light body. Clean, dry, with a nice faint bitterness on the finish. OK.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShaneJ (421) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle from Plonk (BB Oct 2013). Clear bright golden, small tight white head, bready/biscuity aroma, subtle grassy bitterness, dry finish. Real nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (7899) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
500mL thanks to Travlr fresh from NZ. Pours a clear golden, medium white foam with good lacing. Nose is juicy tropical hops, fresh sourdough, snappy fresh pale grain, similar to Victory pilsners. Fresh, simple, on track. Taste is sweeter and denser than most great pilsners, but this one pulls it off still with dark farmy raw grain, oatmeal, sweeter dessert cake and vanilla. Palate is rich, dense, but super drinkable. Almost silky in mouthfeel. Never had a pilsner quite like this, but easy to love. Thank you Gene!


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