lisagirl (145) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
it was good for a pilsner. best one iíve had. perhaps damned with faint praise, but it was a bit better than that even. very fruity with a refreshing bitterness. the nose especially was something to behold. not really all that keen on the genre but this is a great example.
Whity (1) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 8, 2013 does not count
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear crisp golden beer with a suttle hint of hops. Some malt balance but relatively easy drinking.
BungEye (9) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - APR 20, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Probably the best example of a New Zealand style Pilsner available. Something of a classic and one I have tried many times. Very delicate earthy nose typical of Czech Pilsners. Light straw colour with light white lasting head. Taste is a master class in balance; beautiful pale malt followed by fruity hoppy bitterness. Perfectly balanced. Easy to drink. Fantastic beer.
DylansDad (157) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma very subtle grain, grass maybe lemon. Taste is an initial hit of the ghost of passionfruit essence, which immediately disappears to be replaced by honey which quickly evolves into a lemon and honey custard which is then elegantly slammed down your gullet by a burst of medium hop bitterness. Refreshing.
floydian1 (718) - FNQ Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Eureka Bar and Cafe, Dunedin. Also quite widely available bottled in NZ. This is certainly a uniquely Kiwi take on the Pilsner style but it works really well. There are heaps of robust tropical fruit and grape aromas from the Nelson hops on top of a smooth honey malt base and the palate is accurately described as crisp and refreshing. It is certainly not as dry or bitter as most German-style pilsners. My sessionable beer of choice whilst visiting NZ.
omikr0n (413) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Earl. Thanks! Pours mostly clear golden with white head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is grass, hops, honey and a hint of pine. Flavor is malt, hops, grass, earthy. Dry aftertaste.
Beersiveknown (1617) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Palate, Hamilton
Floral grapefruit nose, custard cream biscuits, sweet malt, some hop bitterness and medium carbonation. Much more interest than your common or garden pils.
Jimthechap (1195) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In the past I was critical of this beer as it had the makings of a glorious smelling pint, but was served way too cold and with little discernible head. In the bottle and some years removed, I had another go but this time with the non-organic version.
Pale gold colour with coarse carbonation and a temporary white head. Aromas of passionfruit and lemon all over. A fine example of local hops but also carried with it a slightly funky signature Emersonís yeast smell. This was also apparent upon tasting: a sort of locquot smell. A long finishing beer, but not a bra-off show stopper.
Ungstrup (26250) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A golden beer with a white head. The aroma has notes of malt and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, straw, and lemons, leading to a bitter finish.
Cantabrian (382) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice beer, but not a Pilsner. The style is very well defined by flavour and aroma from the specific use of éatec hops. This beer uses New Zealand hops, which gives it a nice fruity, grapey touch, more appropriate to an IPA than a "Pilsner". Good appearance for a Pilsner, but with a fruity, floral, hoppy nose, far from anything vaguely resembling a Pils. The flavour is indeed crisp and pleasant, very Kiwi, but far from Bohemian. Pilseners are very well-defined and the style is narrow. Pale lager would be more adequate for this pleasant beer.