Fish Rock Brewery
Formerly brewed at Australian Independent Brewers

Style: Pale Lager
Bowral, NSW, Australia


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 2.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A true pilsner style beer, using centuries old decoction mashing techniques and incorporating hop flowers from the fields of Zatec. Sweet barley flavours quickly recede revealing the emphatic spiciniess and characteristic aftertaste of the Czech Saaz hops.

Brewed for the Fish Rock Brewery by AIB

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2006
Surprisingly clean and fresh for a small time bottled lager. I had this in comparison with two german pils’ and this really stood up well. Nice acid balance, soft palate, a mild hop presence, just seemed surprisingly well rounded. Slightly on the sweet side but otherwise pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2006
Medium gold with a strong head. Very thick texture. Moderate saaz hop aroma. A little biscuity malttaste and minor bitterness in the finish but lacks rreal flavour. Pretty standard stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madquacker (1099) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2006
Very soapy and looked abit like a blonde beer?? A confused mixture of Boags and James Squire Pilsner. Nevertheless was quite drinkable with the pils saltiness coming through at the end (with the Boags sweetness up front).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
highlandlad (1464) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2006
Above-average thirst quencher, not far off being a decent drop. Had a slight haze to it despite being filtered. Pale gold, moderate head, reasonable retention. Rather a shy aroma, soft and soapy. Has some Saaz dustiness and heavily watered lime cordial. Has a bit of body for the style. Very rounded and softly fruity - grapefruit and lime, with a hint of spice buzz in the finish. Quenching palate. Could imagine seeing a few of these off in summer. The more I drank, the more I liked it. (330ml bottle from Randwick Village Cellars)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
vanvenlo (1690) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2006
9 Apr 2006 - Simple sweet and low hop aroma. Clear amber colour, low head but reasonable lacing. Light sweet, simple hop flavour. Bitter and dry hop finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2006
Duff hits the nail on the head when he describes this as a typical Aussie bohemian. By fizzing it up and freezing it down they’re trying to tap into the market, but on the way they take away the great qualities of the style. It seems to be drowned in the saaz, making the hops taste on the fruity side. Much prefer their ale.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Lunkie (1760) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2006
Stale citrus aroma. Clear yellow colour with fair head and lacing. Bitter stale flavour. Fizzy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 22, 2006
Another bottle from Poperinge’s mysterious sources. Fluffy head. Light gold colour. Noticeable light grass and cookie aroma. Doesn’t have the bite I like with a Pilsener. A lightly sweet finish but not an overuse of malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2006
Wow, these fellas actually looked into the traditional names of hops and came up with the Czech name for saaz. The combination of winemakers and beer causes me a bit of a concern as enunciated by Mullet. Come to think of it where is the Fish Rock Mullet Munchener, or Burly Bock, or even a generic Piscatorial Pils? But I digress. The pour is as expected with bohemian gold and creamy head. The nose is somewhat fruity which you would hope to find little of in a pilsner but no sulphur of note. The taste is quite fruity and light but the hop doesn’t shine through. In all a bit confusing and another average attempt by winemakers to legitimise their foray into brewing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle. Typical fizzy Aussie style ’Bohemian Pilsener. Its saazy, as you’d expect from a beer that has saaz hops in it, but in typical Aussie fashion, way too fizzy and served at near freezing temperatures. Some tinned fruit (SPC, Goulburn Valley etc)

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