Brewed by Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Nathan Co.)
Style: Pilsener
Sydney, Australia


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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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The key to the distinctive flavour is the use of quality ingredients. Using a much higher hopping level than most Australian Lagers, James Squire Pilsener is brewed with Czech Saaz and New Zealand Belgian Saaz aroma hops to produce the pronounced floral spicy finish and the wonderful herbaceous aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2002
Sweet honeyed aroma. Malty start with a touch of nuttiness but too bitter for me at the end. Has the same kind of unsophisticated bitterness as many standard Australian lagers & isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
maestro (36) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2003 Beautiful looking pale pils style beer. Great taste but for me, a little heavy on the hops. While this is true to style there is a balance and I am not sure that they have it quite right with this pils. Still, great beer, great drink, great value.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2002
This one pleased all my senses but my tastebuds, I have to admit that I am not familiar with the pilsener style, but the malt is not as clean tasting as I expected, and the hoppy palate seems overdone. Where did that honey get lost between the smell and the taste?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2004 i'm sick of this beer and i'm glad to see it's not in the top pilsener list anymore. i used to be impressed by it, but now it tastes pretty dirty and cheap. sharp, hard mouthfeel, doesn't keep a head, the malt tastes too grainy and flat, the bitterness struggles to dominate the dirty, husky malt ick in the finish.rer8: in reasonable form last night on tap, decent full gold colour and good head ret, fair bit of grassy hop flavour, but malt is still crappy and icky. more flavour than some pilseners, but less class texture-wise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2002
(Draught) Impressive. I wasn’t expecting alot to be honest but I was pleasantly surprised. Grassy flavours abound.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19805) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2002
Deep golden colour. Firmly malty, bready, dry and clean. Slightly salty and bitter finish. An excellent firm malty pilsener, which I find closer to a south German pilsener than a Czechish one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2002
Great effort from Malt Shovel. A true pilsener, nicely malty, with a nice bitter hop finish. I agree it seems best on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2002
Nice pils. Relatively mild hop aroma. Anice spicy, bitter hop flavour with some sweet caramel malt to balance out in the middle before a dry finish. Golden-yellow colour. This is definitely up there with Emersons Pilsener, althouh the James Squire has less of a continental flavour due to the fairly substantial malt middle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2002
Stylish pilsener, that gets better each time you try it. It is well balanced with its maltiness and it’s hoppy finish. Best on tap.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2003 Lovely czeck style pilsener, lovely maltiness (mmmmmmmm.....) and great hop bitterness on the finish. Beautiful malts, with some lovely floral, bitter hops. Very well balanced. Could be my favourite pils, if not, its very close. Tastes very authentic.

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