omhper (20750) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Clear golden, rich airy head. Obvious haylike saaz hop aroma. Fairly sweet with dense, solid body. The saaz hop character dominates this beer, leading it to a nicely bitter finish. Yes, this is how the better modern Czech pilseners taste like. Spot on style wise, and also thirst quenching and enjoyable.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark gold colour, with big spritzy white head. Big floral hop aroma, unusal spicey malt taste with dry finish.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 14/01/2006. 330ml bottle from Bar Edward’s in Newtown.
Pours pale gold, brilliant, with a tight white head that holds well and laces all the way down the glass (some credit goes to James - Wellington’s finest glass management here at Bar Ed’s). The nose has three distinct aspects - a subtle malt sweetness that is fresh and biscuity, none of that corny sweetness you get from "premium lagers"; a slightly pollen-like, spicey, hop aroma; and a very subtle, minerally, yeast hint. Flavour is fresh, crisp, with a mild sweetness and a more of that grassy, spicey note in the middle and finish. I’d like to see the malt profile upped a touch, a little richer. Light-med body and a medium carbonation. Very soft in the mouth and easy to drink.
A very good classic pilsner, in amongst the gaggle of "new world pilsners" that are popular in NZ at the moment.