Stew41 (1660) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Really impressive due to the awesome hop treatment that leaves such a strong impression right through the palate. Big herbal / nettle hit early followed up with a grainy, wheat-like character. The obvious peer is the Wanaka Brewski but I think this is a better beer.
Sept 2007 (3.1)
Massive white fizzy head settles quickly. Light golden amber on colour, quite boring actually. Herbal nose with cut grass, pongy, faint spices with tropical fruit and faint passionfruit. Palate and flavours had mixed results. More herbal notes with sweetish fruits but I could also pick a ’off’ flavour of stale bread. I’m probably being a bit harsh given it was so faint but just enough to distract me. Notwithstanding a fairly tidy drop.
mpeve (28) - Bolwarra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Passsionfruit aromas, golden colour with a medium white head. Hop flavours and a medium bitterness. A really fruity beer, perfect for a session on a hot summer’s day
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another of the light, fruity pilseners that the Kiwis do so well. It’s certainly not as "big" as the name suggests - more of a crooner than a rocker. Lucid gold with a dollop of foam. Classic NZ tropical fruit aroma - bit soapy, bit green, with strong passionfruit and gooseberry. Couldn’t smell the crystal malt, which I’d take as a positive with this style. Soft mouthfeel. Lovely restrained tropical fruit flavours, with the hops working in harmony with the malts, rather than competing for attention. Perhaps a little crude and grainy but redeemed by those lovely NZ hops. Moderate bitterness for a bright, refreshing finish. This is very sessionable and perfect summer drinking. The best of the few Macs I’ve had to date but that may change with a trip to NZ in a month or two. I liked this a lot. (330ml bottle from Vintage Cellars, Clovelly. BB 1/2/08)
alexen84 (31) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very pale hue, aroma was light but, in a way, intense hop character. Thin but flavoursom body. Finish was very dry, leaving an almost grapey flavour followed by a strong refreshing bitterness. I love these Sauvin hops.
Muggus69 (1099) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another one of these guys with the pulltop lids. Aroma is packed full of hops reminisant of kiwi fruit, passionfruit and citrus zesty. Pours a slightly hazy looking pale gold body with white head. Body is full and has some underlying grainy pale malt flavours to support the hop tang and bitterness apparent on the nose. Finishes with a nice citrus tang, with a bit of sweetness about it. This is quite a nice and interesting take on a pilsener.
sinkas (266) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Leopold Bottlo, WA
Pungent Kiwi Hops aromsa, in a classic golden pour with nice white head. Stern bitterness with pleasing malt profile. A great session beer.
RogerRabbit (26) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As much I’d love to knock Macs (as one of the big big boys in NZ), I found the Hop Rocker to be rather decent. It is simple, and not overly fruity, but a nice crisp clean pilsner none-the-less.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very pleasant light NZ pils. I love this style, when the hops are not over done, as is the case here, you have the perfect beer for pairing with almost any takeaway food you can imagine. Just enough of a hint of NZ saaz to keep things interesting, really refreshing, really pleasant.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Why is this called a pale lager when the bottle says it is a pilsner? Very pale colour ans light creamy head but the nose is not as assertive as some say. There is a degree of NS hops but this is not a common hop at the moment so I can’t be definitive about how it impacts upon the beer. The flavour and mouthfeel is quite thin and sharp with too much carbonation. Just an average beer.
madquacker (1015) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A big well held fluffy head and citrus aromas. Very nicely balanced but full on hoppy flavour, with some good saltiness at the end. A good but different form of pils.