Brewed by Macs Brewery
Style: Pilsener
Wellington, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Lager and crystal malt. Nelson Sauvin hops for bittering, with more Sauvin and NZ Cascade for aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sizzler80 (464) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 3, 2012
Straw coloured with a decent white head. Aroma: hops, citrus, grass. Taste: not a huge amount going. Little hops, citrus, slight caramel sweetness. Decent session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ciaranc (973) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 8, 2012
330ml bottle. Pale gold with a big, fluffy, lasting white head. Loads of lively fizz in the glass after the pour. Lots and lots going on in the aroma - floral notes, grass, hay, pine, lemon zest and yeast. Sweet and sharp up front with a good balance of sweetness and bitterness in the middle, along with a refreshing fizzy carbonation and slightly thin mouthfeel. The finish lacks balance and lets it down a bit, it is only bitter and has you reaching for the glass again to quench the bitterness. A real surprise this, not a bad Pils at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
petergaynor (111) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 24, 2012
330ml bottle, pours golden yellow with thin white head, citrusy floral aroma, lively carbonation, lovely fruity hops, surprisingly good pilsener

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shmang (4) - - JUL 24, 2012 does not count
A deliciously heavily hopped pilsener, with a nice aroma. It rolls across the palate very smoothly with a very deep flavour combination that keeps you drinking

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mash82 (11) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2012
Not bad, but wouldn't probably buy it again ... This 75 character limit thing is silly ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2469) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2012
Two ratings. Two different beers!?
Bottle; tried back in 2007 when it first hit WA stores.
Dense, creamy white head atop an orange gold body that is bright and filled with slow to release and minute in size bubbles. Moorish, spicy and zesty, herbal hops on the nose with lashings of ripe citrus; very clean, very fresh, minimal malt. Brightly hopped in the mouth. Layered in tangy citrus fruit with a vinous quality late and quenching herbal bitterness to finish. Balances out nicely with a biscuity sweetness upfront that lingers also. Feels good, clean, meaty with very nice bounce given from the carbonation. Lots of flavour and aroma, a winner! (33cL, 5.0% ABV, BB 22/08/07, The Beer Store Morley)8-4-8-3-16
Bottle. 2012.
Sparkling yellow gold with a compact and lasting, white head of foam. Nose has hints of boiled cabbage amongst grassy, piney hops and haybale malt. Has a sharpness to it in the mouth. Tangy, sour citrus at the rear, grassy bitter hop finish that is lasting. Light straw and fresh cracked Pilsner malt mid-palate. Quite light on, thin and subdued overall from the beer I tried 5 years ago. Still deadly quaffable. (33cL, 4.8% ABV, BB 14/10/12, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)5-3-5-3-13

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gav12c (119) - Wollongong, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2012
pours a clear straw colour with a thin white that sticks around. aromas of subtle lemon and grass, tastes very fresh and clean with more lemon and grassy notes. very clean fresh aftertaste, great beer to end a hot day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sevenlee (1403) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2012
Pours a yellow colour with a white head. Aroma is hoppy with some citrus. Taste is also citrus, sweet malt leading to a decent bitter finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omega (721) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 3, 2012
Personally I think this is the best beer in the Macs stable as it has something the others lack - flavour. Has a sweet hoppiness in the front palate which unfortunately in the back palate gets a little bitter with a slight cardboard characteristic. Don’t get me wrong, I do like this beer and for the price is much better than certain big name brands which are more expensive.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 20, 2012
Gentle wafts of hay and orange come from a perfect golden lager with a frothy, lingering head. Surprisingly complex in the mouth, biscuity malt is rolled over by a bit of tart, rough hop flavour. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Quite nice, and a lot better than I expected from one of New Zealand’s unimaginative big commercial brewers. But through one reason or another (the brewery having to relocate due to the Christchurch earthquake? A desire to challenge the growing craft market on their own terms?). Whatever the reason, this is a very full and flavoursome New Zealand Pilsner style - not as hopped as some, and the malt is bettered by others, but as a middle-of-the-road, hot summer’s afternoon sort of pilsner, this does well.

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