buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 20, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Brodies_Best (259) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Easy to drink mass produced pilsner, hoppy and bitter, slightly more on the colour of a lager. Nice sunny day in Auckland, great Sunday afternoon drink.
Dervock (505) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - grassy with some soap and pine in the aroma. Crisp dry taste right through to a lingering sharp dry finish. Decent carbonation with a medium body.
inceptioj (50) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful golden amber. Really nice to look at. The nose is fruity and citrusy, almost like a white wine. The pallate is similarly winey, with voluptuous and almost ’squishy’ malt leading into a medium level of hoppy bitterness. As the name suggests, it has a good deal of hops for a commercial beer which brings to it a nice crispness but this is somehow let down by the malt which is lacking in this regard. It also feels a tad watery. All in all a decent pilsener, especially for the price paid.
maneliquor (3283) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Golden orange pour with a small white head. Light honey and grass on the nose. Lemon is very productive throught the taste with touches of caramel, honey and light grass. Easy drinking with a very balanced bitterness. Nice
TimE (3365) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very pale golden color. Light hoppy mouth, very light malty mouth. Very dry not very bitter, but very clean and balanced
Dudar (103) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAY 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
peachy floral noble hops in the nose, light corn/grainy taste with lingering resinous finish. Headache 10 minutes after the glass, as wit all mac’s beers for me. Too much sugar in the grain bill I guess
nimbleprop (5210) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
33cl bottle pours a totally clear, bright gold with a thin, cloudy white head. Nose is alright, smells a little rotten, lightly herbal, light lemon. Flavor is malty, lightly herbal, corn. Weak finish.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transparent gold, thin white wispy surface head. Really husky lemon-cracker nose. Creamy milk/cracker flavor, light hop bitterness in the finish. Pleasant, balanced, nice stuff, if a bit straightforward.
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle, thanks tarheels86. Small off-white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, grassy, some dough/bread. Taste is medium sweet, grass, bread. Soft light body.