Brewed by Macís Brewery (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: Pilsener
Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Lager and crystal malt. Nelson Sauvin hops for bittering, with more Sauvin and NZ Cascade for aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (1393) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2010
From a 330ml bottle on 17/4/2010. Note - my bottle listed the ABV as 4.8% not 5%. Has a nice floral, fruity aroma. This actually tastes more like an APA than a pils. Itís got a lovely, subtle and quite sweet honeyed flavour with some fruity notes, which is balanced by some nice hop action. Quite impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cammo99 (4) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2010 does not count
As expected from the name, this beer has strong hops flavours, with the addition of a little maltiness. Itís quite easy to drink, but the hoppiness gets to be a bit much after 2 or 3 of them, definitely not a subtle flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jade (434) - AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2010
Clear golden colour with high carbonation. Light aroma. Very bitter flavour. Almost too bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerequalizer (22) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 1, 2010
I like this beer... in fact itís hard to find one I donít! Good amount of hops, nice maltiness, a real pleasure to have. zebracakes... 4/20? really? Why rate it?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2010
Clean, lager with fruity hop aroma. Poured witha nice fluffy white head that lasted quite well. Definateyl got that Nelson Sauvin flavour on the palate which makes a good, fruity lager that stands out from the masses of mas-produced boring mega lagers. Well done Macs!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
damirvrkic (56) - Franklin ACT, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2010
Poured a pale yellow hazy beer. First impressions, chill haze, slight disappearing when warming, but not fully. is it meanít to have yeast in it? Anyway pleasant bitterness and light malt flavour, but hops not as prominent. Nevertheless, a good NZ drop, bitter than the average. Not as sauvin as say Knappstein but anyway who cares.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyobon (1314) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2010
Bottle. Clear golden. Aroma was mainly malty with some floral hops. Palate seemed pretty full bodied to me, especially for this style and the carbonation was softy frothy smooth - all good, but not exactly pilsner. Flavour starts sweet malty and has a decent hoppy bitter finish. Overall, itís a pretty decent beer but didnít really live up to its name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer4eternity (225) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2010
330ml bottle. Clear, gold slightly orange hue, small white creamy lasting head, good shimmering lacing. Beautiful moderate to strong hop aromas - floral, citrus (lemon and grapefruit) tropical especially passion fruit, grass, mild biscuit and nutty malt aromas. Mildly sweet, moderately bitter taste, medium to long mostly dry finish, soft carbonation, thin to medium body and mouth feel. I loved the hops. This lived up to expectations based on its name, having it on a hot sunny summer afternoon on holiday probably helped make it even more enjoyable. One of the best mainstream NZ beers available for a reasonable price.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (3541) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle. Pale gold, good white head. Floral and citrus hop aroma, but the thing that stands out is the grassy/ leafy/ gooseberry smell which is presumably the Sauvin hops. The flavour is mainly those Sauvin hops too, with a real balance made by the malts. Nice round bitterness on the finish. This is an odd beer. I like it, but the hop profile makes it taste un-Pils for me. Iíve had a beer where these hops seem a settled part of the beer rather than sticking out so much (Knappstein Enterprise Lager) - this didnít work so well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours with average sized white head over aclear gold coloured body. White wine like aroma-chardonay-sauvinon blanc? and taste with a balanced finish. I think its the New Zealand hops which give some of their beers this "white wine-like" character. Interesting.

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