mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours clean and sparkling and very well carbonated, maybe a little too much. Large voluminous creamy white head and a golden straw colour. Grain and malt aroma that is clean and crisp with no hidden surprises. Clean taste with a nice balance and lasting aftertaste with some citrus background flavours. Light in the mouth and overall quite good with good lacing left on the glass.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours pale golden, lingering white head.
Aroma is dominated by grapefruity hops, theres a bit of grain.
Flavour is quite bitter, dominated by hops bringing grapefruit. Very dry. An excellent example of the fruitier NZ take on the pilsener style.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Mac’s Brewbar, Auckland. Pours golden with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt and grassy hops. The flavour is malt, grass and moderate hop bitterness. Clean and crisp mouthfeel. One of the better brews in the bar.
DuffMan (6156) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a bright clear gold with a thick frothy white head leaving dense lace at the top. Sweaty aroma initially, followed by grassy hops. Clean grainy palate with a nice herbal grassy hop character. Crisp bitter finish. A well done pilsener.
kiwibt (55) - , NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle bb 10/11/09
Pours clear lite yellow/gold
Aroma of sweet fruits and burnt rubber.
Sl diacetyl, sweet oily nz saaz with meduim bitterness.
Ok beer, not my idea of a pilsener as the hop is to flavour sweet dominant, could be more biiter as well.
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A beer almost entirely devoted to hops. Pours golden with a substantial head. Taste dominated by floral/passion fruit hops. Simple, clean and very nice.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2009
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
On tap 01.05.09. Clear gold, white head. Aroma is citrus, malt. Flavor is malty and hoppy and typical for a pilsner.
Dbeers (26) - , NEW ZEALAND - DEC 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Sweet fruit and hop tones, pours a clear golden colour, Nice long lasting head, taste is crisp with some clean fruit tastes, Good beer but felt it came up a little short
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 Sweet, hoppy nose with fruity notes, including grapes and citrus.
Pours a rather boring yet clean, pale yellow with a thin white head.
A deliciously bitter, fruity palate. Strong, grassy hops, yet quite a fruity pilsner. Grapefruit and lime zest with straw like malts.
A slightly astringent finish, but overall a very refreshing beer. Very proud of the NZ pilsner styles so far, and Macs is one of the best.
Demise (57) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A deep golden colour with a white fluffy head. Lightly hopped nose with floral notes, but the first sip offers a far more complex flavour than the aroma’s let on.
A smooth mix of passionfruit, malt and floral hops which both begin and finish the mouthful. Perhaps a hint of vanilla at the outset, but a strong hoppy bitterness throughout to stay true to the Czech style. Crisp and refreshing, best of the Mac’s range.