buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - 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 Zealandís 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 summerís afternoon sort of pilsner, this does well.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[8342-20160522] Tap. Light grassy aroma. Clear, pale yellow body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Grassy light grains flavour. Light-medium body. Average. (6/3/5/3-/12) 2.9
(@ Macís The Vic, Nelson, NZ)
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2016-05-22. Crisp yellow body with a small white head. 3+ Aroma of lightly grassy hops, pale malt. Flavour of grassy hops, good amount of bitterness throughout, pale malt base. 7+ Average bodied palate, good carbonation. 3+ 7/3/8/3/14 On tap at The Vic, Nelzon, NZ.
blipp (8030) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Fox in Auckland. Pours clear gold with a white head. Crisp malty base, clean, and faint floral bitterness. Finishes crisp clean and refreshing. Super drinkable.
beer-yum (1298) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Restrained fruity aroma in a golden pour. Nicely balanced taste with clean bitter finish. Not bad for a mass market beer - and one of the best from this brewery.
Bule (1812) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle pours a golden color with a bit of head. Some mild hops, but otherwise tastes like a pale lager style.
tombutlin (209) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 15, 2015
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2015 OK go-to beer when thereís little else on offer. This used to be better, but I think the accountants have taken control and dropped the hops. Go for the Macs Green Beret if it is alongside - thatís quite decent for a mass market brew
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle pours clear gold with lasting laciness aroma is quite grassy grainy taste is crisp bitter finishing mildly hoppy, a decent easy to drink local pilsner
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft in Blenheim, 11/5/2014. Pours a pale golden color, frothy head with nice lacing. Aroma is straw, medium sweetness, pear, light grass. Aroma is light pilsener malt, light sweetness, spicy hop kick in the middle, lingering mild toast bitterness. Light body. Decent pilsener with more pronounced hop profile.
Rulymel (269) - SPAIN - AUG 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting pilsner with some fresh and herbal hops. Golden colour with a white head. Far awway from standard industrial pilsner .
joe19612 (2532) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Macís Auckland. Pours a gold colour with a thick white head, fruity and hoppy aroma, the taste is hoppy and bitter with a long dry finish.