inceptioj (30) - Wellington, - 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.
Cantabrian (674) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pilsener not only on the name, but on looks, aroma and taste. In spite of the mentioned NZ hops, I get the sensation of Saaz, with grass, citrus, metallic bitterness. Nice.
sm89walt (1666) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2013 568ml bottle. A clear, bright golden amber in colour with a small, creamy and somewhat lasting white head. Grassy, citric hops with good lemon freshness, a subtle yeast and grain component and a gentle biscuit malt sweetness particularly on the mid-palate. Light to medium body, firm and clean palate texture with medium effervescence and a moderate intensity bitterness in the finish. Well balanced, clean and refreshing.
DKL (13) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stands out among NZ macro brews for reasonable strength of flavour. Hop notes make this more refreshing than most lagers. Very drinkable and fantastic value.
yungbeerguy (31) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good beer, leaves a bittersweet after taste and has an amber colour to it.
MOFO (26) - Melbourne (Prev: Chch, NZ), AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great session beer - on top in NZ there is no peer for a commercial/macro brew.
In bottle - it is a bit hit or miss depending on freshness and I think also simply over the itme I have been drinking it (not having a chance to drink this on tap in a while).
I loved this back in 2004/5 when I first saw it - drank my body weight of it in Wellington... but fast-forward a few years, and it doesnt seem to be quite as "rocking". Not bad, but I feel they have taken the hops off a bit from those days - or I have moved on to larger IPAs and perhaps need a bit more to be wowed.
Anyway, for a session beer I still like it - enough so that I made it one of my beers on offer at my wedding... so I would call that a decent recommendation.
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 2, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
from memory, had 18/02/2013. mild hops with very ’subtle’ fruitiness over what seems to be a fairly typical mainstream lager to me. awfully refreshing to be sure, and a fair bit better than, say, mac’s gold, but still pretty bland.
MoleyBub (4) - Alabama, USA - APR 2, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think this is my current beer of choice in NZ. I tried it on draught at Auckland airport and many times in bottles. It is very pale colour in pilsener style but that’s where the lager resemblence ends. The strong citrus notes are evident on the nose and on the palate without a great deal of emphasis on the malt as you would expect. If it was less fizzy it would make a good real ale.
ACD (527) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle. Pours watery orange/straw colour with no real head to speak of. Aroma is subtle tropical fruit, lots of grassiness, some cereal and grainy notes. Taste has a fairly sharp (near-metallic) citric bitterness that mellows into softer light tropical notes. Again, cereal and grain come to the fore with some earthy, spicy hops (all fairly subtle). A touch astringent in the finish. Mouthfeel fairly thin. A tasty take on a pilsner; had a sixer of this at a BBQ last summer and it really hit the spot - a proper summer's day sessioner.
DylansDad (290) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 14, 2013
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I have had 500ml bottle 3 times now. Each time I have been waiting for it to deliver the hops. It doesn’t. It does have hops and flavour and it is nice and better than the average mainstream piss etc etc etc, but it’s just so god dammed TIMID, lackluster and watery. I do wonder whether the 330ml bottle would be better, but I don’t know if I can be bothered finding out now. There’s just so much GREAT beer around, I can’t be fucked with a 50/100 beer.
Deu (514) - Nantes, FRANCE - JAN 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle at brewery lane in Dublin. Pale golden color. Taste of hops. Really nice pilsner. I recommend