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Brewed by Macs Brewery
Style: Pilsener
Wellington, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Lager and crystal malt. Nelson Sauvin hops for bittering, with more Sauvin and NZ Cascade for aroma.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
inceptioj (44) - Dunedin, - DEC 28, 2011
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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joe19612 (1821) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2014
Tap at Mac’s 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.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Dorwart (2363) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Thin bright white head of fine bubbles. Skunks ass in the aroma. Seems like it is loaded with saaz hops. I can already feel the headache coming on. Some light lemon and rice in the aroma too. Color is a clear gold with almost no carbonation. Light cereal grains, lemongrass and straw in the flavor. Significant lingering bitter with very little body. Not a beer i would recommend. Not my cup of tea!

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
KeefOz (855) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
Tasted 8/2/2014. BB 23/08/14. Poured a clear golden colour with a one-finger white bubbly head that diminished quickly to a collar that laced very poorly. Carbonation low with medium sized bubbles. Aroma of clean fresh sweet malt with passionfruit and maybe other tropical fruits. Taste is clean with slightly fruity sweetness and very slight bitterness. Light body. OK but does not distinguish itself from any other pilsner.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
skortila (4436) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma is a bit flowery. Pale, golden coloured beer with a white head. The taste is a bit malty (more than average dutch pilseners), light citric hoppy. Good thirst quencher.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2013
From draft. Clear gold, effervescent with a small white head. Medium body, dry, tart, vitamin-like and husky with a sourish grain flavor that grows unbearable after only a few sniffs and sips. Plant matter, leaves, vegetable bitterness, coming across as over-hopped due to the horribly astringent malt. Add to that coarse seltzer water carbonation and suggestions of burnt popcorn, it’s difficult to find anything to like about this beer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (783) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 27, 2013
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (1751) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2013
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.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DKL (46) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 3, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yungbeerguy (31) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 7, 2013
A good beer, leaves a bittersweet after taste and has an amber colour to it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MOFO (26) - Melbourne (Prev: Chch, NZ), AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2013
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.


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