Cantabrian (975) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
How can this be a "Classical German Pilsner"? Don’t get me wrong - it’s great beer, but I’d be struggling to accept it even as a "pilsner". Cloudy, gold, a bit to the grayish side, with a formidable white head, it breathes that wonderful, sweet, grapey scent of a good kiwi IPA. The flavour is strongly hoppy. Nothing of the Saaz hoppiness, but still crisp, grassy and citrusy-bitter. Full of NZ-hops, it has probably converted most of the Germans in the Nelson region, making them forget was Pilsner in the old country tasted like. But it does taste great. Finish is broad and bitter, not as pleasant as in a pilsner, but still intriguing. I must have more of this beer and re-visit this rating.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL thanks to TURDFERGUSON. Pours a sparkling, champagne looking golden pils. Thick rocky, white head. Excellent, poofy lacing. Fruity pineapple, small peach. Taste is biscuity, grassy, some elusive snappiness. Small phenols. Palate is excellent. Appearance is superlative.
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durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hello, what’s this? Seen these expensive little 4-packs and passed, but Turd’s review intrigued me, even if he is a shady fucker. Pours hazy light golden with a billowy head of white mousse. Nose shows zesty citrus hops, spicy like so many Kiwi hops seem to be. Grass and the freshest, lightest spruce note. Yeast rolls. Tastes even zingier. Dry palate. Crisp and refreshing, and quite the unique pils.
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2012 Bottle. This may not be your classic German Pilsner but damn is it delicious. Quite hoppy and fresh, super fucking snappy, clean, lightly spicy and zesty and bone dry. Fuck yes. It’s like a cleaner, slightly toned down Prima Pils. One of the best session type beers I have ever had. Will return for more today. Phenomenal for coming from so far away and being so fucking fresh and delish.
reebtogi (5525) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375ml bottle pours a golden orange color with a 2 finger white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is pleasant with grapefruits and caramel. Taste is a citrus grapefruit bitterness with a light fruity and malty sweetness. Light to medium body with ample carbonation leaving a nice tickle on the tongue. Definitrly not your classic pilsner style ale, but very tasty and recommended.
dwyerpg (5498) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bit of hops but much more malts in the aroma. Llos like a golden ale. Tingly with a hint of hops. By effervescent. A very good pils.
jookos (5246) - FINLAND - OCT 10, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Yellow hazy. Nose is green hoppy, malts, some spices. And a slight touch of corn. On a second sniff there’s some fruityness, tropicality even. Body is quite bitter. Lightish, noble-hoppy. Cereal malts. Lingering finish. A hoppy pilsner. Full of flavour, but feels a bit harsh.
bmeup (635) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - SEP 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellow gold with a decent thick white head. Citrus lemon and spice dominant in aroma, some bready yeast notes there too. Crisp bitterness and light sour bread. Light pepper, spice and citrus finish, great refreshing pils.
reggiedunlop (3637) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pale yellow with a thick white head...great lacing and retention. Aroma is lightly fruity and grassy. Flavor follows suit...yeasty with mild lemon. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry lemony/grassy finish.
TAR (2651) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pristine golden. Billowing white mousse cakes the glass with intricate lace. Exquisite hop aromas of flowers (violet, rose, lilac, dandelion), lemongrass, kumquat, lychee, spruce tips, honeydew melon. Background whiff of minerals and uncured hay. Considerably phenolic and distinctly perfumey. Fluffy, feathery-soft carbonation. Expressive hoppiness both bites at and prickles the tongue with bitter oils, zesty kumquat and a peppery vivacity, yet soothes with layer after layer of lip-smacking nectary succulence. Malt is graceful and weightless, on one end, and perfectly clean and supportive on the other, stacking the more-luscious melonlike hop derivatives with plentiful dry-cracker tones. Curiously phenolic, from the bottle-conditioning, which only complements the airiness. Though, as the temps rise, mouth-filling malt-derived starches bloom to fill out the impeccably attenuated airiness and mineral-laden body. Bright perfumey hop tingle stimulates the appetite and repeatedly allures with its sizzling acids. Oodles of tropical fruitiness akin to starfruit and white-grapefruit pith continues to unravel. Closes dry and elegantly hopcentric, yet with an equally juicy hop showcase punctuated by clean, lean malt. If I were blinded on this, I can pretty much say with certainty I would peg this for a Belgian golden as there is lots going on beyond the "basic" hop/malt interplay. Quite the classy little pils, and serious kudos for being bottle-conditioned!