Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Finally a chance to try this thanks to Liquor on Parade. Nice, non-standard bottle with a tirage crown. Sadly it is green, albeit of a darker shade, so I hope they don’t suffer any skunking problems... Cloudy light gold beneath an almighty white head that looks positively impenetrable. Even while looking at the glass I could smell some inviting hop notes emerging; beautiful floral and grassy hops (my notes say a paddock with lillies) with a touch of orange and a lovely bready grain base - mouth watering! In the mouth lots of orange-honeyed grains show up front with an assertive and lingering woody and faintly resiny hop flavour and bitterness. Despite the titanic head the carbonation was restrained to a gentle tickling. Very, very nice.
TimE (2943) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the shit as far as I am concerned. Co-drinkers were criticizing because its more like a Belgian beer or something. I dont care, this stuff is great.
I got first pour and the head was by far the biggest head I have ever seen on a beer. Filled the glass 95% head, 5% beer. Highly, highly carbonated. Cloudy golden color, slight whiff of halttertau hops. Very aromatic fruity mouth. Moderately bitter, but great depth. Some where between Czech and Belgium, but not Germany. Figure that out!
Jimthechap (1421) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The bloke I tasted this beer with said that this wasn’t one of the better New Zealand lagers he’d ever tasted and was stunned when I slapped him for saying it. This beer was a real treat (partially because of the expense) because New Zealand lagers never taste dry enough to my palate. Emersons pilsner may be highly regarded by the community, but this drop deserves accolades.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly cloudy golden orange with a large and lasting frothy head that left a lot of lacing as it dropped. Smells strongly of passionfruit, a bit reminiscent of pasito soft drink. Creamy notes too, which is more evident in the mouth. A little on the fizzy side. Lots of fruit on tasting, sort of like Scharer’s lager, giving it a tropical fruit cocktail flavour. Well balance with some finishing bitterness that lingers nicely. Very good, but a touch on the gassy side.
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
New Zealand seems to be creating a niche for itself as a producer of exceptional fruity lagers (Emersons Organic Pilsener being the pick of the crop). This highly untypical lager uses a wine-making technique to produce a clear bottle-conditioned brew. I liked everything about this - nice design, clever marketing and most importantly, a great beer. It’s a clear pale gold thanks to the removal of the sediment after some bottle-conditioning. The huge marshmallow head took an eternity to settle and laced beautifully. Quite a soapy aroma of lychee, passionfruit and dusty hopsack. It has quite a full mouthfeel for a lager, creamy at the front of the mouth before a soft finish. Tastewise, it has a lot of the characteristics of an APA - chewy caramel and passionfruit. It’s quite spicy in the mid-palate before some pine needles late on. I doubt this would rate too well in competition because it’s hardly true to style. But who cares when the end result is this good. Quality. (375ml bottle courtesy of Bridge)
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unique and terrific in every respect! Bottled and corked as though it were champagne, it is an accurate metaphor. This beer looks and tastes superb: pale gold, slightly hazy, huge pillowy head creates generous lace. Aromas of floral hops, citrus zest, faint yeast and intangible vegetation. Mouth filling freshness of citrus hops and malt along with proper carbonation make this a perfect mouthful. I agree with "yalnikim" that this, along with emerson’s Pilsner, gets my vote for the best lager in New Zealand.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Pale golden beer, cloudy with a thick fluffy head. Sweet honeyish malt aroma and a bit of floral/spicy hops as well. Flavour is quite sweet. Creamy texture. Light hoppy finish.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another offering from the beer legend cross the ditch. I had this the other night with Nick at my place. He is used to having me offer new and untried bers and so was impressed that he would be the privileged one to share this with. Well, he is pleased. As am I. The beers pours like a Duvel as stated with a clean pale body and fluffy head. The nose is quite spicy and citrusy with a good hint of saaz or more likely its Kiwi clone. The flavour is clean and crisp and would be more at home in the warmer months but nevertheless this satisfied. There is a dry aftertaste on the back palate and a subtlety of flavour that gives the impression of a well crafted beer. I am sure the disgorgement helps with the brightness of this beer but if it were to stay bottle condiditoned I doubt there would be any real complaint. I wonder if this is a premium lager. Not just because i have a real problem with this term but that i think it to be closer to a pilsner in style and presentation. Not to worry, it is just another good beer from the land of the long flat vowel.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 Tasted 24/04/2005. 750ml champagne style bottle from Moore Wilsons, Wellington.
Pale golden beer with a huge pure white rocky head that’s reminiscent of Duvel. Aroma is absolutely superb: floral, citrus fruits and just a touch of spice, well balanced, very fresh and aptly clean. Light-medium body delivers a nice citrus hop flavour that melds well with a good pale malt sweetness up front. The sweetness and body improve as the beer warms slightly. Some yeast left in the bottle as the last glass is a touch cloudy (but that’s ok by me).
Slightly firey carbonation and a touch too pithy in the palate are the only weaknesses of this interesting lager. Almost up there with Emerson’s Pilsner as one of the better NZ lagers I’ve tried.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great appearance - has a light haze which probably makes sense considering the disgorging, pale with a nice fluffy, Duvel-esque head. Mild aroma dominated by gingery, coconut, pepper NZ hops. Icing sugar malt sweetness is hidden behind loads of gingery, marmaladey NZ hop flavour. Fairly bitter. Nicely done, quite a classy beer, but I’m still not sure about those NZ hops. Onya beer_ledgend!