MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (330ml). Poured golden with a good sized, rocky, off-white head which lasted very well. Massive grassy/fruity hop aroma with strong notes of kiwifruit, passionfruit, sweet biscuity and some zesty citrus notes. Flavour was a good spicy hop bitterness with dry biscuity malts, lemon citrus, kiwifruit, lychee, a touch of honey and a dry/grassy finish. Medium bodied with lively carbonation, a dry hoppy mouthfeel and a long lasting hoppy finish. Very well balanced, lots of body for the moderate alcohol content.
gam (3014) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale say straw colour,misty,strong carbonation,big frothy head.Aroma hoppy spice and citrus,malt nose,good.Flavour citrus spice,very intense hop taste,delicious,has a nice bitter that lingers so plesant,a real thirst quencher as well.The malt is mellow smooth,a yeasty taste,finish superb hops bitter sweet.
kenbeer (46) - , AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a very welcome pilsner on a hot afternoon. hazy appearance, Fruity nose and nicely bittered. I may have found a new favourite Aussie pils.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Neil for this little gem.
Hazy orange colour with huge fluffy white head. Big citrus hoppy aroma with citrus and grass mouthfeel. Mild hop bitterness.
bluevegie (3039) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden body with mainly lasting head. Lovely hop aroma which is still there in the taste but balanced well with the malt, yes this is a good pilsner and Murrays are building a good reputation for crafting beers.
Muggus69 (1099) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Golden body, slightest bit hazy, with a fluffy white head. Quite a rich grainy melanoidin malt background, with in your face spicy hop character, and theres still more going on than that; leafy and herbaceous, the hops on the nose have a distinct tropical fruitiness that I can’t put my finger on. Palate is sensational for a beer of this style and strength; full-bodied, smooth and creamy, chewy malt body, carbonation is spot-on, delivering a refreshing hop sharpness. Sensational balance on the body; rich biscuity malt, complex within itself, setting a excellent sweet backdrop for a collage of amazing array hop derived flavours; i’m talking rockmelon, passionfruit, tobbaco, grass, lemon, pepper...I could go all day, but its like that! Finish lingers with quite a solid bitterness, yet clean with hint of bread. Can’t help but love the way Murrays brew beer. Consistantly pushing the envelope and this beer is no exception. Fantastic!
Dredd (681) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m glad it isn’t just me that thinks this is a brilliant Pilsener. Initial impression is almost perfect appearence for a Pilsener, massive white fluffy head that lasts forever and straw body. Aroma is distinct zesty saaz hops with spice and tropical fruit.
Great clean upfront flavours of malt and icing sugar (thanks mullet couldn’t quite put my finger on how to describe it) which goes on to a great burst of bitterness that transcends in to a long finish which has some breadiness and light hop notes coming through.
Murrays are cementing a VERY solid reputation.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gotta love having access to fresh, bottle-conditioned pils. Tropical fruit hop aroma - pineapple, passionfruit, kiwi fruit etc. with some icing sugar and a faint touch of yeastiness. Firm but slightly sugary malt flavour, with fairly solid bitterness and some ephemeral yeastiness floating around in the back of my brain somewhere. The first bottle didn’t grab me much, but it’s really grown on me. Yet another flawlessly made beer by Murray’s. It could stand to be a touch hoppier and the malt tastes ’Australian’ (i.e. icing sugary) to me, but these are very minor points. A rare bottle Aussie micro beer I would buy regularly with confidence.
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A heavy-duty pilsener that packs a lot of punch for its 4.8% abv. It’s the sort of beer that will rattle the tastebuds of the average Crown/VB drinker, and that’s no bad thing. As Ecze says, there’s a glorious bouquet of NZ Saaz. Quite tart in a lactic passionfruit yoghurt sort of way. Some gooseberry greenness. There’s the faintest whiff of the sulphur that some people find unpleasant in Kiwi-style pilseners but not enough to spoil the experience. Overall, it’s very summery and inviting. Doesn’t really prepare you for the "size" of the flavours.This delivers a big slug of bitterness for an Aussie pilsener. Tastes like a much "bigger" beer. Quite a chewy palate for the style. Big phlegmy citrus-and-spice finish. Lots of Saaz passionfruit and gooseberry. Can’t think of another Aussie pilsener as flavoursome as this. Murrays continues to kick goals with every new release.
(330ml bottle courtesy of Bridge - thanks, mate. BB 22/4/09)
Stew41 (1660) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super active head with stacks of rocky froth. Settles down very quickly. Colour is bang on - light amber. I’ll have to second (third?) the other comments re the Kiwi vibe; lots of very green hops and passionfruit, both in equal parts on the nose and palate. Nose shows excellent herbal characters as well, and not miles away from the NPA in this regard. Back palate gets quite firm and tight, and finishes with bitter hops.Might be shooting my mouth off here but this might be Australia’s best pilsner?