Maris (1000) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 From a 330 ml bottle on 29/12/2009. Aside from some significant bitter, hoppy action, this didnít taste much like a pilsner to me. The confusion around identity was only reinforced by the reference on the bottle to "Fine Handcrafted Ale", the 5.9% strength, and the yeast sediment left in my glass. That said , I found this to be a singular, tasty and impressive drop. Had a herbal, grassy aroma, and a quite pronounced honeyed sweetness which balanced beautifully against the bitterness. Very nice indeed.
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a fanstasic pilsner with excellent spicyness from hops grown at the brewery property. perfect for a summers day
hawthorne00 (2481) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Somewhat hazy dull gold. Stable two finger off-white head. Medium bead. Nose is bursting with grassy and spicy hops with some bread behind. Nuts and very focused sweet malt with floral hops. This is clearly a fresh bottle - I suspect it could be a little oversweet if consumed later. But as is, itís very much of the style of the brewery: not terribly refined, but full of good quality and very fresh ingredients just allowed to speak for themselves. Perhaps a bit riotous for the style, but I donít care.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a small white head that doesnít last long. Sweet aroma has notes of honey, butterscotch, caramel, citrus, malt and a little herbal hops. Flavour is also sweet, especially for a pilsener, and is just about the same as the aroma but with the biscuity malt more upfront. Palate comes close to being dominated by the sweetness but is balanced by the hop bitterness as well as a dry finish. Unusual interpretation of the pilsener style, and while this isnít Red Hillís best brew, its still a nice, enjoyable beer.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at The Royston, Melbourne. Clear golden with creamy off-white head. Beautiful floral hop notes, malty and a touch of spice. The flavour is light malt, fruit and spice. Some mineral in the mouthfeel and smooth bitterness. The hops are allowed to do their thing here and they really hold up well with the lighter malt backbone. A quality pils and if not the best Iíve tried from an Aussie brewer.
Davros (1994) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Continuously frothing inch high snow-white head. Slightly cloudy butterscotch/toffee hue.
Big weet-bix malt nose, with strong resin and fresh, green, spicy hop notes.
Appetizing hoppy bitterness with noticeable resinous sweetness. Very clean crisp malty taste reminiscent of walnuts.
Massive tang from lively carbonation.
Overall a good mix of bitter and sweet, with a nice aroma of hops and malt. Too much carbonation in my opinion, but really, a good example of the style.
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 2009 Vintage
Still waiting for these guys to put a foot wrong. As per the 2008 very much a new world interpretation but itís a very well made and seductive beer. Murky orange / lemon in colour and a powerful, almost sweet nose with spicy citrus hop aromas. Thick palate, at least for the style, with passionfruit and a bitter finish. Very good, if just fractionally over the top.
2008 Vintage (3.4)
Pours well with a decent pure white head with good density. Dark amber in colour. Lots of lift in the nose with sweet thick hops, almost like what you might find in a new world pale ale. Thankfully the palate is much more subtle; dry, classic pils bitterness, a mild hint of passionfruit, but slightly strangely the flavours broaden out in the mild palate, and in doing so eases the bitterness. Vey balanced beer but I sense that it already losing some freshness.
gam (3287) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Misty orange colour pour ,nice head good carbonation.Aroma malty,rich complex of hops,fruit notes.Flavour sweet and mild bitter mixes well,fruit maltiness,slight tang,has a pilsener style only a bit of crispness missing but it is unfiltered.Finish hoppy good flavour,not too dry.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2008 Pours hazy orange amber with substantial off white head. Nose is dominated by floral, grassy, spicy and resiny hops that practically jump out of the glass! Palate displays more of the same, with quite a bit of sweet malt coming through. Finish displays spicy hops that linger but never overpower. Perhaps too much sweet, fruity malt on the palate... Still very drinkable.