ALLOVATE (2720) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Chilled and into a tulip. Nice even pour. Well conditioned; the carbonation that eddies its way to atmosphere is minute in size and plentiful, raising up a towering plume of white. The beer an orange amber in colour and hazy from the dispersed yeast pack. A pleasing waft of clean, sweet malt and spicy, herbal and floral hops hits the nose with nuances of pine needles, vine clippings, peach and honeysuckle making for an alluring aroma. First sip brought a smile; the palate is awoken by the perfect balance of malt and hops. It has a delicate sweetness to the front like the honeysuckle fruit and peach of the aroma. Clean, grainy mid-palate before the hops kick into high gear. Piney, floral, earthy and well pronounced. It peaks on the swallow harbouring some tropical fruit esters before dropping off dry, bitter and piney. A taste of rose water rises from the depths and lingers long between each sip. Mouthfeel is good; quite light, delicate even with mild to low carbonation. Gets better as it warms a little opening up more of the sweet fruit. All the elements just work in perfect harmony. I just love this beer, what a surprisingly good Pilsner. How have I overlooked it for so long. One of the best I’ve tried! (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
CraigH13 (4) - Highfields, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A hazy, summer appearance with a fluffy head. A subtle citrus aroma, leading to a crisp drinking experience and a dry finish on the palate. Really enjoyed this on a warm Canberra afternoon with family. Pilsener glass from bottle.
Maris (1225) - 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 didn’t 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.
davidm (1994) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 330ml. Great malty beer, almost too good for the style. Aromas of biscuit, caramel, and cherries. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark yellow, with a frothy head.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Fresh and bountiful. More in the style of a NZ Pilsner, this is full of wonderful hoppy goodness that just explodes in the mouth. Special.
hawthorne00 (3049) - 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, it’s 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 don’t care.
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
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bitter hop aromas. Cloudy golden colour with good head. Bitter up front with smooth toffee finish. Medium to heavy body with low to medium carbonation.
mkel07 (4516) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Dull orange amber colour with quite a big head.Looks as though it has a decent body for a pilsener. There is a lot of biscuity malt aromas present and none of the grassy notes usually associated with pilseners. Tastes good and has good mouthfeel.
Stew41 (1821) - 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 it’s 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.