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Redoak Bavarian Pilsener

Brewed by Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe
Style: Pilsener
Sydney, Australia


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 2.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bavarian Pilsener is a crisp, dry and bitter beer with a pale straw colour and creamy white head. First brewed mid 19th century, it was the first beer of its kind to display a brilliant golden clarity, setting it apart from the dark, cloudy beers predominant at the time. Our Bavarian Pilsener is based upon the Bavarian interpretation of the original. It incorporates only the finest malted barley, Noble Hallertau hops and a genuine Bavarian lager yeast to produce an authentic tribute to this world renowned beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 28, 2006
on tap at redoak. yellowy colour without the golden tinge that i normally associate with good pilses but some decent lacing at least. vague peach aroma and not much else apart from some generic grain. not a whole lot of flavour, just some pretty straightforward metallic bitterness and not a lot else to keep you interested

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madquacker (1112) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2006
This is my type of beer. Good lacing and carbonation. Solid and long. Fizzy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Choos (729) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2006
Aroma: malty and with a touch of honey, some backgroup hop notes. Apperance: slightly hazy yellow with a smallish fluffy white head that leaves lacing. Flavour: very sweet malty and hoppy. Palate: medium mouthfeel and fairly carbonated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lunkie (1815) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2006
Hop malt aroma. Clear yellow colour with good head and lacing. Bitter malt hop flavour. Fizzy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
vanvenlo (1775) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2006
3 Nov 05 - Light sweet malt hoppy aroma. Light cloudy yellow, good head and reasonable lacing. Strong hoppy and light spiritous malt flavour. Strong but awful ’Pride of Ringwood’ like finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Tap @ Redoak.Golden yellow, with a generous fluffy white head. Some cooked grain in the aroma, with a bit of mouldy hay to boot. Not too much bitterness in the flavour, with malty sweetness fortifying it - no dry finish that you’d expect. More hops!! (Quite different from the last time I tried it, so I rated again from scratch)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2005
Great looking beer - brilliant gold with a big foamy head which lasts to the bottom of the glass. Can’t fault the appearance. Mushroomy yeast aroma with butter, raw two-minute noodles, apricots and mild minty hops. There’s a juicy malt character which is nice. Quite fizzy, with juicy apricot malt flavours which are good, mild bitterness and a kind of numbing sensation. The problem is this brackish flavour (and aroma) which is just like my own all-Tettnang pils; it really detracts from the beer for mine. In fact the whole thing really reminds me of that batch of home brew, and not really in a good way. Kinda got less interesting the more I drank. Needs more hops at all stages too.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1933) - Phuket, THAILAND - AUG 27, 2005
Another good drop from this impressive local outfit. Pale gold with a slight haze. I don’t get a heap out of the nose but certaintly in the aromatic hoppy mould. Palate is interesting, quite big and broad for the style. Not massively hoppy and has some nice broad malt traits that soften the mouthful. Pretty good but a bit exy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2005
Congratulations for at least putting some hops into a beer style that should be distinctively hoppy. This one from the bottle looks fine in the glass with characteristic blonde head. Good grassy aroma and hallertau hit. I agree that there is some butter there but at a pleasant level. Nice bite and balance, shame about the price but for a small scale this has to be expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
highlandlad (1470) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 The Redoak range is slowly creeping into bottle shops around Sydney. (Check the Redoak website for locations.) The advantage is that you can sample the beers at the appropriate temperature, rather than the brewpub’s fixed 2C for everything. This poured pale gold, with a short, lasting head. Very crisp, grassy aroma with a hint of diacetyl. Nice rounded mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet and malty upfront, with a late kick from the Hallertau hops. I found the finish very dry and a bit too metallic. From the comments here, it looks like they’re still tinkering with the recipe. (330ml bottle, Tea Gardens Hotel, Bondi Junction)

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