Davros (1720) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows soft tropical fruit and honey. Nectarines, lychee, pears, floral notes. Also some cookie dough-like malt. Very nice.
Similar flavours, more of the cookie dough character and overt floral notes, along with some spicy hops.
Carbonation is much too high, annoyingly so.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not only have Renaissance branched out to - shock horror - a lager, but jove, they’ve nailed it. I felt the Paradox blonde ale was a bit underdone, but this one hits the pilsner spot perfectly. A bit of resiny hops on the nose carried up a bit of butterscotch and biscuit. In the mouth it’s a big bold bit of crisp lemon cheesecake, with a lovely dry lingering after taste.
Very impressive, and right from the first bottle I might be thinking this may replace Croucher’s Pilsner as my favourite New Zealand lager.
MJGG (894) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 33 cl. Arômes très invitants de houblon fruité (pêches, mangues). Robe blonde et trouble, belle dentelle tenant bien et effervescence moyenne. En bouche, la bière montre un caractère minéral assez présent et le malt n’est pas aussi bien défini que dans le cas des meilleures pilsners néo-zélandaises. Le tout est cependant compensé par un fort houblonnage fruité et aromatique. Finale très sèche et amère.
hawthorne00 (2089) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Gold with a huge white head. High bead. Aroma of lemon/ lemon pudding, passionfruit. Taste has light sweet and slightly sour grain, tropical fruit, dry finish with lemon and some herbs. Perhaps a touch overcarbonated. Crisp and lean.
omega (582) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite a pleasant beer and very quaffable. Big nose on this and is crisp as the bottle states. What lacks is the palate weight. It has length but not the weight, which is why this beer is so quaffable.
Jimthechap (1321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Included as it is now made to a different recipe in a smaller sized bottle and claims to be a pilsner rather than a golden ale. Looks like a pilsner with a lovely straw golden colour and lively white head, plenty of carbonation. Also plenty of signature lemon and passionfruit, as it says on the label. To taste there’s an initial surge of bitterness and then floods of juicy tropical fruit. The bitterness lingers and really turns up the sides of the tongue. A quenching quaffer? I’m not sure. I might to quaff a few more. Tasty though, and one I’ll be happy to recommend.