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Brewed by Townshend Brewery
Style: Pilsener
Upper Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craiggyNZ (9) - - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle. Aroma of passion fruit and fresh hops evident, even when the glass was still sitting on the table. Thin head but good colour and clarity. Refreshing flavour at the sweet end of the style. Very nice and more-ish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 7, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2015 500ml 5.2% bottle another great Townshend brew this looks good smells inviting & tastes crisp bitter dry tangy citrus hops spicy full of flavour

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle, shelf life to 2016, at 5.2%. Another bottle, different label, at the same supermarket, shelf life to 2017, at 5.3%. I wonder if the figure describing 5.5% alcohol above is correct. Anyway...wow, what a lovely Pilsner. Given it’s such a specific "style", I find it difficult to appreciate any creative deviations as being within the boundaries. This beer has certainly a lovely New Zealand character of tropical fruits on the aroma and flavour, but without overwhelming the basic fundaments of a Pilsner. It keeps that dry grassiness, the crispness, the kind bitterness of a true Pilsner. Light on the tongue, quite light coloured, but with a great creamy white head, it’s absolutely superb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DylansDad (586) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 4, 2014
Very nice. First nose has typical but subtle fresh hop but soon dissipates and the aroma becomes more like a hayshed on a hot summer day. Pours extremely clear light yellow, one of the most transparent beers I’ve seen. Very light carbonation, fine bubbles are really only evident when the beer is disturbed, so I rather mean-spiritedly gave it only a 4 for appearance. Taste is very light and quenching peach with a sweet backend finishing in a touch of hay and white pepper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21443) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle from Hamilton Wine, recommendation of Chris, thank you sir! Clear golden yellow color, small white head. Aroma of fruity, grassy hay. Taste is softly bitter straw and hay. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
500mL thanks to Travlr fresh from NZ. Pours a fuller haze, bright glowing straw near white. Oh yes- zero specialty malt. Thick white foam with big lacing. Webby, dense. Nose is out of this world- homegrown Motueka hops? Yes please. Fresh lemongrass, ginger, peaches (!), fresh garden blossoms. Holy cow. Taste is juicy peach, fruity, ginger, lemongrass, quenching pale malt. MrChopin approved world class pilsner. Hint of sugar, cake, and vanilla in the finish. Not soapy or apple heavy. World class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Very nice Pils, thanks Gene! Nice hoppy pils with grass, citrus, hops, roasty, yum

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omega (896) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 23, 2013
Nice fresh vibrant pilsner with citrus and pine needle notes on the nose. Very clean and superb for a hot summers day (which unfortunately it is not). Not overly hoppy but flavours are engaging.

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