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Brewed by Hophugger Craft Brews
Style: Pilsener
Timaru, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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From Mancave roots comes this refreshing Pilsner. Don’t be fooled by the German name, it’s all Kiwi on the inside; from the Canterbury malt (cheers Doug and Gabi at Gladfield) to the Nelson hops. Wrap your laughing gear round this tasty wee number.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heyden (68) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 13, 2014
minimal aroma: mainly malty. Minimal head dissipates quickly with small lace. More amber in colour than typical pilsner. Highly hopped: more of an Ipa or pale ale than a pilsner. Dry bitter aftertaste. Overall its Ok

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Viter (34) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 17, 2014
(Tap) Good beer not really pilsner. Darkish gold colour thick head. Floral and citrus in aroma. Citrus and fruitity taste with bitter sweet finish. Medium to full body with high carbonation. Nice beer but not pilsner.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (8377) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Lightly hazed amber with a white head. Nose of oxidized cara malt / burnt grains / cookie batter / toast with mild Cascade-like hoppiness of orange oil, resin and celery. Husky texture, somewhat rough carbonation, milk powder / lactose. Huskiness combines with bitterness to leave the mouth a rough mess. Nut oil and bitter greens in the finish. Much like a Pale Ale in color, aroma and texture, much more than a Pilsner. Regardless, it’s pretty dull stuff. From bottle, best by October 2013 (shame on me for buying an old bottle).

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (360) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2013
Decent Pilsner. Zesty, tangy, but as below a little thin. But I’m being picky, if this was the first craft beer I’d ever drunk I’d probably have called it the best beer I’d ever drunk.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ShaneJ (639) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle at Tap Haus, Wellington. Clear gold/amber, subtle fruity, citrusy, piney hops, lacks a bit of body, but quite drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14363) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Draft at Fork and Brewer courtesy of Nath and Nath, thank you gentlemen! Clear golden yellow color, small white head. Aroma is very fruity, with a bit of citrus and straw. Taste is clean and crisp enough, but could use a tad more bitterness at the finish. Very sessionable, would be a great summer beer to drink in quantity.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (13132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
Dull gold. Not much head. The aroma is bland and mainly malty. The palate is the same, not really an interesting brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (1874) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2013
Appears darkish amber similar to a Czech pils with a little haze and a thin white head. A bit of shake provokes a coarse greyish head that buggered off in short order, but that shake brings out plentiful grapefruit and gooseberry hops and apricotty malt. That blast of hops and malt in tandem give a tangy fruit and slightly piney bitterness and sweet desserty citrus and amber tartness. The finish is a continuation of those flavours that gives an enduring reminder of a beer that while not the most beautiful blonde in the bar, is the one you’re glad to have taken home. Most likeable.


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