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Tuatara Bohemian Pilsner

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Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company
Style: Czech Pilsner (Světlý)
Paraparaumu, New Zealand

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common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The pilsner is brewed to a classic European recipe using 100% New Zealand malt and New Zealand Saaz hops. This gives it a traditional hop bitterness, flavour and aroma of a true pilsner. An authentic Czech pilsner yeast was selected for its ability to ferment at very low temperatures to produce low levels of esters and other by-products while enhancing the malt perception and allowing the clean crisp bitterness to show in the foreground. A full strength beer with 5% alc/vol.

Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops (bittering: Pacific Jade; flavouring: Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, Riwaka), Czech yeast.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (18127) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2015
2nd July 2015
Very light haze on this gold beer, thin white head. Palate is semi dry and only has moderate carbonation. Dry pale malts, soem bread. Modest floral bitterness. The malts come back with some cream before a bitter floral finish. Mild bitter linger. So what hops are in this Pils? Saaz or Motueka, Nelson and Riwaka? Says both in the beers listing description. Tastes more like Saaz. Slightly disappointing overall, could be crisper and lighter and would have been very interesting with those NZ hops,

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (2116) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle from Drinkmonger. Clear golden body with a thick white head. Steady carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of herbs, spicy hops, pineapple skin and lemon. Flavour of grain, lemony hops and grass. Medium body with a light, oily texture. Crisp fizz. Lean and hoppy. Very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rex_Remes (81) - Bonyhad, HUNGARY - JUN 5, 2015
(330ml bottle, Beijing) Appearance: medium straw yellow, a bit darker yellow than your typical lager. Nice white head with some irregularities. Not overly foamy. Head dissipates to islands of clinginess. Nose: Really smell the hops. Grapefruit, green, herbaceous. Taste: fruity upfront with a good bitter followthru. Grapefuit, citrus peel, roasted malt, tobacco. Palate: Refreshing, cleansing, bright ... then long lasting bitterness and lingering grass/tree/herb flavors on the cheeks. Overall: different than your typical pilsner, almost a bit IPA-ish because of the hoppiness and grapefruit. I like it ... a beer you can chew, digest and talk about ... a clean beer with both malt and hop characteristics. High points: hops, chewinesss, uniqueness Low points: might be too bitter for some (especially if expecting a typical lager/pilsner)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CacheManyHose (391) - HONG KONG - MAY 8, 2015
Clear light copper (like apple juice). Thin white head with big bubbles. Smells of hop, cereal, pepper/clove. Taste is bitter hop, light spice, cereal/grain malt, lemon and lightly floral finish. Body is slick, medium, dry finish, very little carbonation. Pils flavours (present but not heavy) + hop + more malt than I expected.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
beer-yum (816) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2015
An excellent local brew that suffers only in having some serious competition in the space. Similar to Panhead’s rather than Emersons’ brew but not as nice a finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (6307) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 2, 2015
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Pours clear pale gold with a thin white head. Aromas of cooked corn, fresh sweat. Taste is lightly astringent, bitter lemon, hint of lime. Dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (1207) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2015
On tap at Pour House. Pours a golden color with a bit of head. Nice hop profile. Prominent but not overpowering the malt.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
k0mpsa (1750) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Tap at ivy&lola’s, queenstown nz. Clear golden color, white head. Aroma is malty, fresh and hoppy. Crispy dry hoppy taste, malty, fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (3179) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. Very pale straw coloured with a malty and bitter grassy flavour, gentle floral fruity flavours followed by a very dry bitter grapefruit finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (1150) - SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2015
330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (Ł2.60):
Quite a nice pilsner, one that was clean and very easy to drink with a nice bitterness throughout and plenty of citrus flavours too. There was more hops than I had been expecting from the style but it was a nice surprise that helped the beer down even easier than otherwise might have been the case. Good stuff from Tuatata and a decent pilsner that I wouldn’t mind picking up again.


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