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


on tap

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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
creative_free (37) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 8, 2011
Vibrant gold,straw colour. Big fluffy white head with good retention. Hoppy nose, passionfruit, lemon, white grape, grassiness. Very fresh, clean and tasty aroma. Tropical hop flavours, soft maltiness, grainy bready. Strong bitterness, crisp dry finish. Beautiful balance of flavours. Very drinkable. Medium body with high carbonation. Absolutely beautiful beer. My favourite NZ pilsner. Great balance and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6902) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2011
Bottle (BB Sep 2010). Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), with notes of orange, honey, dried mango. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation. Light lagers and pilsners are one of the most consistently underappreciated styles by beer geeks. Such appears to be the case here as well, because this is a wonderfully vibrant example of the style. Although, it’s fair to say that my experience may be quite different from a sample obtained at the source; this thing is seven months beyond the BB date, after all. For this style, normally that would yield a dull sample at best. But this is anything but dull. Whereas this may have been more brightly hoppy when fresh, the bottle conditioning is presumably responsible for producing some delightful tropical esters. Not that such notes are all that typical for the style, but they’re certainly welcome. Would love to try this fresh. Props once again to Shelton for bringing another (apparently) great brewery stateside.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frenchiew (17) - , NEW ZEALAND - MAR 3, 2011
bread, bubblegum, medium bitterness, lightly sour, paper napkin, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, golden, hazy, frothy then minimal head. Those were the prompt words, not sure where to put this. It initially smells like a bog-standard lager but has a bit more depth and artesian well feel to it. Well-made beer, but not my favourite style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (12044) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2011
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. moderate malty and heavy hoppy aroma. Strong grassy and perfumed notes. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter wonderfull finish. Oily palate. More IPA ish than Boh. Pilsner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Title_10 (22) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Not quite sure how to describe this other than very tasty. Possibly one of the best balanced and tasteful pilsners I’ve had. The one draw back is to the aroma which smells like a skunky bitter IPA . Other than that, it has very good balance with an evolving taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kriegbaum (845) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2010
Flaske 33 cl. Dyb gylden med lidt diset krop, med et stort tćt vevarende hovede. Fantastisk humle aroma, med noter af tropiske frugter og svag citrus. Smagen er let bitter af humle. Fyldig mund og lang afbalenceret medium bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Spud69 (21) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2010
Clean malt nice hop, balancing to the bitter side.... 75 character minimum......

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
It’s pretty hard to find clean, balanced pilsners. This one is perfect, my new #1 for the category. Sampled only in New Zealand several different times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Sampled on 10/1/2010. This pilsner pours a slightly hazy medium orange gold color from a 33cl bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is cereal, grain and floral hops. A medium bodied pilsner. The malts are cereal and grainy. The hops are floral and slightly spicy. Decent carbonation. Nice balance. Finishes a little sweet, and a little bit off that sharp pilsner bite, but very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and sweet. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (4507) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2010
330ml bottle. Full creamy beige head that looks good sitting atop the bright amber base. Aromas of passionfruit, sweet and tart at the same time. Smooth dry flavour with that same sweet tartness.

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