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


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydian1 (1249) - FNQ, Australia, - OCT 13, 2013
500ml bottle. A fine handcrafted pilsner with decent grassy Saaz hop bitterness and dry finish. Pours translucent bright golden with fluffy white head. Medium body and crisp refreshing mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (6208) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
pours hazy pale yellow with a small white cap, some retention and lacing. shy maltiness, white grape juice, if not a wineyness for kiwi hops, some soapy, citrus and floral notes, restrained spiciness - some pepper. average carbonation, light body - oily, relatively dry but not so crisp peppery-citrusy finish. quaffable but lacking in many points.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (1373) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle from Coop from the Tuatara Mix 6 (2 of 6). Pours a clear yellow colour, nice white foam, medium retention. Aroma is pleasant, generously hopped - saaz style, very true to a czech pils.. Mouthfeel is bubbly and crisp, medium carbonation. Taste is hint of sweet malt, dries out in the fairly smooth finish with a nice hoppy presence. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
330mL thanks to Travlr fresh from NZ! Pours a clear straw to gold. Medium foam. Nose is raw grain, candy corn. Taste is quite awesome though- snappy and crisp grain, mild lemon, mild soap. Rustic, sourdough crust, grapefruit rind in mouthfeel. Really improves into something great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Lax bready malts and bitter hop spiciness ride this brew’s unrefined mouthfeel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the cloudy beige blond.
-Carbonation is quite high, which in this case seems to increase the level of roughness.
-The aroma is timid without any clear hop or malt expression.
-A touch of diacetyl seems to be tied to the flavor profile.
-This bottle was flabby at best; no brightness at all, no crispness either. Definitely tastes like it’s past its best, but how was I supposed to tell without a date to be found on the bottle?


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (17662) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Draft at House. Clear golden color, thick white head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of fruity whitenpepper. Taste is similar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShaneJ (771) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2013
UPDATED: APR 28, 2015 Bottle from Plonk. Clear yellow/amber, lasting tight head, citrusy/grassy hops, nice malt flavour, very well balanced, clean and crisp. Very nice. Re-rate April 2015 - bumped up rating, a very underrated pilsener.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rangi (661) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2013
From what I remember this was a standard pilsner. Clear, refreshing but nothing more really. Went well with the superb fish dish I was having at the time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonnyguns (1104) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. Pale yellow pour with a small white head. Nice light citrus and sweet malts in the aroma. Taste is much the same nice citrus hoppy presence. So easy on the palate. Perfect session beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13913) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
Pale yellow. Mostly fruity aroma. Citrus and moderate bitterness, and with light pale malts. Heavier, wetter finish like damp grass is a bit ale-like.

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