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


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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KeefOz (1135) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2012
Poured a clear golden amber colour with a one-finger white foamy head that retained OK and laced OK. High carbonation (lots of fine bubble trails). Aroma of hops with a hint of lemon. Taste clean and crisp followed by hops bitterness and a slight citrus flavour. Medium to ligh body. Moderately long slightly bitter finish. More like a Pale Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2619) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2012
A delightfully quaffable devil of a brew this one turned out to be and yet another tick on the board of lagers coming out of the micro’s of NZ at the moment. It produced up a satin sheened, yellow gold, just off bright, with high effervescence and a compact, tight white crown. Juicy, fruity burst wafts from the glass reminiscent of passionfruit, pineapple, lychee and sauvignon wine with underlying notes of pine needs, black pepper and rose petals. Soft, creamy mouthfeel with just a little spritz upfront. Light, well rounded and wonderfully hoppy throughout with just enough malt flavour to let its presence known. Spicy, floral, herbal and piney backend with a lasting bitterness to the swallow. Juicy fruit esters, like in the aroma, are the star here though. It is notably vinous with a quenching citrus tang and sourness, and supple passion/pine/lychee blend that linger long in amongst the herbal and floral hops. These Motueka Saaz hops are fantastic and this beer brilliantly showcases them. I loved this one. Everything works so harmoniously. This is one to definitely hunt down again. A killer of a Summer Pilsener!!! (33cL, BB 20/09/12, Freo Doctor, Fremantle)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cantabrian (944) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 26, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 Too good to be just Saaz hops. Such a fruity, grapey, aroma, true dessert wine. Really Saaz? Hard to believe. But do not mistake me: the beer is fabulous! Looks great, light, lemoney gold with a decent white head, almost creamy. Crisp and bitter, hoppy, fruity and floral, all balanced by a very light touch of maltiness that never makes it mellow. It is bitter, and bloody pleasant! The finish is a bit acidic, metallic, but i’m being too hard on this great beer. Not a perfect Bohemiam Pilsener, but better!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2012
Nice, fresh straw aroma with some daisies and blackberries in there... hm I’ve got a terrible memory but I swear this was the first time I’ve seen solid webs down the side of the glass with a Czech Pils. Must be a NZ thing. Recommended as a beer many will like, pale lager guys and geeks included.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dgi (16) - DENMARK - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at home. Pours pale with a thick, persistent head. Great hop aroma with floral and citrus notes. Incredible hop bitterness defines the taste. The body is very light with rather low carbonation. Very lingering bitter finish. One of the best (and most bitter) pilsner I have tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintbypint (2938) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2012
330ml brown bottle. Bright gold pour, clear, fat and creamy white cap that lasts a long time. Aromas of grain and straw. Taste has clean malts, straw. Finishes with straw and big grassy hop notes, light bitterness. Light bodied, good crisp carbonation. Overall a good beer, nothing fancy or complex, just a decent easy to drink pils.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
garth_86 (225) - EDMONTON, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2012
Pours a clear straw color. Aroma is straw, malt. Taft is similar. Not a great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle. Every bit as good, or better, than a can of Urquel today. Crisp gold, thin head and faint lace. Light grassy hop aroma. Flavour was a nice up front hopiness, only slightly aggresive. Hops are present from start to stronger finish. Nice body and an easy drinker. Be easy to quaff a 6er.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Bottle with no indicated freshness date and a high fill line. Pours with a lightly hazed (unfiltered/bottle conditioned) golden yellow hued body with a large, fluffy and decently retentive white head. Lace is average. Aromas of hops. Lemony, grassy, light lime, a touch of mint and thai basil. Floral. Fresh and raw, inviting, sweet malt character. Clean fermentation wise. Very grassy, light resin. Flavors are of lemon, lemon verbena, grainy (almost wheat like malt presence). Lots of citrus zest, light tea and mango. Lightly grassy hop. Good balance. Lightly bitter balance, very clean bitterness! No esters. Lively carbonation. Dry, clean, somewhat crisp. Light bodied. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (992) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Soft aromas of floral hops, lemon, and some bread/oats. Pours a light gold with a puffy cream white foam top. Smooth taste with flavors of bread, yeast, biscuit, barley, oats and some moderate bittering hops. Thin in texture with a subtle carbination. Overall, as far as my experience with pilsners go, this is above average. Very smooth and crisp taste, strong drinkability. I’d give this a B rating.

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