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


on tap

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RATINGS: 159   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 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 (3152) - 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 (7914) - 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 (1053) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewsmith (13) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 30, 2012
In my opinion the best pilsner in NZ at the moment. This has improved immensely in the last couple of years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovebeernz (15) - AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2012
This is by far the best craft pilsner out of NZ. It delivers the ability to refresh whilst still being cerebral enough to keep hop-heads happy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wombata (583) - Kobe, JAPAN - APR 12, 2012
Bottle. Aroma: Earthy, floral and piney hop, orange malt roasted grain Palate: Starts with rounded mouth feel that becomes dry and bitter on the finish. Flavor: Crisp, dried orange, roasted grain, earthy and piney hop flavors. Firm but pleasing bitterness on the finish. Comments: Fun to contrast this bigger (maltier and with more bittering) style to the Emersons. Both are fine pilsners.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 14, 2012
330ml bottle: Pours hazy, almost cloudy gold with a white head which lingers and laces the glass. Light zesty malts on the nose, medium hopped. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness, smooth finish. Very sessionable this one.

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