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Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company
Style: Pilsener
Paraparaumu, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 19, 2011

Bottle 330ml.

Clear medium yellow color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, hay, toasted, moderate hoppy, citrus, grass, dusty, plastic notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, sharp. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110416]

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Meilby (7614) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2011
Bottle 330ml @ fonefan
Pours hazy golden with awhite head. Aroma has notes of malt, grain and caramel. Taste is light sweet and light bitter. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (13923) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 16, 2011
Bottle @ Ulfborg Easter Tasting, 2011. Pours hazy yellow with a off white head. Grassy and dry flavor. Bit of bread - buiscuit. Smooth. Medium bodied.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (13575) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2011
Bottle. A clear, golden beer with a small, white head. Quite pleasant aroma with sugary fruityness and some pale malts. Quite sweet flavor, fruity and with some bitterness. Medium body, decent carbonation. A pretty straight forward pilsner but too sweet. Rather boring actually. 110416

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chrisv10 (11131) - DENMARK - APR 16, 2011
Bottle @ FOneFan. Slightly hazy golden with medium white head, Flavour is malt, sweet, bitter, grass and hops.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14044) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 16, 2011
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are crisp clean hops, citrus and malt.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11074) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2011
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours hazy gold with a creamy/bubbly white head. Aroma is pretty much noble hop, but thereís a touch of citrus. Medium body. Flavor is ? Itís not exactly bready, itís pretty floral/grassy. Itís slightly sweet, but the noble bitter renders that into the ground. Then it lets go wtih floral. And it is dry. This stuff drinks like ale. Move over Czechs!

5
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6221) - 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, itís 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 theyíre certainly welcome. Would love to try this fresh. Props once again to Shelton for bringing another (apparently) great brewery stateside.

2.9
   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.


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