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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (1008) - 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 (550) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4967) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2012
330ml bottle pours a hazy pale golden color with a 2 finger white head with great retention and leaving a thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is grassy with some earthy hops and citrus. Taste is malty sweetness balanced with a generous earthy hop bitterness and citrus. Medium body and generous carbonation leave a nice touch on the palate. This is a pleasant pilsner which is uniquely its own and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
coldbrewky (1521) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle via sloth. I am uncertain as to why he sent this to me other than to be an annoying Merlunder. Moderately hazy cider looking in the glass. Thin spotty head. Hoppy and bitter finish. Thin singular body. The only thing that stands apart from boring is the finish. As Bert would say..."meh".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
culchiem (3107) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle from AD. Medium brownish gold with a thin head. Aroma is floral hop with an earthy background. Flavour is fruity hop with a mellow white wine texture and feel. Finish is sharp bitter, refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2533) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2012
This beer is a little difficult for me to rate as it’s very good, very fresh, and as much as I like hops, maybe they overdid the hop in this. Served at a good temperature and poured a large, foamy, frothy, off-white head that settles out after a bit and plenty of lace. Color is a crystal clear yellow gold with a number of small bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, grain, grass. Flavor is like nose, with good balance to the carbonic tang; fairly dry. Body is good although, for a Czech Pils, the hops do clash a bit with the carbonation a bit in contrast to the true Czech smoothness. Finish is like flavor, fairly long and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1531) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Features a great buttery bread malt aroma with a touch of hops. No skunk at all. Hazy yellow colored, looks unfiltered like a hefe. Pronounced bitter front with some sweet citrus notes. Dry, grainy finish. Not what one expects from a classic pils. Solid offering, though the price makes it a one bottle novelty sampler in the US. Imported by Shelton Brothers.

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