creative_free (37) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 8, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
Ernest (6258) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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, it’s 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 they’re certainly welcome. Would love to try this fresh. Props once again to Shelton for bringing another (apparently) great brewery stateside.
frenchiew (17) - , NEW ZEALAND - MAR 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
HenrikSoegaard (10616) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. moderate malty and heavy hoppy aroma. Strong grassy and perfumed notes. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter wonderfull finish. Oily palate. More IPA ish than Boh. Pilsner.
Title_10 (22) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not quite sure how to describe this other than very tasty. Possibly one of the best balanced and tasteful pilsners I’ve had. The one draw back is to the aroma which smells like a skunky bitter IPA . Other than that, it has very good balance with an evolving taste.
Kriegbaum (845) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaske 33 cl. Dyb gylden med lidt diset krop, med et stort tćt vevarende hovede. Fantastisk humle aroma, med noter af tropiske frugter og svag citrus. Smagen er let bitter af humle. Fyldig mund og lang afbalenceret medium bitter finish
Spud69 (21) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clean malt nice hop, balancing to the bitter side.... 75 character minimum......
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s pretty hard to find clean, balanced pilsners. This one is perfect, my new #1 for the category. Sampled only in New Zealand several different times.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on 10/1/2010. This pilsner pours a slightly hazy medium orange gold color from a 33cl bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is cereal, grain and floral hops. A medium bodied pilsner. The malts are cereal and grainy. The hops are floral and slightly spicy. Decent carbonation. Nice balance. Finishes a little sweet, and a little bit off that sharp pilsner bite, but very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and sweet. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
mkel07 (3547) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Full creamy beige head that looks good sitting atop the bright amber base. Aromas of passionfruit, sweet and tart at the same time. Smooth dry flavour with that same sweet tartness.