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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodies_Best (263) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 7, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 330 ml bottle. Great golden colour on a summer’s day about to have a nice pizza. Faint hoppy and malt aroma. Hardly any head but that’s ok, there are a few bubbles rising to the top. Fresh clean hoppy taste. Smooth balanced malty flavour with fantastic bitterness coming through and lingering. Awesome Sunday afternoon drink in the sun.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3479) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2012
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Fantastic clear amber pour with a big, fluffy white head. Aroma is all zest and spices with a touch of doughy malts in the background. Taste is very buttery and citric. Loads of lemon zest with a touch of buttered biscuit and doughy bread. Bitter finish turns to a dry lengthy finish on the palate. Very good pils

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omega (816) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2012 Consider this beer a good gateway beer to better things. Not overly hoppy, but enough for people to get a taste of what a good pilsner should taste like. Very quaffable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cheeta (1181) - Langĺ, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2011
Moderate hoppy. Huge, frothy, white head. Good lacing. Mostly lasting longevity. Clear, light yellow body. Heavy bitter and very hoppy flavor. Medium palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2699) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
11.2oz bottle, no date from College Liquors in Grand Junction. Hazy light golden with a one finger white head, fair retention. Biscuit malts and yeast dominate the nose, hints of grass at the end with a tinge of lemon--mainly biscuity though. Flavor adds some old dusty malt, but the biscuit still dominates. This may have a bit of age on it, as I’m having trouble with any hops here. Dry finish, bitterness peaked at a 4-5. Lowish creamy carbonation with a light body. If this wasn’t $5 a bottle, I’m sure it’d move off the shelves more quickly (and in effect be tastier)--kinda like Mikkeller’s $6 pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnat2006 (12) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 15, 2011
An altogether perfect pilsner, and has been a regular in the fridge this spring. Nice lightly-hopped crisp citrus aroma, hazy in the glass and remaining cloudy with a nice head. The flavour has a beautiful balance with fruity citrus hops up against nice outdoorsy grassiness. Would choose their APA over this any day, but this is a nice compromise now the APA not available for a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OJB (39) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 31, 2011
The colour was pale amber brown, and there was a medium creamy white head with medium carbonation. There was a crisp citrus bitter aroma and a smooth malt fruit taste with a medium bitter hoppy finish. This is a pleasant clean crisp style with light fruit balance, and medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (36244) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2011
33 cl bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a huge white head. Crisp citrusy to grassy hoppy aroma, light whitewine touch. Fruity, citrusy and whitewine hops flavoured. Solid bitterness going into a rather dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnfryd (12935) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, malt, hay. Flavour is fruit, malt, hay, grain. Medium body. OK beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
12oz ticketty-boo bottle from Premier Gourmet. Pours slightly hazy light gold with a large fizzy-foamy white head (3+). Smells quite pleasant - heather, honey, very light grain and slightly pungent grassiness to mellow out the sweetness - quite clean. Taste - a bit metallic, sadly, but grassy and no corn, booze, weeds, poop, anti-freeze or any other detractors - and frankly the "metal" was gone in a flash, leaving me to think it might have been my palate adjusting to a surprising amount of pungent grassy hop bitterness - pretty solid, actually - and all the way from NZ? Average body, crisply carbonated, starts a tad sweet, but finishes dry with a hint of bitter astringency ... if the LCBO were to stock sixers of this at a reasonable price, I would buy it - frankly it is better than the Sam Adams Noble Pils, which I am finding too sweet now.

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