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

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RATINGS: 127   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.


Rangi's rating

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rangi (508) - - JUN 15, 2013
From what I remember this was a standard pilsner. Clear, refreshing but nothing more really. Went well with the superb fish dish I was having at the time.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heyden (12) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 15, 2014
Crystal clear golden colour. Grassy fruity notes. Clean crisp taste; beautiful tasteful malt finished well with just the right amount of hops. Bittersweet aftertaste makes you want more.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (4196) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2014
12oz bottle at Restaurant Public in SoHo, NYC. Pours a clear gold with some thin white head. Nose is fine enough, lightly sweet, crackery, grass, lemon, a little butter, some cardboard too. Flavor is fine, definitely has a Pacific twist, some sweetness, some cardboard, a little lime, some honey, a little jasmine, almost a little rice. Clean finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (1698) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle from Aeon. Nice aroma, grassy hops, hint of lemon. Taste is good, crisp and pretty bitter. Little bit of malty sweetness in there, but focus is the hops. Good stuff.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3299) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Slightly hazy golden. Thin white head. Bitter malty aroma. Nice bitter.taste with a healthy malt backbone. Good session beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyobon (859) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2014
(Bottle) Clear pale gold with reasonable white head. Nice citrus / lemon hoppy aroma. Light body, excellent bright carbonation. Refreshing tangy citrus foretaste with nice candy sweet undercurrent, then some lovely hops assert their bitterness for a long finish. Excellent pilsner.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Beer Rev. It pours a hazy yellow color with a nice white head. I didnít check for any bottle dates on this one, and Iím kind of regretting it upon sniffing it. Itís not bad, just not very crispÖ theres some strong toffee sweetness along with some citrus and florals that make for a pretty good balance, but not at all pilsener-like. The flavor is creamy and bitter with nice notes of melon, citrus, toffee, honeysuckle and a floral bitterness in the finish. A decent and rather interesting Pilsener, but Iím thinking this was a little past itís prime.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1364) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2014
330 ml brown reptilian bottle purchased in Wellington, NZ. Pours amber with a bubbly head. A bold and hoppy pilsner featuring NZ hops, with an aromatic herbal nose but with the hop power of an American pale ale. Long lasting hoppy aftertaste with more hop complexity than usual. Appropriate malts for balance mainly appear as a limitation on bitterness. Feel: medium body; nice crisp carbonation. O: a good pils.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Oily lemon, musty cheese, dried grass and herb hops with baked cracker and toast pale malt character. Itís a clean aroma, and more interesting than their other products, doesnít show off the green onion or chemical cleaner aroma found in many NZ-hopped beers. Tingly washing of acid across the tongue is quenching and satisfying. Light body, off-dry, medium bitterness, everything in balance. Easily the best thing Iíve had from Tuatara and the only one I found flavorful enough to drink an entire portion.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StuartLee (1) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2013 does not count
One of the best NZ beers Iíve ever tasted - and Iíve tasted a few over the decades. It is crisp and clean and Iím going to be drinking it all summer Iím sure

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoufCustom (606) - HONG KONG - NOV 26, 2013


330 ml bottle bought at YATA in Grand Century Place, Mong Kok.

Appearance: Clear, light dull golden colour with thin trace of yeast particles; two finger head and lasting crumpety white foam stays on top throughout this session. Excellent sticky lacing with very fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant full malt, with IPA- like fresh grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, honey, canned fruits, pine, bread and faint grass.

Taste: Medium sweet full lager malt, with passion fruit, grapefruit, citrus, molasses, pine, bread, light yeast, liquorices, strong lime and grass.

Body: Full body, thick and oily palate.

Mouth Feel: All malt with full on NZ hoppy attack - refreshing passion fruits, grapefruit zest, nice citrus, and hop oilyness. Yummy! Fat maltiness and bready. Sweetness is strong but is nicely-balanced by sharp liquorices and herbal hops. At times this tastes more like a full on IPA! Wow!

Hoppiness: Very fragrant tropical fruits, grapefruits, pine and lime in nose and taste, hop-oily palate, and a sharp Czech-Pils like bitterness for a nice and lasting finishing.

After Taste: Dry, fruity and nicely bitter to mouth.

Comments: Call it a bastard Czech Pils if you like, but I really dig the brewerís creativity and innovation to freshen up a traditional type with all these NZ hops. The result is fully on tropical fruitiness and thickness, while preserving the goodness of Czech Pilsí richness and astringency. Enjoyable from start to finish. Simply excellent!.


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