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

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RATINGS: 131   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.


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.

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 I’ve ever tasted - and I’ve tasted a few over the decades. It is crisp and clean and I’m going to be drinking it all summer I’m sure

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2170) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoufCustom (763) - 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 brewer’s 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 Pils’ richness and astringency. Enjoyable from start to finish. Simply excellent!.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2349) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2012
A delightfully quaffable devil of a brew this one turned out to be and yet another tick on the board of lagers coming out of the micro’s of NZ at the moment. It produced up a satin sheened, yellow gold, just off bright, with high effervescence and a compact, tight white crown. Juicy, fruity burst wafts from the glass reminiscent of passionfruit, pineapple, lychee and sauvignon wine with underlying notes of pine needs, black pepper and rose petals. Soft, creamy mouthfeel with just a little spritz upfront. Light, well rounded and wonderfully hoppy throughout with just enough malt flavour to let its presence known. Spicy, floral, herbal and piney backend with a lasting bitterness to the swallow. Juicy fruit esters, like in the aroma, are the star here though. It is notably vinous with a quenching citrus tang and sourness, and supple passion/pine/lychee blend that linger long in amongst the herbal and floral hops. These Motueka Saaz hops are fantastic and this beer brilliantly showcases them. I loved this one. Everything works so harmoniously. This is one to definitely hunt down again. A killer of a Summer Pilsener!!! (33cL, BB 20/09/12, Freo Doctor, Fremantle)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kearnsy (68) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2010
Looks exactly how a pilsner should, nice white foamy head. Very hoppy on the nose, some malt, smells appetising. Very well balance on the palate, superb feel, great backbone. Great local pilsner, one of the best for me. Forgot to ad, nice pleasant dry finish, not overly bitter!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DylansDad (300) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 8, 2013
The best Tuatara in my opinion. It’s amazing how they can pack so much deliciousness into this lager, yet still come across as so uncomplicated, with a short clean finish. Just how I like my lager. I’m drinking another as I write this and, honestly, as the good feeling sinks in I’m tempted to rate it higher and higher (baby).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2002
Deep golden colour. Good bitter, earthy hop flavour. After Emersons, probably the best pils in NZ.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (6296) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 13, 2004
just i was thinking i hated nz hops, i tasted them in a beer where they actually worked. amazing aroma of passionfruit and taste of passionfruit seeds. some creeping bitterness. soft and subtle, a few other flavours appear on the periphery - applesauce, mango icecream. a real delight


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