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Wigram Bavarian Pilsner

Brewed by Wigram Brewing Company
Style: Pilsener
Christchurch, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 2.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Our German-style Pilsner is crafted with a blend of premium German malt, late-hopped in the brewkettle with Tettnanger hops and finally matured with whole hop cones to give a beautiful hop bouquet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
beer-yum (989) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 16, 2015
Restrained grassy aroma in a light gold pour. Pleasant hop forward balance to start but has little body after that and the finish isn’t as crisp and clean as I’d like. Not the best local (NZ) take on the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GlassBrass440 (309) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 9, 2015
Pours a near clear gold with medium white head out of a green bottle (why?!). No light struck character as I believe this to have come straight from the brewery. Light earthy aroma with some minerals and spicy hops. Bready and yeasty flavour. Some floral hops come in behind. Highly carbonated and medium bodied. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiwi_daz (51) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 20, 2014
Nice carbonation with thick creamy head. I found the bitterness overpowering for this style

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 2, 2013
grains, and...well, nothing much else to be honest. unfortunately very bland, though still refreshing. seem to have picked the two worst beers from wigram to start with...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 24, 2012
Tasted on tap from Cassel’s, this beer appeared yellow-gold with a slight haze and the makings of a whitish head. The aromas were of light malt and a faint grassy hop but if I’m honest the aroma would have been better if not served ridiculously cold. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt, it smelt palatable but not remarkable. There was soft mouthfeel and tingly bubbles at first taste. Faint lemon and sweet malt (but not over-sweet) predominate with a fairly short finish. Again, not helped by the serving temperature. I think palatable but not remarkable sums this beer up rather well. I will try it from the bottle and amend this rating if need be.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
deusax (458) - Grenoble, FRANCE - FEB 26, 2012
Tasted on tap @ The Great Kiwi Beer Festival 2012 in Christchurch. Average beer, malty, with a light-medium bitterness. Missing the nice head of a pilsener

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omega (843) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 21, 2011
I probably would have appreciated this beer earlier in the day under the sun. Nice crisp clean colour and not overly fizzy means an easy beer to drink. The hops are restrained.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KapitiCritique (376) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2010
500 ml bottle, refrigerated and left at room temp for about 10 minutes. Aroma: Strong bread malt. Hops do not come out very strongly but they are noticeable. So not a beautiful hop bouquet as advertised from the bottle anyway. Appearance: pale yellow, hazy with thick head and good lacing that sticks to the glass in frothy clumps. Taste: hint of sweetness under an overall medium bitter taste. Lingering sour aftertaste. Palate: light to medium body with a slightly sticky texture, lively carbonation with a slightly sour astringent finish. Overall: above average given the field.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 5, 2010
500ml bottle, Christmas present from Mark. Pilsner glass. Murky light golden hue, large white bubbly, lasting head. Wonderful hoppy notes, nice biscuit malt aromas some yeasty dough, some honey. Nice balance of moderate sweet malty and moderate to strong bitter flavour. Finishes crisp and dry, light body, lively carbonation, lightly astringent and bitter finish. Very refreshing and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 16, 2009
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy gright yellow gold with a big white foamy head that shows excellent retention. Fresh zesty fruity hop aroma with underlying sweet grains. Beautiful balance is struck between the clean pale malts and the intriguing fruity hop character. Lots of fresh peachy notes, some underlying perfumey orange blossom. Finish is crisp and bitter as a pilsener should be. Absolutely delicious, and spot on for style. Incidentally, I get none of the yeastiness that some other raters complain of.

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