Brewed by Cassels & Sons Brewing Company
Style: Pilsener
Christchurch, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
This beer has much in common with our Lager, but is more generously hopped. Pouring a bright golden hue beneath a pillowy white head, the aroma and palate offer an attractive honey-like sweetness, with lemony and passionfruit notes from the New Zealand hops blending with the biscuit and caramel from the malts. Carbonate-laden water from the brewerys own well gives the beer a firm, but creamy mouthfeel which distances it from most European Pilseners, but the emphatic dry finish is entirely appropriate. With sufficient bitterness to cut through oily food such as salmon or deep fried fish and chips, this beer is also a fine match for strongly flavoured shellfish like mussels and oysters, or spicy Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisine. 4.8% ABV Geoff Griggs October 2011

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (8735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2016
[8304-20160520] Tap. light fruity grains aroma. Clear, orange body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head and some thick lacing. Lightly bitter toasted fruity grains flavour. Medium body. Average. (6/3/6-/3/12) 3.0
(@ Cassels brewpub, Christchurch, NZ)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2016
2016-05-20. Crisp yellow body, moderate white head. 3+ Aroma has mild pale malt, floral hops. 6+ Flavour is hoppy with a quite floral character, lightly grassy. Average bodied palate, moderate carbonation. 6/3/7/3/13+ On tap at The Brewery, Christchurch, NZ.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
canadiankiwi (148) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 4, 2016
This is currently underrated I feel. That being said though it smells great and the initial taste is great at first. But the after taste is not the best. The after taste is like I drank a bottle of perfume. Kind of ruins it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luvystypotables (1862) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2016
A great aroma of floral hops, with a hint of grassy notes. Pours a clear pale gold color. Tastes of floral hops with grassy notes. Dry feel with a very bitter perfume like after taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EXE (2) - Nelson, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2015 does not count
Quite respectable. I guess I've been lucky enough to taste quite a few really good pilsners lately. Probably looking for a bit more malt or maybe the keg being served is a bit old. Would love to taste this "fresh as".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (5685) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
On tap @ Cassels. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has slight notes of grain, some honey, slight fruits. Clear, golden coloured beer with a white head. The beer is full of taste, citric hoppiness.Goes down easy. Light bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 12, 2013
The head is ok, the body blond. It smells malty, bit hoppy, ild. The taste is bit hoppy, bit malty, bit flowery. Medium

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
horotane (18) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 22, 2013
This is great Pilsner. When the going gets tough the tough get going. Petanque, yachting, whatever, its European, its delicious, and its right now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Natz (5) - christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 19, 2013 does not count
Light,not too hoppy nice balance of flavours. Would be perfect for a summers day to compete against the hot weather and quench the thirst.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cantabrian (1102) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2012
This would probably have a totally different appreciation if it wasnt called a Pilsener. To the best of my knowledge, a "Pilsener " has become a style after a certain lager produced in a certain area that everyone knows about. It has a clear profile of flavour and appearance that sets the tone. Making it too hoppy will be as preposterous as calling dark lagers "Black Pilsners". This beer was just way too hoppy and not a partricularly pleasant hoppines, nor the bitterness. Everything else was smothered by this audacious addition. I brought a couple of Germans to this brewery the other day. Glad we just missed the Pilsner and I gave them the excellent Milk Stout.

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