Brewed by Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery
Style: Czech Pilsner (Světlý)
Napier, New Zealand


on tap


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 2.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Subtle hop characteristics define this beer. Pale in colour and cold filtered leaves this Pilsner with a crisp clean finish.

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Skarecrow (1199) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2017
330ml bottle Golden color with good head. Aroma is dusty grain, bread, sawdust, slight spice. Mild bitterness with thin grainy palate. Nothing special. Cool bottle though.

ljthiessen (1582) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle, shared by a friend just back from NZ. Definitely my least favourite beer in a while. Very macro lager character, a touch skunky, very light in body, aroma and flavour.

reebtogi (6488) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2016
330ml bottle pours a clear golden color with a finger and a half of white head that dissipates quickly leaving only a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is grassy with some hints of citrus and malts. Taste is a light grassy and citrus hop bitterness with a malty sweetness. Light bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, not quite there for the style, needs a little more of the spicy hops.

GoufCustom (2404) - HONG KONG - FEB 14, 2016

330ml green bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Pale golden yellow colour; Less tha none quarter finger head and residual soapy white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing with active small carbonation; Fragrant aroma of malt, with strong grapefruit peels, strong tangerine, light floral, honey, light bread, lemon and grass; Mid to light sweet taste of lager malt, with fairly strong grains, floral, molasses, dry biscuits, strong lemon, fairly strong bitter hops and grass; Mid to light body. Crisp and slightly slick palate; Mouth feel is good Pils maltyness in a lean and dry background. Strong hops with good floral. Fair sweetness balanced by strong lemon and bitterness. Clean and good!... Hoppiness is fragrant grapefruit peels, tangerine, light floral, honey, lemon and grass in nose. Floral, strong lemon and grass in taste; Bitterness is fairly strong, for a lasting, mid-to-high astringent bitter sweet finish; Dry after taste. Quite malty and very bitter to mouth.

Comments: The label said it’s a Czech Pils, through there’s not much Saaz’ earthy spicy influence here. Instead it’s the nice citrusy aroma and clean strong lemon hoppiness that impress. Leaner than I expected but a nice Pils nevertheless!

canadiankiwi (149) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 21, 2015
Light drinks with slight bitterness. Poured from tap, light gold, apple juice looking. Not much smell. Easy drinking. Not great nothing special.

joe19612 (3221) - Camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours a light gold colour with a thin white head, light malt aroma, taste is light with some bitterness and fruity with a dry fruity finish.

tombutlin (380) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 22, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2016 No aroma to speak of, but lightly spiced hop flavour and pleasant bitterness. It is a perfect beer on a hot day and I was surprised to see I’d finished 500mls without noticing. I won’t seek this out, but will happily drink it again

waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 15, 2014
500ml bottle pours golden yellow with a miniscule head, very little aroma but the nice even taste is mildly bitter, dry & far less hoppy than expected

olsentribe8 (17) - Napier, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2014
What a disappointment! Being a Hawke’s Bay local I was expecting good things from this "handcrafted beer". It wasn’t even on par with plain old boxed beer. I tried 4x 500ml varieties and same result, very reminiscent of my first or second batches of just acceptable home brew. Come on HBIB you can do better than this!

heyden (138) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 1, 2014
Thin, almost completely clear. Strong carbonation. Slight malt aroma. Thin bodied. Certainly no aromatic hops have been used! Clean crisp taste with minimal hops. Very bland, not worth craft beer price!

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