kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2007
What a great beer it’s reminiscent of Emerson’s pilsner but with more body and less spicy fruitiness which actually balances it out better. It’s got a firm bitterness to it that hits after the delicious creamy buttery maltiness has left the palate. Another great lager from the deep south of New Zealand, what is it about that area and good pilsner/lagers? Emerson’s, Wanaka and now Invercargill! GoufCustom (2258) - HONG KONG - AUG 17, 2015
DuffMan (10773) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2009
330 ml bottle bought at Sips in Sai Wan.
Looks: Translucent light blonde colour with thin trace of yeast sediments; one finger head and long lasting crumpety white foam. Beautiful sticky lacing with very fizzy carbonation.
Aroma: Very fragrant full malt, with refreshing strong grapefruit, passion fruits, light tangerines, apricots, floral, candied fruits, molasses, light pine, lemon and light grass.
Taste: Very light sweet full lager malt, with very light grapefruits, pine, very light resin, biscuits, yeast, spices, strong lemon, very strong bitter hops and sharp grass.
Body: Full body, thick, dry and creamy palate.
Mouth Feel: Full lager maltyness with a body so rich, fat and creamy. Wow! The rest are all hop-driven bitterness - no sweetness (incredible!), very low citrus, light resin but quite oily, strong spice and thin bready yeast. Very mean and frankly quite stunning taste. A double wow!
Hoppiness: Refreshing grapefruits, passion fruits, light tangerines, apricots, floral, candied fruits, light pine, lemon and light grass in nose. Very light resin, spices, strong lemon, and strong grass in taste.
Bitterness is strong for a lasting, high astringent spicy-bitter finish.
After Taste: Quite dry. Rich and strong bitter to mouth.
Comments: This is a NZ Pils to the extreme, with a very fruity and fresh tropical hops aroma which totally contradicts the fat, creamy, non-sweet and high bitter malty taste. I would love some nice molasses sweetness to be thrown in, but on a day if you want something sugar-free to your tongue with all this great fruits to sniff about than this is it, look no further. This is ace!
Deep bronzy gold, thick white head. Very hoppy nose, lots of tropical fruit and citrus. The palate is fairly bursting with hops as well: passionfruit, guava, and lemon rind. Incredibly bitter finish. A delicious, flavourful, well-crafted lager. snuffla (176) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 21, 2009
Had this one a few times now, and evrytime impressed with it. Lovely light nose of passionfruit and a picture in the glass. Thirst quenching with a sweet malt finish, One of the best NZ lagers for me maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is all toffee malt and caramel. A slight citrus undertone. Translates very well in the taste. Sweet honey and citrus throughout with a lingering toffee malt backing. Very nice stuff
Cantabrian (1170) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2013
What makes it a Pilsner? This is so good, so un-Pilsner... Grapes and passion fruit written all over. Adstringent, hoppy-tasting and smelling like an IPA. Easy and pleasant to drink. That would be my favourite Pilsner!
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 17, 2014
Let’s set the scene: Beer from the fridge after a day playing cricket and having just mown the lawns before warm spring rain started falling. I’m at the table with a lager in front of me. I’m expecting something cold, malt driven but vaguely floral. What I got was a pils as close to what it is supposed to be originally. Brassy golden colour with a skim of bright white marshmallowy head. The aroma is of caramel-malts, buttercups and herbs. The taste is strong and malty with nods toward tangerine, roses, spices and turkish delight with a finish that is dry and spicy. There’s more to this beer than meets the eye - the label suggests a match toward curries, and yes I can see that. It is drinkable and even quaffable but it sits on a higher plane that takes it out of the after-cricket and lawnmower lagers... which I like. ALLOVATE (3089) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2015
Chilled and into a tulip it goes, quick-like as it erupted once the cap came off. Shimmering, honey orange with a quickly settling sediment. Head is a good two inches of silky white foam that lasts and laces well. Light honey and toasted bread amongst spicy, herbal hops on the nose. Beautifully dry and hoppy in back with a rich malty sweetness upfront. Chewy body, well rounded with spritzy and light carbonation. Good length with medial bitterness and a touch of tangerines in the aftertaste. Very good drinking. An enjoyable and bold pilsner. (33cL, no date stamp, the Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)