Brewed by Macís Brewery (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: Pilsener
Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Lager and crystal malt. Nelson Sauvin hops for bittering, with more Sauvin and NZ Cascade for aroma.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2007
Bottle, Leopold Bottlo, WA Pungent Kiwi Hops aromsa, in a classic golden pour with nice white head. Stern bitterness with pleasing malt profile. A great session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RogerRabbit (26) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2007
As much Iíd love to knock Macs (as one of the big big boys in NZ), I found the Hop Rocker to be rather decent. It is simple, and not overly fruity, but a nice crisp clean pilsner none-the-less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2007
Very pleasant light NZ pils. I love this style, when the hops are not over done, as is the case here, you have the perfect beer for pairing with almost any takeaway food you can imagine. Just enough of a hint of NZ saaz to keep things interesting, really refreshing, really pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2007
Why is this called a pale lager when the bottle says it is a pilsner? Very pale colour ans light creamy head but the nose is not as assertive as some say. There is a degree of NS hops but this is not a common hop at the moment so I canít be definitive about how it impacts upon the beer. The flavour and mouthfeel is quite thin and sharp with too much carbonation. Just an average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madquacker (1134) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2007
A big well held fluffy head and citrus aromas. Very nicely balanced but full on hoppy flavour, with some good saltiness at the end. A good but different form of pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2007
Pours a nice bright gold with a medium sized head. Pretty big fruity NZ (nelson savin) hop aroma. Flavour dominated by the NS hops. Body seemed a bit on the thin side but pleasing none the less. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (4060) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2007
Pours a clear golden with a white head. Big citrus-fruity hops aromas. Only slight maltyness (could have a bit more IMHO). Medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Short malty, long fruity finnish. Most hoppy beer Iīve had in NZ.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2007
Clear, bright gold body with a touch of bronze and a decent white head. Nelson Sauvin hops seems to be all the rage at the moment and you can pick this up on the aroma and then a bit in the taste. Fairly light in body, at first taste it was quite good but then just a bit grainy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2007
A nice aroma with faint orange flower notes initially, and some warm grain mush after the head dissipated. On tasting the crystal malt really dominates, unfortunately that is not what I was expecting so it didnít go down too well (I should have read the label first!!). Canít really notice the cascade, but the nelson sauvin seems more noticeable, albeit only the second different beer Iíve had that uses that hop. After a few mouthfulls the sweetness is a bit sickly, and there doesnít seem to be any crispness to dry it out. That seems to be my main gripe with this beer, but itís big enough for me to knock it down a few pegs. (PS with a little left in the bottom of the glass the aroma is a bit like that of a typical european lager!!)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2007
An interesting beer in the shall we say marlborough lager style. pleasant but faint floral hop aroma with slight NZ catpissiness, not as aromatic as expected. lovely gold colour with excellent dense oily head with staying power although this could be my new ritzenhoff pilsener glass. very light body, nice delicate balance between pilsener malt and grapey hop, with a gentle growing hoppy, peppery dryness to finish. well-executed but basically insubstantial and insipid stuff that aims to convert drinkers of mass-produced tasteless piss to the delights of semi-mass produced tasteless piss of slightly higher quality.

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