Brewed by Red Hill Brewery
Style: Pilsener
Red Hill, VIC, Australia


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
A classic unfiltered pilsner with a spicy hop aroma balanced by a full bodied malt character

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jade (434) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2009
Peculiar aroma, quite strong and malty. Pours a golden amber colour, slighly hazy. Small white head that doesnt last very long. Lightly carbonated. Sweet and creamy, with a bitter after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1487) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 From a 330 ml bottle on 29/12/2009. Aside from some significant bitter, hoppy action, this didnt taste much like a pilsner to me. The confusion around identity was only reinforced by the reference on the bottle to "Fine Handcrafted Ale", the 5.9% strength, and the yeast sediment left in my glass. That said , I found this to be a singular, tasty and impressive drop. Had a herbal, grassy aroma, and a quite pronounced honeyed sweetness which balanced beautifully against the bitterness. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2009
a fanstasic pilsner with excellent spicyness from hops grown at the brewery property. perfect for a summers day

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3856) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2009
Bottle. Somewhat hazy dull gold. Stable two finger off-white head. Medium bead. Nose is bursting with grassy and spicy hops with some bread behind. Nuts and very focused sweet malt with floral hops. This is clearly a fresh bottle - I suspect it could be a little oversweet if consumed later. But as is, its very much of the style of the brewery: not terribly refined, but full of good quality and very fresh ingredients just allowed to speak for themselves. Perhaps a bit riotous for the style, but I dont care.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a small white head that doesnt last long. Sweet aroma has notes of honey, butterscotch, caramel, citrus, malt and a little herbal hops. Flavour is also sweet, especially for a pilsener, and is just about the same as the aroma but with the biscuity malt more upfront. Palate comes close to being dominated by the sweetness but is balanced by the hop bitterness as well as a dry finish. Unusual interpretation of the pilsener style, and while this isnt Red Hills best brew, its still a nice, enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2009
Draught at The Royston, Melbourne. Clear golden with creamy off-white head. Beautiful floral hop notes, malty and a touch of spice. The flavour is light malt, fruit and spice. Some mineral in the mouthfeel and smooth bitterness. The hops are allowed to do their thing here and they really hold up well with the lighter malt backbone. A quality pils and if not the best Ive tried from an Aussie brewer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (3071) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2009
Continuously frothing inch high snow-white head. Slightly cloudy butterscotch/toffee hue. Big weet-bix malt nose, with strong resin and fresh, green, spicy hop notes. Appetizing hoppy bitterness with noticeable resinous sweetness. Very clean crisp malty taste reminiscent of walnuts. Massive tang from lively carbonation. Overall a good mix of bitter and sweet, with a nice aroma of hops and malt. Too much carbonation in my opinion, but really, a good example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (2007) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 29, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 2009 Vintage
Still waiting for these guys to put a foot wrong. As per the 2008 very much a new world interpretation but its a very well made and seductive beer. Murky orange / lemon in colour and a powerful, almost sweet nose with spicy citrus hop aromas. Thick palate, at least for the style, with passionfruit and a bitter finish. Very good, if just fractionally over the top.

2008 Vintage (3.4)
Pours well with a decent pure white head with good density. Dark amber in colour. Lots of lift in the nose with sweet thick hops, almost like what you might find in a new world pale ale. Thankfully the palate is much more subtle; dry, classic pils bitterness, a mild hint of passionfruit, but slightly strangely the flavours broaden out in the mild palate, and in doing so eases the bitterness. Vey balanced beer but I sense that it already losing some freshness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2008
Misty orange colour pour ,nice head good carbonation.Aroma malty,rich complex of hops,fruit notes.Flavour sweet and mild bitter mixes well,fruit maltiness,slight tang,has a pilsener style only a bit of crispness missing but it is unfiltered.Finish hoppy good flavour,not too dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2008 Pours hazy orange amber with substantial off white head. Nose is dominated by floral, grassy, spicy and resiny hops that practically jump out of the glass! Palate displays more of the same, with quite a bit of sweet malt coming through. Finish displays spicy hops that linger but never overpower. Perhaps too much sweet, fruity malt on the palate... Still very drinkable.

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