Brewed by Sprig and Fern Brewery
Style: Heller Bock
Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Very strong Pilsner style golden lager. Big on hop flavour and aroma. Matured for an extended period of time. The price definitely isn’t criminal, but it has done time and you must consume with due respect.

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NZJoe (54) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 9, 2017
From a large bottle. Pours a slightly hazy, copper. Not much on the nose, a little bit biscuity and orangey. Taste is a bit sweet, malty, whiskey-isa. You can taste the alcohol a little bit. Bitterness is on the mid-low end. Overall, a pretty underwhelming beer, sort of what youd expect from a beer in a big plastic bottle, except that now you can get good beers in plastic bottles.

nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 14, 2017
Draft at Sprig & Fern in Nelson. Clear bright golden color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet honey, floral, light tropical fruits. Flavor is tropical, medium hoppy, white wine, floral, honey, medium sweet Medium body, average carbonation. Tasty.

TedE (1544) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 14, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2016 On tap at S&F, Tahunanui. Golden beer with tiny collar of bubbles. Smells of lemon, malt, some grass. Taste is sweet fruit and malt. Flat mouthfeel. Light finish has apricot notes. Doesn’t look the best, not much bitterness but enjoyable none the less. Alcohol well hidden.

chrisnmn (9) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 3, 2016 does not count
This gotta be one of the best lagers i've tried. It's amber color (not blond) with a small head, has a great body and sweet malty flavour not so hoppy and bitter unlike most 'lagers'. Absolutely recommended for almost any ocassion.

sm89walt (2082) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2014
Keg - Sprig & Fern, Wellington. Clear golden with a small but lasting white head leaving a soapy lace. It’s all about the sweet-toned pale malts here whilst remaining crisp, fresh and juicy. Delicate citrus and floral hop characters intermingle with biscuity malts on both nose and palate. Light to medium body with soft to medium carbonation and a lingering bread dough and yeasty sweetness in the finish. Disguises its modest ABV well. Effortlessly, eminently drinkable.

3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Gummy candy, pineapple juice and orange jelly aroma. Sharp hop acids balanced the crystal malt sweetness and a faint toastiness gives it some Pilsner resemblance. Thin and watery body leaves the mouth disappointed, the syrupy malt extract texture and flavor is off-putting but flavor and aroma-wise there are few faults. Drinkable in a pinch. Clear amber-hued gold with a short white head. From draft.

kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 21, 2013
The head is ok, the body is blond. It smells sweet, flowery, citrus, malty. The taste is sweet, citrus, malty, bit alcoholic. 10/9/9/9//9

Ungstrup (38958) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2013
Draft. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and straw, leading to a bitter finish.

Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 21, 2012
Rigger from Franks in Fendalton, Christchurch. Golden straw coloured beer with a coarse white head that sank into a film on top of the beer, but otherwise clear and with plentiful carbonation. A good noseful of grape, vine and green berryfruit. Tingly mouthfeel with surprisingly good hop contribution, probably Nelson Sauvin as there’s a definite character there: ripe gooseberry, round and full green grape with some herbal notes. Not strenuously bitter, a little restrained which gives the malt the final say in the finish. Unfortunately this means the finish is fairly short. In all honesty this wasn’t a bad beer, or an unpleasant beer and it was certainly drinkable. Lager cops a bad press from a number of reviewers simply because they’re done so often, but making good lager is not easy at all. I rather like this. Given the time and the place (summer and finishing a long shift at worse), this beer is certainly welcome. It also passes the ’Would I have another?’ test. I would ask though, why does it have such a high abv?

beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 27, 2012
Sweet honey aroma. Bright straw colour with white head. Typical of mass produced beer.

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