Brewed by Three Boys Brewery
Style: Czech Pilsner (Světlý)
Christchurch, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Three Boys Pilsner is a taste of Europe with a new world twist. Like the pilsners of old, it balances pale malt flavour and saaz hop bitterness. The Three Boys take it a step further using modern varieties of saaz hops grown in New Zealand, which give it that little bit extra aroma and flavour.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
KeefOz (1700) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
Tasted 8/2/2014. BB 21/May/14. Poured a clear golden colour with a one- to two-finger white frothy head that retained a while and laced OK. Carbonation moderate with large bubbles. Aroma of clean sweet caramel malt and grain; no hops; larger-like aroma. Taste of sweet mild malt followed by a mild hops bitterness; a pilsner-like taste. Light body. Clean and sweet with a long mild bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2013
A quiet, hoppy and clean Pilsner with notes of sulfur, grass, herbs, spice / pepper, leafy greens, small touch of celery seed, that’s the Saaz for sure. Malt is a tad crude, cereal-like and grainy. Light body, creamy carbonation but peaked mouth feel that could use more firmness and presence. The Saaz are nice, there’s no obvious defects, t’s well-made and spicy and a little green. Not a game changer but altogether solid stuff. From draft at Andrew Andrew in Auckland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
Tourpiper (1) - - NOV 9, 2013 does not count
Its ok. Not a patch on an emersons or a croucher. Nice and refreshing after an afternoon in the garden

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beer-yum (1519) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 17, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2015 Grassy aroma in an appealing gold pour. Fruity taste to start that gives way to a clean dry finish. A good local example of the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 7, 2013
grassy hoppy flavours dominate, with a fairly robust bitterness holding on for a while. not all that interesting but refreshing when cold which does seem to be the purpose of a pilsner anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
petergaynor (137) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 6, 2012
500m bottle. Pours golden yellow with thin white head and heaps of carbonation. Smell is refreshing citrus hops and cheese yeast. Taste is bitter hops. Nice pilsener

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nonvocatus (1) - Whangaparaoa, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 21, 2012 does not count
I obviously need a Pils education!! I’m very new to Pils, I’ve been tasting craft beer for about a year, maybe 2, and have really not strayed into this area before. As an initial impression...it tastes a lot like shitty generic Steinlager. Or any of those other green-bottle 24 packs. I’m drinking this bottle-poured from a nice beer-tasting glass and all I’m getting is generic. I’ll check the date on it actually. BB June 2013...maybe it was left out in the sun. Green bottle! Gotta be careful! Ok I had another smell, the aroma is actually really nice so I’m changing my score there. It’s also more complex than your regular European mass-beer. Conclusion - I have to try more Pils because I have no appreciation of this potentially awesome beer. It tastes a lot like Grolsch or Stella Artois.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omega (900) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 1, 2012
A good easy drinking Pils which is not overly hoppy, but has a hint of underlying bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2012
Verre de 16 oz, d’un fût chez Hishigo Zake. Arômes délicats de malt pilsner et de houblon herbacé. Légères notes sulfureuses. Robe blonde et limpide, légère dentelle tenant bien et effervescence moyenne. En bouche, la bière montre un malt pilsner très bien extrait, aux complexes notes de grains et d’herbes fraîches. Le houblon apporte des notes épicées, assez semblables à celles du Saaz tchèque. Finale sèche et légèrement amère. Une bière qui devient meilleure au fil des gorgées.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wombata (622) - Kobe, JAPAN - APR 12, 2012
On Draft. Aroma: Earthy, dried passion fruit Flavor: Like the aroma: earthy, dried passion fruit. Comments: Very clean flavors and well balanced. Uses Motueka hop which I really enjoy. Much better than when I tried it in the bottle and the bartender agreed that it just doesn’t hold up well in the light green bottles. Drink it on tap!

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