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


on tap


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (5534) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2011
lovely saazy hop nose with a strong toasted malt character. Very restrained bitterness, dry finish. Fairly nice for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfhyde (59) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
One of my favorite pils here in NZ; has a real living-beer taste that reminds you of a bitter Orval. The smell after opening the cap is redolent--almost skunk-like--but the taste is far from. Has real drinkability--it’s the best Three Boys has to offer, I think (it’s better than their IPA by far, imho).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 19, 2011
Appears perfectly acceptable with a fluffy whtenduring head. Golden yellow malt aromas immediately waft from the glass along with subtle grassy, sprucy hoppiness. Tart grassiness is the first of the flavours and then resin. Fresh and light, crisp and quenching. Fairly simple, but does the job.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FatPhil (15358) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 18, 2011
500ml bottle - brought at great expense by Oliveer from work - thanks!
5 Fairly standard non-gimicky craft lager aroma, light sweet grains and some fruitiness in the hops.
2+ Typical lager colour, but with a nice persistent tight white head.
5 Very bitter taste, packed full of bitter hops, but quite papery.
3 Soft palate, pleasant carbonation. Finish starts a little sweet and fruity, but gets bitterer every second.
9 A little too much like a simple lager with amplified bitter hoppiness, but losing a bit of balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2010
500 ml bottle Aroma: bread yeast, not much hops but there is a faint whiff. There is a hint of something, floral honey? Appearance: Pale gold colour, large head that dissipates quickly leaving a fairly extensive lacing. Taste: Bitter-hops come out fairly well, faintly sweet. Finishes semi sweet with a bitter touch. Palate: light to medium body, thin creamy texture, carbonation not soft but not lively either. Light alcoholic finish Overall: Not a bad little beer. Pleasant and would add charm to a local.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (36182) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2010
Bottled. A golden beer with a lazing white head. The aroma has notes of hops, grass, and hay. The flavor is sweet malty combined with notes of hay and grass, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2009
first beer I had on my nz trip and one of the best. an nz pils all the way - zesty fruity hops in the nose without being toilet duck. nice pils malt body balances long bitter and crisp finish. very clean, despite the "bohemian" tag up there this one has no diacetyl, which the emersons pils seems to have unfortunately developed lately. the king of nz pulseners for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2009
Good carbonation lots of head on top of a clear light gold pour aroma seems fresh to crisp fruit hops grain note flavour good taste of hop bitter has some body lemon taste malt sweetness of caramel a citric peel bitter sharp finish smooth malt crisp hops nice bitter good pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours deep golden with large white head. Aroma is full of hops with some citrus and pine. Flavours are nicely balanced between the malt and noble hops. Nice dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
snuffla (163) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2009
Pomeroys tasting, bottle. Pleasant aroma of citrus and well balanced malt to sweeten out the bitterness of the hops. Felt the malt was perhaps a little too fat for my liking and probably the weakest beer of the tasting.

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