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


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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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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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.

omega (899) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 1, 2012
A good easy drinking Pils which is not overly hoppy, but has a hint of underlying bitterness.

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.

Wombata (627) - 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!

TimE (6130) - 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.

pfhyde (61) - 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).

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.

FatPhil (17080) - 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.

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.

Ungstrup (38414) - 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.

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