creative_free (37) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 8, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Vibrant gold,straw colour. Big fluffy white head with good retention.
Hoppy nose, passionfruit, lemon, white grape, grassiness. Very fresh, clean and tasty aroma.
Tropical hop flavours, soft maltiness, grainy bready. Strong bitterness, crisp dry finish. Beautiful balance of flavours. Very drinkable. Medium body with high carbonation.
Absolutely beautiful beer. My favourite NZ pilsner. Great balance and very drinkable.
bmeup (669) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I reckon one the best new style Pilsners out there....simple as that!......but, dare the new Brewers to have a crack at this style as there are no ’bushes’ to hide behind........;-)
StuartLee (1) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best NZ beers I’ve ever tasted - and I’ve tasted a few over the decades. It is crisp and clean and I’m going to be drinking it all summer I’m sure
drpimento (3466) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is a little difficult for me to rate as it’s very good, very fresh, and as much as I like hops, maybe they overdid the hop in this. Served at a good temperature and poured a large, foamy, frothy, off-white head that settles out after a bit and plenty of lace. Color is a crystal clear yellow gold with a number of small bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, grain, grass. Flavor is like nose, with good balance to the carbonic tang; fairly dry. Body is good although, for a Czech Pils, the hops do clash a bit with the carbonation a bit in contrast to the true Czech smoothness. Finish is like flavor, fairly long and very drinkable.
GoufCustom (1919) - HONG KONG - NOV 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle bought at YATA in Grand Century Place, Mong Kok.
Appearance: Clear, light dull golden colour with thin trace of yeast particles; two finger head and lasting crumpety white foam stays on top throughout this session. Excellent sticky lacing with very fizzy carbonation.
Aroma: Very fragrant full malt, with IPA- like fresh grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, honey, canned fruits, pine, bread and faint grass.
Taste: Medium sweet full lager malt, with passion fruit, grapefruit, citrus, molasses, pine, bread, light yeast, liquorices, strong lime and grass.
Body: Full body, thick and oily palate.
Mouth Feel: All malt with full on NZ hoppy attack - refreshing passion fruits, grapefruit zest, nice citrus, and hop oilyness. Yummy! Fat maltiness and bready. Sweetness is strong but is nicely-balanced by sharp liquorices and herbal hops. At times this tastes more like a full on IPA! Wow!
Hoppiness: Very fragrant tropical fruits, grapefruits, pine and lime in nose and taste, hop-oily palate, and a sharp Czech-Pils like bitterness for a nice and lasting finishing.
After Taste: Dry, fruity and nicely bitter to mouth.
Comments: Call it a bastard Czech Pils if you like, but I really dig the brewer’s creativity and innovation to freshen up a traditional type with all these NZ hops. The result is fully on tropical fruitiness and thickness, while preserving the goodness of Czech Pils’ richness and astringency. Enjoyable from start to finish. Simply excellent!.
ALLOVATE (2981) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A delightfully quaffable devil of a brew this one turned out to be and yet another tick on the board of lagers coming out of the micro’s of NZ at the moment. It produced up a satin sheened, yellow gold, just off bright, with high effervescence and a compact, tight white crown. Juicy, fruity burst wafts from the glass reminiscent of passionfruit, pineapple, lychee and sauvignon wine with underlying notes of pine needs, black pepper and rose petals. Soft, creamy mouthfeel with just a little spritz upfront. Light, well rounded and wonderfully hoppy throughout with just enough malt flavour to let its presence known. Spicy, floral, herbal and piney backend with a lasting bitterness to the swallow. Juicy fruit esters, like in the aroma, are the star here though. It is notably vinous with a quenching citrus tang and sourness, and supple passion/pine/lychee blend that linger long in amongst the herbal and floral hops. These Motueka Saaz hops are fantastic and this beer brilliantly showcases them. I loved this one. Everything works so harmoniously. This is one to definitely hunt down again. A killer of a Summer Pilsener!!! (33cL, BB 20/09/12, Freo Doctor, Fremantle)
Benlawrie (6) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 25, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great fresh, crisp pilsner. One of my favourite kiwi pils, close to a czech pils. Nice aroma too.
Rex_Remes (196) - Bonyhad, HUNGARY - JUN 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2015 (330ml bottle, Beijing) Appearance: medium straw yellow, a bit darker yellow than your typical lager. Nice billowy, white head with some irregularities. Decent amount of foam. Head dissipates to islands of clinginess and tracing. Nose: Really smell the hops. Floral, green, herbaceous, some citrus/berry. Taste: fruity upfront with a good bitter follow-thru. Citrus peel, roasted malt, tobacco.
Palate: Refreshing, cleansing, bright ... then long lasting bitterness and lingering grass/tree/herb flavors on the cheeks. Overall: different than your typical pilsner, almost a bit IPA-ish because of the hoppiness and grapefruit. I like it ... a beer you can chew, digest and talk about ... a clean beer with both malt and hop characteristics.
High points: hops, chewinesss, uniqueness
Low points: might be too bitter for some, with the hops overpowering the malt flavors (especially if expecting a typical lager/pilsner)
beerdevine (15) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not a huge nose on this beer, but then on tasting was pleasantly surprised by the lovely hoppy profile from the NZ hop focus. Good length, great fresh pallet. lovely beer!
kearnsy (68) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks exactly how a pilsner should, nice white foamy head. Very hoppy on the nose, some malt, smells appetising. Very well balance on the palate, superb feel, great backbone. Great local pilsner, one of the best for me. Forgot to ad, nice pleasant dry finish, not overly bitter!