Category Archives: Pilsners

Quiet Deeds ‘Knock On Wood’ Barrel Aged Pilsner


“Dreams of doing a barrel aged pilsner have long bubbled in the background at Deeds. After lagering for a month in tank, we racked the whole batch into Chardonnay barrels and let it age on oak for 90 days. The result is a crisp, oaky experience that celebrates Spring!”

Glassware: Flute.

Appearance: Transparent straw golden pour with a healthy three finger head nestled on top. Good retention and lacing as it ebbs.

Aroma: Certainly has a traditional character. Mixed herbs, mildew, lemon and a subtle hint of Riesling. We must say the Chardonnay barrels don’t seem to offer a whole lot, maybe a wee hint of apple/pear and other sweet and delicate fruits. Just a flutter of vanilla and oak coming across. Not much happening here.

Flavour: Ok this is where it’s all at. It kicks off with a herbaceous Noble hop quality which is fused through the delicate fruits and oaky Chardonnay – the latter displaying soft buttery accents. Quite pithy late in the piece, finishing dry, mildly bitter and grassy with excellent length.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light. Smooth with a discernible bitterness post swallow. Mild-medium body, Co2 is spot on. 5.9% ABV is well concealed.

Overall: As soon as we saw this we knew we had to try it as we’ve never had a barrel aged Pilsner before. Did it excite? Well, no not really. We would have liked a bit more from the barrels but the base Pilsner was good.

Newstead X Weihenstephaner ‘Luftschloss’ Pilsner


“Old meets new in this modern interpretation of an unfiltered pilsner. Fresh malt from Voyager, malted in an Old-World fashion. Old-World bittering hops meet New-World flavour hops. While New-World mashing technique is balanced by Old-World fermentation scheduling. What results is a accumulation precision and flavour. The best of both Worlds!”

Glassware: Flute.

Appearance: Fully transparent golden pour with a billowing four finger head. It takes an age to reduce and makes an absolute mess on the glass.

Aroma: Getting a direct candied lemon quality straight off the bat.. has that slightly herbaceous lemon strepsil thing happening. Slightly sulfuric, slight vegetal notes also coming across. Classic Noble hop qualities – spicy, earthy and floral with a faint hint of mildew. Not as refined as anticipated, especially when a name such as Weihenstephaner is involved.

Flavour: Can’t help but feel this has a touch of the New World applied to it. We get a mix of low alpha acid Aussie hops like Pride of Ringwood or Ella alongside the classic Noble strains like Saaz or Tettnang. Subtle florals, spice and candied citrus meet soft grainy notes and move in to an earthy, herbal and mildew finish which endures nicely.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light and zippy. Mild-medium body. 5.1% ABV also nicely positioned.

Overall: Although it’s a good Pilsner at its core we were expecting a bit more from it…mainly because of the Weihenstephaner factor. Not a bad crack but we’ve had better.

Weissenoher ‘Zwickel’ Pils


“We had been itching for some time to make a somewhat strong, full-bodied Helles. So we made a batch of Pils with an elevated level of original wort, 13.6%. Additionally, we dry-hopped generously, using our traditional Hersbrucker noble hops. This way, this time-honored variety of hops, a native of our Franconian home country, will fully develop its impressive aromatic potential. Our Zwickel Pils is a non-filtered beer, paying homage to the tradition of bottling straight from the barrel. Satisfyingly full-bodied and aromatic with hops. Our Zwickel is a Weissenohe masterpiece of an expressive, regional and traditional specialty beer.”

Glassware: Flute.

Appearance: Pale light golden complexion with a sturdy two finger head which holds together nicely. Good lacing clings to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Nice and light, crisp, herbaceous and grassy. Very delicate fruity accents atop a super clean grainy malt profile. Hay and straw, crackers and a somewhat funky yogurt-like scent which gains more traction as it settles. Quite a strange aroma for a Pilsner and just as we go to take the first sip we see the beer is almost a year old. 🤬

Flavour: That yogurt character doesn’t translate to the palate thankfully so the age on the beer isn’t going to kill us, hopefully. Fairly classic Pilsner notes – grassy herbal hops, wet hay/straw, mild fruity notes and semi sweet grainy malts. A little earthy at the back as it finishes slightly dry and grassy/herbal.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light-medium body. Good Co2. The 5.6% ABV is lifted for the style.. especially considering the the traditional nature of it.

Overall: Don’t know about this one. The best thing about it is the ceramic crock-style bottle but the actual beer itself is a bit underwhelming. Then again the age of it could be a factor so we may have to try it again when it’s fresh.

Spencer Trappist Pilsner


“Straw colored with a light, creamy head, Spencer Premium Pilsner is an authentic German-style Pilsner. Traditional noble German hops provide herbal notes, a floral nuance and the classic closing bitterness. Crisp, clean and refreshing – perfect after a day at work.”

Glassware: Flute.

Appearance: Light pale gold with a bit of haze. Atop sits a finger of finely beaded foam which peels off pretty quick. Some wavy lace here and there.

Aroma: Interesting. We guess it was always going to be when an American Trappist brewery is having a crack at a German/Czech classic. It certainly has that herbal/grassy Noble hop character dialled in but it also has a somewhat Belgo-inspired honey sweetness and yeast-driven spice. Clean malt profile consisting of crackers, hay/straw and grainy bread. Really nice.

Flavour: Keeps pretty traditional and doesn’t stray too far off that line of straw and hay, grainy malt, grassy/herbal spice and subtle gritty earthy-ness. There’s hop bitterness that gradually intensifies late in the piece and adds to the dry grassy finish. Pretty decent legs on it.

Mouthfeel: Typical Pilsner texture – crisp, dry and inoffensive. Nice and light with fine carbonation. 4.7% ABV is spot on.

Overall: We’re pretty confident that this is the first Trappist Pilsner we’ve ever tried so that’s pretty rad. Although it’s a decent drop if we had a hankering for a traditional Pils we’d still be reaching for the likes of Weihenstephaner or Pilsner Urquell. It’s good it’s just not all that memorable.

Smog City ‘Little Bo Pils’ Pilsner

90555990_1336320596552082_8564607522042806272_o“This pilsner with style is all about subtlety and balance. Expect a delicate spice, a touch of honey, and rustic white bread on the nose. Flavors of bread crust and light malt meet the spice of traditional Czech Saaz hops and while the finish is crisp and bracingly bitter, everything is in balance.”

Glassware: Flute.

Appearance: Pale light yellow with steady ascension of Co2 rising up to the two finger head. Good retention and lots of lace as we imbibe.

Aroma: There’s definitely a traditional nature to it. Bursting with Noble hop qualities i.e herbal spice, pot pourri-like florals and grassy/earthy vines. The malt bill comes off clean and grainy with a delicate honey sweetness in support. One of those rarer moments where an American brewery stayed traditional! We dig it.

Flavour: Again, sticks close to its roots with a gentle and extremely well balanced fusion of herbal spice, florals and semi sweet grainy malts on entry. It’s carried well through the mid picking up a very subtle citrus bitterness as it finishes slightly dry with earthy hops lingering on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean and refreshing – like a good Pilsner should be. Light-moderate body. 4.4% ABV is well placed.

Overall: An excellent interpretation of the style and about as traditional as you can get outside of Europe. It’s quite a nice surprise when one considers how edgy these guys can be. Fine offering.

3 Ravens ‘Thornbury’ Pilsner

75439550_1218411328343010_6537645367947689984_o“This easy-drinking full strength lager proudly celebrates local produce. Australian malt & hops provide unique aromatics, subtle flavours, a thirst quenching bitterness and a clean, dry finish.”

Glassware: Flute.

Appearance: Pale gold with 100% clarity. It forms two fingers of sturdy white head which slowly recedes. Excellent lacing clings to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Crisp and slightly floral with distinct Noble hop-like characters – grassy/herbal, subtle spice and mildew. We can also pick up hints of citrus, pear and light grainy malts at the base. Maybe some water crackers creeping in as well. Very basic but that’s to be expected from the style we guess.

Flavour: European-style hop flavours on entry i.e grassy, herbal, spicy, mild citrus (rind and pulp), light florals developing late. It’s all held together by the grainy/crackery malt. Quite a dry finish to it…nice and lengthy with some hop bitterness and grassy notes to boot.

Mouthfeel: Light on, crisp and snappy. A little lean but we find pilsners and lagers mostly always are. Mild ABV and bitterness. Very approachable.

Overall: A fairly decent Pilsner. We love the fact that it has been brewed with 100% local Aussie hops and malts. We find that Aussie hops (with the exception of Galaxy of course) suit the European styles over the American ones. Nothing to rave on about but it does its job.

Jindabyne Brewing ‘Island Bend’ Pilzner

72560377_1198118243705652_5216968900389896192_n“A refreshing full flavoured pilsner has a Rich golden colour with strong aroma of malt and traditional Czech Saaz hops, A traditional cold ferment gives a subtle buttery malt flavour to smooth out the assertive bitterness.”

Glassware: Flute.

Appearance: Bright golden complexion with 100% clarity. Nice and healthy three finger head which holds up well. Thick and soapy lace clings to the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Proper conventional. If we didn’t know any better we’d think this was coming straight out of the Czech republic. Absolutely brilliant balance between the semi sweet malts and herbal hops. Some grassy notes, subtle spice and mildew hand it that classic Bohemian character that is extremely hard to perfect. So on point. We’ve enjoyed many of these at the brewery and it smells just like it has come out of the keg.

Flavour: They’ve struck that perfect balance. As the semi sweet malts provide a hint of honey and cracker biscuits the hops come over the top with its herbal spice, grassy and dewy characters. They duke it out as a delicate bitterness comes though and carries it all in to a clean finish full of grassy hop and earthy grains which go for days.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean and light on. Exactly what we want in a pilsner. 5% ABV – neither here nor there.

Overall: Even if one of us completely takes the geographical bias out of the equation this is still a magnificent pilsner. As traditional as one could get it and we’d even go as far as saying that this is Australia’s best interpretation. Not quite the finesse of a Pilsner Urquell but damn close!

Garage Project X Firestone Walker ‘Riwaka Express’ NZ Pilsner

65229874_1116475791869898_564405586557403136_n“California’s famous Firestone Walker come to town to create Riwaka Express – a hoppy Kiwi take on the classic pilsner style; crisp, clean, and zesty, brewed with German malts and showcasing harvest fresh Riwaka from Freestyle Hop farm. Brewed to celebrate the 2019 Hāpi Festival and the New Zealand Hop Harvest.”

Glassware: Footed Flute.

Appearance: Bright golden pour with 100% transparency. It forms a nice frothy head which retains and weaves a thick blotchy lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Quite an interesting hop profile here. This is the first time we’ve come across Riwaka on its own and it offers a distinct sweet citrus…similar to mandarin. We also pick up hints of orange peel, unripened pineapple, passionfruit and kumquat. The malt is lean and clean, grainy and somewhat grassy if anything. Very unique!

Flavour: It portrays a lot more of the traditional Czech pilsner characters. Lots of hay and straw coming through underneath slightly spicy and citrusy hop notes. Getting a fair whack of grapefruit bitterness midway before it finishes slightly dry and fruity with lingering pithy orange peel drawing out.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean with mild-medium body. Perfect carbonation. The ever so slightly lifted AbV (5.3%) is perceptible but mostly well obscured.

Overall: We were surprised when we realised GP chose a pilsner to collaborate with Firestone Walker on. Personally FW brew some of the best barrel aged stouts and barleywines in the world so it’s kinda bizarre that they went for the polar opposite! Still, can’t fault the beer it’s a cracker!

Tumut River Brewing ‘J.W’ Czech Pilsner

54423225_1055178997999578_8914199829664497664_n“Our Mid-Strength J.W. Pilsner is a refreshing beer best suited to a hot summers day, bitter enough to to be refreshing but smooth and easy to drink. Legend has it that there was once a man with the initials J.W. who inspired and even insisted on this creation and as a tribute J.W. Pilsner was born.”

Glassware: Flute.

Appearance: Light golden colour with 100% transparency. It forms a fizzy three finger head which slowly collapses. Healthy lace sticks to the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Quite restrained. Mild scents of sweet honey and grains, earthy hops and subtle fruity yeast esters. Very soft hints of spice i.e pepper and anise here and there. As a whole it’s different but it’s very pedestrian.

Flavour: Follows on from the nose with very delicate impressions of earthy hop spice, grainy malts and bready/doughy sweetness. It hints at some citrus midway but it reverts back to a light grainy malt flavour which carries through to the short finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery – slips off the tongue too easily…suffering from the ultra low AbV (3%) perhaps. Mild-moderate body and co2.

Overall: We get that it’s a mid-strength but in our opinion there is some serious lack of appeal here. It would be optimal on a hot arvo…as designated driver. But really, that’s about it.

Wayward Brewing Pilsner

47060031_993393640844781_2657546430700322816_n“A crisp and clean Pilsner style lager; brought into the new world with the addition of Aussie Vic Secret hops. Ultra refreshing and perfectly balanced, complemented by subtle passionfruit and citrus hop characters. Don’t think too hard, just enjoy.”

Glassware: Flute.

Appearance: Golden amber with 100% clarity. There’s a big three finger head which persists and leaves a smattering of lace behind.

Aroma: Clean pine and subtle citrus notes fuse nicely with the semi sweet bready malt base. Also some earthy and herbal characters mixing around in there, mild spice, pineapple and passionfruit. Certainly in the new world style.

Flavour: Finding more of a grainy overtone with soft spicy hop bitterness and earthy accents. A bit of citrus tailing in late as it finishes slightly dry and crisp with a gentle bitterness on the back.

Mouthfeel: Super refreshing with light-medium body. Crisp clean texture and vibrant carbonation. Ultra crushable.

Overall: We like Wayward’s new shift in to cans. This pilsner is now part of the core range and while it hits the spot on this hot summer arvo it probably won’t be a return-to beer though. Unfortunately it’s just not that memorable.

Firestone Walker ‘Pivo’ Pilsner

41984659_953535621497250_6344763772573319168_n“Pivo Pils is a classically rendered pilsner with a West Coast dry-­‐hopping twist, showcasing stylistic influences from Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic. Lighter beer styles like pilsner have been hijacked by industrial lager beer in the United States, and it’s time for craft brewers to take it back. Pivo Pils offers impeccable balance with floral aromatics, spicy herbal nuances, and bergamot zest and lemongrass notes from dry hopping with German Saphir hops.”

Glassware: Flute.

Appearance: Clear gold with a two finger cap resting atop. Good retention and healthy lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: It has that classic pilsner base with semi sweet cracker malt, some corny DMS and a lovely floral bouquet. There’s a soft herbal undertone, spicy hops, grass and a light honey sweetness in support. Really crisp and refreshing. Hitting the spot on this warm spring arvo.

Flavour: Displaying more of its American traits on the palate – slightly lifted bitterness and more of a citrusy hop profile. Still tasting lots of that conventional Euro pils flavour though with its floral, spicy and semi sweet grainy malt structure. Strong carry in to the slightly bitter and herbal finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, snappy and nicely carbonated. Mild-medium body with the 5.3% AbV adding a little extra kick. Some bite from the 40 IBU as well.

Overall: One of the best things about this warmer weather is that these flavoursome and super sessional styles find their way back to our fridge. A welcome change from all of the heavy barrel aged stouts! It’s clean, tasty and highly enjoyable this one.

Pirate Life Brewing Co ‘Nelson’ Pilsner

30227190_839393249578155_3253048667107491840_n“Amongst brewers there is a distinct respect for well-made Pilsners. It’s a delicate style that doesn’t suit being completely bombarded by hops, a beer that takes much more time and patience to get right than an Ale. Beers brewed with lager yeast spend much longer conditioning in the fermenter than Ales. So, when we installed our last lot of tanks back in August we got a bit excited – we finally had a bit of room spare to brew some Pilsner! As fate would have it, around the same time we also got our hands on some of the most sought after hops in the world – Nelson Sauvin. The result – The 4.8% Pirate Life Nelson Pilsner.”

Glassware: Footed flute.

Appearance: Bright gold with a well poised two and a half finger head perched on top. It retracts slowly and leaves a healthy lace on the glass.

Aroma: It’s amazing how one ingredient can make a beer. The highly sought after Nelson Sauvin hop from NZ is a match made in heaven for new world pilsners. It brings an earthy quality along with lime citrus, gooseberry, vines and white grapes which works in beautifully with the grainy cracker malts.

Flavour: Strong hop presence throughout. They’ve done really well to offset it with this semi sweet honey malt though. It becomes quite bitter as it rolls through the mid, developing a big citrus bitterness that intensifies the dry, pithy finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light with vibrant co2. Rather bitter, we’d love to know the IBU. Mild-medium body.

Overall: A fairly tidy pilsner. Although it’s in the new world style it’s just a bit too bitter for us. We would have loved to see that toned down but other than that it’s not a bad drop.

10 Toes Brewery Pils

28577534_823649521152528_7376100740214816768_n“Our coastal twist on a classic style. Clean malt profile with a spicy alluring finish. Unfiltered for maximum flavour with a hazy golden appearance. Brewed using German pilsner and Munich malts and Australian and European hops.”

 Glassware: Footed flute.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a big and healthy three finger head over the top. Slow and steady reduction with patchy lace strewn down the glass.

Aroma: Tidy little 50/50 hybrid, picking up the traditional grainy and semi sweet honeyed malts with new world floral and tangy citrus hops. Hints of spice, sherbet, passion fruit and candied lemon giving some support.

Flavour: Similar to the aroma with its subtle grainy malt base and mild layers of citrusy hops. Not a whole lot of variation as it carries through the mid, finishing light and kind of dry with a fusion of floral and citrusy hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, sparkling and a little chalky with active co2. Moderately bodied.

Overall: It could do with a bit more malt character but essentially it’s a decent new world style pilsner. She’s light, fruity and refreshing and above all….super sessional.


Dortmunder Actien Braurei (DAB) Pilsner

27545139_809672812550199_2149952061301305138_n“Following the introduction of the bottom-fermented brewing process in the mid-19th century, a new beer type became popular and shaped the consumption habits of beer drinkers. The fresh, pale brew with its mildly hoppy flavour became one of the star products of its age. That is why Dortmunder style is considered a milestone in the development of beer culture in the world and became a synonym for superior quality.”

Glassware: Footed flute.

Appearance: Bright golden colour with 100% transparency. Nice big three finger head that retains brilliantly and decorates the sides of the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Classic pilsener nose, good uplift from the hops actually, getting a good nose full of Hallertau and Perle character – spicy, herbaceous and earthy with a suggestion of light florals. Clean and sturdy malt backing of rice crackers, sourdough and cereal. Simple but well structured.

Flavour: Rather dry, husky and earthy with a spicy accent upfront. Picking up a bit of grassy/herbal hop through the mid. Grainy cereal malts tailing in late as it delivers a crisp and slightly drying finish with more herbal hop/botanicals on the rear.

Mouthfeel: Fuller than most pilseners but still kept somewhat clean and crisp. Co2 is a tad flat and the 5% ABV is moderate.

Overall: Getting quite generic here but traditional European pilsners have been hitting the spot this summer. This one…. Hhmm…so so. It wouldn’t stack up against better German pilseners but it still offers some nice conventional qualities. Not bad.

Deep Creek Brewing Co ‘Undercurrent’ Pilsner

17523141_805944729589674_2396578181882252725_n“Point breaks, sunshine, crisp beers on hot days. This easy drinking pilsner has a calm malt profile, with an undercurrent of lemon zest. We take its traditional bohemian beginnings, and introduce a taste of New Zealand with the addition of local hops, to produce this latest wave in the Deep Creek set.”

Glassware: Footed flute.

Appearance: Slightly milky straw yellow colour with a two finger mound over the top. Good head retention and healthy lacing in the glass.

Aroma: Mostly citrus and passion fruit with a dry and grainy cereal malt structure. Slightly tart lemon/lime, young sauvignon blanc, subtle spice and hay also in the make up. All very nice and refreshing but it’s a bit restrained and underwhelming.

Flavour: We’d say there is a bit more pronunciation on the malts – hay, cereal and grains with a mild fruity hop developing mid way. Not a great deal of depth as it rolls in to a light, fruity finish which pulls up a bit short on the back end.

Mouth feel: Super smooth texture. Light on, mild bitterness and mild-moderate co2. Effortless but a little weak.

Overall: Middle of the road pilsner here. While it’s uber seesional it seems to lack depth and character. It’s a 50/50 traditional to new world pilsner with the Bohemian malt bill and a NZ hop profile but we’ve had better to be honest.

Thunder Road Pilsner

26230850_796614927189321_8476735551936545689_n“Whilst this is a premium classic style that everyone will recognise as familiar, few could imagine a Pilsner with live yeast and freshness for 24 months or more.  Light in colour, full strength classic European design with a refined floral hop aroma and a hint of citrus.  This is a refined Pilsner with extraordinary prestige and character.”

Glassware: Footed flute.

Appearance: Clear golden colour with a sturdy two finger head perched on top. Steady reduction and some nice lace work as we go.

Aroma: Definitely has some traditional aspects to it. It’s a semi sweet and grainy malt base with a touch of honey and white bready notes in support. The hop bill is somewhat muted but we’re still able to pick up an earthy and slightly floral complexion with an undertone of spice, cereal and hay. Not bad.

Flavour: We’d say it comes on from more of a malty angle. Grains, honey and rice crackers to the fore with a bready/doughy note in the middle. A gentle bitterness is introduced before it rounds out on a sweet and slightly floral finish.

Mouthfeel: Not like most pilsners to be honest. The usual light and crisp texture so synonymous with the style makes way for a fuller and stickier feel. Still, it’s approachable and easy to put back.

Overall: Quite the versatile pilsner. The somewhat heavier approach opens it up to enjoyment in less warmer weather but still keeps to its light and crush-able roots. Decent offering.

Sauce Brewing Co. ‘Saucy’ Pilsner

26196259_795026020681545_4768615098067627598_n“Classic German pilsner with a hoppy new world twist.”

Served in a footed flute. Ever so slightly hazy with a golden hue. A big and puffy three finger head forms on top with good retention and heaps of thick, soapy lace as it subsides.
Getting lots of spicy straw lifting out of the glass. This pilsner is dry hopped with NZ motueka so naturally it offers bright citrus overtones – plenty of lime, lemon zest and grapefruit. Nice light malt structure at the base with its grainy, bready and slightly toasty profile. Super crisp and refreshing on the nose.
Really well balanced on the palate. Upfront there’s a healthy tussle between the light grainy malts and the citrus-forward hops. Hints of straw and hay come through the middle with a hint of peppery spice sitting on the tongue. The finish is crisp and snappy with a light bitterness on the back palate.
The texture is light on and effervescent. Mild-moderate body with an active 27 IBU. Co2 is precise. Really crush-able.
Pretty decent pilsner overall. Certainly in the new world style but still kept somewhat traditional with its German malt base. They’ve done a good job with this pilsner, probably one of their best offerings to date. Kudos Sauce.

Prancing Pony Brewery ‘Indie Kid’ Pilsener

24899896_784104431773704_8570601112077841989_n“This delicious traditional Pilsener is made with untraditional hops and is the perfect thirst quencher. Crisp and clean and very easy to drink.”

Served in a footed flute. Slightly hazy golden appearance. It forms a short white cap which collapsed but still managed to weave a streaky lace down the sides of the glass.
The nose is crisp and really popping – the perfect elixir for this warm summer afternoon. Very well balanced, we get heaps of zingy citrus fruits and herbs but it’s countered with a firm grainy malt backbone. Plenty of cereal malts, some spicy undertones and just a hint of boiled vegetables. Maybe some light florals creeping through as well. Pretty decent.
Like the aroma, the flavour profile is also crisp and super snappy. Slightly dominated by the grainy and crackery malts, cereal and hints of cardboard. The hops introduce themselves effectively, although subtle with citrus, fresh herbs and light floral tones. Some grapefruit bitterness develops late before it finishes dry and crisp with good duration in the tail.
The texture is light and sparkling with quite a hearty bitterness (36 IBU) following through. Nicely carbonated. Mild-moderate body. A solid session beer that’s for sure.
It’s clean, crisp and crush-able but without being unfairly harsh it is still somewhat of a run of the mill pilsener. It does hit the spot though, not a bad interpretation of the style.

Lervig Aktiebryggeri Pilsner

21751378_748794995304648_2630002860554854469_n“This is the beer of the People. It was originally brewed for the locals, who lost a piece of their city when Carlsberg closed Stavanger’s only brewery in 2003. Our Pilsner is brewed with 100% Pilsner malts, Perle and Saaz hops, fresh German lager yeast, and carefully lagered to give the beer an authentic touch and clean finish.”

Served in a flute. It pours a nice straw golden colour with a slight haze. It generates a healthy three finger head which retains and weaves a blotchy lace down the walls of the glass.
Classic Noble hop qualities on the nose – earthy, herbal, a little spicy and a little floral around the edges too. Tucked in right behind is that crackery and somewhat grainy pilsner malt backing. Subtle undertones of cereal – corn flakes, rice bubbles etc. Classy.
Tasting more of the malts in flavour. Grain, crackers and cereal come through with a gentle line of earthy hops cutting down the middle. The malts offer a mild sweetnees midway and set up for a nice smooth and refreshing finish with touches of earthy herbal hop on the rear.
It’s light, reasonably crisp and crushable in the mouth. Medium-high co2 with mild-moderate body.
An all round session beer this one. Light in ABV (4.7%) and seriously easy to put back. Certainly more in your traditional style with those old world ingredients really putting on a show. Just a tasty and well brewed pilsner. Solid offering from Lervig.

Little Creatures Original Pilsner

20708352_732748070242674_4470078677141151258_n“We love hops, so it seemed natural to move the Pilsner towards the North German (Friesland) Style – these are hoppier and more bitter then the Southern German Pilsners. It’s made with 100% Pilsner Malt and German Perle hops – the key to this Beer is to let the aroma and bitterness of the hops shine through. The Beer really delivers on flavour, which is a creeper – this is a warning – the beer has an uncompromising and earth shattering bitterness; hell yeah …”

Served in a flute. Clear golden pour with an off-white head which offers limited retention and lacing.
Good presentation of the Perle hops here. The subtle yet floral and spicy notes are quite direct with this firm pilsner malt structure in support. Smelling mighty fresh and green with a herbal scent being countered by the grainy honey sweetness that’s being brought out by the malts. Nice and simple with good overall balance.
It does taste like the brewers have taken the traditional German approach with the somewhat spicy and herbaceous Perle hops at an even keel with the semi sweet and grainy pilsner malt. The hop bitterness just edges forward through the mid before those hallmark rice cracker flavours lead in to the crisp, mildly bitter and grassy finish.
Light, clean and refreshing in the mouth. Mild-moderate body with a slightly lifted hop bitterness. Pretty much true-to-style.
Lovely representation. The pilsner by LC is one that we’ve passed on numerous occasions but have never bagged. No real reason why, could have something to do with the sale to Lion Nathan all those years ago but we have to give credit where credit is due. This is a decent and super sessional pilsner.