Category Archives: Pilsners

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.

Sawmill Brewery Pilsner


image“Biscuity pilsner malt and distinctive Motueka and Riwaka hops bringing aromas of lemon and lime. Nelson Sauvin for a tart gooseberry hit. Straw coloured appearance, brilliantly clear, with a long lasting white head. Crisp and bitter. Medium dry finish.”

Served in a flute. Relatively clear golden appearance with just the slightest haze. It knocks up a modest finger of head which holds up quite well, working a healthy lace as it ebbs.
There’s just something about kiwi hops that work particularly well with pilsners. The hop bill is made up of Riwaka, Motueka and Nelson Sauvin – the two previous (being bred from European Saaz hops) bring a distinct green and fresh citrus and herb character while the Nelson Sauvin offers a somewhat lemony somewhat tart berry profile. Nice grainy/biscuity malt base being incorporated as well.
In the mouth it’s crisp and zingy with a vibrant Co2. Light on and effortless in the swallow. Good amount of hop bitterness coming on as well.
It presents a good splash of hop character upfront: zesty citrus, gooseberry and white grapes with the dry but clean grainy malt in tow. The bitterness really kicks in to gear mid way, reaching well in to the clean finish where we find light notes of grapefruit and pine offering good length in the tail.
We may be hop heads but we like our pilsners leaning more on the traditional side. Just a little too heavy on the hops here….that’s in no way a negative though…just our personal opinion. On merits it’s a light, crisp and sessional pilsner that’s super easy to put back. Not bad.

Alesmith Brewing Co. ‘Spezial’ Pilsner


18922090_704243733093108_2866515640618994127_n“Inspired by classic European lagers, our entire Brewing Team got together to create this truly collaborative beer that captures the essence of European tradition. The result, Spezial Pils, is our take on a German-style pilsner with a pleasant balance between light, grainy malt and spicy, floral hops. We lager it at freezing temperatures for an extended period to round out its delicate flavors and improve drinkability. The finish is crisp and clean with a pleasant dryness and subtle bitterness. Prost!”

Served in a footed flute. Quite a hazy straw golden hue meets the eye. It’s topped off by a finger of tightly held foam that gradually peels off to a wispy film. Healthy lace.
Not a great deal of variation on the nose, nevertheless what is here lifts out of the glass with real vigour. A hefty Hallertau spiciness is backed up by a brawny floral bouquet. A prominent cereal malt structure also comes through to balance. Fleeting hints of herbal hop and subtle citrus peek in but it’s all pretty traditional in its delivery.
Yes, we sound like a broken record but the mouth feel is clean and crisp with a smooth overall texture. Mild bitterness (25 IBU) with just the right amount of carbonation. Light-moderate body.
Excellent transition on to the palate. The spicy and floral hops present well above the semi sweet and at times grainy pilsner malts. Nice line of bitterness through the middle as an undertone of straw carries a herbaceous note in to the slightly dry and spicy finish.
We acknowledge that the yanks love to modify and redefine styles, this is why we’re impressed by the classic character of this pilsner. Simple aromas and flavours….but done perfectly. Kudos Alesmith this is a lovely drop.

Speights Triple Hop Pilsner


18622315_695600070624141_3255865939303436608_n“A real pilsner true to its traditions, Triple Hop Pilsner uses three distinct hops; one for bitterness at the beginning and two for aroma added later in the brew. The moment you spark up the barbecue is the moment to take the top off a Triple Hop Pilsner, perfect beer match with anything from the sea; snapper or cod you choose.”

Bought from the resort mini Mart in Denarau, Fiji. Served in a flute. Pouring a bright golden hue with 100% clarity. It knocks up a frothy two finger head that holds its shape, allowing it to work a healthy lace down the walls of the glass.
The nose is displaying plenty of Noble hop florals with quite a sweet, syrupy malt structure. Getting hints of DMS and boiled veggies creeping in along with a kind of wet cardboard scent that’s a little unfavourable. This beer has come from NZ so we’re thinking it hasn’t travelled well. Some pleasant earthy hop, subtle spice and a soft herbal note ties it all up.
Super crisp and refreshing in the mouth. Light on and a little thin with a vibrant Co2. Mild body. A real summery thirst quencher here.
Flavour-wise it’s pretty stock standard. Spicy and floral hop notes on the fore, filling out with the semi sweet bready malts. Tasting a somewhat earthy bitterness before it concludes with a crisp, clean finish.
Like the rest of the “craft options” or shall we just say premium imported beers here it’s good for one thing….quenching thirst. It’s definitely a more traditional Czech interpretation and the 4% ABV would reflect that. Just your run of the mill pilsner.

Hop Nation Brewing Co ‘The Damned’ Pilsner


18342311_688519407998874_884474349464353137_n“The origins of the Pilsner date back to the mid-19th century in Bohemia – now emcompassing modern day Czech Republic – a part of the world also known for its gothic mythology. Perhaps those blood-thirsty vamps could have taken it easy with a little Pilsner to quench their thirst – less drama that way.”

Served in a footed flute. Slightly hazy golden body that’s capped off with a thumb of rocky white head. It holds its shape well and works a healthy lace as it ebbs.
The nose is nice and spicy with a good lick of citrus in support. Getting some light floral perfumes pushing through along with a very mild honey sweetness. Somewhat of a grainy malt backing that reveals a bit of earthiness in its delivery. Not bad at all, certainly a new world interpretation.
Quite highly carbonated which hands the texture a really fizzy effervescence. The body is light on with a fairly subdued bitterness. A super sessional number.
Getting a strange peppery hay flavour upfront. Similar notes of straw, grains and an adjunct bready malt pretty much drown out any discernible citrus character. Picking up some earthy hops late in the mid as it leads in to a dry and delicate finish which offers a slightly toasty character on the back.
Is it a reasonable drop? Yeah. Is it memorable? No, not really. The summer of 2016/17 saw quite a lot of pilsners hit the shelves and unfortunately this one falls victim to being a tad too run of the mill. Nice aroma, ok mouth feel but the flavour was a bit of a let down. Average.

Moo Brew Pilsner


18118802_681836182000530_4249610235534191737_n“Our Pilsner redefines the classic lager, challenging the cherished belief that they can only be made in Pilsen. Traditionally, it required a cool climate for the cold ferment and lagering, soft water for a long ferment, and the noble saaz hops. Improved clarity, golden colour and a flavour sensation is the result. In Tasmania’s perfect climate, with its pristine soft water, Moo Brew Pilsner departs from the established tradition by using only German Spalt hops to achieve its unique aroma and lingering bitterness. Celebrate its fine creamy head, crystal clarity and golden colour with oysters, lobster, fine fish or goats’ cheese.”

Served in a footed flute. It hits the glass with a reasonably clear golden hue. A thumb of loosely packed bubble emerges before it steadily reduced to a film. Laces well as it subsides.
The nose is about as traditional as one could get outside of the Czech republic. It’s subtle and grainy with a spicy, peppery hop profile in support. Some earthy elements coming through but it’s slightly more woody in its delivery. Undertones of floral pot pourri and a cracker malt at the base. Lovely stuff.
Crisp, light and refreshing in the mouth. Somewhat mineraly in texture. Sparkling Co2 with a mild bitterness developing late. A sessional little number thus far.
We’re seeing more of the noble hop qualities presenting in flavour. Kind of herbaceous upfront with hints of peppery spice and a light bready malt which progresses through the mid. A bit spicy and bit grassy as it leads in to a crisp, snappy finish that offers a dry earthy note on a length.
Solid pilsner. In a market where new world interpretations are dominating this one winds back the clock with a very traditional malt and h

Hawkers Beer Pilsner


18010566_679768122207336_4345616460908699371_n“Not the usual watered down industrial lager, this beer is clean, refreshing but never boring. Robust, full-bodied malt character at the beginning with an assertive bitter finish.”

Served in a flute glass. Clear, light golden hue with a thumb of fluffy white head forming on top. Retention is good, posting a set of rings as it recedes.
The aroma is light and crisp but also bold with a big impression of floral perfumes, pot pourri, peppery spice and herbal hops. A sturdy malt structure imparts a sweet honey note that’s reinforced with hints of white bread. Superb! Reserving the light, snappy characters of a pilsner but it comes at us with plenty of vigour. Loving this.
Crisp (there’s that word again), refreshing and light in the mouth. Zippy carbonation with a mild-moderate body. 45 IBU is well presented with a dry consistency throughout.
Lovely transition on to the palate with a good showing of floral hops, herbs and pepper on the fore. It drops in to a delicious malty sweet note through the mid developing a certain bready note before it’s wrapped up with a crisp, dry finish that provides spicy hop notes on the rear.
It has become quite clear that Hawkers simply can’t brew a bad beer. Furthermore we’re confident in saying that this is one of, if not, the best Aussie pilsner we’ve tried. As far as new world interpretations go this is right up there. Brilliant drop.

The Grifter Brewing Co ‘Bright Eye’ Pilsner


17554451_666678116849670_4514787722073509620_n“A light refreshing pilsner, paired with earthy and citrus New Zealand hops. Embrace the “new world” of pilsner”

Served in a footed flute glass. Bright Eye offers a light milky yellow appearance with a solid two finger head taking shape on top. Good retention, working a nice lace as it ebbs.
The aroma certainly projects from a new world angle as the tangy citrus hops lead out with lemon and lime pulp. Hints of fresh herbs and earthy spice work their way in to the more traditional grainy malt base. Definitely getting cracker biscuits and pepper beginning to unfold as it settles in.
The texture follows suit with a light, crisp and bang-able mouth feel. Fine carbonation with just a trace of hoppy bitterness developing in the swallow.
The citrusy hop presents itself willingly on the fore. A dash of zippy lime juice and a touch of pepper cut through the grainy malts as a taste of hay and crackers forms late in the mid. Delicate and easy finish with a suggestion of grassy herbs in the tail.
We admit we loved it more when we had it on tap at the brewery but it’s still crisp, fresh and uber approachable. It’s actually on the lower end of the scale in terms of ABV (4.4%) so it slides right in to that sessional category that’s full flavoured and goes the distance. This is Grifters first canned release so we’ll be eagerly looking forward to their next.