Van Dieman ‘Freycinet’ BA Pilsner


Freycinet Pilsner melds our love of classic Pilsner character, perfectly balanced alongside our Van Dieman take on one of the classic styles of beer.”

Glassware: Flute.

Appearance: Interesting colour, it pours a rose gold with an absolutely huge five inch head which takes an age to recede. It leaves a smattering of lace on the glass.

Aroma: This idea of barrel aging Pilsners/Lagers is a really cool concept. In this day and age of quick progresssion it was only a matter of time until it was done (by the way we know it’s nothing new we’re just making the observation). Pretty conventional Pilsner base – picking up something floral but not in its usual hop form, subtle farmyard funk, grains and straw. We’re certainly intrigued.

Flavour: Super carbonated…explains the ridiculously large head. Quite dry and grainy, lots of hay/straw and those same rose and or hibiscus-like florals we got on the nose. Clean rice cracker malts and earthy qualities through the mid leading to a grassy finish with really delicate hints of oak woven through.

Mouthfeel: Light on, a little gassy, a little mineraly. Medium-high Co2, mild body. Only 4.1% ABV so no real talking points there.

Overall: Yeah ok, it was interesting and a little unique but not anywhere near interesting and unique enough to be memorable. Would have loved to see a lot more oak character considering it spent time in barrels. Not bad.