Hawthorn brewing company Pilsner


imageWe’re usually bashing this brewery for it’s dated labels but we thought we’d focus on the positives this time around. This pilsner actually comes quite decorated with a couple of bronze and a gold medal from national and international beer competitions. Putting Australia on the craft beer map always deserves recognition.

We served this in a flute glass. The clear, bright golden pour offers brilliant transparency as the loosely packed 1 and a half finger head reduced to a lonesome patch in the middle of the beer. Minimal lacing is expected. We’re detecting a malt-forward aroma with plenty of honey sweetness, grains, rice and biscuit. Quite buttery too. The German Noble hops do a good job of providing the light florals, spice and a little citrus to offset the malts. In the mouth it’s mineraly with a super smooth texture. The carbonation is mild and the body mild-medium. A light dose of bitterness with a muted citrus taste gets things underway. Instantly a malty/honey sweetness nullifies the hops and leads a hint of florals through the mid, delivering a soft, sweet finish with a restrained bitterness on the back palate. Not bad. 4.6% ABV is modest, although most European-style pilsners are on the lower end of the scale. Look, it’s nothing memorable but it would definitely go down well on a hot summers day. Crisp, refreshing and sessional…..that’s about it.