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!