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.