Hawthorn Brewing Co. Pilsner - Hawthorn Brewing Company
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.48/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours a bright, campagne-like golden colour, with a large-bubbled head that takes some pretty serious inducing to form. Sits flaky and large-bubbled on the top of the body like it doesn't really want to exist. Body is light, carbonation is persistent and fine. Looks decent, but a little lacklustre.
Nose also continues the illusion of champagne, with a crisp acidity measured with a yeasty undertone. Slight citric hop characters with a touch of bready grain, sweetened with some floral honey notes. Rather pleasant and sharp, if a little off from the best pils examples.
Taste is thin, but relatively dry and crisp throughout. Light acidity mid palate, before skewing towards some wet muddled grain notes further back. Finish just has a touch of bitterness—enough to clear out the palate a little, but not enough to give a joyous finale to the wondrous pilsener style. Feel is crisp, but awkwardly empty by the finish.
A pretty middle-of-the-road pilsener that delivers a relatively uncomplicated package without doing anything interesting. Probably on par with the generic Czech examples, but not doing much more than that.
05-19-2011 06:46:38 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.35/5 rDev -2%
Pours pale amber with a small quickly fading head.
Nose shows spicy, floral hops with a hint of banana and lots of sweet malt with a little bready character. Nice!
Flavours are not quite as enticing, with that bready malt changing to grainy malt. Spicy, grassy hops remain however which are very pleasant.
Carbonation is a little high for my liking.
05-14-2011 03:36:27 | More by CrazyDavros
3.35/5 rDev -2%
A: Pours a light golden color with a nice thick head that fades to some lacing.
S: Mild aroma of fruit, bit of malt sweetness and a hint of grain.
T: taste as a bit of citrus with some malt sweetness and grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.
F: Light body, mild crispness, smooth and a bit refreshing. Fairly generic for the style.
O: Easy drinking beer, good for a few.
09-07-2012 03:19:25 | More by soju6
3.1/5 rDev -9.4%
Bottle: standard heavy 330mL brown bottle, decent semi-macro label. Nice feel. Has me expecting a better-than-average product.
Appearance: light golden amber in colour, tending to yellow-gold. A fair bit of carbonation bubbles up, with a decent, one-finger head with reasonable retention and lacing. So far so good.
Aroma: quite demure on the nose - mostly a faint citric acidity with some sweet grains. Doesn't really inspire a great deal of confidence considering the appearance and the price tag.
Taste: a decided lack of anything really. I think lacqueredmouse really hit this one on the head - it has managed the 'citric hops and sweet grains' style of the Czech pilsner, but there isn't enough body nor is the flavour profile strong enough.
Aftertaste: this is where the main problem lies: the initial hit is quite good, but it drops away too quickly, leaving an awkward absence of anything noteworthly in the mouth.
Mouth feel: could definitely use a bit more carbonation to carry the flavour through. A bit too thin.
Overall: a bit of a disappointment - they were so close. The right flavours are definitely there, but they are not strong enough and the body is too thin. I'd really like to try this one again once they've sorted the body out - could be a winner. For now it's an "almost good beer" for AU$75 a case (2013), which in my books makes it a miss.
05-11-2013 10:26:51 | More by SmashPants
Hawthorn Brewing Co. Pilsner from Hawthorn Brewing Company
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