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Mongozo Premium Pilsener - Mongozo B.V.

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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 20.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RuudJH on 04-29-2011

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Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by Garin:
Photo of Garin
3.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally, an enjoyable gluten free beer!

I can no longer tolerate "regular" beer, sadly. Even just one ties me up in knots for days. Mongozo's pilsener has almost literally saved my sanity. Yes, it has barley malt on the ingredients, but for me the proof is in my lack of reaction to it. Though to be fair: I'm not one of these ultra-sensitive types that bind up at the merest touch of a dust-grain of flour, say. "contamination" doesn't bother me.

Sure, this beer is a touch on the sweet side -- but so are many macro lagers. However, this beer has a decent bitterness and aromatic hoppiness to it that counteracts it decently.

It lacks a bit in body, but again -- it's no worse than a macro. Plus it is unquestionably refreshing, clean, and crisp. The head disappears quickly, but it does leave an attractive lacing on the glass.

There isn't anything particularly remarkable about this beer, which I suppose is the point. It tastes like a decent, low-key lawnmower beer -- there's even an interesting bit of a grassy hit in the hops. I like it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Can't quite see how this is gluten-free when there is barley malt in the list of ingredients. Must be some voodoo enzyme treatment or something going on behind the scenes.

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden yellow colour, with one pudgy finger of slowly disappearing puffy and thinly foamy bone-white head, which leaves a band of layered coral reef lace around the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity and grainy pale malt, a hint of sticky rice sweetness, and floral, weedy, and mildly grassy hops. The taste is dry pithy rice, subtly gritty barley grain, a certain hard water flintiness, and musty floral, dead grassy, and somewhat skunky hops.

The bubbles are moderate, yet a bit fizzy in their frothiness at times, the body light in weight, but not particularly thin, outright smoothness kind of precluded by the carbonated zip. It finishes just off-dry, the leafy, musty hops doing more to overshadow the wilting malt than anything.

While a fair bit more palatable (read: actually so) than other gluten-free offerings out there, this is still a pretty pallid pilsener. It seems to be pointed in the right direction with the somewhat robust hops, but the overall effect is still muted. Zingy and crisp, this is not. Average and conditionally drinkable - sure, why not.

Photo of jcubz
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.19/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Almost no head. Watery and has a slight sour taste. Definitely not enjoyable.

Photo of DaveBar
3.02/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $3.00 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in seconds. Medium gold color and filtered clear

S- Not a lot here but does have a goodly amount of malt

T- Has a funny little taste to this one. Must be the gluten free nature or something. Rather light bodied and refreshing. I know it's not rice but tastes a bit like a rice beer

M- Very dry and crisp

O- Funny little beer. Marketed as a new revolutionary technique to remove gluten with a warning right on the label "may contain gluten" LOL What is fair trade beer in Belgium anyway???

Food Paring

This ok beer went well with..... Baked beans in a maple sauce


Photo of RuudJH
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mongozo fair trade beer, 33 cl. bottle.
Glutenfree (barley and rice).

Pale golden colour, ok carbonation in a clear beer. Fluffy white head.
Smell of grassy, but also some floral components.
Taste is rather faint. Malt notes are very modest. The hop is well integrated.
The whole aftertaste is mild bittersweetness.
This pilsner is well balanced and crafted.

Photo of Jose9e
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of DamageCase76
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DreamDeath
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of safaricook
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330 mL single bottle picked up at TBS; best before July 2016. Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear golden-yellow colour, topped off with one finger of soapy, short-lived white head. After a minute or so, only a bubbly cap and collar remain at the surface, along with a modest-sized curtain of lacing. The aroma is nothing to write home about, but at least it's mostly clean - some grainy sweetness from the pale barley malts comes through nicely, with light notes of grassy, floral hops, wet hay and cardboard.

Well, it's a Euro lager, alright - there's not too much detail to go into here. The pale malts come off mostly grainy, with the rice providing a neutral background sweetness. The hop bill takes over in the latter end, offering up some notes of grassy hay and lightly floral bitterness. The aftertaste consists of a mildly grainy sweetness that doesn't linger. It's light-bodied and well-carbonated, like this style is supposed to be. It's easy to drink, relatively clean tasting, and very boring - but it's still good for a gluten-free brew.

Final Grade: 3.18, a C+. The immediate thoughts running through my head following my first sip can be summed up thusly - 'meh'. Mongozo Premium is a passable pale lager, but it's not something I'd ever reach for if I were in the mood for a genuine pilsener. It has no real off-flavours, but is still a little lacking in the noble hop department. I don't drink a lot of gluten-free beer, mostly because I have no reason to, but of the small handful of GF brews that I have tried, this is probably one of the better ones. Celiacs should keep an eye out for this serviceable imported lager, but there's no reason for anyone else to bother.

Photo of janubio
3.01/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml. bottle. Clear golden colour with a head that fades away too soon. Smell is mainly hops, like a classic pilsner should, with some toasted mal notes. Great. But... light body, not much carbonation and a taste that is mainly hops too, but leaning to the sweet side. Not bad, but I think it's trying to be something between a mass market beer and a good not so much commercial one. And it fails. Gluten free.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of artemh
1.25/5  rDev -57.5%

Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of rekel
3/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Thundermug
4.25/5  rDev +44.6%

Photo of benfons
3.47/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear golden colour; nice head that sets too fast.

S: smells like a pilsner should; some hops, some grains, smells rather sweet though

T: sweet, but still a lot of grains and hops that gives enough bitterness

M: rather thin like most lagers, but good carbonation

O: good, descent lager, nothing more to say

Photo of schopenhauerale
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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