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Pistonhead Kustom Lager - Spendrups Bryggeri AB

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Pistonhead Kustom LagerPistonhead Kustom Lager

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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malt: Organic Pilsner malt.
Hops: Magnum, Amarillo and Cascade.
Dry hopped with Cascade and Amarillo.

11 °P
Residual sugar: 2.0 %
Colour: 5 EBC
Bitterness: 33 EBU

(Beer added by: Evil_Pidde on 10-07-2011)
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Photo of dcmchew
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

dcmchew, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of beerinabottle
5/5  rDev +61.3%

beerinabottle, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Acquired a while back from a supermarket. Cool label.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A clear golden colour with some faint floating sediment and good carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of light malt with hints of mild grain, subtle stewed leaves, faint grass and a touch of yeastiness. Perhaps a whisper of green apples. Uneventful.

Tastes of watery malt with a dry finish. Notes of light grain, mild stewed leaves, faint grass, subtle yeast and a twinge of solvent in the background. Well-attenuated, followed by a restrained, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and an insubstantial body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of weak malt, acrid stewed leaves and vague yeastiness.

Meh - a pretty poor excuse for a lager. It looks nice but that's all it's got going for it. The aroma and flavour are bland and characterless; marred by subtle off-notes that hint at solvent. Lacklustre body. Watery and pointless - do yourself a favour and give it a miss.

jazzyjeff13, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Florya
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Florya, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Kyonashi
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Kyonashi, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of JamFuel
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

JamFuel, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Lars_Bull
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Lars_Bull, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Hoppy_McGee
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Hoppy_McGee, May 12, 2014
Photo of BucBasil
2.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought this at a grocery store in Shanghai China packaged as a 2 for 1 deal with a Euro Strong lager. Drank from the 330mL can

S: Very faint aroma coming through. Mostly of cracker malt. Not much else. A clean hop character is evident for a fleeting moment.

T: Taste is grassy and lightly citrusy for a bit. Not a lot of flavor here. Slight bready malt for a second.

Overall: A weak lager cleverly packaged. Not much difference between this and a lot of Chinese pale lagers out there except I guess this is all organic.


BucBasil, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of deonreds
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

deonreds, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

355 mL can from a six-pack picked up at The Beer Store; best before Nov. 24 2014. Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear, golden-yellow colour, generating nearly two fingers of puffy, soapy white head at the surface. It wilts slowly over a period of minutes, leaving behind plenty of lacing and eventually resulting in a thin cap and collar. Looks great to me; the aroma isn't quite as impressive, however. Typical pale lager stuff - grainy pale malts, corny sweetness, maybe a weak touch of grassy hops. Not offensive, but not enticing in any sense of the word.

Very plain, straightforward flavour with no real surprises. Despite the use of a few North American hop strains, only a mild touch of lemon citrus betrays their presence - this is a standard, run-of-the-mill pale lager, with a flavour dominated by pale grainy pilsner malt and accented with some grassy, vaguely floral hop notes. Thin-bodied and kind of watery, with moderate carbonation that doesn't hold up well over the course of the glass. Easy to drink quickly, but at 4.6% they'd need to screw up pretty hard for it to NOT be sessionable.

Final Grade: 3.18, a C+. Pistonhead Kustom Lager is rather mundane, which is more than a little disappointing. Don't be fooled by this one's creative packaging art, or the label that boasts the use of a multitude of hop strains - this is a forgettable pale lager with no real strong points, and it doesn't taste a whole lot better than many domestic equivalents. I could drink this again (and will finish the sixer with no issues), but I'd be surprised if I ever find myself returning to it voluntarily. A stereotypical lager that most BAs can probably skip.

thehyperduck, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +29%

MJ63, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.21/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

4.6% ABV, 330ml bottle: BBD Oct 14, poured into a 'Good People' badged US pint glass in Dec 13. I think I bought this in my local TESCO store.

Pale golden with a white head: very lager/pilsner in looks (what a shock).

Like all the Spendrups beers I've had so far (this is the 5th) it's not too good. More Pissed-un-broke (aren't we all) than Pistonhead.

Weak nose, taste and body depth: some maltiness but a false sweetness abounds in the taste and it lacks flavour. The best part of the beer is the artwork on the bottle and cap. Had I realised it was a beer from this brewery it would still be on whatever shelf I got it from!

BlackHaddock, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of EmperorBevis
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Amber clear clean body with impressive big foamy white head

All I smell is corn syrup

Quite a crisp clean taste nice malt
tiny hop presence not too sweet minimal bitterness, barely present but there

too fizzy and rather thin

I've had worse and with flimsy lager affairs I've not had much better

EmperorBevis, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of hunteraw
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

hunteraw, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of mtbdonn
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

mtbdonn, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of vinicole
3/5  rDev -3.2%

vinicole, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml Can from Pitt Cue Co, Soho, London (£3.50):
Amber with a 1cm, bubbly white head that halves in size after 30 seconds.

Light & hoppy with some bitterness plus some fruits and corn. Fresh with some lager malts and it seems quite lively.

Very refreshing and quite hoppy with some citrus and a little corn. This one has a good, solid pilsener taste to it along with some mild fruits.

Light & refreshing with a pleasant citrus tang, medium carbonation and a light bitter finish with a slightly dry finish. The beer is smooth throughout.

Surprisingly enjoyable with an excellent and very refreshing taste. There was a nice, mellow balance between your typical lager taste and some subtle fruits sitting in the background.

flyingpig, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of jeiiVP
3/5  rDev -3.2%

jeiiVP, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of BuddhaBrowett
3/5  rDev -3.2%

BuddhaBrowett, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Jaacob
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Jaacob, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of rarbring
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A straw colored clear brew with a warm frothy white head that leaves good lacing.

Smell distinctly of lemons, some sweet corn, and nettles.

Starting slightly sweet, but quickly going over to lemon and grape-fruit pulp and then some peel, a clean slightly metallic bitterness.

Medium carbonation, fresh and slightly coarse texture, a smooth dry finish.

I must admit that this lager from "Brutal Brewing" actually was much better than I expected.

rarbring, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of TobiasGoth
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Entering my glass is a straw yellow brew with a frothy snow-white one finger head. The foam dissipates almost instantly, leaving some random blotchy lace. On the bottom of the glass is a layer of bubbles, rocketing their way one by one towards the surface.

Aroma: Plenty of malts and generously hopped for being a big company pale lager. A light citric and resinous smell. The citric nose settles somewhere between lime and lemon. Some faint elements of straw, herbs and flowers.

Flavor: A very sweet maltiness, a hefty pinch of aroma hops leaning towards the citric part of the spectrum. I’m picking up a straw, grapefruit, pine, bread and baking powder profile on this one.

Half way through the taste sort of fizzes and goes really dry on me. But this only remains for a second only to then flutters away for good.

Mouthfeel: Kustom Lager’s a fresh and crisp feel, coarse carbonation which fades instantly. The liquid’s wet and fleeing.

Overall impression: If you a lager-lover ready for some hop action then this is your choice and not a bad one at that. I’d even dare label it a stepping stone on the way to American pale ales and IPAs. I mean they’ve used Amarillo and Cascade for Christ sake!

The hoppy taste comes and goes in a flash though, giving it the characteristics of hops but also a classic watered-down massproduction brew. The brutal truth about this lager is that’s not the best of lagers, nor the worst. It’s an organic (KRAV-certified) product, so just for that reason alone it’s worth supporting.

Like my pal Pai said, and I comply fully, this is a summer brewski with a twist, fit for country houses and beaches on lakes.

TobiasGoth, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of bark
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is straw yellow with a tint of gold (6 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is a bit off-white and compact. It sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is light with lots of fresh American citric hops; grapefruit, oranges. Sweet notes of bread and fresh malt.

The taste is citric and somewhat bitter. Not much of body, though. Bread-like sweetness, some dough and bakers yeast. Astringent hints in the aftertaste, some lemon juice and a touch of ginger. The finish is a bit unclean with dense citric notes.

The carbonation is medium strong, the many small bubbles light. The liquid is thin.

Better than expected; at last a brew from a Swedish macro with hoppy flavours. Shame about the odd off-flavours in the finish and the thin body, though.

bark, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours straw-colored with a large fluffy soapy uneven white head that sinks quickly. Only little lace.

S: American hops; pine and citrus. Some malt, semi-sweet.

T: Bitter hops, American-style floral hops. But rather faint. Malt is thin.

M: Thin body, medium carbonation. Long bitter aftertaste.

O: Uneven, the hops have no companion. Perhaps more malt would improve this brew.

Evil_Pidde, Oct 07, 2011
Pistonhead Kustom Lager from Spendrups Bryggeri AB
75 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.