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Pistonhead Kustom Lager - Spendrups Bryggeri AB

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BA SCORE
74
okay

22 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spendrups Bryggeri AB visit their website
Sweden

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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Florya

Norway

3/5  rDev -1.3%

07-24-2014 16:05:26 | More by Florya
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Kyonashi

United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

07-20-2014 00:23:33 | More by Kyonashi
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JamFuel

Sweden

2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

06-29-2014 17:37:19 | More by JamFuel
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Lars_Bull


3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

06-21-2014 16:23:45 | More by Lars_Bull
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Hoppy_McGee

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

05-12-2014 00:46:29 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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BucBasil

South Carolina

2.69/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Avoid.

Serving type: can

04-08-2014 11:31:10 | More by BucBasil
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deonreds

New York

2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

01-27-2014 11:55:46 | More by deonreds
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 19:32:28 | More by thehyperduck
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +31.6%

01-17-2014 04:34:58 | More by MJ63
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.21/5  rDev -27.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 00:42:14 | More by BlackHaddock
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 23:18:09 | More by EmperorBevis
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hunteraw

China

3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

12-09-2013 14:31:43 | More by hunteraw
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mtbdonn

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

12-08-2013 16:21:42 | More by mtbdonn
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -1.3%

11-23-2013 16:42:58 | More by vinicole
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.56/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: can

09-26-2013 08:07:00 | More by flyingpig
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jeiiVP

California

3/5  rDev -1.3%

09-06-2013 15:33:01 | More by jeiiVP
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BuddhaBrowett

Sweden

3/5  rDev -1.3%

06-29-2013 08:45:31 | More by BuddhaBrowett
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Jaacob

California

3/5  rDev -1.3%

11-15-2012 17:21:43 | More by Jaacob
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rarbring

Sweden

3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-10-2011 17:42:33 | More by rarbring
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TobiasGoth

Sweden

3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

11-04-2011 07:55:49 | More by TobiasGoth
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bark

Sweden

3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-17-2011 19:48:31 | More by bark
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-07-2011 19:06:51 | More by Evil_Pidde
Pistonhead Kustom Lager from Spendrups Bryggeri AB
74 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.