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Pistonhead Kustom Lager - Spendrups Bryggeri AB

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Evil_Pidde on 10-07-2011

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
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 17
Photo of Everydayoff
3.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml can poured into a pilsner glass.

The white and thick foam head quickly rises and withstands for a while before subsiding into some patchy bubble film. Not much lacing left. The appearance is shine by bright gold color, clear in the texture with visible medium to high carbonation.

Aroma is somewhat dominated by the character of munich and pils malt with the trait of grassy, earthy and herbal scent from hop. Yes, grapefruit and citrus are also there.

Subtle bitterness of hop exhibits here and there during the sip as well as sweetness from malt and taste of grassy grain. Very dry and clean in the finish as usual for this style of session lager. No severe offensive.

Photo of thommo_nk
3.84/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very contemporary and extremely enjoyable, would make a good session lager in my opinion.

Photo of patre_tim
3.44/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden filtered with a moderate amount of large bubbles, 6 fingers of yellow head that fades relatively fast.

S: Malt, apple juice, not much else really, just like a regular beer. A slight sage herb on the end.

T: Light malt, some pleasant floral touch, then a sour bitter finish on the end. Light sweetness as well.

M: Light syrupy body, little crisp carbonation, sort of sour bitter finish.

O: Skull on the can found this at Rimping Market, Mechock, Chiang Mai and drank Feb 18th, 2015. A solid version of the style from Sweeden, perhaps my first from this country. Not much else to say, except at $1.50 US a can here in Thailand, it’s a steal and I don’t know how they did it.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.39/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TGS
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of janubio
1.74/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. Golden colour, medium head that leaves a good lace when it fades. Smell of grains, some barnyard and citrus. Watery palate. Taste of grain and grass. Bland and insubstancial

Photo of Malt_Man
3.57/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served cold from can into Brooklyn American pint glass.

A) Light amber / lager colour, slight haze, thin white head, quite a few small bubbles.

S) Bready Helles Munich malt. Smells nice.

T) Smooth, refreshing, but little depth of flavour. Does not taste like a Munich Hell, does not taste like a true Pilsner.

M) Refreshing and fizzy.

O) A nice refreshing lager, but this cost me £1.50 for a 330ml can; there are many other lagers that represent better value for money.

Photo of Andrewziggy
2.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.winey maybe aftertaste drinkable

Photo of sebastiansboat
1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of Wer34truh
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of chogm54
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of barczar
2.97/5  rDev -2.3%

Aroma is of grain and metal, with pilsner malt skunkiness. There's a touch of acetaldehyde. Flavor reveals an underlying diacetyl note, which carries into bready malt mid palate. Acetaldehyde and metallic notes weave throughout. The malt character is pleasant, but to much off flavor detracts from it. Can doesn't mention Amarillo or cascade hops. The finish is fairly bitter, but crisp.

Photo of Sam-VW
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of dcmchew
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of beerinabottle
5/5  rDev +64.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.82/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Florya
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Kyonashi
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of JamFuel
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Lars_Bull
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of BucBasil
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.


Photo of deonreds
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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: 3.17, 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.

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Pistonhead Kustom Lager from Spendrups Bryggeri AB
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