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James Squire Original Pilsener - Malt Shovel Brewery

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James Squire Original PilsenerJames Squire Original Pilsener

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80
good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Malt Shovel Brewery visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2002)
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2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Woolworth's. From notes.

A - Poured golden, bright, and effervescent. Film of white head on top leaving spotty lace and no retention.

S - Corny, lagery, light noble

T - Mild noble hop, sweet grain.

M - Strong carbonation, light to medium body and a crisp finish.

O/D - Plain. Not a great lager. Slightly better than a regular lager. Pretty ordinary.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three ivory finger head from only a moderate pour - coarse bubbles fade after a while. Some lace. Golden straw body. Nice.

Aromas of grassy hops, malt and a hint of lemon.

Taste is malt driven, not too sweet, some bread/dough. Hop bitterness catches up as the bottle goes down.

Mouthfeel sharp and on the money.

Overall - good drinking beer. Whole more than the sum of the parts

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Hero of Waterloo in Sydney after a long day of sightseeing.

Poured into a branded schooner glass. Pale golden, good crispy head, some lacing. Not bad looking.

Nose is floral hops, a bit of citrus hops as well, with a strong whiff of grain, bread and cracker.

A bready, malty pilsner with some soft hopping to start, but finishes quite bitter. A bit sweet and grainy for my taste, but certainly quite enjoyable on a hot afternoon. Would make for a great evening drinker.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time for a Pilsner face-off! Two decent Australian (and one Kiwi!) Pilsner's battle head to head for my admiration, who will win? Let's see! Second brew to test it's due: James Squire Original Pilsener.

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: Amber body with cascading bubbles leading to a 2cm almond white head, which slowly dissipated to 1cm. I'm liking the colour however it's not as clear or pale as the classic Czech pilsners.

S: Toasted biscuit malts provide a base for floral hops and some cut grass. From the aroma you could almost mistake it for an American pale ale style... almost.

T: What?! This is a pale ale surely; toasted malts with a big grapefruit/citrus hop finish (not to mention the mouthfeel of an ale). The Malt Shovel boys could have called it an ale and I doubt anyone would have been the wiser. The hops leave a bitterness that feels characteristically out of proportion for Saaz hops (which aren't nearly as bitter as most other hops).

M: Creamy and light on fizz, a medium-heavy body.

D: I like it! Don't know if it really is what it says it is on the bottle (a classic Czech styled Pilsner) but I still like it. If you're looking for a Pilsner in the classic sense I would look elsewhere, but if (like me) you love a good ale well I think James Squires Pilsener will be a pleasant surprise for you (I can certainly go for a few more of these!).

Food match: Thai, or Chinese, it's got that "It-would-go-great-with-Asian-food" feel to it.

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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on notes taken during a recent visit to Sydney.

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a bright clear golden yellow with a 1" white head. The head recedes slowly leaving some patches of lacing. Sipping leaves some scattered lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: The aromas are light but pleasant and include both pale biscuity malt and some grassy herbal hops (Saaz?).

Taste: The flavors are dominated by the pale malt and its light sweetness but the grassy herbal hops do show in the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is medium length and begins sweet with the hops eventually showing through at the end as the finish turns lightly dry.

Drinkability: This is ok for drinkability but I'm learning I definitely prefer the crisp and hoppier profile of the German style Pils to that of the Czech style. I'd be willing to have this one again, but won't go out of my way to find it.

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3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly cloudy pale goldne color. It was served to me with a white, whispy head.

s: Light biscuity malts and some herbal hop notes.

t: Clean overall, with a slight mineral finish. Maybe a bit sweet.

m: Crisp and refreshing.

d: Pretty standard pils, very nice after a tiring day of hiking.

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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour with a good-sized head but lacking in persistence.
Green nobles hops on the nose, grassy and spicy. Quite clean with some biscuity and bready malt.
Flavours are very hoppy, again quite green. Bready malts come through, but are slightly grainy. The bitterness is bold but makes for a somewhat boring finish.
Good carbonation (moderately high) with a nice light body.
Excellent example of the style.

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James Squire Original Pilsener from Malt Shovel Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.