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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ohitsbrad on 03-13-2007

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Reviews by TubaManJack:
Photo of TubaManJack
2.97/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yes, finally I through I found a taste of home while abroad. It was about $13 for a six-pack, in creative packaging and witty labeling.

A- A short pit of rapidly clearing white foam gave way into a pale yellow body with some lively and consistent level of carbonation.

S-Hops and carbonation. It seems enticing and the aroma is quite powerful

T- Just as the smell foreshadowed. The body is light and crisp like a pilsner and then the hops hits you. The blow is not overpowering and has multiple notes that expand between sips.

M and D: : When its chilled, the carbonation gets in the way of enjoying it, and its like wanting to stop being tickled. The flavors are in proportion but it has stronger levels of intensity that keep it from a strong session beer.

Summary - Try this beer
: Decent good value for money and a great take on the plain labeled pilsners. Ideal beer while grilling. There is something to be said for the novelty of the packaging and the "pull tap" bottle top.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I only had twelve dollars and wanted a six-pack rather than just one tried and true import. So I picked up this one and was pleasantly surprised. The bottle is really cool to look at, with rings around its neck like a Burmese woman. The ring-pull cap is unconventional, and it's not really my thing because it always feels like you're going to cut yourself. Also, as I was grabbing a six at the bottle shop, one fell on the floor and didn't break, but fizzed all over the place.

As for the beer, appearance is nice but unexceptional. Thin white head, clear yellow body, low-moderate carbonation, adequate lacing.

Smell is strikingly refreshing: piquant, bitter/grassy hops hit the nose hard. A few subtle aromas also exist - faint honey, green apple perhaps. But it's mostly about the hops. This is a quality beer that you want to drink COLD on a HOT day. Just because you're drinking a beer very cold doesn't mean it's crap - the Hop Rocker is testament to that.

Taste follows up where smell left off. Hops are not as bitter on the back of the tongue and palate as the smells hinted at, but they're still refreshing. This beer is a little cold to review right now - having fridge problems. But if today were a hot, sunny day, this would be the ideal temperature. Some unusual flavours... very vegetabley - boiled spinach and potato. Others I can't bring to mind. But not bad.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty cold, and at this temperature tastes a bit watery. Better than average, can't complain.

Drinkability: There is something to the taste of this beer making me compare it with Hollandia. Maybe it's just a similar style, only this one lacks the horrible adjuncts that creep up on you while drinking Hollandia, and tell you what you were actually drinking the following morning... The last time I drank Hollandia all night I woke up vowing never to drink it again. But that doesn't mean this one is altogether bad. It's adjunct-free, has a definite craft-brewed aroma about it, and is available at a BARGAIN price - the same price for a six-pack as it costs for two singles of Schneider or other similar quality import. But the inextricable link with a surefire hangover-inducing beer is not good. So it's below average IMHO.

Overall: Extremely good value for money. Excellent hot-summer-day beer. Not a very good cold-winter-night beer. Innovative bottle, but I dislike the ring-pull top. Basically - I won't be revisiting this beer unless I'm poor. And when I crave a quality pilsener and only have A$11.90 change in my pocket - I will look no further. (But if I were passing through Czech/Slovakia - this would be the last beer I would want!)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a quickly fading head leaving nice lacing.
Nose shows herbaceous, spicy and piney hops along with the expected passionfruit/peach from the Nelson Sauvin. Hints of white wine and woody notes also present along with a fair bit of sweet caramel.
Similar flavours (spicy, herbal hops, woody notes) but also some bready, grainy malt.
Light body, med-high carbonation fitting the style.

Photo of Kulrak
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish golden color with plenty of creamy head that sticks around for a while. Smells hoppy, citrusy and very much like they used a decent amount of cascade hops for aroma. The taste is hoppy and citrusy as well with enough bitterness to finish a little sour, in a good way. It's very tasty, especially if you like cascade. The mouthfeel is creamy and light, very nice on a pilsner. Overall, it's a very tasty and drinkable beer. I'll be looking for it again.

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Brew Dock, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of green grapes and gooseberries are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of green grapes and gooseberries along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't quite as hoppy compared to American IPLs, but is clean and easy to drink with nice aromas and flavors of hops.

Photo of foles
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow/golden colour. Creamy head that reduces to a light whisp. Spicy hops on the nose. First sip - wow, sharp spicy edge with a drawn out nelson sauvin bitter sweet twang. This is the right hop to funk up a pilsner with - no citrus or flowery stuff. Just pungent spiciness. Somehow it manages to be balanaced and we have a lovely pilsner that is very unique.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear Golden colour with one fingered White head that retains well.

S - The aromas are very well balanced with nice grassy grainy hops and a little sweetness.

T - The flavour is nutty grains and nice saaz type hops, a little sweetness and even some aniseed. Everything is well in check and sync.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - A very good sessionable brew.

Photo of joecast
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

well done macs. i was worried reading the back label that the hopping would overpower this beer. as it turns out it is nicely balanced and a joy to drink.

clear golden showing high carbonation and a big frothy white head.

aroma is seriously nice. still grassy and fresh, but a touch of malt. just the right level of hops here to justify the name.

taste is clean with a high level of bitterness. simple but well done and refreshing.

this is a winner for sure. might have to head back to the shop for another bottle.

Photo of THEMGG
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gulped from my trusty Unibroue tulip.

A - Poured a classic golden Pilsner colour, carbonation looks great, comes to a two finger head with tight bubbles with a nice spread of bubbles rising from the bottom.

S - Faint malt scent, citrus hop smell comes through strong (cascade?) also get a faint white wine smell coming through, grapefruit, kinda like an APA crossed with a Euro Pils.

T - Sweet malts across the tongue for a second or two then a nice cutting hop flavour comes through. Bitter is well balanced, lasting just long enough. I'm getting citrus/grapefruit/passionfruit from the hops and also that white wine tang which apparently is a feature of the Nelson Sauvin hops. As with the smell, I think its
kinda like an APA crossed with a Euro Pils and is a nice change from a normal style Pilsner. Can it still be called a Pilsner without a late addition of noble hops? Anyway its a refreshing taste.

M - Light, smooth body that goes down quite easy.

D - One to add to my session beer list, I don't see myself struggling to drink the rest of this six pack tonight...

Photo of Macca
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours crystal clear gold colour with a finger of white head.

Wonderful hoppy aromas - pine resin, citrus. Not quite what I was expecting but great.

The hoppiness is still there on the palate but not as pronounced as I was expecting from the aromas. Some malts assert themselves as well.

Quite a high level of carbonation.

Not sure how I feel about a pils being this hoppy but I don't mind this one.

Photo of crusian
2.59/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Usually don't get a Pilsner, but the name sold me, and I love nz hops. On tap at northern steamship.
Pours a light golden with about a finger of head that fades quickly and leaves some decent lacing.
Nose is a huge letdown. I get a tiny bit of citrus hop, but man, I was expecting a lot more... I actually smell Pilsner malt too, with a name like hop rocker... I was expecting a hop bomb, especially with all the other nicely hopped gems down here. Boo...
Taste, yeah, same thing, Pilsner front, slight hop. With all these other positive reviews, maybe this is old? What a letdown. There is a slight citrus hop presence, but... yeah, I am sad.

Photo of ohitsbrad
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13 March 2007, Best Before Jun 07

Clear sparkling golden colour. Creamy white dense head that leaves lacing. Good looking label design on the bottle. Faintly fruity aroma. Contains Nelson Sauvin hops but they don't seem so up front as say those in the Knappstein Reserve Lager. Most dominant flavour is of citrusy fruit (cascade hops). Clean malt background. Looking for some pilsener bitterness at the finish but can't find much. Bit more hop and toasty malt flavour as it warms slightly. Smooth and light bodied mouthfeel. A well balanced, refreshing session lager.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizz-less gold with a loose white head that surprisingly persistent with trailers. Nose is some sour grain silo, flinty hops and a musty grape skin tang. Steely floury biscuit malts with gooseberry and grass hops. Fruity finish and cottony linger. Crisp, light, slight cling.

Not a great pilsner, but interesting for the Nelson Sauvin hops (though they are light - and where are the NZ Cascade?) With pull-top bottles, meant to be more a fun beer. This would do fine at parties.

Photo of lamarr04
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a glass mug

A: Pours a clear gold with active carbonation and a one inch which only makes a brief appearance.

S: This may be the highlight of the beer. Ripe sweet citrus from the hops comes through pretty strong. Sweet grain compliments the hops and makes for a fruity nose.

T: Hop bitterness is balanced nicely by sweet grain. Would give the beer higher marks for taste but it has hints of metallic off flavors around the edges. Not as clean as I would like a pilsner to be.

M: Crisp carbonation punctuates a light to medium body that finishes semi-dry.

D: For the money this one is a winner. nice session beer.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold colour with a clear body. Light bead and thinnish head, snowy white. Lacing leaves some thin webs trailing across the glass, pretty decent, but overall pretty meh.

Hops are quite grassy and fruity, lots of burgeoning floral characters, bitter green smell, with a slight caramelly malt behind it. Good German pilsener smell, hoppy but not overly so.

Taste is nice, quite bitter from very early on. A fruity tang at the front gives way to hints of medicinal phenols and citrus rind in the grindy bitterness. Gets quite tangy at the end, no doubt thanks to the Sauvin influence, but a nice aggressive bitterness takes the lead for the most part. Maybe just a bit too rindy, leaves traces of that acerbic citrus character in the mouth, making it not as clean as it could be. I like the hop blend very much though.

A bit fizzy on the feel, hints of sharpness around the edges, and a bit thin. Good for what it is but pretty average overall.

Not as clean a lager as it could have been, but good drinking nonetheless.

Photo of wordemupg
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

568ml pull tab bottle poured into pint glass 2/3/14 from notes

A clear golden yellow, just a few visible bubbles but a large and loose soapy head has great retention leaving large random patches of lace deep down the glass

S grass, hay, honey, sweet malt, faint citrus and a slight metallic edge, smells good but I was expecting more of a kiwi influence

T a little bread crust and leafy herbal notes, sweet malts still there, not quite the hop levels of other kiwi plis but most would still consider this one hopped up

M thin, crisp snap, grit, soft carbonation, might have more flavor on the finish then anywhere else, lingers long and strong

O another solid pil form NZ, I downed 3/4s of my big bottle by this point, the rest wont be around long

not quite the hops of other kiwi lagers I've had but it follows a little closer to its European cousins, I could drink a few of these under a hot sun but would like more tropical kiwi hops so it could really stand out.

Photo of keitho
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apppearance-Golden in colour,two finger white frothy head,some lacing.
Smell-Fruity banana smell,hoppy aroma.
Taste-Nice hoppy Pilsener,well balanced, fruity.
Mouthfeel-Above average.
Drinkability-It's very refreshing and another good brew from Macs.I could have a session on this no problem.

Best before 04 08 10 poured into mug.

Photo of mazstar
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was attracted by the Mac's labelling and was tossing up between the Gold Lager, Little Creatures Pilsener and this.

It pours with a decent head and retains it fairly well. It is a nice, clean light amber with typical lager aeration.

Like other reviews it has a citrus smell, much nicer smell than the average mass-market lager.

Tasted unlike what I expected. I was expecting something more bitter towards the end and displaying a more herbaceous aroma. This reminded me more of the Knappstein Reserve Lager but a bit more neutral.

Good drinking beer, went down well. Highly recommended.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrantly clear deep golden colour (I'm trying to tell whether the slight pink tinge is a trick of the light), with a truly excellent head of frothy, fine bubbled solidity. Lacing is very good. This is a truly excellent looking pilsener.

Certainly some fresh hop notes on the nose - not extremely strong, but with a pleasant citrussy bite. Tart lime, pepper and fragrance dominant. Disappointed the luscious tropical nature of the Nelson Sauvin doesn't come through more strongly, but it's still very pleasant.

There's a hint of the Sauvin tartness on the front palate, and a later grassy lightly herbal character, but the finish is exceptionally weak, with no backbone of bitterness to extend the experience. Otherwise it's very clean, and with some pleasant hop characters on the front. Mouthfeel is crisp but light, not overly effervescent, and with a definite taper to match the diminuendo on the palate.

Still, this is a very clean and very drinkable pilsener, very, very easy to make a sessioner. I wish it had more bite on the back, and I'm a sucker for Nelson Sauvin, so a little more of that character would have made it exceptional. As it stands a very drinkable and very enjoyable brew.

Photo of tbeckett
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Good carbonation, bright. Light golden colour, one finger of white head left spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Citrus, grass, noble hop, light honey.

T - Light malt, lot's of grass, noble hop, thick honey and more noble hop.

M - Light body, good carbonation, nice bitterness.

O/D - A really nice pilsner. Goes down smooth with a good hop dosage. Light and easy drinking. Went down so quick and easy.

Photo of femALEist
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

German style pilsner.-5% abv. Says: a superb golden pilsner heavily hopped with sauvin and cascade varieties giving it citrus aromas and a proper bitter finish. It poured a clear yellow with a slight Orangina hue. On the nose, you can actually smell a hint of hops and wheat. It tasted like a light wheat with a touch of citrus. I can see how people can easily drink this and think it's a 'craft' beer because of the touch of flavor, which is lacking in any mainstream corporate beer. However, I guess it's a gateway beer and hopefully it might open up people to the idea of flavor for their beer and they can keep trying others until they realize this stuff isn't that great.

Photo of dansmcd
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright straw colour, perfectly clear, almost champagne like effervescence, short white head.

S - Sweet green apples and cracker like pilsner malt

T - Quite fruity for a pilsner with flavours of apple and lemon, combined with dry salty malt and a slight hoppiness.

M - Light spritzy body, high carbonation.

O - A better than average pils, and very cheap so great value.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sitting in a hotel room in New Plymouth and craving a decent brew. I walked down to the closest supermarket and walked out with a six pack of Hop Rocker. Not too shabby, and probably on of the better beers I've tried down here in NZ. (Didn't care much for Tui...)
I poured it into a wine glass in my hotel room. Nice golden pils color and adequate bone white head. Looks fairly textbook, which isn't a bad thing.
The aroma is where Hop Rocker shines. Big and sharp citrus, spicy aromas, a touch of tropical fruit, and malt sweetness lingering in the backgroud. Reading on the bottle, NZ Nelson Sauvin and NZ Cascade are the hops used.
The taste is quite good as well. Clean, a little more bitter than an average pilsner, but balanced and flavorful. The beer is well carbonated and fills the mouth.
Overall, a good solid brew and probably near the top of the pile of beers I've sampled down here in New Zealand. If given the option, I'd buy this again.

Photo of doktorhops
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | 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! The last beer in the face-off is the Kiwi underdog Mac's Hop Rocker Pilsener.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: Golden straw hue lends itself well to the body, with a 2cm chalk head that reduced to half a centimeter. Nothing special.

S: I could breathe this in all day: nutty malts with strong earthy hops with a herbaceous note... I'm enamored with it's musk for reasons known only to beer drinkers across the globe.

T: The flavour is also nutty malts with earthy hops, and a slightly acidic/bitter aftertaste (like wormwood). It's an interesting combination for a Pilsner and I dig it. It's not quite as hoppy as you would expect from the name but it does the job well.

M: Creamy and medium bodied. A good Pilsner feel.

D: It's a very good effort and I commend the Mac's brewers for thinking outside the square. It doesn't taste traditionally Pilsner and you could almost mistake it for a pale ale (like I did with the James Squire), but it's an easy six pack for me.

Food match: Spicy chicken with a garden salad... there, I said it! Also could go well with seafood, shell fish or calamari.

Photo of ADZA
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a yellow/amber hue colour with loads of carbonation which leaves a nice creamy,frothy two finger laced head and leaves nice subtle creamy lacing down the glass,it smells of beautiful freshly cut grassy hops and it tastes very sweet indeed for a pilsner one of the best examples of this style by far it has a nice hop taste which is perfectly balanced out by the malted barley but i do think the serious hop addition of nelson sauvin hops which is stated on the bottle plays out the beautiful sweet tastes that are evident as i have always found nelson sauvin hops leave a nice sweet taste on the palette from past experiences and this beer seems to back up my theory,the taste of this beer leaves you with such a moreish taste that you wish you had bought a six pack instead of the two beers i did buy,i will buy this again but will just buy more of next time.

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