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Tuatara Pilsener - Tuatara Brewing Co.

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very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tuatara Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: VitBAficionado on 10-23-2007)
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Photo of chogm54
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Im rating from last night's notes, which got a little hazy...Poured from a 500mL glass, this beer was pale yellow, with a small fizzy white head and slightly lower than average carbonation.

The smell wasn't too strong, but a nice mix of grassy and fruity odours. The taste was amazing - the grassy sweet malt backbone of a pils, with a big fruit hoppy flavour and bitter finish. The dry hopping is definitely noticeable in this one.

Well worth its $9 price tag.

chogm54, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of benjaminkhlaw
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

benjaminkhlaw, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of StJamesGate
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%

Champagne blonde with snowy, rimming, pitted white froth.
Bready nose with pineapple NZ hops peaking through.
Some cracker, then big grassy, spicy, papaya and dried pineapple hop hit.
Grapefruit sorbet finish and bitter tingly linger.
Crisp, clingy, some minerals, light.

Czech yeast, Kiwi hops - Pacific Jade to bitter. Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, and Riwaka for flavour. A couple of those are Noble descendents, a couple are tropical fruit, and that's the story. A bit thin - classic Czech Pils do have a malt presence - but as much hops as you can fit in any pale beer that's not "SomethingPA".

New summer go-to.

StJamesGate, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of CameronCheung
4/5  rDev +2.3%

CameronCheung, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of GarthT
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

GarthT, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%

330 ml brown reptilian bottle purchased in Wellington, NZ.

Pours amber with a bubbly head.

A bold and hoppy pilsner featuring NZ hops, with an aromatic herbal nose but with the hop power of an American pale ale. Long lasting hoppy aftertaste with more hop complexity than usual. Appropriate malts for balance mainly appear as a limitation on bitterness.

Feel: medium body; nice crisp carbonation.

O: a good pils.

chinchill, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev -2%

330 ml bottle obtained from a Tuatara mixed 6-pack. I wish more breweries included six different styles in one mixed pack. The pilsener representative pours a light golden hue like fresh honey, with copious amounts of white fizz, perhaps more than I've ever seen for this style. Whoa. Releases a classic grainy pilsener malt aroma like dry crackers but with a few interesting tropical notes like passion fruit or guava ... Subtle but interesting nonetheless. The Saaz hops must be locally grown. Brisk carbonation lifts up the aforementioned cracker malts and a very fresh, bright green grass flavor, lemon rind, sweetish clover or hay, and a grape-like must, maybe some unripe gooseberries or melon rind ... All well-integrated but nevertheless distinct enough to add complexity and character for those who go looking. The tropical notes on the nose are not obvious on the palate, which is instead more classically Saaz: Leafy, herbal, and floral with a palate-cleansing bitterness. Hops > malt. Just a touch of diacetyl richness like you get in some other well-crafted Czech pilseners but otherwise crisp and dry. Another well-constructed brew from the Kiwi kings of craft. Would be a top notch choice for sessions on a hot summer porch.

CalgaryFMC, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Hairrrrrrrr, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +2.3%

SmellsofMahagony, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Cheld, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Poupae
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poupae, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

rbrefbeerman, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of leaddog
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance- Pours a slightly foggy straw gold with a 1/2 finger if bubbly white head.

Smell- Saaz hops, grains, lemon, hint of grass.

Taste- Nice dose of Saaz hops and mild-to-moderate bitterness, along with notes of bready malts, grains, grass and lemon peel.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice crisp and dry finish.

Overall- Out of the Czech Pilsners I have sampled, this one takes a step further by delivering on balanced flavours. A very sessionable pilsner.

leaddog, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of HabiMendes
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%

The aroma of this beer brings... passion fruit! Impressive, I never would imagine to see that on a Czech Pilsner. We have tropical tones, as mellon, accompanied by honey and the expected grassy hop tones. The medium body leaves a hoppy finish, with medium duration (as the style prescribes). That beer was a great experience, and is on par (or perhaps even better) than the wonderful Pilsner Urquell. I just loved it.

HabiMendes, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Rayek
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Rayek, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +2.3%

twelveinches, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%

A - clear straw golden, one finger of head dissipated to a thin cover with minimal lacing
S - biscuity, grainy, leafy, metallic, buttery, classic pilsner
T - buttery biscuit malt matched by crisp leafy green hops, grainy with metallic, so fresh and so clean clean
M - light and crisp with a nice carbonation kick, finishes dry and clean
O - WOW, this has all of the classic aspects of an outstanding czech pils in spades and then some to go with its own unique character, very flavourful and easy drinking, wish i could have this on the regular

joemcgrath27, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 22/10/12

A pale straw yellow with bubbles of all sizes feeding a finger of bone white foam that lasts for a few sips and leaves lace where it existed

S very nice nose on this one, tropical fruit, passion fruit, pineapple and a little lemon, dried grassy notes in the background with some dry cereal, smells strong and solid

T some bready notes and faint rind with some herbal aspect I can't quite place, the tropical notes are still there but toned down, tastes good but the nose was great

M a little thin but the bubbles give it some life, crisp and almost a clean finish just a little citrus and cereal on the finish

O solid offering with a great hop profile, a few Czechs might shake their head at this one but I'm nodding

Perhaps the South Pacific Pilsner should be a style of it's own, I've had a few great examples that would fit the name. I could drink a few of these with no issues at all, I'll be stoked if all the other brews in my mixed 6er are this good

wordemupg, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of uustal
4/5  rDev +2.3%

uustal, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grassy hops in the nose.
T: The hops really stand out in this beer, contributing flavors of grassy and herbal hops along with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied (with some slight hints of chewiness) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems very different compared to other pilseners in the sense that it’s dominated by aromas and flavors of hops, so this might be something that is appealing to a hop head that is looking for a lighter-bodied beer compared to India Pale Ales.

metter98, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

330ml bottle, part of an apparently representative mixed-sixpack from this brewery, recently made available in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, kind of glassy, pale golden hue, with a half finger of bristling, foamy off-white head, which bleeds away rather quickly, leaving nothing more than a low ebbing berm around the glass.

It smells of grainy pale malts, a bit of thin fruity lemon, and weak leafy, grassy hops. The taste is bready, somewhat biscuity malt, some mild earthy yeastiness, and surprisingly zingy herbal, grassy hops. Kiwi Saaz? Sure, I can dig it.

The bubbles are fairly sedate, though hardly inert, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, nothing really pulling or tugging, as one might expect. It finishes on the dry side, the hops surely overriding any latent malt vagaries, quite decidedly so.

An agreeable Czech pilsener, but through the filter of that increasingly familiar New Zealand terroir - grassy, but not _grassy_, y'know?

biboergosum, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

I need some refreshment. Watching sports is making me thirsty. This calls for a Kiwi beer(another brewery to hit the shores?!). On to the beer:

Chill hazed straw yellow in color, with visible carbonation running through and a head that's a ½ inch head. The nose offers a lot of hay-like aromas. Some hops are found underneath that thick layer of hay. Hey, let's get drinkin...

Unlike many of the style, this pilsner comes out with flavor. In many parts, it's a very agreeable experience. In a few spots, there are small potholes that try to get in the way. The taste starts bittersweet, with honey, hay, and grassy flavors in the raw. The biterness grows, and a bite of hops arrives. I sense a subtle phenolic note here and there, hoping it doesn't get in the way. The flavor dries out in the end, helping to provide a clean finish. As for the mouthfeel, is medium bodied with a gentle crispness.

Delightful. Pilsner lovers, get your hands on this one.

DoubleJ, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Josh2222
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Josh2222, May 21, 2012
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Tuatara Pilsener from Tuatara Brewing Co.
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