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Tuatara Pilsener - Tuatara Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Tuatara Pilsener from Tuatara Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.