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Tuatara Pilsener | Tuatara Brewing Co.

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Tuatara Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa) | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by VitBAficionado on 10-23-2007

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 45
Reviews by joemcgrath27:
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vibrant gold pour with a large but quickly fading head that leaves lot of lacing.
Lots of grassy saaz in the aroma, with spicy and subtle sweet floral, grape and passionfruit notes.
Classic pilsener taste with light bready and grainy malt. Not much hops flavour, but a full-on metallic bitterness hits you in the face.
Light body, moderately high carbonation - good for the style.

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Photo of Cheld
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of matjack85
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 11.2oz brown bottle at the new Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for the rather steep price of $4.99 a bottle. No freshness date but there is a short blurb about the beer on the side label.

The beer poured a hazy straw gold color with a fantastic 4 finger white head that lasted several minutes. Lacing was also plentiful. No complaint about the looks.

The smell was a pleasant mix of both malt and hops. The label says they use a boatload of Saaz hops in here, so I'm sure that's what I'm smelling.

The taste is fruity, malty, and pleasantly bitter. There's a lot more bitterness here than what you'd expect in your typical pilsner, but I loved it. As one of the noble hops, the Saaz bitterness is mild, so going extra heavy on Saaz does not give it that IPA-like kick, so it worked well here in this New Zealand pilsner. There is some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste as well.

Medium bodied, smooth, and decent carbonation make for a pleasant mouthfeel.

Only the price keeps this from being a great session beer. At $30 a six-pack I can only enjoy this one bottle at a time.

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Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of patre_tim
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straw with a light haze, tons of carbonation and a whopping head of 6 fingers! Great head retention and nice snow layered lacing.

Skunk, dog, hay, citrus, a hint of burning rubber.

Citrus, gravel, a hint of burning rubber, slightly sweet, big bitter Saaz ending.

Slightly resinous, medium bodied, dry, moderate carbonation.

This is amazing, complex and awesome all at once. One of those great examples of how craft brewing can take such a style beyond expectations, leaving you even more satisfied than you anticipated. Drank April 30th, 2016 in CNX.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of HabiMendes
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw color a tinge of orange. Full finger head that sticks around for a long time.

Mild fruity hop with a lot of pale lemon grass malts. Yeasty zest.

Very pale and citrus. A lot of tingle up front. Transition with a fruity Belgian style yeast flavor. A resin pine hop finish is balanced extremely well with the tangy Pilsner malt finish.

Velvet smooth, crisp and refreshing. Bohemian is a fitting name for this take on a Pilsner.

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Photo of trumpy
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer, even though it is sometimes hard to get, I will hunt down more. Probably the hoppiest Pils I have ever tried, the only one i can think of that is similar is knappstein. They ALMOST overpower it, but then as a big fan of IPA's and DIPA's, I guess I am not scared of hops! Appearance is a clear straw yellow with about an inch of white head that fades after a few minutes. A good looking beer. The nose is big saaz, with oddly enough, seemingly a trace of diff oil!!?? and Nelson Sauvin I think. The malt backs it up really well, and there is a really nice lingering bitterness that hangs around for a few minutes. You know a beer is good when you keep sticking your nose back into an empty glass to sniff!

This is currently at the front of my list of NZ beers, alongside Emersons Pilsner. Really good.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice foamy egg-shell white head. Leaves a dome after three minutes. Plenty of chunky lace on the glass. Settles very slowly. Remarkably cloudy for the style--looks like hefeweizen. Dark gold color.

The smell is a nice blend of pale malts and delicate, almost flowery hop spice. Slight graininess with a distracting touch of iron metal nose.

Good dry grain start to the taste. This quickly succumbs to a stronger than expected peppery hop bitterness. The finish is all hop and lasts a very long time. The body is a bit on the rich side for the style, but the carbonation makes it seem appropriate.

Not a subtle beer, as a hop head I like it, but it is far more bitter than a Czech Pils.

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Photo of kitschiguy
2.77/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 330ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass.

Poured a nice dark yellow/straw colour and formed quite a nice medium head that lasted a few minutes.

A good, strong nose. Slightly malty with some grassy notes and good deal of hops. Quite pleasant.

Palate was very hoppy - too hoppy for me but in my opinion it was too hoppy. Not much up front just a big hoppy aftertaste. Not well rounded and unbalanced. The taste hit the front of the mouth only. Disappointing.

Mouth was very nice for the style. Quite big, medium body with a fair amount of tight to medium carbonation.

Overall not a bad beer if a bit unbalanced. Good nose and mouth. Will appeal to pilsner drinkers.

Recommended for drinkers of the style.

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Photo of leaddog
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of StJamesGate
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of hunteraw
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw/amber in color, not quite clear. Moderate head with nice lacing.

Smell: subdued hops aroma. Grassiness quite typical for the style, label indicates saaz used.

Taste: Dry and grainy, bitterness is well balanced. Surprisingly close to style.

mouthfeel: medium body. Moderate carbonation. Grainy aftertaste

drinkability: Good kiwi lawnmower beer

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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Tuatara Pilsener from Tuatara Brewing Co.
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