Bluetongue Traditional Pilsner | Bluetongue Brewery Pty Ltd

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Bluetongue Traditional PilsnerBluetongue Traditional Pilsner

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Bluetongue Brewery Pty Ltd

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-06-2006

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a bit darker in color than its "Lager" cousin, Blue Tongue's Pilsner pours a crystal-clear deep-gold body that borders on amber. The carbonation is finer, and more reserved than it's "Lager" cousin, and the head retention is much better, maintaining a creamy cap of bright white throughout at least the first 1/4 of the glass, and all the while leaving rings of lace that aren't really that far from reminiscent of the rings left in a pint of Guinness. As it drains the rings drop lower and lower in the glass, leaving behind a patchwork of tiny spots that give the impression of the night sky. Very nice!

The nose is nicely hoppy with notes of grass and flowers atop a mildly sweet and grainy malt base.

In the mouth it's delicately crisp with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation and medium body; more reminiscent of an English pale ale than a Czech pilsner, but within bounds - a German pilsner, however, it is not! But I love that softer feel, and it lends a bit towards drinkability.

The flavor is less hoppy (and/or exciting) than the nose lets on, but its floral and grassy character remains intact, and it has a light touch of hoppy spice as well (Saaz... and probably Hallertau for the floral). It's well-balanced, and what sweetness there is to the malt seems to teeter back and forth against the bold, but very smooth, bitterness. It's well-balanced, but perhaps melded together too much so as the grainy malt sweetness, bitterness, and hop flavors don't seem to "pop" against each other at all.

Nicely done! A well-brewed, balanced and satiating beer that could easily work as a backyard BBQ beer, a session lager down at the pub, or a welcome accompaniment to almost any meal. Very Nice!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden straw, crystal clear with numerous teams of bubbles springing to life from the bottom. Head has decent retention, just a tint off white.

S: Light grain, green apple hops and some cinnamon (oddly enough)

T: Copper coins, diacetyl, white corn and some hints of pine cone shavings. Finishes very grainy and surprisingly bitter. Some odd lingering cooked corn flavors.

M: Thin but fairly full on the tongue.

D: Not very good. Light beers like this don't travel well, perhaps its better actually in Australia.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pils glass it forms an Ivory white head that has some retention. Golden body with a bit of a chill haze.

It most definately relies on its saaz hops. Not a bad thing at all. The taste is the best part of this brew with a light grain bill leaning towards sweet malts and a drying hop zip. There is an underlining of pineapple or other light fruit that rounds it out. What has this beer turning the wrong direction is the aftertaste. It fails to clean up and the aftertaste has a cooked vegetable platter that doesn't bode well with me. Other than that this is a nice offering.

Notes: Not a bad offering at all. In fact it started to grow on my a bit. This being the last of a six pack if the price is right this may see the fridge again.

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Photo of joecast
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nice deep golden color with 1cm white frothy head. even flow of small bubbles through the brew.

wow. interesting aroma. surprisingly full and hoppy. sweet and floral are the main contributions. it lacks some spiciness which you dont miss at first. once you dig (sniff) a bit deeper though, it would be a welcome trade off for some of the sweetness.

the taste is something different all together. one of the most contrasting beers from smell to taste i can remember.
kind of bland at first, probably just from the onslaught of the smell. what comes through is a fairly flat malt. just doesnt do much in the mouth. a bit of bitterness in the finish, but basically pretty flat.

had some high hopes for this one despite having their premium lager. anyway, chalk this one up to experience.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall I found this an interesting and enjoyable beer.
It was darkish in colour having little bead and a loose white head.
The smell was faint but had a fruit passionfruit note to me.The passionfruit was also evident on the palate.
The taste was pretty surprising due to a fruity/flowey hoppiness (I never know what sort of hops )that rode over the smooth sweet maltiness
I've never detected the same hop quality in a Pilsner before , so this may mean it is straying from the style somewhat , but a pretty nice brew all the same

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Bluetongue Traditional Pilsner from Bluetongue Brewery Pty Ltd
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