Murray's Pilsner | Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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Murray's PilsnerMurray's Pilsner

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Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brendan13 on 05-31-2008

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by PolarBear3:
Photo of PolarBear3
2.64/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a light orange golden colour with big white frothy head that retains well

S - Mouldy, home brew aromas, grainy with slight citrus including bitter lemon

T - Dirt, grassy, slight citrus, tangerine, along with a light malt biscuit together, slight bitter finish that leaves an average after taste.

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation

O - Very average and bland pilsner, rather disappointing from Murrays and not recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Daniell
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: three-fingered heard. Nice gold colour, a bit darker than the ugly yellow pee colours I often see in bad pilseners.

S: nice and hoppy- pine tree, bark, some nuttiness. Then alcohol and yeast comes through. Also sweetness.

T: good solid bitterness with a vague pleasant yeasty flavor coming through.

Feel: nice and creamy, very good.

Drinkability: would be easy to down a lot of these. Personally for the calories I'd want to move on to something with a little more flavor, but it's perfect for the style.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale amber, approaching straw, with a huge head, that shows great persistence.
Very clean, grassy, floral and lemony aroma. Some very light sweet malt in the background. I would have liked more spicy hops.
Flavour is quite similar (lemon/grapefruit/passionfruit and some sweet biscuity malt) but also shows more of a spicy character, and is followed by a decent clean hoppy bitterness.
Too much carbonation, but otherwise pretty bloody good!

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Photo of juju7
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, hazy gold with a 3 finger head that crumbled to a half centimetre head all the way to end with perfect lacing. Best looking pils I've seen in a long time. That familiar spicy, hop nose with some cereal and lemon notes backing up. Plenty going on taste-wise with well balanced bitterness and the malt not getting in the way. Nicely carbonated, goes down a dream. Awesome little pils. With most of the best foreign pils skunked or old by the time they get here, this is the go. Top shelf.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ML poured into a 425 ML glass

A-- Poured a straw yellow with a touch of haze. A few floaties in the glass and a just under a half a finger head. Decent sticky lacing and a cloud white head.

S-- Floral and bready. Good combo. Maybe a bit too perfume like of a smell but the bread does offset it. A little bit of hop and does smell a bit of fresh lemon. More it breathed the more the citrus opened up.

T-- Hops jumped right out at me. Bit of pine in the back of my mouth and a little tartness from the lemon. Did not get too much of the bread in the taste, just a small bit of sweetness.

M-- Very flavorful. Well balanced and leaves a APA feel in the mouth. A lot of citrus, pine and hop feel for a while after finishing. Nice amount of carbonation and creamy in the mouth.

D-- Very good session beer. Low ABV 4.8% and a lot of flavor. Great for the summer. I am not the biggest fan of pilsner's but this works quite well. Negative is 4 packs instead of 6 packs. Murrays is doing some wonderful things here in Australia and their beers should be sought out. Excellent offering!!!!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice pour into a plastic mug (all i had, pity). Aroma comes straight out. Citrus and some sweet flower. Not very strong, but noticeable. The golden, slightly hazed body supports a fluffly white head, that has some nice retention. A bit soapy, but looks good.
Again, the aroma comes out. Citrus and sweet. The malt characteristic is set aside by the hops. It's really quite nice, albeit unexpected.
Taste follows the nose, except the aftertaste is a bit grainy. A bit stale, I think. Not sure what it is..bready? Kind of disappoints at the end, but still a nice beer.

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Photo of vancurly
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a) Pours a pale golden with white fluffy head. Suspended particulate in at end of bottle.
s) Unusual nose for a pilsener.... more of a perfumey, tropical fruit & piney/citrus nose associated with American pales. Maybe a "new world" pilsener is a valid category.
f) Lovely nutty, biscuity malt layered with the fruit notes. Slight lychee, passionfruit, peachy.
m) Firm bitterness that supports the flavour. Rounded mouthfeel, and yet not cloying
d) Excellent drink. Would love to try a draught version.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap as the 'Rudeboy' pilsner at Murrays @ Manly. As far as I know they haven't changed the recipe since it was simply the pilsner in bottles, but I just thought I'd make that clear upfront.

Pours a rude orange colour with a slow trickle of bead. Head is white, kind of spittle-looking with lovely cradle of thick white lace. Looks good.

Smell is bold and metallic, with touches of fruit at the edges: blood orange, kiwi and peace mostly. Nice and tangy but a bit of a heavy, rusty note overall that weighs it down slightly below crisp pilsner levels.

Taste is quite pleasant. Notes of kiwi, melon and orange peel on the front that gets quite zesty towards the mid-palate. A bit rich late-mid with slightly spiritous bitterness, then a bit grainy on the back but with a pleasant grassy hop note and some phenolic characters. Almost seems a bit overcooked, but it's clipped off for a decent aftertaste. Not bad.

Quite fizzy, but still remains a little bit heavy in the mouth; doesn't glide down like I'd want a lager to.

A more interesting pils than most on the market with lots of flavour; it could up the drinkability factor a bit more by thinning out the body slightly, it just feels a bit gluggy at times.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazed bright golden yellow colour, with a thick and foamy head of pure white foam. Head is excellent, and although it doesn't retain particularly well, the lacing is good as well. Overall, it really is an excellent looking pils; clean, sharp, and boisterous.

Pleasant sharp hops on the nose, resinous with citrus and crushed vegetation. Very clean and crisp - a slight hint of yeast to add a little depth. Not particularly strong or astringent on the nose, but there are lots of extremely pleasant characters.

Sharp hops on the palate, which is otherwise extremely clean and clear. The vector of bitterness spears through the centre, leaving a resinous sharpness on the otherwise clear an mild palate. Some residual sweetness on the back, but mostly this is a crisp, sharp and very drinkable pilsener.

While it doesn't have the amazing hop character or intensive fragrant bitterness of the best pilseners I've had (for example Victory Prima Pils), this is really an excellent example of the style. Murray's like to say they don't brew to style, but as far as I'm concerned, this is exactly what you want from a pils. It's crisp, sharp, clean and astonishingly drinkable. A really excellent beer. Another wonderful brew from Murray's.

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Photo of ADZA
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This pilsner pours quite a nice looking well carbonated non see through honeydew hue which leaves a rather frothy two finger head that does not budge and leaves clingy lacing all over the sides,the smell is a combination of sweet citrus,freshly cut wet lawn and grains,the mouthfeel is not thick but its definately not thin either just a little bit more fuller which i like and the carbonation is not over the top which allows tastes of sweet tangello,honeydew and some lime to hit the palette first followed by a touch of hard toffee biscut and finishes with a crisp touch of bitterness,overall ive had this brew before and cannot remember it being this decent im not complaining just suprised as its usually the other way round and glad i did as it is a decent pilsner that i couldnt compare to another and could quite easily drink this all night.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap as Rudeboy @ Manly.

Pours a straw body, almost no head, rather a thin film. Sheet lace to start, alters form to clumpy as glass goes down.

Aromas of grassy hops - little else.

Taste continues in the same way, neither good nor bad. Doughy malts compete with the grassy hops on the back palate and neither really win out.

Mouthfeel is the oddity, a bit too heavy for the style, almost medium bodied.

I am a bit confused with this. It's firstly not Murray's best beer, but that's OK. What I have the challenge with is that this should theoretically be Murrays easy-drinking item on their menu, and due to heavyiness in palate, it's not quite that.

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Photo of Stew41
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super active head with stacks of rocky froth. Settles down very quickly. Colour is bang on - light amber. I’ll have to second (third?) the other comments re the Kiwi vibe; lots of very green hops and passionfruit, both in equal parts on the nose and palate. Nose shows excellent herbal characters as well, and not miles away from the NPA in this regard. Back palate gets quite firm and tight, and finishes with bitter hops.Might be shooting my mouth off here but this might be Australia’s best pilsner?

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Photo of DrNo
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slighty hazy bright golden colour with an inch of fluffy white head that persists for a fair while.
S - A nice pungent stone fruit & citrus hop note hits first followed by some woody spice hints.
T - A lot of the hops from the smell follow through into the taste backed up by a sweet biscuity maltiness.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly high refreshing carbonation.
D - Another top tasty beer from Murrays. I can see this being a regular beer for me in the warmer months.

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Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into my Pilsner Urquell glass.

A - Pale straw colour with a 1 finger white head dissipating to a thin layer over the beer. Quite nice.

S - Not too much here, some weak citrus hops. Lemon and passionfruit.

T - Clean and crisp, a very light malt backbone. Strangely for a pilsner, citrusy hops are present. This is from the NZ B Saaz or Motueka hops. It is nice but almost tastes like an APA. No skunk.

M - Very good, it is light and refreshing but also has a presence through its medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is a great summer beer, plenty of interesting things going on for this basic style of lager, easy to drink and sessionable at just 4.8%

Overall - Another good beer from Murray's, in no way the best Pilsner out there but the NZ hops give an interesting twit to this classic style.

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Murray's Pilsner from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 15 ratings