Pilsner | Hop Federation

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Brewed by:
Hop Federation
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mwilbur on 12-26-2016

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Photo of JamFuel
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairy clear yellow, with some fine foam.

Smell is floral and a bit bready with a hint of lemon.

Taste is citrusy with some sweetness to it, and a nice floral hoppiness. Notes of oranges and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly undercarbonated.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. It is NOT a pilsner however. I could go for India Pale Lager, but there is just not nearly enough malt to be a pilsner.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2017. Given to me by my brother a little while back, after he went to NZ on holiday. Described on the label as a NZ pilsner hopped wit Riwaka, Nelson Sauvin and Motueka.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden-amber colour with faint floating sediment and good carbonation. Produces a small head of creamy white foam that rapidly settles to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of fruity hops with hints of resin, tropical fruit, citrus, peel, grass/hay, subtle spice, caramel malt, barley sugar and earthy yeast. Nice.

T: Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with notes of pine resin, tropical fruit, citrus, peel, grass/hay, faint noble hops, caramel malt, barley sugar and earthy yeast. Quite sweet, with a crisp, lingering bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and good body. Could be a tad more textured. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, tropical fruit, citrus, sweet malt and earthiness.

O: A nice beer, even if not quite in keeping with the style. Subpar looks - the head disappears almost immediately. However, the aroma and flavour are great with tons of fruity hops and a well-developed yeast character that hints at lengthy maturation. Decent body; could be slightly livelier. Also, the malt is rather on the sweet side for a pilsner. All that said, it goes down very easily - worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of leaddog
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy amber with a finger width of foamy whitehead.

Smell - grapefruit, lychee, Nelson sauvin hops, melon, bready malts, and a hint of caramel.

Taste - Pretty much the same as the aroma, nice bold and tropical fruity hops. A moderate level of bitterness with a touch of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky on the palate along with the dry finish and lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - A classic New Zealand pilsner-style beer. I can't get enough of the Nelson sauvin and Riwaka and motueka hops. Another job well done by Hop Federation.

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Pilsner from Hop Federation
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 4 ratings