James Squire Original Pilsener | Malt Shovel Brewery

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James Squire Original PilsenerJames Squire Original Pilsener
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James Squire Original PilsenerJames Squire Original Pilsener

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Malt Shovel Brewery

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2002

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of nate1357
5/5  rDev +44.1%

Photo of Gametym39
4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

Photo of Anonmatel
4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you ever get the chance to try this Pilsener on tap, give it a go, I was pleasently suprised how much better it tasted from the tap than from the bottle, refreshing, could be drank all night.

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Photo of rizzo
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I had one from the bottle last night and regularly drink it on tap. Great Aussie example of Czech Pils. Huge white head and golden in colour with the aroma of hops - note that the aroma quickly drops off with age. The flavour is lead by malt with some notes of butterscotch (Melanoidin & some diaceytal) and is balance with moderate to strong bitterness and hop flavour. Mouth feel is reasonably rich.

I'm lucky enough to live 100m from the brewery and the local pubs turns over the keg pretty quickly so I always get it fresh. I don't think it travels well folks!

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Photo of beerguy101
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and fruity. A medium bodied pilsner. WOW a pilsner with some substantial flavor to it. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are spicy and grapefruity. Nice balanced between the fruitiness, spiciness and bitterness. It is a little out of style for a pilsner, but I think I might have found a pilsner I really like. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of rastaman
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good example of a czech pils, but i think it suffers from bad batches, coz it ain't always good, this stuff kicks arse on tap, so give it a go.

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Photo of joecast
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

re-review 11/05
wow. two years on. dont think i have had this since then as i wasnt so impressed.
darker in color than most in the style. might be a good thing.
aroma is still faint, but what is there is good.
crisp flavor with a balanced amount of bitterness. much better than i remember.

crystal clear golden color. fluffy head with the finest bubbles i have yet seen. makes for an inviting appearance.
decent aroma but not as good as i was expecting.
has a malty, lightly sweet flavor to it. the munich malts (it says so on the bottle), are pretty obvious if you have tried their IPA.
overall it didnt leave much of an impression. in the JS range it is overshadowed by the amber ale and IPA.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
A finger and a half of barely off-white head that reduced steadily in patches. The colour is a orange-amber, a little darker than average for the style.

Smell - 3.5
Some skunkiness at first, but this reduced to almost nothing. Not a great deal of smell upfront, apart from a general "beeriness" as well as some grassy hops.

Taste - 3.5
Not as tasty as many of James Squire's other offerings, but far from bad. Quite smooth, moderate hop bitterness, a decent amount of malt sweetness and lots of grainy, bready flavours.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Disapointingly, the carbonation reduced rather quickly, from moderate to a low that in my opinion is too low for the style. Moderately weighted in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.5
Like most pilseners, this will go down pretty easily and is definitely sessionable. Personally, I'd rather something with a bit more taste (or a more interesting taste).

OVERALL - 3.55
This is a slightly better than average pilsener. My comments may seem a little derogatory, but that is mostly because I let the beer warm a little too much before drinking, which reduced my enjoyment. Perhaps a re-review one day. Like the rest of the James Squire beers, this is good quality stuff for a very reasonable price.

Re-review - I have recently sampled this pilsener for a second time, and found that it is clearly better than my first review indicates (either it has improved, or because of the better temperature).

Re-re-review - I am thinking that the quality of this beer varies from time to time. The most recent bottle I drank was quite delicious, so I have changed my scores to indicate this.

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Photo of juju7
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour, nose and mouth-feel all point to what is essentially a very good, honest interpretation of a Czech Pilsener. The distinct presence of the saaz and lovely bitterness are in wonderful balance. Really not much wrong with it as far as Aussie pilseners go.

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Photo of vancurly
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold colour, nice tight frothy off-white head. Attractive lace as the drink goes down.
Good, healthy "green" hoppy nose. Touch of sulfur and a little tropical fruit.
Spicy hop flavour, touch of pale malt.
Lingering, metallic bitterness at the back.
It has more body than your average pilsener, but is matched by the bitter length. Well balanced, and very drinkable.

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Photo of foles
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly the best Australian made pilsner (not many to choose from) I've had the pleasure to consume. Fresh presence on the palate, with a crisp lightly bitter finish. Maybe not as broad a taste profile as a true pils, but has more than enough to please the average drinker. This was pretty much all my friends drank during our (big) night at the Portland hotel.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summary- Quenching Hoppiness

Appearance- Pale Lager Golden Hue, Full Carbonation, Whishy Head---Smell- Saaz Hop, wonderful piney and citrusy--- Taste- Simply the Hop and the typical lager mouthfeel and slickness. Its not original or unique, rather just well done. It paired nicely with my Fish and Chips and cut the heat of my English mustard.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber hue, lots of carbonation. Decent head, which creates some lacing. Not a bad looking beer.

Not a great deal on the nose. A bit of fragrance. Hoppiness and grassiness, it's an organic smell. It's got quite a good pils profile, but it's a bit subdued.

Taste is rather better. Nice fragrant bitterness, based on hoppy notes. A touch of fruitiness, but predominated by the bitterness of the hops. Finishes quite yeasty, and leaves a little bit of distaste in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is quite tingly and almost puckering with the bitter hops and dry finish.

Certainly a drinkable beer. I think it's far superior on tap than in its bottled form.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: creamy white head with a clear golden body. Yup, looks like a pilsener.
Flavor: This pilsener is actually medium bodied. Amazing. It has a flavor that's pretty well balanced between hoppiness & fruitiness. Why can't other brewers make pilseners with some cojones like this one? The only other pilisener w/ this much character is Victory's Prima Pils

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Photo of annatar
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

something odd going on with this beer - some people seem to get a really golden clear pilsener while others (like me) get a darker redder lager. however the word 'original' did not appear on my label or in the name, sold as James Squire Pilsener - perhaps theres a difference :?

anyway - great cream head which falls quickly and appetizing amber color, smells terrific.
bitter start into very strong malt taste then back to the bitter bite of the hops. Roughish mouthfeel, but very easy to drink.

i believe there are strong similarities between that other largescale-micro lager titled with the name of a famous early 1800's pioneer.

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Photo of brendan13
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden colour with a medium head that falls away leaving a thin layer on top. Scattered lacing.
Spicy aroma from the hops. I found the taste to be a bit maltier than I expected but this probably made it better for me.
Quite a full body, lingering bitterness.
I prefer more hops or more malt but if I have to pick a session beer for a hot summers day then you can't go too wrong with this.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three ivory finger head from only a moderate pour - coarse bubbles fade after a while. Some lace. Golden straw body. Nice.

Aromas of grassy hops, malt and a hint of lemon.

Taste is malt driven, not too sweet, some bread/dough. Hop bitterness catches up as the bottle goes down.

Mouthfeel sharp and on the money.

Overall - good drinking beer. Whole more than the sum of the parts

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Photo of DIM
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly cloudy pale goldne color. It was served to me with a white, whispy head.

s: Light biscuity malts and some herbal hop notes.

t: Clean overall, with a slight mineral finish. Maybe a bit sweet.

m: Crisp and refreshing.

d: Pretty standard pils, very nice after a tiring day of hiking.

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Photo of dgilks
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a light amber which is perfectly clear. A nice, bubbly white head is also present with decent head retention.

Light spicy hops on the nose backed up with a touch of sweetness. Tasty.

Spicy Saaz hops are there from the start. Caramel notes indicate the presence of a malt backbone which holds the beer up well. A slight toastiness is present for a split second and hop bitterness lingers for a short time.

A light but not watery body is nice in this beer. There is a fair amount of carbonation as well which makes the beer fairly gassy.

A decent pils which is tasty and doesn't knock you out. It's the kind of beer which doesn't excite you but makes a pleasant easy drinking beer.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Hero of Waterloo in Sydney after a long day of sightseeing.

Poured into a branded schooner glass. Pale golden, good crispy head, some lacing. Not bad looking.

Nose is floral hops, a bit of citrus hops as well, with a strong whiff of grain, bread and cracker.

A bready, malty pilsner with some soft hopping to start, but finishes quite bitter. A bit sweet and grainy for my taste, but certainly quite enjoyable on a hot afternoon. Would make for a great evening drinker.

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Photo of drtth
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on notes taken during a recent visit to Sydney.

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a bright clear golden yellow with a 1" white head. The head recedes slowly leaving some patches of lacing. Sipping leaves some scattered lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: The aromas are light but pleasant and include both pale biscuity malt and some grassy herbal hops (Saaz?).

Taste: The flavors are dominated by the pale malt and its light sweetness but the grassy herbal hops do show in the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is medium length and begins sweet with the hops eventually showing through at the end as the finish turns lightly dry.

Drinkability: This is ok for drinkability but I'm learning I definitely prefer the crisp and hoppier profile of the German style Pils to that of the Czech style. I'd be willing to have this one again, but won't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time for a Pilsner face-off! Two decent Australian (and one Kiwi!) Pilsner's battle head to head for my admiration, who will win? Let's see! Second brew to test it's due: James Squire Original Pilsener.

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: Amber body with cascading bubbles leading to a 2cm almond white head, which slowly dissipated to 1cm. I'm liking the colour however it's not as clear or pale as the classic Czech pilsners.

S: Toasted biscuit malts provide a base for floral hops and some cut grass. From the aroma you could almost mistake it for an American pale ale style... almost.

T: What?! This is a pale ale surely; toasted malts with a big grapefruit/citrus hop finish (not to mention the mouthfeel of an ale). The Malt Shovel boys could have called it an ale and I doubt anyone would have been the wiser. The hops leave a bitterness that feels characteristically out of proportion for Saaz hops (which aren't nearly as bitter as most other hops).

M: Creamy and light on fizz, a medium-heavy body.

D: I like it! Don't know if it really is what it says it is on the bottle (a classic Czech styled Pilsner) but I still like it. If you're looking for a Pilsner in the classic sense I would look elsewhere, but if (like me) you love a good ale well I think James Squires Pilsener will be a pleasant surprise for you (I can certainly go for a few more of these!).

Food match: Thai, or Chinese, it's got that "It-would-go-great-with-Asian-food" feel to it.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour with a good-sized head but lacking in persistence.
Green nobles hops on the nose, grassy and spicy. Quite clean with some biscuity and bready malt.
Flavours are very hoppy, again quite green. Bready malts come through, but are slightly grainy. The bitterness is bold but makes for a somewhat boring finish.
Good carbonation (moderately high) with a nice light body.
Excellent example of the style.

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Photo of emincems
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fusion7777
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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