James Squire Original Pilsener | Malt Shovel Brewery

James Squire Original PilsenerJames Squire Original Pilsener
51 Ratings
James Squire Original PilsenerJames Squire Original Pilsener

Brewed by:
Malt Shovel Brewery

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2002

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1.5/5  rDev -56.8%

Photo of diablo14
2.06/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

while i agree with the assessment on the bottle variety being a bit hit and miss at times, on tap its excellent. even in the bottle at its best its still a fair sort of a beer.

the thing i like about this pilsener is its an AUSSIE pilsener. like pale ales, pilseners tend to have their variations depending on region. other aussie 'pilensers' have just been crappy lagers hiding behind the name (tooheys pils springs to mind). truly a misnomer. i think malt shovel brewery have given a nod to the czechs and then brewed their own interpretation. that in itself i feel is admirable.

its slightly deeper in its golden hue than most other pilseners, but maintains the ever present light foamy head. its got a lovely floral aroma that really appeals to me, and while the level of malt has been critized here, i find it to be spot on. it doesnt take away from the hoppy tastes and aromas, and gives it a body that is lacking in so many other pilseners. the saaz hops get full reign on the back palate, with a crisp dry finish that still maintains that floral nature of the beer.

we can go thru all the names of the worlds great pilseners one by one, and this isnt up there in that exalted company for sure. but this is australia, and this is its first real pilsener. and in australian conditions there is no better pilsener going around if you want to sit around at the bar or by the pool on a stinking hot summers day and down a few pints. its at this time the things that are good about this beer come to the fore and are to be appreciated and commended. besides, id rather this than vb or tooheys new!

EDIT 7/2/07: i'd just like to add that i would halve the rating of this beer now. Since i did this review JS have been outsourcing their brewing and the quality of this beer has fallen away accordingly. Now it basically just tastes like any other Aussie lager, with the occasional bit of Saaz hops poking its head out. OK i've rescored it. Originally it was 4.15, but nowadays, this is where it's at.

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Photo of BeerNutta
2.46/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the portland hotel.

A = Pale orange colour with a thin foam head that quickly dissapated into nothing.

S = Little to now smell. Slight fruity smell.

T = I thought it tasted kind of bland. There was a very low key maltiness that carried through to a slightly hop finish. Blah really.

M = Average.

D = Rather drink the Golden ale.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Woolworth's. From notes.

A - Poured golden, bright, and effervescent. Film of white head on top leaving spotty lace and no retention.

S - Corny, lagery, light noble

T - Mild noble hop, sweet grain.

M - Strong carbonation, light to medium body and a crisp finish.

O/D - Plain. Not a great lager. Slightly better than a regular lager. Pretty ordinary.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Finite
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: Standard pale colour, reasonable head and retention.

Smell: Grassy and spicy quite good, maybe a tad malty?

taste: smae, grassy and spicy, good balance, sits well in the mouth and goes down ok.

Doesnt really do anything to offend but you cant make friends by sitting in the shadows.

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Photo of pharmerdoc
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After trying the James Squire Porter, which style anomalies aside, I quite enjoyed, I was really interested in trying some other offerings from this Brewery if the chance ever presented itself. So when I saw 3 other styles tonight, I figured they were worth a try, and I picked up the Amber, IPA and Pilsener from these Aussie Zymurgists tonight.

Comes in a 345ml, 11.65 fl.oz bottle (err, yeah alright) and states that it contains “1.4 Standard Drinks” – for whom – Midgets??? 5.0%ABV.

Appearance: Clear golden body, large white frothy masses above the body give the beer a solid Pilsner-Lager look. Typically Pilsner in shade and looks. The head breaks after a while to form a broken scum like head.

Nose: Lacking a bit, grain malt and Saaz hops are evident.

Taste: Malts lead the way; hops are there but tend to take a back seat until 2/3rds of the way through. The end accentuates with a slightly sweet toffee butterscotch aspect. I checked the bottle date, packed 07 April 03, so maybe this is intentional.

Mouthfeel: Average, the malt aspects appear to dominate though, and the beer is a little sickly at times, with a cloying toffee aspect at the end that lingers.

Drinkability: Above average, but slightly cloying after a while. This is also an aspect of other Pils that I have tried, even in the Czech Republic though. A little too much butterscotch for me.

Overall: Average, certainly not a bad beer. But for me, it is too malty which overshadows the Hops. It lacks a bit in the clean-crisp department that usually comes from the Saaz hop-bite.

It’s worth a try, but also worth noting that for the same price, and on the self-same shelf at Trader Joes-Long Beach, I can pick up the real thing; a 6-pack of StaroBrno. I guess the stiff Import competition in the US will just be too much in the end; but in DownUnderland, I can see this being a winner when set against other bland Antipodean “Pilsners”, Mate!

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Bobhoya
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jarmby1711
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold and crystal clear the bead was active feeding a persistant cloud like white head.
The most disappointing aspect of this brew was its innocous aroma .I failoed to get anything other than a bland "beer" smell.
The taste however defied the smell It integrated hops and malts wonderfullythat extended a rounded bitterness as along after taste.
In the mouth the bitterness overpowered and fruitiness they may have been there ,but perhaps there shouldnt be much there to detect.It became one dimensional .
I think this isa pleasant enough beer but really best in the warmer months

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of laituegonflable
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange-gold with effervescent bubbling, continues with a thick, steady bead up to a snowy head of medium-sized bubbles that sinks with the sound of steaks barbecuing, but still retaining pretty well. Doesn't leave a whole lotta lacing, which is a shame because otherwise it looks damned nice and refreshing.

Has a slightly subdued nose, although all the characters are there. Light caramel, slight grassy hop, almost a eucalyptus aroma, that's about it. Thinking it may still be a bit cold, but waiting and warming doesn't produce much more character. I think it's just a bit weak. Otherwise good elements.

Taste is far more robust and dispels that "Mummy, it's too cold" myth. Strong, flavourful hops throughout the palate - herbal mostly with a kind of sage (the herb, not meaning 'wizened') acidity to it. In fact, I think it's definitely just the Saaz hops - it tastes a lot like Saaz pellets smell. There is a slightly gummy base to the palate which gives evidence of malt but flavour-wise there is only a slight hint on the front, not very complex. Mouthfeel though IS full and complex with a good carbonated sensation, and because of the bitterness of the hop, goes down very crisply and easily.

A flavoursome drop, absolutely. In this case it sadly doesn't translate to complexity. I enjoy it though, maybe a bit too strong to be a cleanser or sessioner. Too big for its boots, I think.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a Pilsner, this sure tastes like an ale. Floral nose, malty character with a little clean hop zing at the end. It's not a bad looking beer at all on tap, and leaves a bit of lacing. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for a pilsner, in my opinion, and hinders quaffability (is that a word?) a bit.

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Photo of WHROO
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a decent head that quickly receded although maintained nice lacing...
Golden colour with minimal carbonation, even looked a bit flat
Aroma: quite weak, little noble floral hops, some grapefruit.
Taste: Not as malty as other pils. Very citrusy with grapefruit hops...also floral. Very fresh, I can taste something in the lines of pear or plum but just can't get my tastebuds around it. Definate kick of lingering bitterness as expected.
Mouthfeel: Not as flat as looked...actually the bitterness combined with the carbontion left a spicy & spritey mouthfeel...quite alive a while after the swallow.
Drinkability: I do enjoy less bittered beers than this & have found this to be one of the more bitter pils I have tasted (not that I have tasted heaps). Good for you if you like bitters. Glad I tried it, & sat on a 6 pack no probs at all...very clean with some character.

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Photo of madvoice
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber colour. Head about 1cm that dissipates quickly (though it could have something to do with the NT heat). Has a pleasant earthy aroma. Is rather malty with slight initial sharpness however, the aftertaste is rather sweet and smooth. Is not overly fizzy which makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of Fusion7777
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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James Squire Original Pilsener from Malt Shovel Brewery
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