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Mac's Hop Rocker Pilsener | Mac's Brewery

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Mac's Hop Rocker PilsenerMac's Hop Rocker Pilsener
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Mac's Hop Rocker PilsenerMac's Hop Rocker Pilsener

Brewed by:
Mac's Brewery
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ohitsbrad on 03-13-2007

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Photo of trocketsauced
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of M4ttNz
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold pour (4) with one finger of white foam which quickly dissipated; good lace and some cap. Baked bread and a whisper of citrus in the nose. Bready with a slightly bitter lemon hop flavor. Lite mouthfeel and minerally tongue coating. This has a metallic aftertaste superimposed on the bitter lemon hops.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Brew Dock, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of green grapes and gooseberries are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of green grapes and gooseberries along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't quite as hoppy compared to American IPLs, but is clean and easy to drink with nice aromas and flavors of hops.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

568ml pull tab bottle poured into pint glass 2/3/14 from notes

A clear golden yellow, just a few visible bubbles but a large and loose soapy head has great retention leaving large random patches of lace deep down the glass

S grass, hay, honey, sweet malt, faint citrus and a slight metallic edge, smells good but I was expecting more of a kiwi influence

T a little bread crust and leafy herbal notes, sweet malts still there, not quite the hop levels of other kiwi plis but most would still consider this one hopped up

M thin, crisp snap, grit, soft carbonation, might have more flavor on the finish then anywhere else, lingers long and strong

O another solid pil form NZ, I downed 3/4s of my big bottle by this point, the rest wont be around long

not quite the hops of other kiwi lagers I've had but it follows a little closer to its European cousins, I could drink a few of these under a hot sun but would like more tropical kiwi hops so it could really stand out.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jmtpi
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of SmashPants
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: okay 330mL brown bottle with a shit-house ring-pull that didn't work. Boring label too.

Appearance: pours a clear, deep golden colour. Perfect 1.5cm thick head with good retention. Enticing indeed!

Aroma: definitely some fresh hops on the nose. Fairly light, but all together quite pleasant, some citrus and spices.

Taste: not as refined as the aroma, but still tasty. Light tartness at the front with grassy hops. Mouthfeel is a bit lacking: a bit watery for the flavour

Aftertaste: slight carry-on of flavours, but not nearly strong enough. Expected some residual bitterness.

Mouth feel: light bodied beer with some crisp and well-sorted carbonation.

Overall: quite a nice pilsener - quite heavily and well hopped, to make more of a light APA rather than a pilsener.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bylerteck
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Good carbonation, bright. Light golden colour, one finger of white head left spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Citrus, grass, noble hop, light honey.

T - Light malt, lot's of grass, noble hop, thick honey and more noble hop.

M - Light body, good carbonation, nice bitterness.

O/D - A really nice pilsner. Goes down smooth with a good hop dosage. Light and easy drinking. Went down so quick and easy.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright straw colour, perfectly clear, almost champagne like effervescence, short white head.

S - Sweet green apples and cracker like pilsner malt

T - Quite fruity for a pilsner with flavours of apple and lemon, combined with dry salty malt and a slight hoppiness.

M - Light spritzy body, high carbonation.

O - A better than average pils, and very cheap so great value.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MenInVen
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of mondestrunken
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of crusian
2.59/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Usually don't get a Pilsner, but the name sold me, and I love nz hops. On tap at northern steamship.
Pours a light golden with about a finger of head that fades quickly and leaves some decent lacing.
Nose is a huge letdown. I get a tiny bit of citrus hop, but man, I was expecting a lot more... I actually smell Pilsner malt too, with a name like hop rocker... I was expecting a hop bomb, especially with all the other nicely hopped gems down here. Boo...
Taste, yeah, same thing, Pilsner front, slight hop. With all these other positive reviews, maybe this is old? What a letdown. There is a slight citrus hop presence, but... yeah, I am sad.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizz-less gold with a loose white head that surprisingly persistent with trailers. Nose is some sour grain silo, flinty hops and a musty grape skin tang. Steely floury biscuit malts with gooseberry and grass hops. Fruity finish and cottony linger. Crisp, light, slight cling.

Not a great pilsner, but interesting for the Nelson Sauvin hops (though they are light - and where are the NZ Cascade?) With pull-top bottles, meant to be more a fun beer. This would do fine at parties.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear Golden colour with one fingered White head that retains well.

S - The aromas are very well balanced with nice grassy grainy hops and a little sweetness.

T - The flavour is nutty grains and nice saaz type hops, a little sweetness and even some aniseed. Everything is well in check and sync.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - A very good sessionable brew.

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3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sitting in a hotel room in New Plymouth and craving a decent brew. I walked down to the closest supermarket and walked out with a six pack of Hop Rocker. Not too shabby, and probably on of the better beers I've tried down here in NZ. (Didn't care much for Tui...)
I poured it into a wine glass in my hotel room. Nice golden pils color and adequate bone white head. Looks fairly textbook, which isn't a bad thing.
The aroma is where Hop Rocker shines. Big and sharp citrus, spicy aromas, a touch of tropical fruit, and malt sweetness lingering in the backgroud. Reading on the bottle, NZ Nelson Sauvin and NZ Cascade are the hops used.
The taste is quite good as well. Clean, a little more bitter than an average pilsner, but balanced and flavorful. The beer is well carbonated and fills the mouth.
Overall, a good solid brew and probably near the top of the pile of beers I've sampled down here in New Zealand. If given the option, I'd buy this again.

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