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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

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Added by ohitsbrad on 03-13-2007

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by foles:
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4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow/golden colour. Creamy head that reduces to a light whisp. Spicy hops on the nose. First sip - wow, sharp spicy edge with a drawn out nelson sauvin bitter sweet twang. This is the right hop to funk up a pilsner with - no citrus or flowery stuff. Just pungent spiciness. Somehow it manages to be balanaced and we have a lovely pilsner that is very unique.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I only had twelve dollars and wanted a six-pack rather than just one tried and true import. So I picked up this one and was pleasantly surprised. The bottle is really cool to look at, with rings around its neck like a Burmese woman. The ring-pull cap is unconventional, and it's not really my thing because it always feels like you're going to cut yourself. Also, as I was grabbing a six at the bottle shop, one fell on the floor and didn't break, but fizzed all over the place.

As for the beer, appearance is nice but unexceptional. Thin white head, clear yellow body, low-moderate carbonation, adequate lacing.

Smell is strikingly refreshing: piquant, bitter/grassy hops hit the nose hard. A few subtle aromas also exist - faint honey, green apple perhaps. But it's mostly about the hops. This is a quality beer that you want to drink COLD on a HOT day. Just because you're drinking a beer very cold doesn't mean it's crap - the Hop Rocker is testament to that.

Taste follows up where smell left off. Hops are not as bitter on the back of the tongue and palate as the smells hinted at, but they're still refreshing. This beer is a little cold to review right now - having fridge problems. But if today were a hot, sunny day, this would be the ideal temperature. Some unusual flavours... very vegetabley - boiled spinach and potato. Others I can't bring to mind. But not bad.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty cold, and at this temperature tastes a bit watery. Better than average, can't complain.

Drinkability: There is something to the taste of this beer making me compare it with Hollandia. Maybe it's just a similar style, only this one lacks the horrible adjuncts that creep up on you while drinking Hollandia, and tell you what you were actually drinking the following morning... The last time I drank Hollandia all night I woke up vowing never to drink it again. But that doesn't mean this one is altogether bad. It's adjunct-free, has a definite craft-brewed aroma about it, and is available at a BARGAIN price - the same price for a six-pack as it costs for two singles of Schneider or other similar quality import. But the inextricable link with a surefire hangover-inducing beer is not good. So it's below average IMHO.

Overall: Extremely good value for money. Excellent hot-summer-day beer. Not a very good cold-winter-night beer. Innovative bottle, but I dislike the ring-pull top. Basically - I won't be revisiting this beer unless I'm poor. And when I crave a quality pilsener and only have A$11.90 change in my pocket - I will look no further. (But if I were passing through Czech/Slovakia - this would be the last beer I would want!)

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Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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 CrazyDavros
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a quickly fading head leaving nice lacing.
Nose shows herbaceous, spicy and piney hops along with the expected passionfruit/peach from the Nelson Sauvin. Hints of white wine and woody notes also present along with a fair bit of sweet caramel.
Similar flavours (spicy, herbal hops, woody notes) but also some bready, grainy malt.
Light body, med-high carbonation fitting the style.

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Photo of mondestrunken
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of shawnchong
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malty aroma, dry, feel like hoppy Pilsner urquell. Easy drinking beer with pleasant scent.

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Photo of Kulrak
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish golden color with plenty of creamy head that sticks around for a while. Smells hoppy, citrusy and very much like they used a decent amount of cascade hops for aroma. The taste is hoppy and citrusy as well with enough bitterness to finish a little sour, in a good way. It's very tasty, especially if you like cascade. The mouthfeel is creamy and light, very nice on a pilsner. Overall, it's a very tasty and drinkable beer. I'll be looking for it again.

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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 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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Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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

well done macs. i was worried reading the back label that the hopping would overpower this beer. as it turns out it is nicely balanced and a joy to drink.

clear golden showing high carbonation and a big frothy white head.

aroma is seriously nice. still grassy and fresh, but a touch of malt. just the right level of hops here to justify the name.

taste is clean with a high level of bitterness. simple but well done and refreshing.

this is a winner for sure. might have to head back to the shop for another bottle.

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Photo of THEMGG
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gulped from my trusty Unibroue tulip.

A - Poured a classic golden Pilsner colour, carbonation looks great, comes to a two finger head with tight bubbles with a nice spread of bubbles rising from the bottom.

S - Faint malt scent, citrus hop smell comes through strong (cascade?) also get a faint white wine smell coming through, grapefruit, kinda like an APA crossed with a Euro Pils.

T - Sweet malts across the tongue for a second or two then a nice cutting hop flavour comes through. Bitter is well balanced, lasting just long enough. I'm getting citrus/grapefruit/passionfruit from the hops and also that white wine tang which apparently is a feature of the Nelson Sauvin hops. As with the smell, I think its
kinda like an APA crossed with a Euro Pils and is a nice change from a normal style Pilsner. Can it still be called a Pilsner without a late addition of noble hops? Anyway its a refreshing taste.

M - Light, smooth body that goes down quite easy.

D - One to add to my session beer list, I don't see myself struggling to drink the rest of this six pack tonight...

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Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Macca
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours crystal clear gold colour with a finger of white head.

Wonderful hoppy aromas - pine resin, citrus. Not quite what I was expecting but great.

The hoppiness is still there on the palate but not as pronounced as I was expecting from the aromas. Some malts assert themselves as well.

Quite a high level of carbonation.

Not sure how I feel about a pils being this hoppy but I don't mind this one.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ohitsbrad
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13 March 2007, Best Before Jun 07

Clear sparkling golden colour. Creamy white dense head that leaves lacing. Good looking label design on the bottle. Faintly fruity aroma. Contains Nelson Sauvin hops but they don't seem so up front as say those in the Knappstein Reserve Lager. Most dominant flavour is of citrusy fruit (cascade hops). Clean malt background. Looking for some pilsener bitterness at the finish but can't find much. Bit more hop and toasty malt flavour as it warms slightly. Smooth and light bodied mouthfeel. A well balanced, refreshing session lager.

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Photo of TubaManJack
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yes, finally I through I found a taste of home while abroad. It was about $13 for a six-pack, in creative packaging and witty labeling.

A- A short pit of rapidly clearing white foam gave way into a pale yellow body with some lively and consistent level of carbonation.

S-Hops and carbonation. It seems enticing and the aroma is quite powerful

T- Just as the smell foreshadowed. The body is light and crisp like a pilsner and then the hops hits you. The blow is not overpowering and has multiple notes that expand between sips.

M and D: : When its chilled, the carbonation gets in the way of enjoying it, and its like wanting to stop being tickled. The flavors are in proportion but it has stronger levels of intensity that keep it from a strong session beer.

Summary - Try this beer
: Decent good value for money and a great take on the plain labeled pilsners. Ideal beer while grilling. There is something to be said for the novelty of the packaging and the "pull tap" bottle top.

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Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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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