Monteith's Pilsener | Monteith's Brewing Co.

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Monteith's PilsenerMonteith's Pilsener

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Monteith's Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of SmashPants
3.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: standard 330mL brown bottle with a simple but stylish label.

Appearance: this beer pours a clear golden colour with a large foaming white head - decent retention and some lacing

Aroma: the aroma shows bread malts and a mild grass hop with some spice characters.

Taste: more of the bread malts with a touch of yeast in there. Definitely those grass hops and spices. Refreshing.

Aftertaste: the hop bitterness lingers through here, which is nice. A touch of those malts.

Mouth feel: moderate in both body and carbonation. A decent feel.

Overall: one of Monteith's better beers of late - not a bad pilsener at all. A good standard pilsener flavour of grass hops and bread malts. Decent at AU$55 a case.

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Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery in Greymouth, NZ

Excellent clarity in this light amber ale. Both flavor and aroma are a bit light for style, particularly the aroma. The flavor suggests the use of something other than, or in addition to, traditional Saaz hops. Well-crafted and balanced, as well as very fresh (of course).

Feel: Light+ body with medium-high, very crisp carbonation. Clean finish.

O: very drinkable if somewhat light flavored pilsner.

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Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus with some malt sweetness and fresh grain.

T: Taste has a bit of citrus with malt sweetness, bit of caramel and grain. Decent bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing.

O: Not what would consider a Bohemian Style but still quite enjoyable. Good for a few.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little bit of an odd duck here. Served cold and with a creamy, off white head that soon settled to a light cover and lots of fine lace. Color is a clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is malt, grain, hop. Flavor's like nose, grain flavor pronounced, light carbonic tang, mild sweetness and hop bitter. Body is ok, ditto carbonation but even so, it still seems somehow a little flat. Finish is like both flavor and body, which doesn't work to the beer's advantage. gigged it on that a notch. Kind of weird; i like it, but then again... meh.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A finger of dense white head. Pale, clear amber body. Only the occasional fleeting hint of lace.

S - Faint aromas of yeast, lemon and grass.

T - Lemon and floral hop flavours, some cracker-like malt backing.

M - Clean yet thin and watery, moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

O - Drinkable but quite bland and boring.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer gushed 1/4 of the beer out opening.

A - Hazy pale amber with a 2 finger white head

S - Very bready yeast, faint hints of asparagus, musty grass.

T - Mineral like hop character, some mild floral citrus behind a honey kissed malt. The hops are faint and stay uniform the he drink almost dying off toward the finish. A mild citrus tartness on the finish saves this one.

M - On the heavy side of light but with creamy feel.

Bummer on the gusher but it turned out ok. You can sense the age on this beer. Very nice feel and above average overall.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet.

Pours a weak yellow colour with not much of a head.

Smells like lager, a bit of hops, some freshness.

Tastes again like your average macrolager, refreshing and some faint hops.

Overall a decent pilsener, not something I would have again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pilsner poured out in typical fashion, the body was a clear yellow color with a fizzy white head. The lacing was very minimal. The smell of the beer didn't have too much of a grassy smell which was on the good side for me. The taste was a little hoppier than I thought it'd be. The mouthfeel was average. Overall this pilsner was a bit more tolerable than most others out there.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.52/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber with a large, white head.
Nose shows cardboard, cooked vegetables and sweet bready malt.
Similar flavours but less vegetal character, with more sweet clean malt instead. Very easy-going bitterness, faint grassy hops.
Too much carbonation.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.95/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have seen this beer a few times and not picked it up. This time I did. I choose a Hennepin glass for the receptacle.

The beer is clear and light golden in color with a small frothy white head.

The small and taste are greatly reminiscent of the Pinkus Ur Pils. A very pleasant citrus smelling nose with notes of light malts is what this lager offers.

Taste is pleasantly tart, bitter and sweet with a bit of lingering grain.

Mouthfeel is more full than many pilsners and lands squarely in the medium range. Finish is slightly dry and carbonation is ample.

I mark this as one very fine pils and will enjoy many more.


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Photo of eric5bellies
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear stra colour with a slightly off white head that dies slowly.

S - Yest and herbs

T - A little honey present and some herbs, finishes with a certain yeatyness.

M - Light body and fullish carbonation.

D - Not a great pils or even a true one but ok for a session

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Photo of Rayek
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Hazy gold with light carbonation. A small white head slowly recedes to a film of foam. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Mild lemon and cut grass aromas do most of the work. Some dry grain is behind.

T: A pepper bitterness provides most of the flavor. Malts are subdued and has a bit of honey to them. Finishes with a lingering pepper bitterness that gets a touch metallic.

M: The medium body is slightly doughy and a bit over carbonated.

D: This is an OK, but not great Pils. It lacks the lightness and refreshing aspects this style requires.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.18/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a golden hue with orange highlights. Big stark white head with huge bubbles, about two fingers worth, that slowly drops to about a finger. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Aromas of sweet malt with a balancing noble hop aroma. Caramel and a hint of flintiness.

First sip is of grainy malt, on the sweet side, with a clean hop bitterness. Short finish of bitterness that fades nicely.

Mouthfeel is light, not watery. Nice level of carbonation.

Very drinkable, refreshing, sessionable.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served as part of a tasting... it's a good looking pilsner. Orange color, big head, not bad at all.

The nose is definitely earthy, a little citrus hops in there and an earthy malt presence.

The flavor is very bready, and sweet, with no boldness of hops at all. Pretty weak really, but crisp and easy to drink.

I'd expect a little more out of a truly good pilsner, so this one falls into the average range for me.

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

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear golden color with one finger of white head. The retention of the collar was not much to speak of and it soon left little more than spots of lacing. The aroma was dry and grainy with some yeast elements as well. The flavors were slightly sweet and just as grainy as the aroma with a lot of dry pilsner malt, some crystal malt and an adjunct grain flavor as well. The mouthfeel was average, the body med/light and the carbonation medium.

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Photo of keitho
2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Golden in colour, no head and average carbonation.
Smell-Faint hop and yeast smell.
Taste-The hops give a bitter edge to the beer but leave quickly making the flavour a bit short but it's a thirst quencher.
Mouthfeel-Average mouthfeel which fizzes away.
Drinkability-A drinkable but underwhelming pilsener,could sink a few on a hot summers day.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear medium golden color pils with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light floral malt notes with some light dry hops was OK. Taste is also refreshing and enjoyable with some light crisp hops with again some light floral notes and good balance between sweetness and dry aftertaste. Body was about average with good carbonation. Nothing earth shattering here but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of madvoice
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden colour with about an inch of frothy white head that lasts for most of the glass.

Smells of banana and yeast.

Tastes of malt with a hint of hops and sweetness but not overly so and a slight dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and lacking some substance. Could be better.

Not bad but not brilliant either.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of Jan 11 ( I presume 2011)

Pours an effervescent straw/gold color with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Bready & grassy

T: Follows the nose, plus some serious leafy hops & dryness up front, as well as some honey malt. Crisp hops (Grassy & leafy )intertwine with a light breadyness, p;us some herbal hop signature & a slight mineral edge to this as well once warm. Finishes with herbal hops & a nice breadyness, with just a bit of cereal sweetness

MF: Light/medium bodied, soft carbonation & good balance

Drank too easy, not a perfect pils, but pretty solid, holds its own against many I've had in Germany & here. Nice way to start a summer's evening beer journey!

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Photo of Brad007
3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent golden color with a head that is quick to fade. Probably my glass. Regardless, certainly looks like a pilsner.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with a distinct lack of crispness, which I tend to expect from the style.

Taste is chock full of sweet malt that isn't overly sweet and still has a hint of hops in the middle. Otherwise, not much to write home about.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweetness and not much else. Perhaps just a dash of bread.

Again, another average example that could be better for sure.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one has a solid golden appearance with a rather small, bubbly white head, maybe 1" high and subsides quick.

The aroma is subtle with light golden wheat, musty old almanac style-paper, buttery maltiness and light black pepper.

The taste is pretty clean, slightly watery edge with a malt that just a bit too sweet, buttery and cream-of-corn sweetness last a bit, balanced with very subtle earthy hops, dry-earth with a pretty clean, crisp feel, except for the malt which goes too far.

Not one of the crispiest Pils around but much better than anything BMC related by a long shot.

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Photo of kingcrowing
1.83/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a very light golden with very little carbonation and basically no head, odd for a pils. Nose is both malty and boozy, odd for such a low abv.

taste is sharp, sweet and quite harsh. Theres some odd aftertaste and this is not smooth at all. Skip this, bleh.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is mild, some sweetness. Taste is crisp, some malts, a bit sweet, quite refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good quality beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.97/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale yellow with light white head.

Light white bread nose of no discernable character; not bad; not great.

Thin mouthfeel with light and elegant carbonation. Thin but crisp.

Flavors are actually light yeast and hop balance; pleasant and refreshing.

Nothing special all around but better than a light beer and pleasant enough to drink.

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Photo of Offa
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pleasant, flavourful lager, yet not really hoppy enough to be a true, good German pilsner.

Dark gold, it has a medium-large, faintly off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin foam and some foamy lace.

Aroma is bread, grain, honey, with light herbs, a good, firm larger aroma with a faint Czech quality to it.

Taste is bready with grain, light herbal hop character and bite, lightly on the sweet side with light hint of bitterness in the finish. The finish fades fairly abruptly to leave a long but very faint aftertaste with hints of apple, mineral, grain. It's crisp, clean, yet still flavourful with a little going on, yet it's a bit on the blander side and fades rather quickly.

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