St Arnou Pilsner | Potters Hotel & Brewery (Hunter Beer Co)

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Potters Hotel & Brewery (Hunter Beer Co)

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 11-28-2003

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Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: a standard 330mL brown bottle with an okay label for a macro.

Appearance: pours a pale light amber colour with a fluffy white head that drops to a thin cap. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma: some citrus up front with grass and some quality grains behind. Pretty decent.

Taste: a decent citrus flavour with spices behind, not as much flavour as expected. Still, quite refreshing.

Aftertaste: the citrus hop bitterness hangs about for a time - really quite good.

Mouth feel: a fairly light feel with limited carbonation. I can't help but think that a bit more zing from the carbonation could add a bit more flavour. Still, decent.

Overall: quite a nice pilsner - light and refreshing, well worth the AU$56 a case I paid back in 2013. A good all-rounder.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Give me three Czechs...give me three Czech mister and you never hear from me no more (modified Lynard Skynard song)...any who....Got this beer at HUGO's next to the Manly Beach Ferry was...OK. Typical Czech Pils....Clear Golden....white head....decent lacing...graining smell...decent taste...could get drunk on question!!! IN OTHER words....not bad. Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of Kulrak
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with plenty of chunky white head that sticks around for a while. As for the smell, I could smell skunk as soon as I opened the bottle, tho it does have a little noble hop smell as well. Damn green bottles. The taste has a lot more noble hop flavor and a full maltiness. It's also very thick and creamy. Overall a very drinkable beer, even with the green bottle skunkiness.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.91/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St Arnou Pilsner (4.5%), served in a nice glass at the St Arnou Brewhouse on Little Collins St in Melbourne, AU.
Pilsner pours with abundant white hear that lasts quite a while. Beer’s a crystal golden straw color. Fine lacing remains on all but the top of the glass when you’re halfway through.
Not much smell, quite light on the hops, but still has a nice floral character.
Taste is a well balanced between malt and hops, a smooth drinking pilsner superior, in my opinion to Bohemian Pilsner. Not a whole lot of taste. Certainly not the Saaz hop bite that you get with some Pilsner beers, but a very drinkable and yummy brew
Mouthfeel is fantastic. Great carbonation and agreeable taste help make it very drinkable.
There’s not a whole lot wrong with this beer. Smooth tasting, drinkable. It’s not pushing any boundries and trying to be something it’s not, but is a nice mellow pilsner great for a sunny day.
Mouthfeel: 4.5
Drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of hefevice
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale straw, slight haze. White fizzy head that died immediately.

S - Served about 5 degrees too cold, so very hard to pick out anything immediately. After it warmed a little, very slight noble hop aroma with a slightly sour background; a little off putting.

T - Spicy hops finishing with firm bitterness. Slight hint of corriander sourness in the background. Maybe the lines aren't too clean. Assertive but reasonably smooth bitterness. Almost no malt character.

M - Light feel, reasonably low carbonation.

D - Easy to drink, but does not set the world on fire.

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Photo of BeerNutta
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on Tap at the Castle in East Melbourne.

A = Pale straw colour with a thin foam head. Normal.

S = Smelt slightly fruity with a distinct hop smell.

T = Definite hop taste with a slight fruit tinge. Also had a grassy taste which I hate.

M = Average. Nothing special.

D = Average. Won't drink again if I don't have to.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale, very clear light yellow colour, with a frothy, but loose-bubbled head of white foam. Minimal lacing, and the body looks quite light, but that's to be expected from the style.

Carbonic acidity on the nose, with a pleasant classic Euro green-bottle freshness, tending towards skunkiness, but in the nicest possible way. Hints of crushed lemon myrtle and citrus candy. Not bad. Very decent Pils nose.

Flavour is a little limp on the bitterness front for a pils, but still presents a pleasant citrus zing and a clean and refreshing palate. Minimal sweetness keeps it dry, and the weak finish is equally excusable as clean. Mouthfeel is a bit flat, a bit more sparkle could accentuate the citrus notes.

Overall, I was expecting to dislike this a whole lot more than I did. What we end up with is an extremely drinkable and pretty true to style Czech Pils. Sure, it's less complex and flavoursome than a lot of other styles, but it does what it sets out to do very well.

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Photo of diablo14
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

another one of those beers im not convinced is a pilsener. i dont rate this brewery highly, but of all their beers this is the pick. taking into account these fellows are supposed to be supreme artesians in brewing, its all a bit of a let down.

all the usual characteristics are there for a pilsener. light gold color, frothy white head, nothing too unusual. quite fruity on the nose, with an element of passionfruit and floral hops. definately saaz hops going on in the taste, citrus zest full on as well. nice malt wall, and a crisp, bubbly zing to finish it all off. all the ingredients are there for a top notch pilsener, and the balance is there as well, but is just missing something overall. i think it may be that the saaz present just dont quite round everything off well enuff. still pleasant and drinkable.

i dont rate any of their other beers, so an average score here is pretty good in my book. if anyone was to drink this beer you wouldnt be repulsed, but by the same token, for a brewery that has talked the talk, it hasnt quite walked the walk. its not tuff to look elsewhere. among any competition, it wouldnt be hard to overlook this beer.

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Photo of Biowza
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle

A- Pale gold/Light yellow with a decent head which retains for a good amount of time. Good amount of lacing down the side of the glass...looks pretty good

S- Pretty hoppy smell with some yeast and faint aromas of cut grass and maybe some fruit...pretty average, no smells really stand out with this one

T- Not a whole lot carries through to the taste, get a bit of hops there, with the yeasty taste there as well, nice bitter aftertaste. Not as pronounced flavours as I would have liked

M- Felt pretty good, its not excessively carbonated which lets it go down with a sticky/creamy quality.

D- Very easy to drink, and a decent "thirst quencher", can get a bit up there in price though which would lead me towards some other options for a session beer. Good for a drink with friends or in front of the TV.

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St Arnou Pilsner from Potters Hotel & Brewery (Hunter Beer Co)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 9 ratings