Little Creatures Original Pilsner | Little Creatures Brewing Company

Little Creatures Original PilsnerLittle Creatures Original Pilsner
BA SCORE
3.15/5
45 Ratings
Little Creatures Original PilsnerLittle Creatures Original Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Little Creatures Brewing Company
Australia
littlecreatures.com.au

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by vancurly on 02-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,028
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
45
pDev:
14.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of pin
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

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2/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of Stew41
2.46/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shows a reasonable deep colour for the style; light amber with golden hues. Fairly shy nose with some malty larger notes, doesn’t really impress at first glance. A bit more character in the mouth; a nice cut of zesty malts and some sharp hops put the beer firmly in the ’refreshing’ character. Despite this the flavour profile is just not assertive enough and unfortunately falls into the Oz trap of just too much carbonation.

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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of DoktorZee
2.7/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - pours a bit like apple juice! Minimal head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. Light golden color with just a hint of rising carbonation

S - slight grassy nose with just a hint of hops

T - just a hint of hops sharpness/bitterness with a very slight caramel malt undertone. Underwhelms with excessive lightness and not enough distinctive flavor

M - crisp mouthfeel with too much carbonation; no follow-through

D - really a little bit too soggy to enjoy a lot of these

This is a bit of a disappointment for me - I love their Pale Ale but found this to be off the mark.

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Photo of LittleCreature
2.71/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: this is reportedly brewed to the original recipe of Little Creatures Pilsner.

Appearance - 3.0
A firm pour into my pilsner glass yields just a finger of white head over clear, pale straw coloured body

Smell - 2.0
Very little aroma to speak of, a little grain and husk, slightly metallic and vegetal.

Taste - 2.5
Dry, dusty, cracker-like malt is followed by moderate, lingering bitterness, metallic hop flavour and a crisp, dry finish. Not much to it really, tastes like a macro lager.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Light in the mouth, moderately carbonated.

Drinkability - 3.5
Good for a lawnmower beer, but not when you want something with flavour.

OVERALL - 2.7
It's different to the previous pilsner, but neither is a good example of the style. Not a horrible beer, but pretty poor for craft, especially when you consider the quality of Little Creatures Pale Ale. If they were marketing the beer as a "premium dry lager" I would say it's pretty spot-on. Not a pilsner and not for beer enthusiasts.

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2.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear pale golden colour. A good, persistent head.

Very unappealing nose. Very grainy. No hops to speak of.

There is a strange dry maltiness to this. Nothing appealing. Metallic.

Medium bodied.

A very average brew and, in my opinion, not in the same class as the other Little Creatures brews.

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2.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No BB

Pours a clear pale straw. Half a finger white head dies quickly.

Aromas are of doughy malts, grains, and sadly, corn.

Taste is also doughy malts, and I am still looking for the crisp hop finish. Dear dear. A little metal is there, and some corn. Not really what I wish to be writing about for a pilsner. Somewhat stale aftertaste.

Mouthfeel a little under carbonated for style .

Not LCs best offering.

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Photo of Breeza
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Bottle)

A: Pours a clear straw colour, light carbonation, airy/wispy head dissipates quickly leaving a thin film.

S: Mild sweet smell, can't detect anything else.

T: Really nice bitter taste with some subtle sweetness.

M: A little watery, leaves a very dry sensation in the mouth.

O: A nice beer which is a little more complex than other beers I've tasted in the pilsener style, would drink again.

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Photo of jeschaefer
2.84/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of soju6
2.96/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours slightly hazy straw color with a small head that fades quickly to bits of lacing.

A: Aroma is fairly mild with some citrus, malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste Is a bit on the light side with some malt sweetness and grain. Mild bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Actually this is not a bad beer for a generic pilsner. Better than most of the swill type lagers out there.

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Photo of drtth
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes taken during a recent trip to Sydney.

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is definitely pale straw colored and completely clear. The ½" white head receded fairly soon leaving very modest lacing. Sipping left a bit of speckled lacing here and there but soon there was none.

Smell: The aroma is light but present with some herbal spicy character and a reasonable malt presence.

Taste: The flavors include some grassy/herbal hop presence and a fair amount of gentle sweet malt flavor. Not particularly complex, however.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with weak carbonation. The finish is medium long but is mostly malt sweet with little hop flavor or bitterness coming through.

Drinkability: I thought this was a quite ordinary beer. While I was able to finish it quite easily I'd certainly not want a second and would not seek it out on a trip to OZ.

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Photo of adityashekhar
3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of brewymcgee
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear bright yellow, the head does not stick around.

Aroma: Faint grains with a trace of hops

Taste: Very clean with a mildly sweet malt flavour and a hoppy bitterness followed by a slightly metallic taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body with high carbonation

Drinkability: It is light in flavour and easy to drink but alas from the bottle it does not stand out as much as hoped. However, I do have to say that when I had this on tap at the brewery I thought it was much better with stronger hops coming through.

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Photo of ADZA
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This label definately looks different to their last pilsner,anyways it pours a light pale straw hue with decent carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing two finger head and little lacing,the aroma is feint fruity hops along with some freshly cut grass,it has an average light mouthfeel with tastes of grassy,herbal hops and pale malts coming thru,overall there is no complexity to this beer and to be honest i think i like their old offering better as this one feels more like a branch into the macro world market which definately isnt my taste.

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Photo of Finite
3.07/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Typical light golden colour with some moderate to medium carbonation. Small head which recedes quickly leaving little to no trace.

S- Slight hop spice and herbal almost tea aroma from the saaz. Again very text book pilsner just not at all strong.

T- Grassy herbal hops again and a basic light malt profile.

M- Reasonable mouthfeel, perhaps a little low on carbonation for the style but increases drinkability.

D- Not a bad pilsner by any measure but its much lower on the flavour that one would expect from little creatures.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle - weird that I'm the only non-Aussie to review this beer, and I bought this bottle in Calgary...

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with one finger of thin soapy white head, which quickly fades, leaving no lace in its wake. It smells of mild cracker grain, and floral, spicy, weedy hops. The taste is haystack grain, lemon, and more mildly spicy floral, grassy hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, and kind of rocky on the way to the land of smooth. It finishes fairly dry, but nothing resembling crisp - just green and weedy.

Definitely trying for the central European pilsener profile - but falling well short - this is just too tame, and the perceptible hops just askew.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.16/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

How did this one slip under the radar?! Little Creatures is still one of my favourite Aussie craft brewers - even if their recent Export Stout Return Of The Dread was a tad average, I still love ‘em. Now we come to their Pilsner (the spelling of which would suggest it is done in the vein of the Czech not the German style) which I have indeed tried before on a whim, though I never really thought much of it, time to put digits to keyboard to word processor and review this puppy (which isn’t really a puppy).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Stein (DAB branded).

A: Presents with a typical clear pale golden body, excellent clarity which is a hallmark of the style, and a 1 cm foamy white head which dies down to a thin lace covering. Good looking Pilsner. 8/10.

S: The aroma is much more German than Czech with overbearing bread dough notes, a crisp dry cracker background and hints of malt grains... perhaps they should have left the first “e” in Pilsner (the German spelling). Other than that it doesn’t have much going for it, certainly missing that spicy Saaz hop note that one expects from a Czech Pilsner... maybe it’s just hiding in the flavour? 6/10.

T: Coming from Little Creatures this is a surprise - there’s no hops to be noted! Overall flavours are: Bread dough, sweet grainy mid palate and a dry cracker finish with a hint of herbal bitterness to assist cutting through the sweet/dry characters. Aftertaste is a bit doughy but at the same time refreshing. 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a sharp carbonation, smack dab in Pilsner territory here, good. 8/10.

D: It’s OK as far as a Lager goes, but OK just doesn’t cut it when it comes to Little Creatures - it has to be excellent, and this is not. You can’t help but get the feeling that Little Creatures could have packed this to the gills with spicy Saaz hops and produced a Pilsner that sits alongside their Pale Ale as a big tasty and complex example of a brilliant brew, however they seem content settling for a lighter more boring Pilsner that may bring macro Lager drinkers to their fold. Stuff them - I want a big tasty Pilsner Little Creatures - I’m your target demographic, not the unwashed VB-drinking masses... *ahem* err, yes, that was the beginning of a solid rant, I’ll leave it there. 6/10.

Food match: Light BBQ fare - hamburgers, sausages (“snags” in the Aussie parlance) and the usual BBQ sides; coleslaw, potato and noodle salads.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tap at the Little Creatures Dining Hall. From notes.

A - Pours a light golden colour. Bright. Good carbonation and one finger of white head. Decent lace anda film of retention.

S - Grass, skunky noble hop was light. A little fruit and a light malt character.

T - Grassy with lot's of noble style hops. Light malt and some yeastiness.

M - Crisp finish with light bitterness. Light to medium body. Good carbonation.

O/D - Decent pils. Doesn't match better craft versions but it's good . Simple, easy to drink, but not especially special.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

An outstanding Pilsener is still Pilsener.

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Little Creatures Original Pilsner from Little Creatures Brewing Company
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