Posts Tagged ‘Pilsner/Lager’

Tasted Wednesday 18 November 2009. 330ml bottle, 5.9% Alc/Vol


The fine folk at Red Hill Brewery are not shy in packing flavour and character into their beers.
This is an unfiltered beer that is quite golden in colour. Big spicy, piney hop aromas with subtle banana, malt and yeasty characters greet the nose.
Fat Czech style maltiness (without being overly heavy) and a rich, slightly viscous texture (probably the 5.9% alc) roll lazily around the mouth. The hops extract themselves providing a dry, cleansing, long and fresh, bitter finish. Not really a “session” beer, rather it is something you can have two or three of, but requires your full attention.


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Some quirky New Zealand beers are now available at Purvis Cellars….check these out!

The Mussel Inn - Captain CookerThe Mussel Inn - Dark HorseThe Mussel Inn - Golden Goose

The Mussel Inn Dark Horse Porter. Very dark and roasty – not too dry. A solid and dependable performer – pulls away strong at the finish.

The Mussel Inn Golden Goose Lager. A hoppy golden lager. No shell, no feathers, just pure gold.

The Mussel Inn Captain Cooker Manuka Honey Beer. A red brown beer flavoured with the freshly picked tips of the Manuka tree. A very distinctive beer with proven medicinal qualities. The only one out of 240 New Zealand beers to rate 10 out of 10 in Keith Stewarts book ‘The complete guide to New Zealand Beer’. Also featured in ‘Best – a New Zealand compendium’. Compiled by Ella Griffiths, published by Awa Press. Also available on tap at Hopgood’s in Trafalgar St. Nelson, The Abbey at Appleby and Jester House in Tasman.

Purchase them at Purvis Cellars here

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Tasted Wednesday 30 September 2009. 4.5% Alc/Vol 500ml bottle

New Zealand

Lighthouse Brewery - Cheeky Little - LagerWith a label like that you have to wonder if there is anything to like inside the bottle.

Fortunately there is.

While it is uncomplicated this beer is surprisingly pleasing. However you would need to like lagers. Pale straw in colour with a very white head.

Light malt on the nose with some grassy, wet hay notes and lemon. The palate is very light, cleansing and crisp with light malt again and a pleasing lingering hoppy bitterness on the finish.

I can imagine a few “cheeky lagers” while throwing an arm over in the backyard this summer.

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Tasted Tuesday 2 September 2009. 330ml bottle, 4.7% Alc/Vol


Stone & Wood - Pale LagerUnfortunately there is not much to say about this beer. Yes it is intended purely to be an easy drinking, light bodied, hot climate beer. However it borders on the flavourless side. In fact it nearly falls of the fence into blandness. This is the style of beer the large commercial brewers specialise in. While I might have been a bit hard on the Mountain Goat Steam Ale it looks all class next to this.

Pale yellow in colour with little head to speak of. It has straw grass and sweaty vegetal aromas. The palate is light with sweet vegetal malt character, subtle bitterness and reasonable crisp carbonation. Bland and boring, but it is what it is I suppose. Brewed in Byron Bay.

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Tasted Tuesday 4 August 2009. 330ml bottle, 4.9% Alc/Vol


BrewDog - 77 - LagerAh hah! A lager with bite! Golden in colour and sparkling clear. Light toffee on the nose with floral and nutty hints. The palate is crisp, light, quite malty, mildly sweet toffee, grassy, bread dough, citrus, and a gobful of hop bitterness that gets it over the line.

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Tasted Friday 1 May 2009. 500ml bottle, 5.0% Alc/Vol.

New Zealand.

An above average lager. A damn good drink. Not hugely complex but pleasing and satisfying as a upmarket session beer. Light gold colour with mild orange blossom and grassy hop aromatics. Smooth, soft and malty in the mouth, hints of citrus, crisp carbonation and nice strong hop bitterness. Straight up and down style but very well made.

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Tasted Tuesday 28 april 2009. 500ml bottle, 5.0% Alc/Vol.

New Zealand.

Dark brown colour, a dense off white head, and pleasant roasted nutty malt aroma. The palate weight is light to medium bodied and quite smooth with good balanced carbonation giving it a fresh finish. Plenty of dark roasted malt, scorched almond, and good bitterness. A lovely beer if you want something flavoursome but not heavy. After I had consumed about half the bottle I came to the conclusion that I could sit on this beer all night, especially on a wintery Melbourne one.

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