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Tuatara Pilsner

Rating: 3.75

The byproduct of another trip to Good Spirits Company in Glasgow city centre now, a Czech style pilsner hailing all the way from New Zealand and a beer that I picked up based on the recommendation of the guy in the shop. I had only been in to pick up a couple German beers as a gift and ended up getting sidetracked, coming home with this an a couple of Brewdog’s 2014 Prototype Challenge beers. The beer comes from the Tuatara Brewing Company based on New Zealand’s North Island but it isn’t a brewery that I know anything about, or have even heard of for that matter so I’m quite excited to give this one a bash.

Tuatara Pilsner

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a light golden colour with some fine bubbles rising to the surface through a clear body. The head is a foamy white one that sits about quarter of a centimetre tall and holds relatively well for the style.
Aroma (7/10): Grassy hops and lemon with a lot of zest to it, this one smells quite fruity and fresh with some light biscuit coming through alongside a few earthy notes. The beer has a good balance on the nose and seems quite clean.
Taste (7/10): Light malts and some nice, grassy hops with a touch of lemon and citrus backing them up. The beer has a decent hop presence making itself known with some of the biscuit from the nose in there as well.
Palate (4/5): Smooth to the sip with a medium body and a clean, crisp feel with light-medium carbonation and a slightly hoppy tang plus some good bitterness throughout.

Overall (15/20): Quite a nice pilsner, one that was clean and very easy to drink with a nice bitterness throughout and plenty of citrus flavours too. There was more hops than I had been expecting from the style but it was a nice surprise that helped the beer down even easier than otherwise might have been the case. Good stuff from Tuatata and a decent pilsner that I wouldn’t mind picking up again.

Brewed In: Paraparaumu, North Island, New Zealand
Brewery: Tuatara Brewing Co.
Type: Czech Pilsner
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.60

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