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Bach Brewing Beachstone NZ Pilsner

Bach Brewing are a contract brewing operation that brew at the Steam Brewing Company in Auckland. The company is helmed by cosmopolitan beer lover and businessman Craig Cooper, who previously worked in management for one of Australia’s largest beer brands. He chose to start his own brewery, of course, for the lifestyle.

This pilsner is not a classic example of the style but an evolution of the Czech/German stalwart into the New Zealand hop yards. It is stunningly effervescent, a bold straw-gold colour, with a medium head that retains. A prodigious stream of bubbles delivers a floral – rose – hop aroma mixed with bready malt. There is mild mango and a sort of potpourri character to the aroma.

A lovely clean, medium-thin mouthfeel with a dry finish delivers an initially soapy hop flavour. It’s refreshing, fairly bitter, with dull malts happy to sit this one out in the background. Fizzy, smooth and tasty. At 4.8% ABV this is a very approachable and impressive beer, but it may put off pilsner purists.

I bought this bottled beer at Carwyn Cellars, Thornbury and drank it at home.

Panhead Port Road Pilsner

Panhead Custom Ales are a kiwi collective exporting ales and a single lager over the ditch to Australia. They’re based near Wellington and are pretty well-regarded in their home country, recently placing second in the NZ Society of Beer Awards. I would love to get my hands on their Vandal NZ IPA, but I haven’t seen it around here.

In the meantime I had to settle for their Port Road Pilsner. Right off the bat, this wasn’t a terribly enjoyable beer. It looks the goods, a nice clear pale straw colour and fine white bubs. A New World hop aroma was present, backed up by robust saaz-y spice. It smelled a little alluring, nontraditional hoppiness, but still clean. Mouthfeel was spot on for a pilsner; no complaints there. Unfortunately the flavour threw me right off. The lager was unbalanced, acrid and firmly bitter. It reminded me of a muted pale ale I brewed last year – in a bad way.

A nice lemony smoothness rode along with the bitterness, giving the drinker something else to chew on if so inclined. European Pilsners were hopped much higher in the past and I think that’s where the Port Road Pils is trying to fit in, but overall it was far too dry and caustic for me. So alas, on the whole a little unsatisfying, but I’m still keen on that Vandal NZ IPA … if I can ever get my hands on it.

I drank this beer at the Terminus, Fitzroy North.