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.