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Beer – #371 – Stoke – Coconut Vanilla Pilsner

More Properly – McCashin Family Coconut Vanilla Pilsner. And being a sucker for a lot of nice words my basket became one with this.

Brewed by McCashin Family Brewery in the style that is a Pilsener and they are in Nelson, New Zealand

A 500ml bottle, 4.6% ABV, 138 calories a serve, so about 1.81 standard drink units.

Found throughout the tropics, the coconut is an iconic fruit renowned for CVPits versatility, while Vanilla, with its roots in Central and South America, has a similarly long list of applications. When combined with the skills of our resident Czech brewer, Ondrej Vojta, they conspire to create a well-balanced, creamy-smooth beer perfect for sunny afternoons! Crisp, zesty hops and the unmistakeable aroma of roasted coconut and vanilla blend seamlessly in this golden Pilsner, best served ice cold for that tropical, refreshing taste!

Serve Ice cold. That could be a good thing or a bad thing. Ice can subdue a lot of flavours.

That is a  lot of coconut aroma, it’s like candy sweet and I get cherry, of course. It might be a sweet beer.

CVP 2Pour is really pale yellow, although it looks more orange in the glass. Funny thing.

Aroma is vanilla!! It’s like ice-cream and there is no reason I though cherries. Just being me.

So Vanilla. Like Ice Cream. And Coconut.

Oh wow. That’s a really intense mouthfeel.

It is however neither coconut nor vanilla, just some hybrid of the two.

Not that it’s not nice, it’s just not either.

So on the nose, a lot of vanilla, on the palate not so much. There is a wash of coconut on the tongue on the way thought, and this is the lingering taste. The bitterness is low and there is a slight bitter finish.

Would I crank up the bitterness? I don’t think that would work, clearly this has been thought through as a thing.

Have I drunk it all, pretty much yes.  Have I written a lot of 5 word sentences, and some 6 word ones? Yes I think I have.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a of its things from the thing. This is quirky, and perhaps in a good way. I think that as a ‘lager’ this has put a smile on my face, and I’m actually happy that I had a drink of it. I might even put one in the fridge and have it another day if I was being honest. Sometimes you want a ‘sweet’ beer that satisfies both your need for a drink and ticks off the need for a sugar hit. But this more a lap dog than an attack dog.  As a Pilsner it misses, as a refreshing lager beer with a twist it’s ok.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? In a weird way yes, it’s like pudding after dinner.
  2. Would I have another? This would go well will cherry tart and ice cream.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? If there was pudding involved.

For this I was listening to The Black Keys  new LP and this – Fever  – was on it


While the definition of “pilsner” is open to much debate in the beer community, it generally refers to pale, hoppy lagers, ranging from 28IBUs and up.

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One comment on “Beer – #371 – Stoke – Coconut Vanilla Pilsner

  1. kingmidget
    May 9, 2014

    Can’t even begin to imagine coconut vanilla beer. This is definitely one I wouldn’t want to try. Thanks for sampling for me. 😉


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