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Beer – #705 – Good George – Pilsner

Good George, they make some nice beer, and this one has been selling quick-smart, so I thought I’d jump on that wagon, plus it’s a Pilsner which is a nice change, and it reminds me that summer should be arriving shortly.

A little bit of old world, little bit of new world.

From the FYO station I have the one litre bottle and it has beer that is  5.0% ABV, making it  3.9 Standard drinks,  40 IBU things,  150 calories a serve side

Brewed by  Good George Brewing  in the style that is Pilsener and they are in Hamilton, New Zealand

A little bit of old world, little bit of new world. a ‘geographically confused’ Pilsner. Notes of sweet grain, flowers & honey on aroma. Fruit, subtle zest & grassy character on taste. Finishing clean, dry and bitter

A good night in to be had

A good night in to be had

There is, however, nothing basic about this beer, with the perfect mix of new world (Motueka and Pacific Jade) and old world hops (Saaz and Southern Cross). This Pilsner is layered and complex with sweet grain, citrus blossom and honey on the nose while tropical fruit, subtle zest and a clean grassy herbaceousness unfold on the palate.

True to Good George philosophy there are no additives or preservatives, just 100% Good Georgeness in this beer.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Flip that lid and the aroma is interesting and unusual, not in a bad way, but something I can’t put a finger on. Might have been honey.

Pour is pale yellow orange with a smallish but fluffy head that looks quite inviting.

Good George PilsnerThere is a lot going on in the taste of this, some familiar things and some unusual but not out of place, it has familiar bitterness and unusual sweetness and flavours that just scape me at first effort.

Even the second mouthful sup doesn’t bring clarity, although ti still beings a smile. This really isn’t very much like other Pilsners that I’ve had or drink recently.

I like it.

Not dancing around the lounge dancing like it, but I’m really enjoying it.

The grassy thing, that’s there, underpinning this beer, but it’s  not raspy or adding dryness, it just is.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. Something rather unusual and enjoyable, but I do have reservations about what t really is trying to be. Sure it’s a fancy lager but it’s robbed peter to pay paul and given up some go the things that you drink a Pils for, notably that grassiness thing. Having said that I can see why people like it.

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? I’m unsure, I like some of the flavours but miss others.
  • Would I have another? I don’t know, I’m a traditionalist.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights?  I don’t think this meets the bar to be a take as share.

Music for this : “Jeff Lynne‘s ELO ”  ” Alone in the Universe” on Spotify  Jeffrey “Jeff” Lynne is an English songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer who gained fame in the 1970s as the leader and sole constant member of Electric Light Orchestra. IT’s been a while between albums.


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.


One comment on “Beer – #705 – Good George – Pilsner

  1. Pingback: Beer – #720 – Panhead – Port Road Pilsner | A life just as ordinary

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