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Beer – #723 – Duncan’s – Pilsner

Duncan’s is a small craft beer company located on the Kāpiti Coast.

We make awesome beer!

From the FYO station a beer of 4.9% ABV, so that’s 147 calories a serve size, this being 3.87 standard drink units worth.

Brewed by Duncan’s in the Style that is of a  Pilsener and that happens in the all action town of Raumati, New Zealand

A New Zealand take on an old world classic.

Man about to find the sun has a beer he's waving

Man about to find the sun has a beer he’s waving

A crisp, dry lager, nicely hopped with floral notes of citrus and spice.

This pilsner surprised us with complexity of flavour. All the taste of New Zealand summer in one seriously tasty pilsner. Citrus aromas are strong but not overpowering, lip-smacking fresh flavour, no hint of sweetness – just an awesome pilsner. Delicious.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Looks incredibly pale, aroma is that really familiar grassy hop thing.

Pour is as it looks, no change from bottle to glass, and the lovely fluff of a stark white head makes me smile, it’s quite noisy but not overly so.

Duncan's Pilsnerwow! the aroma does not do justice to the really dry parched bitterness that this brings, that was pretty unexpected and a surprise. Not an unpleasant surprise just a bit of catching you out.

Having said that it’s not a totally welcome surprise, and there isn’t a cushion or soft landing in there to balance this up. I’m pretty sure then that given a nice counterpoint of some food that this would work rather well and be much more enjoyable as an experience, but at the moment it’s not one that I’m really enjoying.

Could do with something in there to make it a softer landing from that bitter punch really, and that’s all I have to say about that.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. It’s not bad, but it it is a bit brash and in-you-face without anything to balance or calm you down between sups. Must try harder.

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? Not as much as I ought to be.
  • Would I have another? It is a beer for a hot day, and it’s a hot day, but I’m wavering.
  • Where can I get some of that? Liquorland in Forrest Hill on their taps.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights?  I’m not sure that there aren’t more balanced and easier on the palate versions of this style.

Music for this : ” Lilies on Mars ” with an album called  ”  ∆GO ” on Spotify  They’re a cosmic pop group from London, England. “Dancing Star” is a slice of retro-futurist disco from Lilies on Mars.


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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