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Beer – #742 – Kaiser Brothers – Pilsener

Something summery and something new, always a welcome combination, and back to the simple nothing added things too. Simple hoppy beer.

“…their Great Grandfathers Pilsner recipe…”

From the growler station this is beer that is of  5.0% ABV , and 27 IBU things, and they would be 3.9 Standard drinks, that’s about 150 calories a serve size

Kaiser Brothers make this is  beer in the style that is a Pilsener and it comes from Christchurch in New Zealand

Straight from Marlborough, the heart of wine country the Giesen Brothers have produced a cracking German-style Pilsner with pure ingredients from God’s Own.

An Endless Summer needs a good beer

An Endless Summer needs a good beer

Keeping up with the hipsters the brothers dug through the family archives in the hunt for their Great Grandfathers Pilsner recipe, much talked about, but now part of family folklore.

The brothers found said recipe and begun commercially producing the Kaiser Pilsner late in 2015.

This is a medium bodied, crisp and refreshing Pilsner bursting with citrus aromas of Grapefruit, Tangerine and Lemon rind. The palate reflects the aroma but includes a subtle ‘Marlborough grass’ character courtesy of Saaz hops.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

It looks a lot darker than you might have thought a Pilsner lager might look. aroma is kind of bready yeasty but with a short note of a tropical thing. It’s quite lively in the bottle with a head sprouting out unbidden.

Kaiser Brothers - PilsenerSadly, or cleverly, this didn’t eventuate in the glass, which is lovely golden colour, despite what the bottle looked like and has a thin veneer of white head. Lots of bubbles though, which is pleasing on the eye.

Didn’t get a hop bite like I was expecting, instead a middling bitter drink with a soft finish.

Fair to say that is is fair to middling a beers go, I’d say a Goldilocks story beer, you know not too much, not loo little, just right and all that.

Nothing wrong with this as as beer, but it doesn’t really offer a stand out or compelling reason, aside from a quaint story.

I wouldn’t either describe this as ‘crisp’ which I also associate with ‘dry’ in some way.

Best then to describe this as an everyman lager really, drinkable and non-intrusive, demanding no attention and does not give any prodding of jolts of a flavour that make you stop to think. Not a bad thing though, it is summer and enjoying the sun and the music is a better thing.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. An unremarkable beer that could easily pass you by, I don’t think that this would be an award winner to be honest, but I’m no judge, however, just an observer.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? At the FYO station at The Fine Wine Delivery Co, on the North Shore.
  • Am I enjoying it? It’s not so bad, but enjoying might be stretching it.
  • Would I have another? Not really I have otherwise everyman lager in the fridge that’ll fill a gap.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? It’s just a Pilsner beer, with not a lot that makes it a show and tell to be honest, I’d probably might have spent a few more coins and gone with something that had more promise.

Music for this :  ” Television ”  “Marquee Moon

Television is an American rock band, formed in New York City in 1973 and considered influential in the development of punk and alternative music This is the brilliant Marquee Moon … Which frankly was a poor match for this beer so I put in on repeat a bit


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

2 comments on “Beer – #742 – Kaiser Brothers – Pilsener

  1. Michael Colhoun
    February 26, 2016

    I thought this was very grainy, and adjuncty, if that’s a word,

    Liked by 1 person

    • Philip Walter
      February 26, 2016

      It is a grand word 🙂 It wasn’t the best beer to have on A Friday, lucky it’s early though


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