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Beer – #931 – Galbraith’s – Czech Style Pilsner

More exactly this is the Galbraith’s Special Edition Czech Style Pilsner. Something different for a Wednesday night when I’m making Vegetable Jalfrezi is a type of Indian Chinese cuisine that involves frying marinated pieces of meat, fish or vegetables in oil and spices to produce a dry, thick sauce. I have to say (1) it smells divine and (2) it’s mostly from a packet, (3) the vegetables are fresh. Still cooking/making 🙂

This 500ml bottle is 159 calories in each serve size, and beer of 5.3% ABV, with 40 IBU things too,

Brewed by Galbraith Brewing Company this one of course in the style that is a  Pilsener and they’re based in Auckland, New Zealand

….Special ….

This special edition pilsner is the big brother of our most popular beer served at our alehouse.

Bigger and bolder, it’s a classic European lager made here in NZ from original Czech ingredients for you to enjoy fresh. Those would be czech saaz hops and german malts.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

It’s an unassuming aroma on opening, I was expecting a bit more green hop pepper perhaps.

Pour is nice orange yellow with a lovely fluff of head that seems to want to sit. The aroma in the glass becomes a dank dull hop thing.

It’s refreshing and bright, but even at this early point I can sense that there isn’t a hop bit or roughness that’s going to become apparent.

This doesn’t pick up and it have talked a big game on the label, and not delivered in the glass.

It’s not awful, there is some nice soft fruitiness in the body, but it lacks character, fullness, softness and is a bit bland for me.

I’m sure this is step up from their most popular Pilsener, but for me that would be a hard ask, this really does not display or present any of the hop character that I really was looking forward to.

That’s what happens when you drink on a Wednesday.

I end then with a pretty vanilla everyman the of lager of no distinction and no real highlights. In its favour is that this doesn’t taste of chemicals or plastics or whatever and was easy if unenjoyable drinking.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 6 of its things from the thing. It scrapes over the average to above average because Wanted it to be better and although it’s pretty average it isn’t offensive.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The local New World supermarket, they have great beers.
  • Am I enjoying it? Not really.
  • Would I have another? Not really.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Not really, this doesn’t have much of anything to talk about except perhaps how disappointing it is.

Music for this:  ”Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam” with ” I Had A Dream That You Were Mine” On Spotify 

Hamilton Leithauser is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the former lead vocalist of the American indie rock band The Walkmen


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 – #931 – Galbraith’s – Czech Style Pilsner

  1. John Sexton
    May 18, 2017

    Probably tastes marginally better than your recommended Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam sounds. In the old days I would swear Spotify had the record on 33 instead of 45 !!


    • Philip Walter
      May 19, 2017

      That’s a bit harsh, the third track was ok, it was a bit slow though overall, it was a =n honourable draw. Don’t buy the beer though, and listen free on spotify.


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