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Beer – #1,065 – Whistling Sisters – Red Pils

Whistling Sisters, Red Pils, It’s the BeerJerk beer club beer of the week. The 253rd different brewer for this project. I say project because that’s the popular word for most anything undertaken at the moment.

crisp and fresh

This is a 330ml bottle of a beer that is is 4.7% ABV and is 28IBU things, and 1.3 standard drink in New Zealand

Whistling Sisters Red Pils is brewed  in 🇳🇿 Wellington, New Zealand as an  Amber Lager – Intl / Vienna

Boxing Day Boomer

A combination of a Czech and NZ style, we’re taking a different road by combining new old world hops, Hallertau Blanc, and old new world hops Wakatu and Taiheke.

Unexpectedly crisp and fresh, this Red Pils makes for tasty drinking.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Rich mostly malty aroma on opening, that unusual long neck short bottle. The pour is glorious deep browned with a decent, but smallish, head.

Aroma in the glass has more a sour or hoppy note about it.

It’s not overly blessed with fullness, or any highlight of malt or barley, and seems to be a ‘safe’ bit of brewing. I don’t think it’s particularly crisp either, which for me is usually a brief peak bitter ping, the bite. Crisp seems to indicate ‘clean’ or defined as a flavour, aside from a lingering towards earthy note there’s not a lot that I can put down into words about how I feel about this.

Just because I have an expectation and desire for something does not mean that this is a bad or unpalatable beer. I’m not sure that in this instance I should have expected anything other than what I might describe a just an everyman beer from a brewer that seems to want to push from a new-bar brewing to a wider distribution. When the beer is out in the wld and not within your won controllable experience of the bar I think you are going to get more comparison and critique.

So I don’t not like it, I just don’t think it is elevated or different enough to make it memorable, or rememberable.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. I can’t make this other then an everyman beer, it’s just another pils, pretty much, a red one, which varies that usual pils profile but which in this instance isn’t really a success for me and my taste, and I’m pretty sad about that.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? It’s beer of the week from the BeerJerk Beer Club
  • Am I enjoying it? Not as much as I wanted to.
  • Would I have another? They have other beers.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Not on it’s own no, but would be useful to stand up in a horizontal taste test amongst it’s peers.

Music for this:  Slowdive by Slowdive  on the Vinyl, but you can, and should, listen on the Spotify


Your typical macrobrewed Dark Lager, often rendered dark with either brewer’s caramel or black patent malt, but each brewery will have a different approach. Aside from caramelly notes, these beers will not typically resemble other dark lager styles so much as they do the lighter styles, due to low amounts of hops, malt and body. Vienna as a beer style was theorized by Michael Jackson, but his oft-cited example was Negra Modelo, which is a macro dark lager like all the others. Some beers have taken on the idea of a Vienna lager as a distinct style, loosely based on the 1840 Anton Dreher beer, and these can be expected to be all-malt, with a fuller body and more character than the average macro dark



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