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Herevana – North End – Pacific Blonde Kapiti Lager

I purchased a mix case of North End beers at BeerHug in NZ, something from all parts of the spectrum, Sours, Saison, Pales to Stouts. Outstanding value and quality.

North End Brewing are based at Waikanae Beach Wellington 🇳🇿  New Zealand.

North End Pacific Blonde Kapiti Lager is a beer in the style that is Helles / Dortmunder Export with an ABV of 4.6% which is 1.04 standard drink units.

331ml of beer in a 330ml can, I should have known you get a full serve.

Golden blonde lager with a little head of bright white. Nice carbonation, and friendly aroma.

That has a some sweetness about it, not a lot, but I notice it, and it’s a pleasingly simple drink with no sharpness or roughness.

I did notice, but it might have been a fancy, that there was a little soapiness about this which I’m good with but it otherwise doesn’t seem to have a lot of character other than being a bloody decent quaffer of a beer – and again I’m good with that

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a 7 on the arbitrary number scale. I don’t think it’s fancy beer, I don’t think it sets out to be fancy beer, but it is easier to drink that you think, with no side track of roughness, tartness, bitterness, but it lacks Hoppiness and a little character. Quaffed it madly though.

Music: New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Pigeonhole – an album from 1990

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.

In the south of Germany, Brewers make crisp, clean, malt accented golden lagers that they call ‘Helles’ after the German word for pale. Pacific Blonde is our take on the Helles style lager; using a blend of New Zealand and German malt, herbal New Zealand hops, and a traditional German yeast strain. Crisp and refreshing Pacific Blonde strikes a tight rope balance between ready malt and herbal hops that makes the perfect antidote to a hot summers day.

Brewers Notes

Helles / Dortmunder Export

The “Munich Helles” is a clean, malty, medium yellow to pale gold-colored malt-accentuated “German Pale Lager” with a smooth grainy malty flavor and a soft, dry finish. Subtle spicy, floral, or herbal hops and restrained bitterness help keep the balance malty but not overly sweet. Similar in malt balance and bitterness to Munich Dunkel, but less malty-sweet in nature and pale rather than dark. More body and malt presence than a German Pils, with less hop character throughout. Similar malt profile as a German Exportbier, but with less hops in the balance. The ““German Exportbier”, or “Dortmunder Export”, is a pale, well-balanced, smooth German lager that is slightly stronger than the average beer with a moderate body and a mild, aromatic hop and malt character. It has less finishing hops and more body than a Pils but is more bitter than a Helles.

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