|Highest Rated||Stiegl Pils (70 / 100)
||Average score||55 / 100 (OK)|
|Lowest Rated||Stiegl Pils (38 / 100)
Pours an orange-gold colour- quite dark, really, but nice cloud and generous fluffy snowy head, retaining but sinking slowly. Looks good.
Plenty of German weizen esters floating free and radical in that big head. Musty clove spice with a hint of white pepper, capsicum and some green apple. Pretty standard weizen notes and yet feels lacking on the fruit esters. OK.
All the banana's on the flavour. Big banana hit that continues all the way through, nice shades of sweet and touch and a touch of vanilla joining later in the piece. Touch here and there of a clove and nutmeg spice, but most of the sizzle in the mouth comes from the fizz, and there's quite a pull at the back.
Overall a decent weizen, but I'd like more spice on the palate and more fruit on the nose.
38 / 100
Pours a fairly pale golden colour, well mostly golden. Not a great deal of head, fairly loosely dispersed with no carbs to feed it. Really, standard lager appearance.
A fair bit of bread yeast on the nose which I could smell from several inches away. Little bit of honey as well, has that unfortunate Beez Neez character. Not that great, really.
Yeah, that unfortunate honey continues on the front palate and throughout to the finish. A little bit of bittering hop on the back, but very smothered by the syrupy character. Can't really recommend this - standard lagery characters with an unpleasant cloying sweetness. Mouthfeel is quite smooth but that's about all that's good about it. Otherwise, very average.
70 / 100
Presented in a tapered green bottle 330ml bottle with a pretty cool looking bold red label.
Pours a very nice golden yellow colour, with a wonderfully foaming head of miniscule white, sticky bubbles. The beer clears after a while to a brilliant burnished hue, with a slick of thin white on the top. Lacing is brilliant - this is just exactly what you want to see in a German pils.
Pleasant vegetative hoppy character on the nose, crisp and clean, with a honeyed back-note to it. Light metallic kind of zing that's maybe a little reminiscent of a Euro generic, but we can probably forgive that. Slight hint of pepper, green grass and grain. Nice. The sort of nose you expect from a pils, if somewhat subdued.
Taste is clean and crisp, without being exactly exciting. There's a very pleasant hop bitterness forward on the palate, with a dry but refreshing character that stays later. No hint of grain or malt, the sweet character on the nose has gone awol, but that's ok; we're left with a crisp, light bodied beer that is exceptionally drinkable. Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp. Spot on. Clean, refreshing and drinkable.
For a beer which looks a lot like a generic Euro Pale Lager, this actually delivers. This is a very decent German-style pils, almost verging into the sharpness of the Czech style. While there's only so much you can do with the style, this is pretty much a spot-on example.