James Squire Original Pilsener

Total Score: 7.2/10 Malt1 Grapefruit1 CutGrass1 Stein1


Time for a Pilsner face-off! Two decent Australian (and one Kiwi!) Pilsner’s battle head to head for my admiration, who will win? The most awesomest of coursest! Second brew to test its due: James Squire Original Pilsener.

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: Amber body with cascading bubbles leading to a 2cm almond white head, which slowly dissipated to 1cm. I’m liking the colour however it’s not as clear or Pale as the classic Czech Pilsners. 6/10.

S: Toasted biscuit malts provide a base for floral hops and some cut grass. From the aroma you could almost mistake it for an American Pale Ale style… almost. 5/10.

T: What?! This is a Pale Ale surely; toasted malts with a big grapefruit/citrus hop finish (not to mention the mouthfeel of an Ale). The Malt Shovel boys could have called it an Ale and I doubt anyone would have been the wiser. The hops leave a bitterness that feels characteristically out of proportion for Saaz hops (which aren’t nearly as bitter as most other hops). 8/10.

M: Creamy and light on fizz, a medium-heavy body. 7/10.

D: I like it! Don’t know if it really is what it says it is on the bottle (a classic Czech styled Pilsner) but I still like it. If you’re looking for a Pilsner in the classic sense I would look elsewhere, but if (like me) you love a good Ale well I think James Squires Pilsener will be a pleasant surprise for you (I can certainly go for a few more of these!) [PRESENT-TENSE-ME WARNING: This and the other 2 Pilsner reviews were from 3 years ago, and Mr. Squire has rebranded his brews, not sure if this included recipe tweaking and I haven’t had this Pilsner for ages – caveat emptor!]. 8/10.

Food match: Thai, or Chinese, it’s got that “It-would-go-great-with-Asian-food” feel to it.


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