Total Score: 8.05/10
Next up from Balter is their latest brew from brewmaster Scott Hargrave, which I believe is a core release beer, and a Pilsner to boot. As I noted in my last Balter review (of their Alt-Brown) it had “all the elements in place to be a great beer but it’s just far too laidback and surfy for my tastes… dude”. Hopefully this is a decent German Pilsner, not some layabout surfy chillax bro-man-dude idea of a Pilsner – Pilsners as noted by the mighty Hargrave: “… are technically challenging. It comes down to great ingredients and process, because every part of making a Pilsner has to be as good as you can do it … It’s a beer that has to stand alone because it’s good – plain and simple.” I agree with you wholeheartedly Scott.
Poured from a 375ml can into a stein.
A: Crystal clear golden body and a sea foam white head that started out rather well with a nice German 2 centimetres, but before I even finished typing this it was a disappointing wafer-thin patchwork. 6/10.
S: Nice mix of bready and dry cracker notes upfront, a tiny hit of spicy hops in the background and lingering crisp apple rounds out a fairly decent Pilsner aroma – it’s got the legs of a fine dry/moreish Lager, which is rarer than it should be in the Aussie craft scene. 7/10.
T: Yep! This is definitely one of the best Aussie craft Lagers I’ve come across: Bready/dry cracker, light grainy note, hint of green apple, light spicy finish with a bit of a cut grass tinge. Balance leans slightly towards malt but is overall quite BIG [Bearing Immense Gusto] and unexpected from Balter after Alt-Brown (I wasn’t expecting a BIG tasty German Pilsner tap dancing all over my tongue but here we are!). Kinda reminds me (in all the good ways) of an amped-up Löwenbräu Original. This also has hints of dry vermouth ethanol. 9/10.
M: Mid to light (leaning towards medium) bodied with an almost flat/dense carbonation. 7/10.
D: Top-bloody-notch effort for an Aussie brewer to make a real German Pilsner that… err, actually tastes like a German Pilsner. You can tell from the first sip that Hargrave has gone as traditional and natural in his methods with this beer than most others – like he noted above with the making of Pilsners: “… every part of making a Pilsner has to be as good as you can do it”, exactly! This guy: Nailed it. 8/10.
Food match: If it’s German/Aussie, and sausage of the grilled variety it is on like DK!