Mac’s Hop Rocker Pilsner
Whilst I was in Melbourne on holidays, a very good mate arrived home from his 6 month road-trip around Australia. And so on a balmy Friday afternoon, I headed over to his place to catch up and hear some impressive stories. Before heading over, I quickly grabbed some beers from the fridge, and it just so happened that one of them was the Hoprocker pilsner from Mac’s Brewery. Lately, we (Tre Amigos) have been loving the New Zealand beers, due to their strong affection to increase and change the amount and number of hops in just about every traditional beer style, which has led to the creation of some awesome brews.
While I am not a massive fan of the pilsner style, the beer was right there in front of me, so I thought what the hell, and opened it. The blurb describes how Mac’s have slightly altered the combination of hops, adding both Sauvin (love these) and hops, to induce a complex bitter taste, but in a good way of course.
Sadly, on this occasion, I did not have glass to pour the beer into, but from multiple google images, the beer looks crystal clear, with a lager-y gold colour as expected from a pilsner. A solid whiff of the beer brings both hay and fruity flavours, which are no doubt due to the altered hop varieties.
I found the Hop Rocker to be a tad winey on the palate, while the malt flavours were voluptuous and almost chewy. There is a definite fruitness about the beer, with hints of freshly cut grass, orange, melon and possible lemon? The hops definitely make the beer, but it is slightly let down by the lack of complexity and crispness found within the malt. I also found the beer to be a tad watery.
All in all, this beer is easy to drink, has some fantastic hop flavours, and is a perfect accompaniment for a warm summer’s afternoon. Sadly, I would not be persuaded to try this again or any of Mac’s additional brews, due to the beers ultimate lack of overall performance.
Bought from the International Beer Shop for $3.50