When the Wayward range was rejigged and repackaged towards the end of 2018, the Pilsner was one of two new recipes to be debuted. And after a couple of sips you get a sense they’d put a lot of effort into getting this recipe right. After all, there’s a common line in the brewing world that beers of this ilk are the toughest to make, their lighter body and character limiting the ways a brewer can hide a potential flaw, so you really ought to get it right. This one’s hard to fault.
Being an Australian version made with Vic Secret hops it’s a fruiter beer than its classic European counterparts but pays fine homage in the way a slightly spicy hop element combines with a subtly-done doughy malt character and a beautifully crisp and clean bitterness. It’s easy to imagine Wayward’s Pilsner becoming a go-to at any summer session where simple tastes call for something refined.