This refreshing premium lager is medium hopped with a maximum fresh flavour. It has a golden hue and a moderate fruity hop aroma. Balanced malt sweetness and a softer hop aftertaste provide this award winning beer with a smoother finish.
In a strictly technical sense, our Pilsner is actually a New Zealand Premium Lager, as it doesn’t have the higher hop bitterness on the aftertaste typical of the Pilsner style. Enjoy at 2-4°C.
A Silver medal winner at this year’s NZ Brewers Guild Awards ceremony.

5.0% ABV

Brewmaster’s Comments

During the brewing process we have two additions of hops to the kettle, one at the start of the boil for bitterness, and one at the end of the boil for aroma. We use two malts, a lager malt and a specialty Munich malt from Germany, which provide colour, lifts the body and adds flavour.

Fermentation takes place at 13ºC over 5-6 days and is very strictly controlled with daily checks on temperature, gravity, taste and pH levels to ensure the finest results

Our Pilsner is matured for a minimum of two weeks to settle and clear, and is filtered through a diatomacheous earth filter to ensure the finished product is perfectly clear.

Tasting Notes

In a strictly technical sense, our Pilsner is actually a New Zealand Premium Lager, as it doesn’t have the higher hop bitterness on the aftertaste typical of the Pilsner style. Enjoy at 2-4ºC.


Pilsner is available in 330ml six packs and 1.25L PET riggers, online, in supermarkets and liquor outlets; and in kegs for cafes and bars.

Our Range

Nectaron® Pale Ale

Juicy and fruity

17 years in the making, NZ Hops newly launched Nectaron® hop is sure to be a hit with brewers around the world. Nectaron® has intensely tropical, citrus and stonefruit characteristics – perfect for our Strong Pale Ale..

6% ABV


punchy and tropical

Our brewers have created this juicy hop bomb that delivers citrus, passionfruit and stone-fruit flavours. Sprig & Fern’s Hazy IPA is distinctively soft with a smooth body and just the right amount of bitterness.

5.5% ABV


Fresh & Golden

Our classic kiwi style golden lager is extremely easy drinking. It has a delicate fruity aroma and a good balance of malt sweetness and bitterness.

4.0% ABV


Crisp & Refreshing

As smooth as a Nelson sunset…

This golden, refreshing premium lager conjures up a fruity hop aroma, supported by a good malt balance. We’ve left the high hop bitterness of a typical Pilsner behind, to create an easy drinking (and award-winning) style.

5.0% ABV

Dry Hopped Pilsner Tasting Notes

Dry Hopped Pilsner

Hoppy & Distinct

Having a combination of Comet and Mandarina Bavaria hops gives this classic style a bold citrus and passion fruit taste sensation with a true Pilsner crisp finish.

4.9% ABV

Tasman Reserve

Bold & Bountiful

A lager like no other...blending our FIVE carefully selected hops for a bigger, bolder and more balanced premium lager with a generous fruity aroma, a citrus & passion-fruit flavour and a smooth, stunning hoppy finish.

6.5% ABV

British Best

Great & Proud

Brewed as an English Best Bitter style, the combination of five malts gives Sprig & Fern’s British Best the ideal balance of malt sweetness. The addition of Crystal and Caramalt provides well-rounded toffee and biscuit characteristics.

5.0% ABV

NZ Pale Ale

Tropic & Tranquil

Brewing traditionally to style, our NZ Pale Ale is brewed with NZ hops and a wonderful fruity aroma and flavour with a tropical and citrus notes.

5.0% ABV


Fresh & Earthy

This English Classic is brewed with Fuggle hops - giving soft, woody, earthy flavours and a distinctive floral aroma. The hops might be Fuggly…but the beer is beautiful! Well-balanced, with a medium hop bitterness that perfectly complements the malt base.

5.0% ABV


Spicy & Floral

We’ve made American Pale Ale great again! Really big wonderful hops…Chinook hops…US Cascade Hops, so many hops…So much flavour, citrus, floral, wonderful pine characteristics. Let it warm to 4– 6°C and you’ll climb a wall for another one.

5.0% ABV

West Coast IPA tasting note

West Coast IPA

Bold & Hoppy

We’ve used an abundance of US hops to craft this hop forward West Coast IPA. Dry hopped in the fermenter, this beer displays a moderate floral, piney and citrus aroma and flavour which are typical of American hops.

5.9% ABV

Red IPA Tasting Notes


Hearty & Magnificent

Deep red in colour and packed with copious amounts of NZ hops giving bold citrus and tropical notes typical of an IPA. The biscuit, toasted and caramel malt flavours finish this beer off wonderfully.

6.0% ABV


Dark & Smooth

Once you go black, you can’t go back. This velvety dark ale brings tantalising layers of chocolate, coffee and liquorice together in a rich, full-bodied and classically elegant way. For the ultimate flavour and finish, let it warm to 6-8°C…and see why it’s worth waiting for.

5.0% ABV

Scotch Ale

Deep & Rich

When you want to go deep and rich...there’s nothing like SIX quality malts to get you there. Combining them with Fuggle hops has created a Scotch Ale with pronounced caramel, coffee and chocolate notes. A full-bodied smoothness that is second to none enjoyed at 6-8°C.

6.5% ABV

Apple Cider

Crisp & Tempting

A medium sweet cider traditionally made using Nelson grown apples. Very refreshing with easy drink-ability.

5.7% ABV

Berry Cider

Full & Fruity

Tarty, vibrant and moreish…This Berry Cider with berry fruit juices is lovingly crafted by mixing apple cider with a selection of berry fruit juices giving this award-winner a refreshing and mouthwatering taste sensation. A Sprig & Fern classic.

4.5% ABV

Grown Up Lemonade

Fresh & Zesty

A Vodka based lemonade made with real lemon juice which gives a fresh citrus bite. This one’s for grown ups only!

4.0% ABV

Chocolate Porter

Smooth & Silky

Brewed with a combination of five malts and featuring luscious chocolate aromatics and flavour, this dark and creamy chocolate beer indulgence is smooth and silky to the last drop.

5.0% ABV