Tasman Reserve Lager is a full bodied and well balanced premium lager that holds the higher alcohol content really well. The addition of 5 hop gifts delivers plentiful aromas and taste sensation of citrus and passionfruit. It finishes beautifully with a great hoppy balance. A bold and beautiful beer.

6.5% ABV

Brewmaster’s Comments

The addition of 5 hop gifts at varying intervals during the boiling process has to be timed precisely in order to produce a consistently good brew time after time.

Fermentation usually takes about 7 days and is strictly controlled with daily quality checks.

Tasman Reserve Lager is matured for a minimum of two weeks to allow the yeast and protein to settle out of suspension. It is then filtered through a diatomaceous earth filter to remove any remaining particles before carbon dioxide is added and the beer is ready for packaging.

Tasting Notes

Whilst it may not necessarily fit into a specific beer style category in a number of International Beer Awards, Tasman Reserve Lager, our second biggest selling beer, is known as a Strong Premium Lager. It is fairly complex to brew and does take a little longer to ferment due to the higher alcohol content.


Tasman Reserve Lager is available in 330ml six packs, 500ml glass singles 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