Citrus Hopper
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Formerly brewed at DB Breweries (Asia Pacific Breweries-Heineken)
Style: Fruit Beer
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in Flute, Shaker


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 1.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
If you can't quite believe the taste, flavour and sheer schmaltz of this Citrus Hopper, don't worry - nor can we. This is where wild fruit flavours are coaxed, cajoled and are free to ride alongside nature's gifts of malt, hops and natural water. This is not beer as we know it. This is Citrus Hopper and we are forever changed. Enjoy.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
highlandlad (1477) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2005
It says a lot about my mental age that I was delighted to find that the yellow plastic sheath on this ’beer’ bottle has a vertical clear section with a series of plumb-lines or marks down its length with marketing slogans to suggest reactions and thoughts as you drink your way down the bottle. On the neck, just below the beer level, it says, "First drop". Good advice. The smart thing to do is first drop this bottle, then go to the beer fridge and get something else. An inch and a half down, it says "Mmmm... fruit". It should say "Mmmm.. fruit flavourings and food acid 330" because that’s what this contains instead of fruit. Another inch and a half and it says "Tastes good". Please refer to the average rating of 1.12 for an alternative opinion. An inch and a half more and it says "So refreshing". Can’t argue with that. It tastes like lime and lemonade, which is refreshing. If, however, you were expecting something like beer, you are holding the wrong bottle. This is an alcopop. And finally, at the base of the bottle, the final marketing slogan says "All gone!" Amen to that. (330ml bottle, Amatos)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
LeopardMan (53) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 9, 2004
Looks and smells like lemon/lime juice. I do not really like either. The aftertaste is the same and it certainly hangs around for a very annoying period of time. The worst artificially flavoured DB "beer" which I've so far found.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2004
My instant reaction was "Schweppes Lime Cordial", maybe the diet version with a touch more metallicity about it. At least DB admit "This is not good beer. . . . " because it certainly isn't.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2003
Tastes like Schweppes Lime Cordial, mixed with a very weak lager. Really sweet Bacardi Breezer type stuff.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
SilkTork (5567) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2003
Drinkable. But only just. There doesn't seem to be many redeemable features in this alcopop. It's a cheap, artificial tasting citrus nonsense which uses cheap beer as the base. "This is not beer as we know it." Indeed.

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