yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 Tasted 12/01/2005. Standard 500ml bottle.
Pours reddsih copper with a large but light off white head. Nice lacing.
Aroma is, strangely, refried beans and tomato sauce. I had to walk away, take a few deep breaths and come back to that with a clear mind to confirm it. Got it again. The bottle never came with a warning that I should have been wearing a sombrero!?
Flavour is only slightly sweet malt on first impression, but quickly dissapears with a strong hop bitterness.
Thin bodied, much lighter mouthfeel than I would have expected from this brewery. The only average beer in a good range.
Added some points for the rich, complex, choclatey, caramel, malt nose, after sampling this at the brewery in Nelson (16/09/2005).
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2007
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch 6920 Merivale New World Tasted 9/12/06. Deep copper brown, stagnant filmy head. No noticable aroma but comes thru as it warms up. Fairly malt mealy type palate but excites a bit more with a bitter toasty finish.
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet crystal malt aroma, taste likewise, slightly burnt toffee, like the top of a brulee but with a pleasant, clean sightly citric bitterness lingering.
Choos (729) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma: slighly hoppy with some nutty and light roasty notes. Appearance: red not quite crystal clear with a smallish head. Suddy lacing. Flavour: grassy. Palate: Lasting mocha and lingering hop aftertaste. Very bubbly.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught from the brewery. Pours copper/dark orange, off white head. Aromas of spice, malt, and a bit of hop. Flavour has a slight hop bitterness, balanced with a subtle malt sweetness. Some roasted malt character too. Finishes bitter and dry. A refreshing lager on a sunny Nelson day.
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
500 ml bottle
Aroma: Yeasty, touch of hops, indistinct.
Appearance: brownish yellow, thick head dissipates to a film of moderate lacing.
Taste: Bitter and somewhat metallic
Palate: Thin and watery.
Overall: Not a keeper.
Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, quite lovely in my opinion. A real treat that us girls out there can enjoy. Really fresh taste with maltiness all over the place: you'll think you're on holidays in the sheep loving capital of the world.
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’ve been drinking nothing but Korean beer for about 6 months now so when I found this in a New Zealand organic grocery store I almost cried. Very nice rich amber color. Lively carbonation and course creamy head. Sweet malty aroma with no discernible yeast notes. The carbonation and hops keep this from being to heavy on the palate. A little sweet on the finish but overall quite good. Cheers!
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yes indeed. Props to duff. Very homebrewy taste and texture (fresh or something). Nice work you little rippers over there on hogsbreath Isle.
Demise (57) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted on site of the fonders brewery under the hot nelson sun. Pours amber-red with malt, spice and citrus fruit aromas. Crisp hop flavours give this beer a nice kick, with substantial malt characters troughout. Subtle dark chocolate flavours take the edge off the burnt coffee flavour produced by the malt. Much prefer this on tap than from the bottle.