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.
motelpogo (5530) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
lightly doughy in an altbier kind of way. plenty of organic sourness. some sherbet and dirt
Betty (235) - 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.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good!!! True to style (Vienna style lager), sweetish maltyness, with some nice resiny hops to back it up, tasty beer, from a very good organic brewer.
Sully (1378) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More amber than copper, a shame because that rich hue in a beer is a delight to see. The head is small and thinning but improves if you pour more into a tasting size glass. The initial nose is a promise of things to come hopefully, with toffee, cookie and caramel notes. Good hoppy flavour that is backed by a good balance of malt. It laces well in the glass and while having a dry finish it still leaves a pleasant mouthfeel and smoky aftertaste.
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.
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).
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
Iíve 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!
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong aroma of hops. Malt contribution to the flavour is 'roasted out'. The taste leans pretty quickly to a resiny, hoppy bitterness. That said, it is a seemingly smooth bitterness which is not unpleasant.
Linc (736) - 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.