NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve had this one in New Zealand on my honeymoon.
Copper colored. Malty aroma with a sweet flavor and a hoppy bitter finish.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’d have to disagree with Duff on this beer. I didn’t think that it was that great at all. Brownish red colour, malty aroma. A bit of malt flavour at first followed by a harsh bitter finish. It needs a maltier start to balance.
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear but deep ruby red body with a light beige head. Some rings of lacing and reasonable head retention. Aroma is not the same as the palate cos I get good hop characters in the taste as well as a pleasant note of smoke whereas the aroma is more malty with maybe just a touch of a bushfire. The body is light to medium, a little sweet and a bit of mocha to finish. Wasn’t expecting much prior to opening this beer but was pleasantly surprised as the Vienna style is not one of my favourites.
bozoNZ (719) - 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.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, a reddish copper with a large frothy head. The aroma combines both rich malt and a hoppy kick. A sweet and earthy malt flavour, toffeeish with a drying finish.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big spritzy head. Red/amber in colour. hoppy nose. Malty fruity taste.
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.
phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, sugar, hops, and roasted malt. Flavor was more of the same, and toasty. Sweet, and a little sticky. This one was the least impressive of the 5 I tried at Founders, but it wasn’t bad- just a bit too sweet without offering a whole lot else.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Founders Brewery, Nelson. Pours reddish brown with a small white head. Aroma of toasted malt and a fair hit of hops. The flavour is toasted malt, coffee and citrus. Thin bodied and low hop bitterness.
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin head - disappointing. Looks quite good in the glass; dark amber / copper.
Attractive nose with big malt and yeasty notes, a touch confectionary like. Palate is a slight let down, no malty or sweet notes evidence despite the nose. Quite sharp, zingy and definately a hop driven style. Can’t complain about the refreshing notes but this beer is a tale of two halves, and a confusing on at that.