Brewed by Galbraith Brewing Company
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Our version of the classic London ESB style was put together by myself and Bob Hudson when he came to New Zealand for the first time in 1998. We were on holiday in Northland and had just completed an exhaustive internal assessment of the style (in the sun) when the recipe struck us. Brewed with Maris Otter and two other darker malts from Simpsons it has generous additions of classic UK hops throughout the boil. The resulting ale is deep copper-red with full bitter/sweet flavours. There are powerful aromatic hops on the nose and palate. A pint for supping not quaffing.

Gold Medal and Trophy - NZ International Beer Awards 1999

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
xanti (1) - USA - DEC 12, 2007 does not count
love it! great taste and after taste , plenty of hops - well done papa smurf (the brewer) . kiwi hops ? not likely !!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 Extremely moorish ESB styled beer, used to be my favourite of the Galbraiths range but either my palate has changed or the recipe has changed over the years.... In any case it’s still a great beer, the citrus twist to it is especially good Re-rated 24/10/08 seems like this has come full circle, back to the glory days! Rich fruitcake nose, amber colour with gorgeous belgian lace, amazing fruity full bodied mouthful with a lingering bitter finish, so fruity that it makes me think of raisons soaked in some sort of liquor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 Tasted 23/02/2005 with Grandmaster. Pint glass handpumped from the cask at Galbraiths. A sweet tasting bitter this one. Deep coppper red in colour with a large off-white, almost tan, creamy head. The sweet malty nose is followed by a full bodied mouth warming rum like flavour (almost brown ale-ish). The palate is pleasantly woody and smokey. Each pint is a single course in a five course meal. Yum yum, Wellington really misses out on not having a Galbraiths. Re-rated 23/03/2005 - dropped some marks for consistency as it was a touch soapy and lighter in body this time. Note: I think some of the ratings in here for this (for yellowy, lighter bodied, hoppy beer) are meant to be for the Bob Hudson Bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 2, 2010
On tap at brewhouse. Top-class real ale. Earthly aromas, with apple and caramel. Sweet long-lasting flavour, with bitter finish. Oily palate, and medium body. Red colour, with a thin, fizzy head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 24, 2013
The head is ok, the body darkbrown. It smells malty, chestnut, fruity, darkmalty. The taste is malty, aromatic, hoppy, bit creamy, fruity, aromatic. Tasty! 13/13/12/13/-/13

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Cask pours clear deep amber with a small but lasting white head. Coconut and non-coco nut aroma, good enough to make you...um...nut. Went there. Boom! Medium body with soft carbonation. Fooooking. Gooooood. Beeeeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 2, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Pint pulled at the brew pub, a light brown with a white bubbled head. A good rich malty aroma, slightly toasted with a touch of tobacco. Deep earthy qualities to the smooth malty palate and some burnt toffee notes. Damn fine if I do say so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer4eternity (216) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2010
Draught at Galbraith’s Alehouse, Auckland. Mahogany hue, mine had no head or lacing or carbonation. Very nice aromas especially ripe fruit/fruit cake, toffee, citrus. Balanced sweet and bitter taste, medium to full body, oily texture, flat. Cant wait to go back for another. Galbraith’s is the best reason I can think of to go to Auckland!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bif (2044) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2013
On tapbrewpub. Served a brownish amber color with a decent head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel with bit of fruit and nut in the background. Taste of malt, some carmel sweetness and a bit of nuts. Nice bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Fairly full body, smooth and quite creamy, nicely balanced. Best of the bitters that they serve. Good stuff that hit the spot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2007
Tasted 11/06. Sweet malty caramel aroma, Lovely red/brown/copper colour poured with alovely full head. Complex from the outset. Delicious malt / hop combinations, a fruit/nut smorgasboard. Bitter sweet, great finish, If this was all I drunk for the rest of my life I’d be quite content

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