Maris (1153) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 330ml bottle on 22/3/2011. Pours a cloudy straw colour with a reasonable head. Has a slight aroma of lemons and yeast. There is more lemon in the taste, along with oranges, and a slightly sour spiciness in the finish. A curious little wheat beer which is decent if not great.
BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Never had an Aussie Wheat beer before. Brown 330ml bottle from Booth’s Supermarket chain, best before June 2011, drank and reviewed June 2010. Poured, sediment and all into Hoegaarden Grand Cru glass.
The beer was a clear blonde until I allowed the sediment to gush out into the glass, it then turned into the cloudy murky off orange colour I was half expecting. Next to no head, just a wisp or two and a thin collar.
The smell was wheaty and orangey, the taste a dry orange flavour, and flat almost, poor condition in my eyes anyway.
Lacked sparkle and life in general to be honest, not impressed at all. It has travelled a long way to be slated, but this didn’t do the business
at all for me.
LesArgen (263) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2012
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
If you told me that this beer was a piece of performance art involving a dogdy home brewer substituting his beer for a well-regarded label to be sold in a national chain of bottle shops, I’d believe you.
I’ve got nothing against yeasty beers, but the aroma on this one is distinctly amateurish. It took me back to the undrinkable swill that me and my mate put together in his shed 20 years back. The taste is much more palatable, if a bit bland. There’s some malt, banana and hops.
I’m still yet to have a Grand Ridge beer that I really like.
hawthorne00 (2828) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 4.5%ABV. Hazy orange with a modest white head. Aroma of wheat, lemon pudding, coriander seed. Thinnish body. (Over) mild sweetness, some lemon tartness, orange peel and a spicy drying finish. Pleasant and thirst quenching. The low sweetness makes it less interesting but I could drink more of this than many Wits.
ALLOVATE (2624) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2012
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Poured a pale golden straw and bright as bright; the yeast pack glued firmly to the base of the bottle. Had to rouse it but it still showed no life atop even with the mad eruptions of Champagne-like carbonation. Sour and lactic nose with hints of underripe nectarine, lemon-rind, sherbet candi and mous hair - not good (yeast infection?!!). Watery thin, sour and lactic like the nose and reminiscent of putting lemon juice in a glass of milk, setting it aside for a few days, filtering it into a bottle and selling it. Furry, lactic and astringent backend with a finish that had me dry retch. Drain poured this one, a re-rate to follow!!! (33cL, no date stamp, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)
davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Not very interesting. Aromas of citrus and leaves. Taste is sweet and dry, with a hint of sourness, and average length. Palate is oily, with a thin-to-medium body. Yellow, with a persistent head.
Jade (422) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Straw coloured, thick white head and a wheaty aroma. Slightly bitter wheat to the taste and an almost citrus after taste. Ok.
crispi (107) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Fairly cloudy. Very drinkable with nice hints of orange peel. 4.5% not 4.9% as stated here.
Davros (2323) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloudy pale amber with a small head.
Nose shows doughy wheat, lemon, soft phenols, subtle spicy hops and coriander.
Hints of banana surface as a flavour alongside the doughy wheat. Finishes with a slightly metallic bitterness. Underwhelming.
Carbonation is perhaps a little on the high side. Body feels a little watery.
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught @ White Horse on Parsons Green, 1-3 Parsons Green, London, Greater London England SW6 4UL.
Unclear medium orange yellow colour with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, moderate yeasty, fruity, apricot, pineapple. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration, fruity - tropical fruit, light yeasty. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft.