Brewed by Independent Breweries NZ (Boundary Road)
Style: Pale Lager
Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.07   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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A traditional German-style Premium Lager Beer brewed from only the finest natural ingredients.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
This beer is the closest thing to something brewed in the maritimes that comes from the other side of the world. It is light in color, weak and somewhat skunky in aroma. It tastes great, but only if you grew up on Moosehad. It has no complexity and doesn’t have a full enough mouth-feel.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Bottle, pre-Rita. Pours a lush golden yellow. Aroma is skunky, skunky, and skunky. Flavor is soured hops, melted plastic, and skank whore pubic hair. Not much else. Avoid this beer. Please.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Some minute floaties in a clear golden pour with little head. Burnt sweet malt aroma. Way too sweet in flavor. Definate honey character. Finish is a "honey coated ashtray", to quote the previous rater. Seriously not recommended.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Botte. Best looking pale lager I have seen to date-darkish yellow with a thin lasting head. Nose-skunk, smoke, must, and burnt plastic. Taste-corn flakes, dust, skunk, corn, honey, plastic. Leaves one of the worst aftertastes that I have ever encountered-it is like licking a honey coated ashtray. This beer is awful. Too many flaws to list. This is one of the worst beers I have evr had. Ever.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DocLock (8240) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Bottle from State Line, Elkton, MD. Pours deep gold color with a fizzy 2-finger head that rapidly dissipates. I noted pale malt, some hopcit, and some thiols in the aroma. The taste was pale malty with some honey, hops, and citrus.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Ernest (6512) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Bottle, Australian-brewed version. Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain), trace hops (herbs), with a note of plastic. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, husky, unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Foul smelling and tasting stuff, this. Undrinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DuffMan (7338) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2005
Pale golden, clear, medium head. Pretty boring. Sweet malt is really all you get for flavour (the same as all corn-adjunct, over-processed pale lagers on the market). I wouldn’t choose to drink it again if an alternative were available, but I wouldn’t turn it down if the beerfridge was empty on a Friday night. This is my standard review for all "two-star-or-less" piss. Surprising, given this is supposed to be from an "independent brewer"-- it doesn’t taste much different from the macro brewers lagers.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gulf690 (21) - AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2005
Bottle. First one of these I tried was dead (flat, smelly). The replacement was a little (but not a lot) better (same place, so the whole episode might be doubtful). Darkish, unattractive colour with no head retention. Malty nose was interesting, but not to my liking. Had plenty of body, but an odd finish that alienated me to the beer. This (second) beer was was not faulty, just not very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crazyjoeda (6) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2005 does not count
This is a nice refreshing beer. Its like Corona you need a lime to really injoy it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2522) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2005
A little confused, as mine says Independent breweries Australia (Laverton, VIC), but none-the-less. Tasted from the bottle and poured into a Pils glass. A continuous island of bubbles floated atop a brilliant gold body. Very little aroma, bar some grain and a little bready yeast. Slightly better mouth feel than the Gold, but a little unbalanced. Sweet malt upfront, a little spiciness in the sugary- soapy mid palate, and bitterly dry swallow. All flavours were on the light side, but this wasn’t too bad a beer when comparing it too some of the Macro’s of Oz & NZ.

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