jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. I’m updating my records. A very nice malty beer. A good session beer with the added bonus of being very tasty.
FlyingWombat (21) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favourited beer from Holgate Brewhouse and, I think, the best lager from an Australian microbrewery. Have enjoyed this beer many times before, definitely performs best on tap, but this review is from a 330ml bottle.
Poured from bottle into straight pot glass. Beautiful clear amber colour, with glorius bubbles and a medium beige head, which reduces fairly quickly to a thin layer, very little lacing.
Malty aroma of biscuit, some caramel and a classic lager touch. The taste is rich and sweet, full of toasty biscuit and plenty of fruity notes to explore. In the mouth it has medium body and medium-to-high carbonation. Clearly favouring the malty English style. Definitely a sessionable beer, I can drink it by the pintful.
Lunkie (1362) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malt hop aroma with chocolate. Clear amber brown red colour with great head and lacing. SMooth rich malt flavour with chocolate and banana. Smooth palate.
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Burnt copper in colour and very clear with a soft off white head. Strong malt aromas that are nutty and biscuity with a caramel backdrop. Nutty flavours fill the mouth and the beer is light and airy in the mouth and the flavour lingers. Quite nice and one of the better ones from the Holgate stable.
BarossaLuke (536) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber/mahogany colour, with almost no head. Lovely malt driven aroma full of caramel with a little roast. Clean, but full bodied mouth feel. This is quite full bodied for a lager, which is right up my alley. Would happily drink again.
Jade (399) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark clear amber colour. Biege head, not too big. Very malty aroma. Actually quite pleasant to the taste, roasted malt - perhaps some toffee. Creamy in the mouth, leaves that ’roasted’ sensation at the back of the mouth. Tell you what, I quite enjoyed his one.
hawthorne00 (2214) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, now labelled "Big Reg". Pours red amber, smallish light beige head. There’s visible carbonation in the glass, but I can’t really feel it - which is a shame. Smells of caramel and biscuity bread. Tastes just sweet initally and then there is some wood and a little roastiness. Finish is very sweet and faintly metallic. Not my sort of thing.
davidm (1921) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nice, but a bit too sweet. Aroma is caramely. The flavour is sweet, with no bitterness to be found. Light-medium body, watery palate. Red colour, with long-lasting white head.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Holgate Brewhouse, Woodend. Pours reddish brown with a lingering beige head. Biscuit/toast, caramel and fruits. Soft carbonation and low bitterness. Easy to drink but one glass is more than enough. Perhaps a little too rich to make this one a quaffer. Not bad for what it is though.
Davros (1787) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great orange/amber colour, but almost no head whatsoever.
Lots of toasty malt on the nose, almost roasted. Cocoa and cereal also present.
Very thin flavour, with more incredibly short-lived sweet toasty malts, followed much later by a dull bitterness.
Really watery. Not enough carbonation.
Wasn’t very impressed, I’ve come to expect better from Holgate.