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Brewed by Macs Brewery
Style: Pale Lager
Wellington, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.25   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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A light-coloured lager conditioned over 30 days. It has a good head, balanced sweet/bitter palate and a clean aftertaste. Brewed for the connoisseur, Mac's Gold is brewed using only choice Motueka hops and quality barley. The bottom fermentation process of brewing by using a gravity system produces a naturally-brewed, all malt lager that contains no added chemicals, preservatives or colouring.


2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2006
Not sure if this meant to be marketed as a mid-strength (perhaps not at 4%) but goes quite ok for a mainstream beer in this style. Pale lager yellow in colour and thin head, low density head. No discernable character on the nose. Soft malt driven palate that clearly (or at least to my palate) has a low ABV feel about it. Malts taste just a fraction stale and daggy (the intensity of the malt reminds me of the fading fruit power of a mature red wine. Medium weight finish. Better than most macro mid-strengths getting around.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ALLOVATE (2382) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2006
Oh, bugger it. Geez, the bottles impressive. Good ítalk-you-in-to-ití promo on the back. I thought I found a dead-set winner. Then I peeled the top and it did a Malt Shovel on me.
Pours a clear, thinly looking yellow gold. Head was flaccid to start off with but barely broke the 2 minute height barrier before fizzying away to nothing. Err, maybe a few legs in there as it went. Aroma of watered down cordial - as a tot I couldnít have this before bedtime otherwise I may wet the bed. Problem is, I dare a few too many of these and I may burst a valve in the bar. Thin, watery again and overly subtle in the mouth thought it was íThorpeís-brandí exercise water with just a little citrus. Not too much!!!
Zingy and bubbly, taste of íPassionaí perceptible, dull malt, umm, perhaps and a little sourness in back. Finish is hospital clean, very crisp and like you werenít drinking beer at all. Faultless if I was judging soda - but I ainít, arenít, is not?
Points added for just being braindeadedly clean, free of thought and emotion.Cheers (33cL, 14/03/07, Intíl Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

1.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
Jimthechap (1610) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2006
Why oh why oh why did this ever get put on tap by Lion breweries? This beer used to be absolute summery perfection in bottles enjoyed on the beach. Now this product is served in slightly upmarket NZ bars but should never have been allowed to be kegged. It used to be a complex and aromatic golden lager but now has been misled by the big brewing mentality that also ruined Montieths. Shame on Lion breweries and damn them to hell.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2006
One of the more complex beers Iíve had. Entry to the mouth is pleasant, but the after taste is alightly grungy and almost dirty. Tried two bottles. Second one was slightly better. Yep, Iíd drink it if it were offered, but wouldnít go out of my way.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2006
Pretty boring, but fairly drinkable as long as itís not the focus of your attention.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
sinkhole (263) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2006
Light golden appearance with a slightly fruity overtone, this beer was an uninspiring selection and I quickly moved on to others.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Choos (595) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2006
Aroma: lagery and citrus notes. Appearance: pale gold with a large soap bubbly head and large bubbles rising to the surface. Flavour: some maltiness with quite a few hoppy notes. Palate: thin and hoppy aftertaste with quite a bit of carbonation. Actually could be refreshing.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2006
Looks, smells, tastes, and finishes like nothing - itís as if you havenít drunk anything at all. Although there is nothing particularly unpleasant to take away from this beer, it is one of the most boring beers Iíve tried in a very long time.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 A Mes rate: Spicy hoppy aroma. Very light blonde looks with a crap head. Yeasty flavour with some fairly apparent hoppy bitterness. Strong malt throughout with some slight citrus notes. Thin moutfeel. Cool bottle though.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2005
Bottled: Pours a clear pale straw colour with medium carbonation and a fluffy white head. Lightly fruity hop nose. Body is very thin - as is the flavour, nothing offensive simply because there is nothing much of anything. Mild bitter finish, a lawnmower beer at best. Better still upgrade to the Sassy Red instead. Thanks Beer Legend.


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