highlandlad (1456) - Blue Mountains, - JUL 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another of the light, fruity pilseners that the Kiwis do so well. Itís certainly not as "big" as the name suggests - more of a crooner than a rocker. Lucid gold with a dollop of foam. Classic NZ tropical fruit aroma - bit soapy, bit green, with strong passionfruit and gooseberry. Couldnít smell the crystal malt, which Iíd take as a positive with this style. Soft mouthfeel. Lovely restrained tropical fruit flavours, with the hops working in harmony with the malts, rather than competing for attention. Perhaps a little crude and grainy but redeemed by those lovely NZ hops. Moderate bitterness for a bright, refreshing finish. This is very sessionable and perfect summer drinking. The best of the few Macs Iíve had to date but that may change with a trip to NZ in a month or two. I liked this a lot. (330ml bottle from Vintage Cellars, Clovelly. BB 1/2/08)
blipp (7776) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Fox in Auckland. Pours clear gold with a white head. Crisp malty base, clean, and faint floral bitterness. Finishes crisp clean and refreshing. Super drinkable.
beer-yum (1189) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Restrained fruity aroma in a golden pour. Nicely balanced taste with clean bitter finish. Not bad for a mass market beer - and one of the best from this brewery.
Bule (1652) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle pours a golden color with a bit of head. Some mild hops, but otherwise tastes like a pale lager style.
tombutlin (176) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 15, 2015
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2015 OK go-to beer when thereís little else on offer. This used to be better, but I think the accountants have taken control and dropped the hops. Go for the Macs Green Beret if it is alongside - thatís quite decent for a mass market brew
waiake (605) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle pours clear gold with lasting laciness aroma is quite grassy grainy taste is crisp bitter finishing mildly hoppy, a decent easy to drink local pilsner
jbeatty (1239) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft in Blenheim, 11/5/2014. Pours a pale golden color, frothy head with nice lacing. Aroma is straw, medium sweetness, pear, light grass. Aroma is light pilsener malt, light sweetness, spicy hop kick in the middle, lingering mild toast bitterness. Light body. Decent pilsener with more pronounced hop profile.
Rulymel (262) - SPAIN - AUG 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting pilsner with some fresh and herbal hops. Golden colour with a white head. Far awway from standard industrial pilsner .
joe19612 (2432) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Macís Auckland. Pours a gold colour with a thick white head, fruity and hoppy aroma, the taste is hoppy and bitter with a long dry finish.
Dorwart (2491) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Thin bright white head of fine bubbles. Skunks ass in the aroma. Seems like it is loaded with saaz hops. I can already feel the headache coming on. Some light lemon and rice in the aroma too. Color is a clear gold with almost no carbonation. Light cereal grains, lemongrass and straw in the flavor. Significant lingering bitter with very little body. Not a beer i would recommend. Not my cup of tea!
KeefOz (1401) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tasted 8/2/2014. BB 23/08/14. Poured a clear golden colour with a one-finger white bubbly head that diminished quickly to a collar that laced very poorly. Carbonation low with medium sized bubbles. Aroma of clean fresh sweet malt with passionfruit and maybe other tropical fruits. Taste is clean with slightly fruity sweetness and very slight bitterness. Light body. OK but does not distinguish itself from any other pilsner.