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Brewed by Macs Brewery
Style: Bitter
Wellington, New Zealand
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A Hoppy Best Bitter with a combination of flavours including nutty, biscuity characters from the 5 malts, fruity esters and the contrasting flavour of the NZ Saaz hops. These flavours meld together resulting in this intriguing and balanced beer.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2011 Tap @ Mac’s Northern Steamship. Clear, light amber pour with a short white head leaving heavy lace. Malty nose.Medium body and carbonation. Refreshing, nutty, toasty bitter with pine and citrus hops. A touch of fruit balances it nicely - my new favorite Macs!

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (1859) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2011
Pours dark amber/red with a large but short-lasting head. Nose shows generous amounts of toasty, nutty malt with some caramel in there too. In the way of hops there’s a faint fruity character. Loving the malt though. Some of the nutty malt transfers through as a flavours but overall the malt profile seems overly metallic. Finishes with a weak bitterness and that metallic character. Carbonation is much too high.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crispi (105) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2011
great red look to the beer. low carbonation upon opening. Pours very clearly, and tastes much like a UK bitter. Small amounts of maltiness. Mild to the taste. Smooth palate (low carbonation). Would be a good session beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8176) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 17, 2010
330mL. Awesome bottle and pull off cap. Pour is clear, deeper orange to amber with an excellent, yellow to tan head with great rocky retention and great lace. Aroma is all rye malt, earthy rye. Taste is rye malt, rich malty, earthy, dirty, raw grains, fennel. Pretty solid.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (3027) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2010
330ml bottle. My low expectation was certainly well surpassed. Copper colour with red flecks when held to the light. Strong beige head caps off a good solid body. Strong caramel malt aroma bursts from the glass and nutty biscuit flavours blend well together to give a smooth feel on the palate.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle - Clear red. Light tan head. Medium carbonation. Sweet , caramel malts, fruity, woody, quite hoppy. Moderately bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2010
Dull dark amber. Light fruity aroma with some crystal malt chewiness. Predominantly chewy character, with fresh malts. Ok, probably a bit too chewy and doesn’t showcase this NZ Saaz at all.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Bottle @ Beerfest Asia. Dark amber with nice light fluffy head. Balanced aroma has enough crisp hop character. The flavors are far maltier, sweet and cookie-like. Soft palate. Decent if you like this malt character.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jade (406) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2010
Deep brownish red colour with a biege head that dissipates quickly. Very little carbonation. Oaky, coffee aroma. Roasted nut or coffee taste. Leaves a bitter after taste on the back of the throat. Quite pleasant.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 21, 2010
Draft. A red beer with an off-white head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel as well as lighter notes of butterscotch. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and bread, leading to a dry and very bitter finish.


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