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

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RATINGS: 79   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jade (412) - 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 (29663) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer4eternity (207) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 26, 2010
330ml bottle. Very attractive deep coppery red hue, nice off white creamy head which unfortunately shows poor retention, moderate lacing. A nice mix of malty aromas (caramel biscuit mostly, some nuttiness) with very appealing strong resinous hops some fruitiness and a bit woody. Mildly sweet, moderately bitter. I think this would improve if it had more substance in the palate. Had this beer ages ago and thought it rocked, today its reasonably good and at $2 NZ for an individual bottle its great value. Pretty good for a micro turned macro.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2010
Thi sis areally good bitter style beer with that NZ Nelson Sauvin twist. Lovely malt aroma which is well balanced with the hops. I’ve had NS hopped beers before and it can be quite a big up-front aromatic hop vairety bu in this beer it is all well balanced leaning toward the malt side as it should. Very nice beer, could drink this all night.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 17, 2010
330ml bottle poured into half pint glass. Bread malt nose, with caramel and chocolate notes. Malty sweet, with some subtle caramel flavour. Finishes a little malty sweet and one dimensional.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours with a large off white head over a burnt orange body. Aroma of maltly nuttiness balanced with reinous hops. Finishes with a touch of bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2511) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark red with light beige head. Caramel and Saaz hop aroma. Light malts and citrus. Bitterness is there, but rather more floral than usual for this style. Refreshing.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - NOV 5, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2009 Mmmm....Looks a treat but just had an unendearing quality. Very malt sweet with little bitterness to counter balance.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
davidm (1937) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Bottle. Too sweet for a bitter. Aroma is malty and not strong. Flavour is sweet with almost no bitterness. Looks nice, red in colour with lasting head. Body is light to medium, with a watery feel.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2009
A very smartly copnstructured beer. shows a great mix and balance of light touch malts, pilsner-like hops and a settled bitter edge reminisce of any decent bitter from the UK. Perfectly drinkable. In fact, were it not for a modest burst from the toffee mlats early I might have been convinced I was sipping a pilsner. Gassy, fizzy finish.


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