donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - APR 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery bar. Pours copper red, off white head. Aroma is quite hopped, fruity and has a soft spice. Full bodied flavour, a good hop bitterness came through with this tap version (bottles can be lacking in hops). Soft spice, biscuty. Quite nice.
gam (3210) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml Good look frothy head strong good size carbonation tops in a red coloured pour aroma toffee honey malt biscuit some fruit flavour toffee biscuit citrus some stone fruit bitter taste good hoppiness apricot note finish fruity mild bitter fizz lingers not bad at all
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Mac’s Brewbar, Auckland. Pours dark amber with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt, nuts and fruit. The flavour is caramel malt, nuts and fruit. Good bitterness. Sweet malty finish. A standout from the other average house beers.
DuffMan (6641) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an inviting burnt orange with a moderate foamy white head. Very fragrant hop nose, loads of citrus oil and greenstick character. Hops are in the drivers seat across the palate, aromatic and fruity, balanced by a light cushion of sweet toffee malts. Slightly nutty, not too sweet and not too bitter. Flavourful but quite light. Very nice!
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark amber with an off-white head.
Quite a hoppy, orange citrus nose.
Flavours are very malty, but with a strong hop bitterness all the way through.
Strong toffee presence. Quite fruity as well (raspberry and apple). Finishes dry with relatively strong hops.
Clean, flavoursome, and very easy drinking. My favourite Mac’s so far.
Choos (595) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: fresh hop caramel and crystal malt. Appearance: red with a smallish just off white head. Flavour: hint of chocolate with a nice balanced hop overtone and plenty or malt.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap 01.05.09. Amber ruby, off white head. Aroma is malty & hoppy. Flavor is the same with caramel. A decent and smooth bitter blend, on the light side.
kiwibt (55) - , NEW ZEALAND - OCT 31, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of citrus with a crystal malt background. Red/Coppery in colour with meduim head retention and carbonation.
Flavour is sweet nz saaz hops with a astringent malt background.
Not a bad beer but hop profile is to sickly sweet and malt astringency doesnt work for me.
HugoPotomus (8) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 26, 2008 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mcs used to be the best in the country. Now they have optimised the beers (for profit) and closed the original brewery, though they still claim to be "Nelson Based". This beer is still pretty good compared to whats available in most bottle shops, compared to Montieths the Macs brand has lost less flavour and tastes less macro. Not very bitter but well balanced the Saaz and toasty malt work well together to create something that lets you know its beer.
RichardGretton (4237) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Macs Brewbar, Wellington, New Zealand. Reddish brown beer with a malty and lightly roasted aroma. The flavour is well hopped and toffee. Overall a reasonable hopped and bitter beer.