Brewed by Macís Brewery (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: Bitter
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kiwibt (55) - , NEW ZEALAND - OCT 31, 2008
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HugoPotomus (8) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 26, 2008 does not count
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4447) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Plimmer (252) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle 33cl. Clear amber colored body with a dense white head. Fruit and malt in the nose. Caramel and roasted malt in flavour. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Clear, amber golden with a creamy, off-white head leaving some lacing. Fresh, citrusy nose. A little thin in the body with flavours of caramel and nuts, but never sweet. Dry finish with a light touch of hops. Very well made actually. 290108

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2008
Iíve had this one in New Zealand on my honeymoon. Visited the brewery too.
Red colored brew. Hoppy aroma, malty, bitter flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Itís gone downhill.....used to be a full bodied malty and hoppy brew but has suffered a takeover by a macro. Mouthfeel and flavour has certainly taken a dive but it still smells good....ah well better than lion red i guess! Itís got really dry in the finish which is very disappointing. Just wandered past the brewery and had a look through the window...lo and behold as i suspected an enormous vat of liquid sugar! Itís generally the way, Macro takes over Micro and the first thing they do to maximise profits is to cheapen the ingredients!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2007
Sampled on Flashyís tour of LA, New Zealand and Hong Kong of September/October 2007 - This was one of the best beers I tried in NZ. Very, very distinctive. Like a very good and hoppy and malty UK bitter, if a tad sweeter. I could knock these back one after tíother, and I did!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madquacker (1075) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - SEP 23, 2007
Beautiful copper deep red and floral nose. Sweet but well balanced. Best example of style that Iíve had. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexen84 (31) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2007
Poured a deep red with a nice dirty and frothy head. Nice hop aroma. Good length on the malt and finishes with an solid hop character. I liked it a lot.

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