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


on tap


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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4390) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25074) - 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2008
I’ve 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 It’s 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! It’s 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! It’s 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 Flashy’s 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 t’other, and I did!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madquacker (1069) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - SEP 23, 2007
Beautiful copper deep red and floral nose. Sweet but well balanced. Best example of style that I’ve 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1419) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2007
Love the novelty of the pull top. Nice hops on the nose, citrusy tropical fruitiness to it, passionfruit like, APA-like indeed. Pours a clean amber body with offwhite head and lace. Body is a bit leaner than I hoped but palate has decent length with a decent amount of biscuity nutty malt and a complexity of zest citrus and tropical fruit hop character; i’m reminded of pineapples, passionfruit, lychees, grapefruit, lemon, unexpectidly fruity. Finishes reasonably dry and bitter. I quite like this one, some extra body would make it very nice indeed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinkas (289) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2007
Bottle, Leopold Bottlo, WA SOme interesting if not storng pommy malt aromsa, with a good dash of biscuit and faint hops. Red and tawny tinges pour with slight offwhite head. Enjoyable, malty flavours,with subtle hops presence.

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