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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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (19370) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2006
Draught at Smuggler’s, Nelson. Clear brownish amber. Light mangolike hop aroma. Medium sweet with fairly light body and clean mouthfeel. Vague notes of paper. Grassy hops and licorice dominate the finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2005
Bottled: Big hoppy nose followed by dominate hop flavours and finishing with a bigish bitter finish. IBUs must be up around 35. There is some malt for balance - not a bad hoppy bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Big Haz (2) - Wanaka, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 11, 2005 does not count
A really good beer with food. It will appeal to those who like strong hoppy flavours underlaid by a very rich malt.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
Reddish copper colour, thin white head. Spicy/woody hop aroma, some caramel. Flavour is quite hoppy. Woody goldings come through on the palate with a long moderately bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2005
From tap at brewery pub. Brown-red colour with a small head. Hoppy aroma with hints of blackcurrent. The taste didn’t quite live up to the aroma though. Quite malty, I got (burnt) caramal flavours. But was also very carbonated, but maybe that is more the pub’s fault (but it is at the brewery). Not bad, but there is better in NZ of its kind.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Tasted 23/01/2005. Rerated 09/03/2005. A "Pint" at the bar in the brewery. Pours a red amber with an off-white almost creamy head. Temperature of beer at the brewery is too cold to release the full aroma, but the nose hints of berry fruit, wine and some floral notes. Flavour is caramel, aniseed and has a soft hoppy bitter bite. Palate is left very clean. A good kiwi red quaffer but another Wellington Brewery beer chilled well down below maximum enjoyment. Re-tasted 06/01/2007. New branding. Lovely drop. Hop sack indeed! Tropical fruit, a little strawberry and subdued earthiness on the nose. Then fresh grated chocolate and pale malts come through. Fairly highly attenuated for a "Best" but a nice caramel and toasty malt presence, plus lovely strawberry, papaya and lemon hop aromatics make it a winner. I’m almost digging Saaz B. Bottle beats tap, for me. Possibly the most balanced of all these new world ales coming through in this part of the world. I guess that’s why it’s winning best Amber Ale every year at BrewNZ.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2004
Hoppy nose, I reckon hops were added late as an after thought. as very plain beer. Is red in colour with small head.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2007 rer8 out of the bottle: i was a bit worried that this is now made by macs cause i have not had good experiences with their beers, and once again despite all the hot air on the label they have managed to brew mediocre thin-bodied ale. good aroma of passionfruit, lots of flowery hops, some english yeast, and biscuit. clear auburn. palate however is sweet, cloying and watery at the same time, a feat usually only achieved by pasteurised english bottled bitter. tastes oxidised. finish is empty with only a thin grassy hop tang. original (brewpub) rating (3.6): has to be the first ever brewpub where the "red" is the best beer they make. actually no the gruit was better. but this came close. heaps of NZ hops in aroma - floral, grapefruit and passionfruit - very nutty, full, smooth malt with traces of toast and biscuits, then a big fruity-bitter finish. lots of flavour, original, and easy to swill = good marks from me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (6692) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 13, 2004
very flavoursome amber ale. nougat and peanut shell aroma. full in the mouth, some nougat sweetness and pineapple. this place is well worth a visit, i just wish i could have spent more than 15 minutes there


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