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


on tap


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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   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 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.

   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. Iím 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 thatís why itís winning best Amber Ale every year at BrewNZ.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (5104) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2010
330ml bottle. My low expectation was certainly well surpassed. Copper colour with red flecks when held to the light. Strong beige head caps off a good solid body. Strong caramel malt aroma bursts from the glass and nutty biscuit flavours blend well together to give a smooth feel on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3940) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2007
Pours a clear red amber with a nice off-white, yellowis head. Slight sourness. Good full and fresh hops aromas. Nice dry finish. Nice bitter with a high hopsprophile... The name made me expect a fruit beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madquacker (1108) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beermack (725) - London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2012
33cl bottle. Pours hazy copper with thin light tan head - decent amount of lacing. Aroma is of dark fruits, floral notes, sweet malt, slight nuttiness. Taste is fruity - dark fruits - floral notes, and a citric hop zing which gives a pleasant degree of bitterness. Plenty of rich malt action in the taste too - caramel especially - very well balanced. This is a very tasty and very sessionable beer, reminds me of some of the new twists on the traditional Irish Red Ale that a handful of Irish microbreweries are coming out with at the moment - lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2012
A really good, cheap and quaffable beer. Its not pretentious but easy drinking with a good balance. Donít let the price mislead you into thinking this is a bad beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2013
The head is dark red-brown. It smells dry-plum, malty, bit bitter, aromatic, decent fruity. The taste is fruity, bit sweet, hoparomtic, maltaromatic, refreshing and delicious. 13/12/12/12/-/12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (7705) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadersnightcap (80) - SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2007
Bottled. Really cool label design and a very unique and unusual bottle. Liked it instantly. Really nice heavy maltiness about it. Really nice malty almost cheesecake flavours come through with a dry blackcurrant finish. Nice beer!

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