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Brewed by McLaren Vale Beer Company - Willunga Brewery
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
McLaren Vale, SA, Australia

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
American Style Dark Lager
DESIGNED USING PALE, MUNICH, CRYSTAL AND CARAFA ROASTED MALT. A FILTERED BEER WITH BRILLIANT CLARITY, DARK BROWN IN COLOUR WITH RUBY AND GARNET HIGHLIGHTS. IT HAS A STRONG MALT BACKBONE WITH HINTS OF COFFEE, CHOCOLATE AND COCOA THAT BALANCE THE USE OF FALCONER’S FLIGHT HOPS, GIVING RISE TO CITRUS, PINE AND VANILLA FLAVOURS AND AROMAS. THE COMBINATION OF DARK MALT AND HOPS WITH LAGER YEAST DELIVERING A CRISP, CLEAN DARK BEER.

Bottled version brewed at Laverton until the introduction of a bottling line to the Willunga Brewery.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebigkahuna (27) - - JAN 25, 2014
lovely lovely lager. quite enjoyed it. would buy again. love the label of vale beers, they look welcoming.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 4, 2011
On tap at the courthouse. Very well balanced. Aromas of nuts, cola, and caramel. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and good length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Brown, with a frothy head.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (912) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012 (bottle) Poured clear dark amber / red with no head. Lovely aroma that developed over time, starting with floral and perfume notes evolving to a toffee / candy with hints of fruit (passionfruit?). Light body, well carbonated. Flavour has a nice balance of richer sweeter tastes like toffee and raisins with clearer cleaner refreshing notes. There is a little pleasant bitterness in the finish. Overall it is very quaffable beer, with a nice balance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (3339) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2011
330ml bottle. Burnt copper to red in colour with a small level foam head. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of fruitiness. Refreshing and enjoyable with a crisp finish. The best of that Vale beers so far.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madquacker (1038) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2012
Mahogany with oak, coffee, chocolate and some sweetness. A mildish black beer and alot of length.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaunfield (68) - adamstown, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2013
Tastes very good. I will definately get this beer again. I enjoyed it a lot. Very decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alang51 (36) - Essendon West, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2012
Nice aroma. Roast, toffee overtones. All in all a tidy effort, not as good as another South Australian which is one of my favs - Pepperjack.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stoogemobile (16) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2014
A little bit citrusy, light to medium body, but remember, it’s a lager, not an ale! Sweet. Roast nuts. Quite nice.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vinhol (265) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2012
330 ml bottle with best before date 24.11.12 but looks great aroma a little off but tastes great nice malty taste I might try a get a fresh one

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dredd (687) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2013
I really like this, which is surprising as I have been somewhat indifferent to previous McLaren Vale beers. Nice aroma of coffee with a very strong chocolate and coffee flavour with a bit of a flabby vanilla hit mid palate. Finish is slightly drying tannins with minimal bitterness. Will be revisiting this one.


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