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Brewed by McLaren Vale Beer Company - Willunga Brewery
Style: Pale Lager
McLaren Vale, SA, Australia

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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 2.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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THIS IS OUR INTERPRETATION OF WHAT A NEW WORLD CRAFT LAGER SHOULD BE, APPROACHABLE, SESSIONABLE, BALANCED AND FLAVOURSOME. THIS BEER IS FILTERED FOR SMOOTH AND REFRESHING CRISPNESS WITH MEDUM CARBONATION. THE 100% MALTED GRAIN PROFILE IS A COMBINATION OF PILSNER, CARAPILS AND LIGHT MUNICH, WHILST THE HOP BILL INCLUDES THE NOBLE GERMAN HOP TETTNANG, AUSTRALIAN HELGA AND NZ PACIFICA. THE SWEET MALT CHARACTERS ARE BALANCED BY THE EARHTY SPICE AND FRESH CITRUS KICK AND FLORAL NOTES DERIVED FROM THE HOPS.

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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7954) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2013
Draught at The Winston, Hobart. Sampled on August 8, 2013.
Clear golden color, white head. Sweet, hoppy, floral taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Floral aftertaste. Sweet, floral, hoppy scent. Nice and fresh.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
maneliquor (3210) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2013 Tap at the local joint. Smells like a ginger beer? Weird. Taste a little like something half way between a ginger beer, cider and lager. Weird stuff. Not great but not really too bad in any way. Just not what I was expecting. Probably dirty lines....

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ALLOVATE (2459) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2013
Hasn’t quite gripped me as it sits in the glass. Headless, soda-like and with an appearance I’d expect from a Strongbow™ cider than a lager beer. Nose is dominated by grapefruit and lemon and lime zest with a touch of passionfruit to round it off - minerally and not quite clean. Light and a little too watery with no malt for back-bone. The fruit of the nose plays unconvincingly on the palate. A touch of rubber and plastic in the finish. Awkward in mouthfeel with light carbonation and a flat finish. Expected a lot more than this. Pretty one-dimensional stuff! (33cL, BB 24/05/14, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sevenlee (1382) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2014
Pours a clear golden colour with a white head. Aroma is malt, floral and citrus. Taste is medium sweet leading to a dry finish. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Muggus69 (1266) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2013
330ml bb 24/05/2014 Clean pale gold body, holds a good inch of white foam. Good intensity aroma; citrus, melon, passionfruit, guava, light toasty cereal maltiness. Medium carbonation and body, crisp and clean overall. Pale cereal malts lay a backbone for tropical fruit, citrus, spice hops. Light bitterness to finish. Nice lager... Good hop character, clean overall

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madquacker (1049) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - NOV 16, 2013
Mild ale. Yellow see through colour with little carbonation. Sweet and watery. Nice enough.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
floydian1 (1034) - FNQ, Australia, - SEP 29, 2013
330ml bottle from BWS. Bright golden with minimal white head. Sweet malt grains dominate the nose with a subtle citrus hop presence. Taste is sickly sweet with barely there hops to provide balancing flavours (hint of citrus). Like a typical Aussie lager but superior mouthfeel than the macro breweries. Not worth the extra bucks though.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maris (1011) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2013
From a 330ml bottle on 13/6/2013. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a medium bright white head. Not too much in the way of aroma - just a bit of grain and a hint of fruit. The flavour surprised me - it’s actually rather pleasant. There’s quite a bit of bready malt, a touch of citrus, and a moderate dash of hops, which makes it quite refreshing. Has a light body and lively carbonation. I’ve come to expect to be disappointed by McLaren Vale beers, but it’s pleasing to see them come up with an above average pale lager. Like the label as well.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KeefOz (955) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2013
BB 23/5/14. Poured a clear golden colour with a two-finger white foamy head that retained well for a while but then diminished and laced poorly. High carbonation with many large bubbles forming trails. Aroma subtly of sweet malt. taste of very sweet malt with no real bitterness. Light body. Smooth and light with a very sweet finish. Average for a craft lager.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ShaneJ (566) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Bright clear gold/yellow, no head to speak of, bready, citrusy, slightly rubbery, nothing special, quite thin/watery. Such a disappointment after their IPA, which is one of my favourite session beers.


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