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Brewed by Monteiths Brewing Co.
Style: Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils
Greymouth, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 2.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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The mellow malt in this Imperial Pilsner is married with a clean sharp bitterness from a blend of four hop varieties. Crisp and refreshing with a touch of delicate noble hops to linger on the palette.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StevieT (523) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2014
Mild aroma of hops and malt, very smooth with malty taste. Very clear golden colour, I liked it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3159) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2014
Perfect block head strong carbonation pale gold pour aromas fruit citrus grass sweet malt crispness the flavours yes nice and crisp hops stone fruit citrus medium bitter grassy note grapefruit apricot caramel good balance sharp tastes the finish bright tastes hops the lasting bitter malt sweetness lovely to drink

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DylansDad (300) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 9, 2013
Aroma sweet biscuity malt with a hint of floral hops. As noted below, they were a bit bashful with the flavours but still got enough of them in the pot to make quite a nice lager, and an easy-drinking 7% one at that. Probably the best Monteith’s I’ve had. Extra two points for being good value for money at the supermarket.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Aromas of hay, honey. Taste is sweet, a bit rough.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (952) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2014
From a 500ml bottle on 30/3/2014 (shared by Butz with thanks). Pours a slightly cloudy light golden with a big white head. The aroma is grassy with a touch of fruity hops. The taste brings you bready malt and lots of citrus fruit, particularly grapefruit. The lingering bitterness ends up prevailing against the sweet fruitiness which starts up front. Actually pretty good, with decent amount of character.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (1539) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 14, 2013
It certainly is a good looking beer. Beautiful golden colour with plenty of sparkling carbonation and a fluffy white head. The aroma is of perfumy hops, light and floral. I think it could afford to be a little more pungent. There is good body with excellent spritzy mouthfeel. There seems to be quite a tang of heady alcohols which leaves a lightly warming sensation but is just a little unnecessary. Why not lower the alcohols down to about 5% and call it a pilsner rather than attempting an imperial just to hand over more excise tax to the government. I would have thought of an imperial pilsner as being more of everything - more flavour, more aroma and more remarkable. This isn’t a bad nudge but does require a little more tweaking to get right I think. Whoever did the label spelled palate incorrectly.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
neverleaveopen (145) - GERMANY - JAN 24, 2014
clear dark golden with a fine head. aroma of hay, citrus and floral notes. slightly sweet and alcoholic taste with nice bitterness. good finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rangamike (28) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours light straw colour. Smooth mouthfeel with malt and surprising hop presence. Light and enjoyable, but not overly interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer4eternity (201) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 17, 2013
Thanks to Caro for this birthday present. Looks handsome in the glass with its bold golden hue, large fluffy slowly diminishing head and rich lacing. A little weak on aroma at Monteiths recommended 8 degrees; floral hops, caramel, biscuit, citrus, cardboard, bandaid. Moderately sweet, moderate to moderate-heavy bitter. Alcohol numbing palette [sic] creamy almost lightly chewy. Second half paired ok with a Baigan bhartha Indian curry. One of the best Monteiths I have had though nothing to rave about here. Couldn’t help but add this: pal·ette /ˈpalit/ Noun A thin board or slab on which an artist lays and mixes colors. The range of colors used by a particular artist or in a particular picture. Synonyms pallet

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omega (680) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 8, 2013
Finally I think we have a decent effort here by one of the big boys in NZ. Little happening on the nose (cornflakes?) and poured quite clean with little head. This at least has some flavour and is pleasant to drink unlike some Monteiths beers - Radler and Summer I am looking at you!). Not dominated by hops or malts but it has enough to make it more than a typical swilling beer. Little bit lagery on the finish. Spelling mistake on palette is theirs...


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