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Brewed by Monteiths Brewing Co. (DB Breweries)
Style: Amber Ale
Greymouth, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
First Beer that Monteiths had produced.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerguy101 (5354) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 4, 2004
Dark amber color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty, biscuity and sweet. Touch of roastyness. A medium to light bodied “amber”. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are mild and slightly spicy. Fairly typical amber, sort of sweet and fizzy. Well balanced, but not very interesting. The label states a highly hopped ale, sorry but I DON’T THINK SO! Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Pours a dark amber colored beer with a foamy head. Quite roasted malty nose with some hops and a fruity tone. Flavor is also quite malty, a bit thin, but it is there! Somewhat bitter hoppy finish. Not a very strong beer but has a nice taste!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Reddish brown hue, moderate head formation. Malty caramel aroma with some hop spice. Initially sweet caramel flavor, a touch of toffee, nutty, with a light bitter bite in the finish. Pretty typical of a lot of English bottled pale ales.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2004
Dark amber brew with a stoney white head that laces only when encouraged. Not a big aroma but has notes of malt and soap with the remainder dominated by hops. Weak and bitter body with a lingering astringency.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Definately on a lower level than what I've drinking lately. Kind of skunky. Has a skunky lager taste with just a little more malt and less skunkiness.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Clear, dark amber color with a large white head. Unpleasant aroma, full of mustiness and animal-like odors. Flkavor is not quite as offensive, but there's not much to it. Very waters, with a little Malty sweetness and a hoppy finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Deep amber color, clear, with a generous off-white head. The aroma was musty, stale, bready, slightly hoppy. The flavor was musty as well with a strong malty sweetness and a hops bite in the aftertaste. The feel was slightly thicker than I had expected.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Has a rich clear oaken varnish color to it. I must say that new zealand needs to up the alcohol in their beers. Has a stingy must basement smell with some malt in the background. Slightly bitter with a very full body, no water here, and that is impressive. Not too much funk to it, just a simple bitter ale with a solid amount of carbination in it. Just wish it could pull at least 5.5 percent.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2003
I had big expectations for this beer and it was with some glee that I opened the bottle and lifted it to my nose to smell what I had been told was a delightful little beer. I took a sip and was deeply disappointed. Not to be deterred, I tried again and was even more disappointed the second time around. by the time I had finished the bottle I was truly glad I had only bought one.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (33784) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2003
The aroma is sweet with strong grassy and hoppy notes and underlying notes of yeast. The color is red-brown and is has a very small and fast disappearing head. The flavor is plain sweet with notes of grains, malt, caramel, and yeast. It finishes on a grassy hoppy note - without much bitterness. The body is thin - probably because of the 4% ABV. An easy drinkable beer - but nothing special - I think this would be a great beer to quench your thirst after hard physical labor - because it has much more taste than an international lager and is still extremely fresh.


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