Brewed by Monteiths Brewing Co.
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Greymouth, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Moneith's limited release Summer Ale is a refreshing different beer. Its uniquie style dates back to the late 19th century when ther was an adherence to brew with distinctive spices. True to tradition, this bright gold beer's spiciness adds a real flavoursome zest-balance by a touch of Rata honey and four different malts. Try it ice cold with a wedge of orange or lime.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jha (8) - GERMANY - MAR 11, 2011 does not count
It’s a shame you can only drink this gem during the summer months. Light, refreshing with a hint of honey. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcguy (5) - USA - OCT 9, 2007 does not count
Likely my favorite beer in the world, Monteith’s Summer Ale uses historic techniques to develop an extraordinary and refreshing flavor. WIth honey and spices instead of hops, Monteith’s Summer Ale boasts a wonderful bouquet and a pleasing blend of flavors. Perfect in summertime, but refreshing at any time. I cannot wait until they ship it to the States!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2002
NIce clean golden colour, big white head. Spicey aroma, interesting taste with weet honey undertones. Wish every day was Summer to drink this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tackykiwi (1) - MALAYSIA - APR 7, 2008 does not count
Excellent Ale to drink ice cold, on a hot summer evening, sitting around chatting with your mates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10124) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2005
Bottled, purchased from The Kings Head, Fritwell, Oxon. Golden colour, medium fizz. Terrific spicy flavours, cloves and cinamon in a spritzy crisp beer. The flavours dominate so no hop or malt impressions, but definitely a beer worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LeopardMan (53) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 26, 2007
Served in a 500 ml. mug. from a 330 ml. bottle. An above average, slightly dark gold beer which pours a thin white head and is only slightly effervescent. Its palate, not surprisingly is similiarly unnoticeable. The real treat in this beer, as previous raters have mentioned, is in the aroma and flavour which are quite noticeably sweet thanks to its Rata honey content, malt combination, orange, spiciness and some ginger. Lovely Summer beer but, perhaps because of its relatively busy mix of ingredients, not quite refreshing enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
330 ml bottle BB09/05. Hazy pale golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma is very spicy, orange peel, cardamom, clove (not yeast) and cinnamon. Flavour is also quite spicy, honey malt and a little bit bready. Nice spicy finish. Interesting to get a lighter spiced ale that doesn’t have coriander.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MOFO (26) - Melbourne (Prev: Chch, NZ), AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2006
An emotional favourite for any kiwi reminiscant over summer. A good beer with gingery notes - although the rata honey and cloves take a back seat to it, which is unfortunate because there are a few brews nowadays offering ginger beers. Still it is a nice, old spiced ginger compared to the fresh, sushi-style ginger many serve up nowadays. A 6 pack on a hot summer day really doesnt stand a chance, this beer doesnt use any trickery... it is a great brew that is easy to consume. I have even convinced many an aussie to admit that indeed it is a great session beer - it could be the missing link of beers to get many a beer swiller onwards to a higher education. Tasters notes: A light looking beer, like your mother has come through and spiked it with lemonade. The head is short, disappating quickly to look like many a man’s attempt at homebrew. Lack of dextrose would explain this - I am happy to give up the head to not have the oilyness, Carbonation is light, matching many mainstream kiwi beers - this helps consumption. Overall an easy session beer - matching all summer related foleys; cut grass, bbq’s, grain waves and long summer days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2007
Pours clear golden with a small dimminishing head. Smells of metals and ginger. Sweet with aromas of ginger and malts. Mellow carbonation. Long, sweet and honeyed finish. Very nice and summery...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3064) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2008
golden/amber color. Aroma is quite spicy, LOADS of ginger, some cadamon, nutmeg, lemongrass. Flvour is quite dominated by ginger, with a touch of lemon grass. A nice summer beer, hence the name. Would be a great lawnmower beer. decent.

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