Brewed by The Mussel Inn
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Onekaka, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A red brown beer flavoured with the freshly picked tips of the Manuka tree. A very distinctive beer with proven medicinal qualities. The only one out of 240 New Zealand beers to rate 10 out of 10 in Keith Stewarts book ’The complete guide to New Zealand Beer’. Also featured in ’Best - a New Zealand compendium’. Compiled by Ella Griffiths, published by Awa Press. Also available on tap at Hopgood’s in Trafalgar St. Nelson, The Abbey at Appleby and Jester House in Tasman.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2010

Bottle 330ml.

Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, spicy. flowers - wood. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration, spicy. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. [20100709]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2010
33 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is ginger spiced and citrusy. Ginger and citrusy flavoured. Slight thin mouthfeel. Citrusy ginger finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pinball (11738) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2010
clear dark brown, small offwhite head spicy aroma. faint malts, faint bitter caramel flavor is VERY spicy, caramel and ends quite spicy. spices are sort of like strong oregano, faint thyme. weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11163) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2010
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. Aroma of spice. fruits, mint, herbs. Flavour of anise, herbs, fruits, spice. Medium bodied. Dry herby end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (32164) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2010
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has notes of honey, flowers, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, honey, flowers, and caramel, leading to a dry spicy finish. The body is light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3810) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2010
Clear red brown pour medium carbonation head the same aroma floral fruit nice perfume note flavour floral citrus mild bitter the floral is exceptional finish good fruit and floral aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2010
330 ml bottle Aroma: Intriguing. It is manuka. There is a rich candy almost candy smell; Appearance: reddish brown, thin head, minimal lacing; Taste: semi sweet, a tiny bit bitter. Palate: light to medium body, short finish, soft carbonation. Overall: The aroma is much bigger than the taste and the palate. It promises more than it delivers. Seems to be a consistent quality of low alcohol beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 17, 2010
Has a slight green, musty, woodsy leafy note from the manuka leaf complemented by nice rich but crisp malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2009
1.25L Rigger. Pours slightly hazy dark amber with almost no head, just some patchy white surface cover. Spicy nose that has notes of honey, ginger, caramel, grapefruit, tea leaves and cinnamon. Flavour is similar but weaker and with more noticeable malt and hops. Mouthfeel is light, with a bit of a spicy tingle and with a fairly long, mildly bitter and spicy, finish. This is a pretty wild beer that, to my surprise, works really well. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of the Mussel Inn beers over here soon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Davros (2535) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2009
Clear coppery amber pour with a small quickly fading head. Crazy aroma of ginger, sarsaparilla, tea, cinnamon and sweet malt. Very interesting. Further woody and medicinal hints. Ginger is over the top. More ginger upon tasting, as well as that tea and medicinal taste. Some sweet clean malt and mild bitterness. Too much carbonation!

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