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Brewed by Queenstown Brewers
Style: California Common
Queenstown, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
During the Otago gold rush, miners brought with them a thirst for a beer that originated in the Californian goldfields called Steam. It was a highly charged brew that let off a good head of steam when the barrels were tapped. The brew had the smooth richness of lager, combined with the fruity bitterness of ale, much like the beer you are drinking now.


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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rangi (508) - - OCT 26, 2013
An easily drinkable enjoyable beverage. Great clear clean poor followed by a nice clean crisp beer. Very slight fruitiness to the beer.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (1745) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark gold colour with mid size white head, malty and hoppy aroma, taste is light with malt and fruit with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7799) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2014
An unfiltered, toasty, slightly fruity steam beer with contrasting crispness and softness. Orange marmalade, Munich malt toast and bread crusts, bit of nectarine and honey. Slightly grainy with medium-high carbonation (natural!), soft approach with creamy, fine carbonation, turning to a crisp smacking of bready / crusty malt and orange pith across the mid-palate into the finish. Yeast adds to the creaminess, though it’s still a little too "doughy" at times. Lightly sweet, a little tart with moderate bitterness, malt and hops equally expressive, and a nice balance of sweet, bitter, acidity and carbonation makes it appealing. The malt is succulent, hops just juicy enough, mouth feel is savory with only a faint husky edge to it, still enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3315) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 12, 2013
The head is ok, the body is brown. It smells malty, fruity. The taste is fruity, malty, aromatic, hoppy, darkmalty, quite bitter, nice!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brodies_Best (230) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2013
330ml bottle from New World Freemans Bay. Pours golden cloudy with an off white head. Loads of carbonation. Aroma of raw malts with slight hints of hops and caramel. Bitterness is smooth and creamy. Very drinkable

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leonardus (19) - - AUG 22, 2013
Thanks Roy from Rolleston New World for recommending this very pleasant brew. My first impressions, after a couple of mouthfuls, was this brewer knows his craft, and I think this unfiltered brew has captured some past and present brewing complexities very well, and to his credit without any undue fuss, I’m sure. Nice and natural, and that has to be a gift. I’ve tried the 25oz pilsner also, and that too is an impressive brew. I’ll buy again.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 16, 2013
Bronze colour with thick white head. Mlty biscuit aroma. Green hop bitterness. Pleasant but nothing outstanding.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pdubyah (276) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2013
It does not have a lot of length or carry and is pretty one dimensional. This would be a beer that would carry you throught a whole night of fun and company but it wouldn’t be memorable as the drink you had. It’s ok. but just ok. I’d like to see them push themselves a bit and stop being safe. Like they’re going to listen to me :-)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omega (639) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2013
Refreshing beer that has good balance and is very easy to drink while still having some malt to make it interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
floydian1 (826) - FNQ, Australia, - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle (330ml) @ St. Moritz Hotel, Queenstown, NZ. A clear brown beer with average off white head. Sweet grainy malts on the nose with subtle woody and citrus hop elements. Flavour is decent smooth sweet malts and a nice fruity hop bitterness. More like an amber ale than a lager. Pleasant. Quaffable.


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