3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is mass-marketed across New Zealand’s south island by the marchismo Marlboro Man and Butch Cassidy adverts asking if you’re man enough to drink simple beer. There’s some serious brand-loyalty among south islanders and this is the beer that they’ve settled on, though a large contingent still drinks DB. To be fair, GOLD MEDAL ALE is not awful, I can see how it came to be one of the big, bland, simple beers that people drink their entire lives, and it has more flavor and body than a lot of it’s equally-bland competition. It actually resembles a lager in body. Lightly sweet and syrupy with some papery notes. Carbonation is a bit brash, flavor is basic amber malt extract with off-notes of copper pennies and metal. There’s not much to like about it, but it’s not a dumper. In Franz Josef you run out of non-Monteiths drinking options pretty quickly.
KeefOz (763) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tasted 6/2/2014. Draught at Admiral’s Arms, Coromandel Town, NZ. Poured a semi-clear amber with a white collar that produced OK lacing for a while. Carbonation very low with rare small bubbles. Aroma subtly of malt and no hops (a bit lager-like). Taste of semi-sweet malt and no bitterness. Light body. Crisp, clean with a bland finish. More larger-like than ale-like.
chinchill (1364) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber with excellent clarity; has a fine, durable bone-colored head. Lots of visible carbonation bubbles.
Smells like a malty lager with light, spicy hops. The taste too is initially more similar to a lager than it should be but there’s a lightly hoppy finish and aftertaste.
Feel: crisp and dry; Light body made pleasing by good smoothness and high carbonation.
O: Decent but uninspired and withlow hoppiness.
kiwianer (3315) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 24, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
The head is medium, body blond. It smells strange, cheap, old composted flowers or kelpie. The taste is cheap, watery, bit bitter-flowery. Shit
sm89walt (1712) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Keg - Clear, dark straw yellow with a small and fading foamy white head. Sweet malts, some grain, lemon, mid-fruits and grassy hop in the finish. Light to medium body, medium carbonation, firm mouthfeel and a soft intensity, moderate length finish. Straightforward, quaffable, no-quibbles.
jrscruff (19) - Killaloe, IRELAND - SEP 21, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
330ml bottle. Expected a lot more from this. Nice colour, but very bland, watery flavour and gassy aroma.
yungbeerguy (31) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent beer, grassy hop flavour, not too "gassy" and a good drop.
JanEric (959) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Providores Marylebone London. Amber small head. A bit doughy nothing special. Slightly bitterness short finidh. Mwaah
Imaena (1701) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. One of the great beers of the Southern Hemisphere let me down. Its blah blah boring. Glad that some good brewing is happening in NZ these days in other places but this is a let down.
DedicatedToFun (2002) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours an average glassy yellow with a light head. Aroma is barely-there corn malt. Flavor is molasses-esque malt and corn.