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Brewed by Speights Brewery (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: Bitter
Dunedin, New Zealand
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.46   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
SPEIGHT’S® Gold Medal Ale is a full strength bitter ale with a hint of “grassy” undertones that add to its complexity. The use of SPEIGHT’S® malts and hops produces the full flavour that has been synonymous with the Pride of the South since 1876.


3fourths' rating

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
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.


2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
coranc (18) - IRELAND - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber. Grass aroma, faint hop. A session beer. Reminds me of global brand beer.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerhunter111 (6909) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein orange bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht fruchtig, hopfig. Geschmack malzig fruchtig, leicht hopfig, Karamell.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leonardus (27) - - APR 30, 2014
Guess what, I’m only rating this beer for one reason. NZB never, ever, ever muck around with the brewing process of Speights Ale and its original taste, as you did with CD many moons ago and absolutely f*d up, or you will lose a shitload of very reliant and extremely supportive customers. That’s all I have to say. Don’t alter anything with Speights Gold Ale. From an ex publican.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
KeefOz (855) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (1715) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2013
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.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
kiwianer (3319) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 24, 2013
The head is medium, body blond. It smells strange, cheap, old composted flowers or kelpie. The taste is cheap, watery, bit bitter-flowery. Shit

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
sm89walt (1751) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2013
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.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jrscruff (19) - Killaloe, IRELAND - SEP 21, 2013
330ml bottle. Expected a lot more from this. Nice colour, but very bland, watery flavour and gassy aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yungbeerguy (31) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 4, 2013
A decent beer, grassy hop flavour, not too "gassy" and a good drop.


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