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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: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.47   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pubscout (28) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2005
I liked this brew, perhaps because i wasn’t expecting much. A relative brought me back some exotic beers from the South Seas, and this was one. Can’t buy the argument that it doesn’t travel well. this one did. And it went a damned sight farther than Australia, mate. It was malty, with a nice mouthfeel, the nose was more than acceptable and the flavor was beyond what I’d anticipated. I mean, New Zealand? I’m not saying it’s worth the cost of a South Seas vacation just to get some, but if I ever wind up in New Zealand, it’s comforting to know there’s a decent beer there.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
k0mpsa (1454) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Can at christchurch. Aroma is malty, some fruity notes. Taste is mainly malty but hint of hops and fruits on the back.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bule (977) - California, USA - FEB 15, 2015
12oz can pours a straw color with a bit of head. This used to be my beer of choice before I discovered craft. First time drinking it in a long time. Nicer than most similar beers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arek (369) - Zielona Góra, POLAND - FEB 10, 2015
05.06.14: Can 0.33 l, China Southern Airlines, China.
Bursztynowe piwo o fajnej, ale szybko redukującej się pianie. W smaku, aksamitne, trochę płytkie z fajną, łagodną goryczka na finiszu.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Borup (6644) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2014
Tap. Clear amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of hops, malt, fruit and caramel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sten (693) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2014
Amber coloured beer with a small white head. Malty aroma. Flavour is malty, medium sweet and a bit watery. (Bottle 33cl)

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
coranc (35) - 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 (8913) - 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 (46) - Rolleston, NEW ZEALAND - 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 (1007) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8339) - 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.


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