sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 30, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a clear golden.
Aroma is fruity, slightly hoppy, some peach and passionfruit. The little malt I detect is grainy.
The flavour is nice, but seems to be watered down.
A candy sweetness persists the whole way through, with only a hint of hoppy bitterness near the very end.
Mild tones of citrus fruit and vanilla.
The finish is short, and kind of oily due to the sweetness. Not too bad.
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’ve had this one in New Zealand on my honeymoon.
Caramel, malty flavor. Not too special, but very drinkable.
highlandlad (1448) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2007
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Speight’s likes to flog the heritage angle with its "traditionally crafted" range, but it’s hard to believe that the 1949 recipe on which this is based was as gutless as this. It’s very pale for an APA - lager-gold really, with some lingering suds. Typical NZ Saaz aroma - bit dusty with some tropical fruit but no real edge. Also some lemonade notes. Quite a hard mouthfeel, not ideal for the style. Very malt-driven for an APA - has some English nuttiness - and very low on bitterness. Faint citrus in a quenching finish. Perfectly drinkable but utterly forgettable. All in all, very much what you’d expect if an Australasian macro brewer decided to make an APA. Oooh... careful with that hop-sack, Eugene, we don’t want to startle our core market. Too fizzy, not bitter enough. (330ml bottle from a bottlo in Taupo. BB 20/1/08)
bozoNZ (739) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2006
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
10/12/06 On tap - Tower Junction Speights Ale House. Pale gold, faint moderate dry nose. Thin head evaporates to nothing. Relative clean, subtle flavours but nothing out of the ordinary. Would knock a few back if out with mates but nothing really distinctive to excite.
KiwiJonno (76) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 5, 2008
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap Speights Ale House FerryMead. Pale beer with average head. A little thin, unspectacular. Light malt tastes dominate. Lightly hopped.
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 24, 2008
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Tried at the Speights Bealey Alehouse Chch. Very bland, no character to speak of at all, some thin malt and a dull finish. Tasted for all money like a speights gold medal ale with less malt. Disappointing
RichardGretton (4469) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught@Speights Ale House, Dunedin, New Zealand. Golden beer with a light head. The aroma is lightly hopped and the flavour is lightly hopped and dry. Overall a standard ale.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 21, 2009
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Pours pale golden, thin bubbly white head.
Very little on the nose, some sweet sugary aroma.
Flavour is sweet and watery, a faint hop bitterness, but its barely there.
Clean, simple, boring.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very mild and light. Rather bland and thin. Not as good as the American stuff, sorry NZ!
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Brew on Quay in downtown Auckland. My buddy ordered this, his first beer on our New Zealand trip, not expecting to see it in almost every bar and probably because it was one of the cheapest brews in the house. Pours clear gold with a white head. The aroma and flavor are very light for the style, which is what led to this one being a bit disappointing. Hops, sugar, malt, and not much else. Light bodied, sweet, and simple. Forgettable, but easy to drink and inexpensive if you’re out drinking a bunch in one night.