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Sunshine Gisborne Gold

Brewed by Sunshine Brewery
Style: Pale Lager
Waikanae Beach, Gisborne, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 2.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Born of sun, sea and hot afternoons, Gizzy Gold, as itís known locally, is our classic thirst quenching and award winning session lager. Dry, crisp and refreshing, it has a lightly toasted maltiness over a solid Green Bullet hop backbone. Fermented at a low temperature with its own imported yeast strain, itís a time proven brew to wash out the salt out after a hard dayís surfing, working or playing. A gift to you from us old Gisborne surfers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skarecrow (226) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2016
330ml bottle BB 3/5/2017 Fruity aroma with a touch of malt. Pale gold color with OK head. Medium bitterness with a understated malt finish. OK for this style but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omega (896) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2015
For a lager this one is not that back - more sweet malts than expected give this a bit of flavour to at least make it interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DylansDad (586) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 31, 2015
Light malt and hops. A little grass, a touch of honey, a bit of metal and a bit of plastic. Good carbonation pushes the decent level of bitterness (decent for this kind of beer) forward a tad and tingles the tongue. Better than green-bottle macro slosh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GlassBrass440 (315) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 17, 2015
Pale gold color with an everlasting bright white head. Pale malt flavor and aroma. Not much else. Light body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 19, 2014
500ml bottle pours pale & frothy, light malt grassy aroma with a bitter mildly hoppy taste that finishes quite dry, very refreshing

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2014
Itís probably about time I reviewed this beer given its long standing, but you just donít get it in the South Island of New Zealand. It is as it says on the label, a golden lager that also has a white head and large bubbly carbonation. It looks like a classic lager in the glass and has a very light malt aroma and subtle metallic hopping. It isnít the most complex beer - mild maltiness and little else to commend it to beer snobs. It tasted to me like Mackís Gold used to taste prior to Lionís takeover. An aperitif beer? I bet it has never been described as that before, but thatís how and why I had it and it fit its purpose well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (21440) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Draft at Beervana. Crystal clear pale yellow color, fluffy white head. Aroma of whitenpepper and hay. Taste is peppery straw. Light body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sx_fusion (8) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2011 does not count
The first sip reminded me of opening a bag of hops. Great drinker, interesting and unintrusive hop profile. Itís not trying to new a highly hoped pils, that is the greenís job. Instead it is an easy drinking yet satisfying pale lager. I would order this over a steinlager, stella or carona any day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beer4eternity (216) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - APR 13, 2010
500ml bottle fresh from the brewery. According to the brewer this is the same recipe as Gisborne Green (Pilsener) just with 20% more water. Strangely the Gisborne Green was more about the hops and this was more about the malt. Given the choice between the two I would always choose the the more intense aroma and flavour of the Gisborne Green. However this was OK as a beer and easily much better than your average pale lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 31, 2010
Reminiscing on this. Grassiness is the memory that sticks in my mind more than most. A NZ beer that has its own distinctiveness,

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