BlackHaddock (6404) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
May 2010: Green 33cl bottle, poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass.
Looks like a lager/pilsner, bright, clear and golden, with a white head that doesn’t hang around.
Very floral in the nose and initial taste. I believe Taa Kawa is ’Fruits of the forest’ in the Maori tongue. The beer is flavoured with some native spice from the forests, hence the name.
It has a different and interesting taste to be honest, an ’indigeous ale’ according to the bottle, but appears more of a lager/pilsner to my taste buds and eyes.
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma: Open the bottle and the aroma pours out. Mild lemonade and grass, quite yeasty
Appearance: pale clear gold, short white frothy head with adequate lacing.
Taste: Almost a lemonade, slightly sour, not bitter and vaguely salty. Reminds me of a light shandy without any hint of sugar.
Palate: Light body, thin texture, fizzy and short finish.
Overall: Possibly a light summer drink but had I not known I would have thought it a non-alcoholic beverage.
beer4eternity (225) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle, Christmas present. Clear deep gold hue, bubbly white head quickly diminishes to a thin film, minimal lacing. Grassy, brown spice kind of peppery, light maple, moderately citrus, mix of aromas. Moderately sweet, like watered down apple juice/lemonade, no bitterness detected, some lime like sourness though not offensive in any way. Very dry finish. Went from overly tingly fizzy carbonation to flat fairly quickly. Watery, thin and light, a lot like NZ macros. OK, and higher overall marks for novelty factor.
DuffMan (9611) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear bright golden with a moderate white head. Softy spicy aroma, ginger and mace perhaps, with an underlying fruity sweetness. Clean grainy palate with similar subtle spice character as found in the nose. Finish is quick with a boxboard note. Not bad, but nothing too exciting.
johndoughty (5006) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Bought in a four pack from TESCO’s which was very impressive. After this it was all down hill. Couldn’t detect any real flavour just tasted like slightly fruity water. Very disappointing.
altonbrownd (5775) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bierkoning. Yellow body with small head. Herbal and spicy nose. Taste of malt, and fruits, including citrus. Quite tasty. Dry finish. Unusal but enjoyable.
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2008 Clear body with a small head. Resin and citrus aroma, nice bittery and spicy flavor with citruses, hop-resin and fruity spices. It was delicious.
KiwiJonno (76) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 24, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330mL Bottle. Clear golden beer with white head that disappears as soon as you see it! Very highly carbonated beer though! Malt and spices on the nose. Refreshing beer of complex malts and a slightly lingering bitterness and spicyness. Unique tasting beer using NZ’s own native spice.
caesar (6686) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Clear yellow color, short head. Aroma is a bit hoppy, somewhat grassy and grainy. Dry and bitter taste. Quite ok beer.
jerohen (2182) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Thanks to a friend of mine (Tonnie)who took a few cases with him from work. Clear golden coloured. Spicy and fruity nose. Some bitterness and fruit in flavour, a little bit sour. Refreshing brew, very suitable to drink more in a row and so we did...).