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TaaKawa Indigenous Ale

Waituna Brewing Company
Formerly brewed at Steam Brewing Company

Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Rewa, Taranaki, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 2.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
The Waituna Brewing Company has interwoven the tradition of Maori with an innovative brewing process, creating Taakawa (tar-car-wa) ’fruit of the forest’, New Zealand’s first indigenous ale. Containing all natural ingredients, each batch captures the fruity aroma of Kawakawa, a native spice gathered from the forests of Aotearoa, blended with the soft, smooth taste of Waituna spring water, creating a refreshing golden ale with a unique taste. Our Waituna symbol of the tuna (eel) represents how the two cultures of this land are intertwined. Serve chilled. Kia ora.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (6404) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2010
330ml bottle 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer4eternity (225) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2010
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (9611) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2009
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johndoughty (5006) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2009
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
altonbrownd (5775) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Bierkoning. Yellow body with small head. Herbal and spicy nose. Taste of malt, and fruits, including citrus. Quite tasty. Dry finish. Unusal but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 29, 2008
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KiwiJonno (76) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 24, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
caesar (6686) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2008
Bottled. Clear yellow color, short head. Aroma is a bit hoppy, somewhat grassy and grainy. Dry and bitter taste. Quite ok beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jerohen (2182) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2008
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...).

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