sm89walt (1780) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg - Sprig & Fern, Wellington. Clear golden with a small but lasting white head leaving a soapy lace. It’s all about the sweet-toned pale malts here whilst remaining crisp, fresh and juicy. Delicate citrus and floral hop characters intermingle with biscuity malts on both nose and palate. Light to medium body with soft to medium carbonation and a lingering bread dough and yeasty sweetness in the finish. Disguises its modest ABV well. Effortlessly, eminently drinkable.
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gummy candy, pineapple juice and orange jelly aroma. Sharp hop acids balanced the crystal malt sweetness and a faint toastiness gives it some Pilsner resemblance. Thin and watery body leaves the mouth disappointed, the syrupy malt extract texture and flavor is off-putting but flavor and aroma-wise there are few faults. Drinkable in a pinch. Clear amber-hued gold with a short white head. From draft.
kiwianer (3390) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The head is ok, the body is blond. It smells sweet, flowery, citrus, malty. The taste is sweet, citrus, malty, bit alcoholic. 10/9/9/9//9
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and straw, leading to a bitter finish.
Jimthechap (1790) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rigger from Franks in Fendalton, Christchurch. Golden straw coloured beer with a coarse white head that sank into a film on top of the beer, but otherwise clear and with plentiful carbonation. A good noseful of grape, vine and green berryfruit. Tingly mouthfeel with surprisingly good hop contribution, probably Nelson Sauvin as there’s a definite character there: ripe gooseberry, round and full green grape with some herbal notes. Not strenuously bitter, a little restrained which gives the malt the final say in the finish. Unfortunately this means the finish is fairly short.
In all honesty this wasn’t a bad beer, or an unpleasant beer and it was certainly drinkable. Lager cops a bad press from a number of reviewers simply because they’re done so often, but making good lager is not easy at all. I rather like this. Given the time and the place (summer and finishing a long shift at worse), this beer is certainly welcome. It also passes the ’Would I have another?’ test.
I would ask though, why does it have such a high abv?
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 27, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sweet honey aroma. Bright straw colour with white head. Typical of mass produced beer.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very smooth and subtle; almost like a golden ale rather than a lager. But the lager element shows up in lack of nose as well as the lightness of colour; and all in all it’s a bit sweet for my tastebuds. A nice thirst quencher, though.
skortila (4626) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Sprig & Fern, Nelson. The aroma is quite hoppy, citric. Clear, golden coloured with a white head. The taste very clean and crisp, quite hoppy, citric, has some veggie tones. Great lager.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Tasman Brewery, Richmond. Pours clear golden with a small white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel malt, fruit and honey. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Smooth hoppy finish.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden, white head. Fruity aroma, apples, hops. Malty background. Flavour is very smooth with fuity apples, hop bitterness and a nice vanilla. A nice malt base and dry finish. A very well made lager.