DuffMan (5816) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy honey golden with a creamy white head that shows remarkable retention and generates lots of lace. Reedy malt and grassy hop aroma. Nice pale malts with bitter lemon hoppiness. Medium bodoed, soft mouthfeel imparted by the yeast and near-perfect carbonation. Very good.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2010 Deserved a good re-rating after having one of my most enjoyable drinking experiences of my life. Struggling after a long day drinking, I was revived by the beautiful taste of a perfect Cathcarts NTA at Hashigo Zake. This beer saved my life! You’ve just got to have it on handpull (and this wasn’t even cask-conditioned).
My previous rating...bottle, poured a clear light gold with a thin but foamy white head. Light aroma, just a whiff of malt. An even malty palate all the way through, perhaps a little raw. No strong flavours, perhaps hints of caramel and fruit - though these do increase through the glass. A good easy drinking Golden Ale.
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - FEB 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gives of some weizen like notes particulalry in the mouth. Higly carbonated with a solid malt body backed by some nice english hops topping it off. Well made session. Thanks Nate.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Appears clear golden once it settled with a large white head. Pleasant nose of nuts, orange, citrus and spicy/earthy notes. The flavour is nutty malt and fruit. Good carbonation and dry, bitter finish. Nice and enjoyable. Bottle courtesy of SorenE...cheers mate!
Jimthechap (1331) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fluffy white head and slightly lighter colour than 18 carat gold. Pours light, perfumy and clear. Looks stunning. Slight diacetyl whiff, apples and grapiness. Not entirely sure what to make of it really because as it warms that suspect whiff subsides into pineapple lumps. I was a wee bit worried there.
Lemon citrus, resin, and carbonation to the fore. I would imagine that this would be best drunk on a warm day on a wharf, fishing in Tasman Bay. More golden mellow passionfruit flavours shine through with a tinge of bitterness. An excellent lager alternative and a good session beer.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 29, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at The Brewhouse,Wellington.
Straw yellow colour with small creamy white head. Interesting aroma, initially I got Janola, then a hint of lemon came through. Chlorine flavours. Thin and blah!!!
bozoNZ (716) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Poured a nice golden with a little sediment due to my haste to taste. Great head that holds firm, moderatly strong carbonation hiss when poured. Faint aromas of light malt and faint dry hops. Nice light-weight malt balance, perhaps lacking a little punch but the hop flavours holds it thru the palate. Nice drying bitterness with a touch of mint to finish. Nice quencher.
Cantabrian (680) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Surely it is an ale as described by the brewer, but it does come across as a spetacular lager. It delivers the zesty hoppiness promissed on the lovely (delux version) label. Not much of a pleasant aroma, just the usual skunkiness of...pale lagers (again). The zest is basically bitter hops, not too much, but just on the citric side, icy and steely, hardly with any perfumed sweetness of some NZ pale ales. The finish is particularly nice and pleasant, with that icy bitterness spreading wide across the tongue and palate. The homage to the neighbours is precious!
KapitiCritique (324) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JUN 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle
Aroma: lightly fruity and yeasty;
Appearance: light yellow brown, hazy, big thick head dissipating to an egg nog topping, good lacing;
Taste: slightly bitter;
Palate: light bodied, thinly textured, softly carbonated with an mildly astringent finish;
Overall: not as advertised - not a chewy malt and zesty hop. Another 4%er and unremarkable.
DylansDad (291) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very lager-like, thin and quenching. No sign of the chewy malt, token hop bitterness without any interesting hop flavours. More than a hint of banana, you might almost think this was made with a bit of wheat. Drinkable, sessionable even, but forgettable too.