Brewed by Wigram Brewing Company
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Christchurch, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 2.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Based on Captain Cook’s orginal recipe as first made in Dusky Sound, New Zealand, 1773. Flavoured with ’spruce’(rimu) and tea tree (manuka). Brewed for Heritage foods www.heritage foods.co.nz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (5065) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle from Barry’s Bay Cheese Co., Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch
Ruby brown with fluffy white head. Spicy nutmeg and honey notes with spicy dry malts. White pepper, light carbonation and sweet honey caramel finish. More sprue appears on warming. May not be for everyone but I enjoyed it, reminds me of Nollaig by Williams bros.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 31, 2011
Deep amber under a beige head with evident carbonation. The aroma of manuka wafts to the nostrils before nosing. Lovely, peppery, honey spiciness. You could attempt to replicate this aroma by raiding the spice cupboard in the kitchen, but the smell of rimu chips would be difficult to do. A little sweet initially and very full mouthfeel. Those same spruce flavours dominate and are quite lovely. The body is a wee bit thin. I feel that this beer needs to bit full and chewy, but otherwise a lovely drop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2010
500 ml bottle Aroma: smells like lemon salt with a touch of vinegar; Appearance. copperish and hazy, thick head and good lacing; Taste: tepid, a little sour and salt but very little to remark upon.; Palate: light bodied, almost no carbonation, thin texture; Overall: Interesting nose but not a beer I would buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34666) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2010
Bottled. A dark amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma is very spicy with notes of spruce needles as well as tea. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, malt, tea, and spruce needles, leading to a bitter finish. The body is a bit light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerequalizer (22) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 1, 2010
UPDATED: APR 2, 2010 Interesting one this... Like a trip back in time... Like the concept, don’t mind the beer, and well done to the boys at Wigram for trying something different. sdriessen... you tell me if you like it. Judging by your score of 10/20, obviously not. donfardz, 7/20? Really?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 28, 2010
Bizarre aromas of wood and honey. Kind of forest-like. Some grassiness. Are there any hops in this one? Spices... WHat. Flavours are more wierd. Medicinal... Vegetables, wood, honey, Chocolate malt, something like chai tea. Do I like this? How do I rate it? Who am I?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours a golden brown with smallish creanmy coloured head. Aromas of ginger ale and not much else. Flavours a pretty much the same. Given that I like ginger ale it is OK but not something I would get again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2010
Browny amber body with short lasting head. Can smell the tea tree and maybe the spruce. Tasted a bit like ginger to me and I couldn’t really get past that, medium carbonation, inoffensive and lacking any real character for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Muggus69 (2142) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2010
500ml bottle. Amber body, small offwhite foam. Earthy aroma; pepper, pot pouri, rosemary-like herbaceousness and leafiness, distinctly wood-like; really feels like i’m in the bush. Some rich caramel malt lingers in the background. Carbonation is quite low, texture is somewhat thick, sticky, syrup-like yet balanced with leafy astrigency. Rich toffee/treacle-like maltiness, lots of sweetness. Really earthy spiciness; eucalyptus leaf, white pepper, cinamon and rosemary, woody but not in an oaky or pine-like way, more like picking a dry stick off the ground and taking a bite. Somewhat balanced finish without a great deal of proper bitterness. This sure is an odd one, but it seems to work. Probably a bit heavy going to be sessionable, but the flavours are enjoyable and intriguing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 10, 2009
Quickly sinking head. Dark amber. Harsh dark spice scent. Some spruce but more like pepper-eucalyptus. Cookie middle and spice=eucalyptus finish. Some molasses sweetness but doesn’t really taste like beer. Interesting experiment. Thanks to Duffman for the NZ beers!!

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