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


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 2.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
reviled (13) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 19, 2009
An interesting beer that im glad I tried. Nice aroma of manuka, very woody, almost smoky taste to it reminiscent of rauchbier. Slightly astringent but not unpleasant. Finishes with a lingering dryness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Demise (57) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2009
Pours amber with a decent tan head. Smells quite musty, with manuka shoots and herb very dominant on the nose. Almost like when walking through a forest in the rain. The flavour is a lot cleaner, with the manuka coming through nicely, complemented by a malt base, subtle herb flavours and a vanilla-like sweetness, too light to be honey or caramel. However, it does seem to have quite a woody character to it near the finish and a strange yeast and vegetable finish which is not pleasant on the palate. Unusual, but the earthy characters work and there is just enough sweetness to make it more-ish. Would probably try it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (7234) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle brought from NZ by Andrew, thanks a ton man for lugging this around the world! Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick head. A very unusual aroma; quite pleasing though, I suspect the manuka is quite strong in the nose. The taste was full of easgoing and tasty tea notes, sweet spruce and light smoke, a huge tea aspect. This was a real find, very interesting. I suspect that it is a kind of novelty beer, but it should be appreciated in its own right. Seven AM with some toast, this would be great.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 6, 2008
Bottle, pours a copper colour with a pillowy off white head. An unfortunate pungent vegetable aroma, though with some malt sweetness and smokiness. Very woody - resinous and smoky - on a dxry palate. A little different. I’m not if it works, but it is enjoyable to taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2008
(Bottle 50 cl) Hazy, amber golden with an off-white head. Weird tar-like aroma. Medium body with lightly sweet, roasted malt accents, and then again these odd, smoky, tar-like notes - of spruce? The finish is dry. Hmm, more historically interesting than really pleasant. 260108

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bozoNZ (734) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 11, 2007
500ml bottle from Halswell New World bb 9/11/07. Murky copper colouring poured with a reasonable head but it burnt off pretty quickly. Plenty of sediment left behind in the bottle too. Toffee-ish nose with hints of garlic & butter. Fairly non-descript palate. Woody dry but quite short. Well carbonated which camoflauges much. Better than one of the earlier batches I tried.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2006
Tasted 25/10/2006. 500ml bottle from BrewNZ. Pours an almost bright, perfect rose-gold - very much lighter than I remember from last year (where I forgot to take notes). Light tan head doesn’t stick around for long. Sweet caramel nose, which combined with the spruce could be incorrectly perceived as diacetyl. There’s a little wood, lemon and vanilla also lurking in there. Medicinal notes later. Off-dry in the mouth with light caramel notes in the background and with spicy, slightly woody notes on the palate. Too fizzy to fully get the flavour, even at the end of a slowly sipped glass. Inoffensive but not as interesting as I remember in the past (when I seemed to be about the only person to like it).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TimE (4112) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2006
Med amber color. Butterscotch, phenolic nose with the same thing going on in the mouth. Not particularly worth seeking out unless you are a history buff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (21268) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2006
Bottled. Hazy chestnut brown, small off-whitehead. Spicy pine needle aroma. Sweet with medium body and clean mouthfeel. Some lightly roasty malt, low bitterness. Despite it’s interesting name there’s actually not too much flavours in here.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 1, 2005
Amber in colour with small white creamy head. Woody aroma. Looks are desiving, Cook seemed to know what to do for his sailors, it may have looked like beer but tasted like muddy water. More for historical reasons to try.

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