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: 2.88/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (32889) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Papsoe (25063) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (22614) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (14671) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
Amber and hazy. Aroma is sprucey and molassesy aroma. Sweet and molasses, with spruce character, soft body and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8808) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep tea-coloured amber with an orange-tinted head. Very intriguing aroma-- my wife says it smells like homemade ginger cake! Molasses, ginger, allspice are all there. Treacle sweetness with loads of spiciness and a dry medicinal finish. Both of us thought this was delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (7956) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
presario (4901) - 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!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (4820) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TimE (4703) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluevegie (3070) - 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.

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