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Wigram Kortegast Sparkling Ale

Brewed by Wigram Brewing Company
Style: Irish Ale
Christchurch, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
The Wigram Brewing Company wishes to advise that our Red Sparkling Ale Full Strength Beer has been crafted from Historical Hops which were discovered still growing on the banks of the Hokitika River. The original hops were grown by a pioneer Hokitika brewer, Mr William CJ Kortegast. His Crown Brewery was one of the very first West Coast Breweries. Remnants of these Kortegast hops have been incorporated into our Sparkling Red Ale, which is red in colour with low to medium bitterness and the aromatic flavour of the Hokitika hops on the finish. WJC Kortegast died in 1897 and the source of his hop supply was lost, although the memory of his famous brews lingered on. This Sparkling Ale is dedicated to WJC Kortegast and the pioneer brewers of Hokitika.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skarecrow (225) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 16, 2016
500ml bottle. Sweet hoppy malty aroma. Hazy light brown color with sudsy head. Medium bitterness followed by a smooth caramel malt body and a lingering hoppy bitterness at the back. Not bad at all - an excellent session beer down the pub. Slainte !!!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DylansDad (586) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2013
Aroma upon opening was rotting vegetation which thankfully quickly subsided and left a hop-free malt and cardboard aroma. The actual taste and mouthfeel were pretty good, but the whole experience was marred by the aromas.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pdubyah (634) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2013
I enjoyed this a lot the first time I drank it, May 2012, but seems that time and many beers may have either changed my palate, or that this batch wasn’t a patch on that iteration. Different beers different days. I thought that this was heavy in the mouthfeel, and all the fun was up front, with little length, the bitterness was a sideshow,. Difficult to get enthusiastic about, but I would be up for a best 2 from 3 test a few month time, at which point I might again think that this was ok. Today though, this bottle, not so much. I wouldn’t not choose this in a pub, but I would take a good look at what else there was first.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle from Swords Vic Market. Nice and malty. Aromas of caramel, nuts, almonds, and leaves. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a thin head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jade (433) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2012
Nice amber/brown colouring, thick creamy head. Strong hops aroma, gives the anticipation of a real bitter hit. Bitter, biting taste - quite nice though; great when the sun is shining.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omega (896) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 22, 2011
Darker and redder than I remember this beer to be, this I feel is one of the better beers in the range. Full bodied with soft bubbles this beer has good length in the flavours. As I said not as I remember this beer, so may have to conduct extensive tastings to confirm, which shouldn’t be an issue......

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 18, 2011
Big frothy bubbles make this golden amber ale sparkle, but a red beer? Hmmm. The head then vanished quickly. The hop aromas are subtle and are probably a little herbal rather than grassy or citrus. Malt character is sweet and golden syrup biscuity. Overall there’s a brassy tangelo character, Loads of mouthfeel in the form of a full, creamy rush of bubbles and then prickly across the tongue, which endures for minutes after the first mouthful. Quite delightful. In terms of flavour it is mandarins and sour lollies. I like this beer a lot.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2010
500ml bottle Aroma: Mildly malty with hints of carmel and grains. Simply using the nose alone does not bring this out as well as olfactory and gustatory together which is a shame. I had hoped the hops would be more obvious. Appearance: Hazy reddish brown with thick, off-white head and frothy, clumped lacing. Taste: Light to medium sweetness, with astringent undertones. There is a mild oatmeal taste as well, almost as if I had eaten a bowl of oatmeal with lemon and honey. Sort of complex actually. Palate: Medium body with slightly sticky texture, lively carbonation and a longish slightly sweet malty finish with hints of acidic sourness. Overall: I like complicated and tend to score higher for it. It did not meet expectations but still a nice drop. Maybe they could add more of these long lost hops so it would more distinctive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2010
Big frothy head medium carb though red brown ale aroma caramel earthy fruit toffee flavour toffee caramel mild bitter citrus taste resinous slight a smooth ale with bright flavours of malt little earthy grit finish smooth malt bright tasting mild bitter palate pleaser

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle. Pours a bownish amber with a rocky tan head. Minimal lacing. Initial aromas were all about the hops with some resiny aromas and a little lemon. As the beer warmed the malt started to show through. Flavours were able about the malt with some caramel and sweet malt. A burnt nuttiness came through as the beer warmed. Slightly sickly finish.

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