bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2006
Clear but deep ruby red body with a light beige head. Some rings of lacing and reasonable head retention. Aroma is not the same as the palate cos I get good hop characters in the taste as well as a pleasant note of smoke whereas the aroma is more malty with maybe just a touch of a bushfire. The body is light to medium, a little sweet and a bit of mocha to finish. Wasn’t expecting much prior to opening this beer but was pleasantly surprised as the Vienna style is not one of my favourites. Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2005
I’ve been drinking nothing but Korean beer for about 6 months now so when I found this in a New Zealand organic grocery store I almost cried. Very nice rich amber color. Lively carbonation and course creamy head. Sweet malty aroma with no discernible yeast notes. The carbonation and hops keep this from being to heavy on the palate. A little sweet on the finish but overall quite good. Cheers! Stew41 (2117) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 19, 2005
Thin head - disappointing. Looks quite good in the glass; dark amber / copper.
Attractive nose with big malt and yeasty notes, a touch confectionary like. Palate is a slight let down, no malty or sweet notes evidence despite the nose. Quite sharp, zingy and definately a hop driven style. Can’t complain about the refreshing notes but this beer is a tale of two halves, and a confusing on at that. yalnikim (802) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 Tasted 12/01/2005. Standard 500ml bottle.
Pours reddsih copper with a large but light off white head. Nice lacing.
Aroma is, strangely, refried beans and tomato sauce. I had to walk away, take a few deep breaths and come back to that with a clear mind to confirm it. Got it again. The bottle never came with a warning that I should have been wearing a sombrero!?
Flavour is only slightly sweet malt on first impression, but quickly dissapears with a strong hop bitterness.
Thin bodied, much lighter mouthfeel than I would have expected from this brewery. The only average beer in a good range.
Added some points for the rich, complex, choclatey, caramel, malt nose, after sampling this at the brewery in Nelson (16/09/2005). Choos (754) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2004
Aroma: slighly hoppy with some nutty and light roasty notes. Appearance: red not quite crystal clear with a smallish head. Suddy lacing. Flavour: grassy. Palate: Lasting mocha and lingering hop aftertaste. Very bubbly.
vanvenlo (1923) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2004
30 Aug 2004 - Herbaceous celery sweet aroma. Clear red brown colour, low head that dissapates, good suds lacing. Nice starting sweetness, hoppy herbaceous taste that dies away to a bitter hop aftertaste. thinnish bitter cloying on the roof of the mouth. Lunkie (1965) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2004
Nutty hoppy aroma. Clear red brown colour with small head. Grassy hoppy flavour. Fizzy palate. Linc (740) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2004
Sweet crystal malt aroma, taste likewise, slightly burnt toffee, like the top of a brulee but with a pleasant, clean sightly citric bitterness lingering. johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2003
No smell, no head, no body. The beer looks and tastes thin and watery. A redeeming feature is the well-realised english-style carbonation, but if this is like an English Ale, it's not a very good one. Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2003
More amber than copper, a shame because that rich hue in a beer is a delight to see. The head is small and thinning but improves if you pour more into a tasting size glass. The initial nose is a promise of things to come hopefully, with toffee, cookie and caramel notes. Good hoppy flavour that is backed by a good balance of malt. It laces well in the glass and while having a dry finish it still leaves a pleasant mouthfeel and smoky aftertaste.