omega (899) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 12, 2013 Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, - MAR 26, 2008
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
I picked this up in the Langham hotel Auckland. After being told to sit down when I approached the bar to see what they had I asked if all the beers in the fridge were on the list. This is because I spied this one as a beer I’ve yet to try. I’m sure it would be better in different circumstances but I have to say this is just an average beer. OK, it’s a pure bloody organic thingy, but does that mean it has hydrocarbons in it? I mean if something is inorganic it is defined so due to the absence of hydrogen or carbon atoms right? Well the carbon is in the fizz and the hydrogen is a part of the water but there are all sorts of other chemicals in the mix. So, to the review. Not much to say really but for the fact that this has a hint of grassiness in aroma similar to a Euro lager and the body to match. This beer is another warning to the premium lager style that lets us down every time. This is probably the sort of beer to drink when all the lights are turned off on earth day, washing down a slab of prime quality tofu and pureed chick peas prepared by virgins wearing reindeer hide gloves who have signed an oath of silence.
Being a lager I never expect too much, but this at least has some flavour and something on the palate. Little on the sweet side. Travlr (27105) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Draft at West Coast. Hazy yellow color, white head. Aroma od slightly sour citrus. Taste is bitter lemon. Strange. floydian1 (1533) - FNQ, Australia, - APR 27, 2013
Green bottle (330ml) purchased at Paddington Markets, Sydney. Certified Organic label on neck. Cloudy deep golden pour with negligible white head. Nose is honey sweet grainy malts and little else (trace of earthy hops perhaps). Palate is rather flat and uninspiring with grainy sweet malt flavours and hardly any hop bitterness to speak of. Too sweet. Medium-light bodied. Rather bland and limp. Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2011
UPDATED: APR 16, 2012 Reviewed 2008, extract from notes: Golden straw colour with an active white head. Aromas of straw but very little in the way of hopping. As for taste, well it could be just about any green bottle stubby. Cold, a little bit bitter and there. My main beef is that the packaging makes it appear to be just the same as Steineken or Heinlager so expectation isn’t very high to begin with.
Re-reviewed 17 Apr 2012
Not too much to add barring an improvement to flavour that gave a grassy, resinous bitterness that was prolonged and improved the way I saw this beer. Ungstrup (39294) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2011
Bottled. A hazy golden beer with a white head. The aroma has notes of malt combined with a light note of straw. The flavor is sweet with notes fo malt and straw.
snuffla (177) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 12, 2009
This is a weird one that doesn’t quite work. I got straw and toasty notes on the nose, and a very weird green kiwifruit/gooseberry winey note from the hops.
Fizzy in the mouth, then finishes dustin the mouth, leaving a taste, like you’ve been moving hay bales around. Odd really mkel07 (6603) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2009
330ml bottle. Cloudy with a miniscule head and a smattering of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Looks flat and thin.Very little carbonation and nop aroma to speak of . Thin bodied and tastses as flat as it looks. Dredd (982) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2009
Hmm it is a challenge reviewing this one objectively. The emotive words "organic" are hard to push to one side. The temptation is to skew it a bit favourably since it is organic. Anyway, the beer itself presents with a mix of slight cardboard-ish aroma and a hint of grassiness. The appearence is golden amber with thin head and fine carbonation. Flavour is slight maltiness upfront with a hint of sweetness and followed with a pleasent bitterness. As a lager, there are some better ones out there, but this is quite good on its own merit and there is a bit of smugness in the "organic" factor. donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2009
Pours orange/golden with the typical white lager head. Aroma is very grassy, with a slight malt sweetness. Flavour much of the same, mostly malty. Standard golden lager. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 19, 2008
Bottle, a fair bit of carbonation in the bright golden colour with no head whatsoever. A strong sweet malty aroma, slightly buttery. A creamy palate with a more drying finish. Mostly malty creamy flavours, with more hops in the finish. Not much to get excited about, but probably better than most NZ lagers.