Holgate Brewhouse Big Reg Lager

Brewed by Holgate Brewhouse
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
Woodend, VIC, Australia
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Malt! That’s what this beer says. Also known as a Vienna Lager or Marzen Beer (March Beer) this style is a traditionally brewed German lager combining an abundance of Vienna and Munich malts to create a deep red or burnished copper Lager - full of biscuity malt goodness and full bodied caramel flavours. A warming alcohol level and light bitterness make this malty treat a great food all-rounder, and an all-round favourite for both beer enthusiasts and the less adventurous alike.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2012
330ml bottle. I’m updating my records. A very nice malty beer. A good session beer with the added bonus of being very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlyingWombat (21) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2010
My favourited beer from Holgate Brewhouse and, I think, the best lager from an Australian microbrewery. Have enjoyed this beer many times before, definitely performs best on tap, but this review is from a 330ml bottle. Poured from bottle into straight pot glass. Beautiful clear amber colour, with glorius bubbles and a medium beige head, which reduces fairly quickly to a thin layer, very little lacing. Malty aroma of biscuit, some caramel and a classic lager touch. The taste is rich and sweet, full of toasty biscuit and plenty of fruity notes to explore. In the mouth it has medium body and medium-to-high carbonation. Clearly favouring the malty English style. Definitely a sessionable beer, I can drink it by the pintful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lunkie (1883) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2010
Sweet malt hop aroma with chocolate. Clear amber brown red colour with great head and lacing. SMooth rich malt flavour with chocolate and banana. Smooth palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkel07 (5565) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2010
330ml bottle. Burnt copper in colour and very clear with a soft off white head. Strong malt aromas that are nutty and biscuity with a caramel backdrop. Nutty flavours fill the mouth and the beer is light and airy in the mouth and the flavour lingers. Quite nice and one of the better ones from the Holgate stable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2010
Deep amber/mahogany colour, with almost no head. Lovely malt driven aroma full of caramel with a little roast. Clean, but full bodied mouth feel. This is quite full bodied for a lager, which is right up my alley. Would happily drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jade (434) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2010
Dark clear amber colour. Biege head, not too big. Very malty aroma. Actually quite pleasant to the taste, roasted malt - perhaps some toffee. Creamy in the mouth, leaves that ’roasted’ sensation at the back of the mouth. Tell you what, I quite enjoyed his one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hawthorne00 (3751) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2010
Bottle, now labelled "Big Reg". Pours red amber, smallish light beige head. There’s visible carbonation in the glass, but I can’t really feel it - which is a shame. Smells of caramel and biscuity bread. Tastes just sweet initally and then there is some wood and a little roastiness. Finish is very sweet and faintly metallic. Not my sort of thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
davidm (2075) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Bottle. Nice, but a bit too sweet. Aroma is caramely. The flavour is sweet, with no bitterness to be found. Light-medium body, watery palate. Red colour, with long-lasting white head.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2009
Draught at Holgate Brewhouse, Woodend. Pours reddish brown with a lingering beige head. Biscuit/toast, caramel and fruits. Soft carbonation and low bitterness. Easy to drink but one glass is more than enough. Perhaps a little too rich to make this one a quaffer. Not bad for what it is though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Davros (3028) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2009
Great orange/amber colour, but almost no head whatsoever. Lots of toasty malt on the nose, almost roasted. Cocoa and cereal also present. Very thin flavour, with more incredibly short-lived sweet toasty malts, followed much later by a dull bitterness. Really watery. Not enough carbonation. Wasn’t very impressed, I’ve come to expect better from Holgate.

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