Brewed by Mac’s Brewery (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: Pale Lager
Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
A light-coloured lager conditioned over 30 days. It has a good head, balanced sweet/bitter palate and a clean aftertaste. Brewed for the connoisseur, Mac’s Gold is brewed using only choice Motueka hops and quality barley. The bottom fermentation process of brewing by using a gravity system produces a naturally-brewed, all malt lager that contains no added chemicals, preservatives or colouring.

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highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2007
Another forgettable beer from a brewer that has all the right credentials - independent, avoids additives, uses fresh local ingredients - and yet produces stultifyingly dull beers. I always approach their stuff with optimism and end up disappointed. This one was translucent pale gold with a fat shaving foam head. The doughy aroma had metallic overtones but was otherwise remarkable for how little there was to remark upon. Light, sourish citric flavours gave way to a chalky finish with some light herbal astringency. Minimal bitterness. There is an unusual flavour, presumably from the local Motueka hops, but it doesn’t add up to very much. (330ml bottle from Vintage Cellars, Clovelly. BB 27/10/07)

Dredd (969) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2007
Sweet aroma with a slight honey to it. Sweet upfront malts with a slight corniness to it. There is reasonable bitterness and finish to this to balance it out. Not a bad quaffer, but that is about it.

SilkTork (5804) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2007
330ml bottle from BeersOfEurope. A clean, slightly biscuity lager. Soft, interesting hops in the finish - quite herby. Some soap overall. Nothing great, but quite drinkable.

bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2007
Typical pale lager appearance - yellow gold with a loose white head and lots of bubbles. Light tasting with some mealy grains coming through. No sign of the NZ hops except for a little bitterness. Rather boring and plain.

detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2007
I’m ashamed to admit I’m predisposed to antipathy towards anything antipodean, living as I do in west London. It pains me therefore to report that Mac’s Gold is a ok beer. Not that much to look at - standard golden hue, but very light in the mouth, soft, creamy flavour that’s low on sharpe notes. I didn’t detect many hops in there. It’s a bit watery, but at least its distictive. Nice bottle design.

Stew41 (2066) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 29, 2006
Not sure if this meant to be marketed as a mid-strength (perhaps not at 4%) but goes quite ok for a mainstream beer in this style. Pale lager yellow in colour and thin head, low density head. No discernable character on the nose. Soft malt driven palate that clearly (or at least to my palate) has a low ABV feel about it. Malts taste just a fraction stale and daggy (the intensity of the malt reminds me of the fading fruit power of a mature red wine. Medium weight finish. Better than most macro mid-strengths getting around.

ALLOVATE (3056) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2006
Oh, bugger it. Geez, the bottles impressive. Good ’talk-you-in-to-it’ promo on the back. I thought I found a dead-set winner. Then I peeled the top and it did a Malt Shovel on me.
Pours a clear, thinly looking yellow gold. Head was flaccid to start off with but barely broke the 2 minute height barrier before fizzying away to nothing. Err, maybe a few legs in there as it went. Aroma of watered down cordial - as a tot I couldn’t have this before bedtime otherwise I may wet the bed. Problem is, I dare a few too many of these and I may burst a valve in the bar. Thin, watery again and overly subtle in the mouth thought it was ’Thorpe’s-brand’ exercise water with just a little citrus. Not too much!!!
Zingy and bubbly, taste of ’Passiona’ perceptible, dull malt, umm, perhaps and a little sourness in back. Finish is hospital clean, very crisp and like you weren’t drinking beer at all. Faultless if I was judging soda - but I ain’t, aren’t, is not?
Points added for just being braindeadedly clean, free of thought and emotion.Cheers (33cL, 14/03/07, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2006
Why oh why oh why did this ever get put on tap by Lion breweries? This beer used to be absolute summery perfection in bottles enjoyed on the beach. Now this product is served in slightly upmarket NZ bars but should never have been allowed to be kegged. It used to be a complex and aromatic golden lager but now has been misled by the big brewing mentality that also ruined Montieths. Shame on Lion breweries and damn them to hell.

farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2006
One of the more complex beers I’ve had. Entry to the mouth is pleasant, but the after taste is alightly grungy and almost dirty. Tried two bottles. Second one was slightly better. Yep, I’d drink it if it were offered, but wouldn’t go out of my way.

strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2006
Pretty boring, but fairly drinkable as long as it’s not the focus of your attention.

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