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Brewed by Monteiths Brewing Co. (DB Breweries)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Greymouth, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.46/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Moneith's limited release Summer Ale is a refreshing different beer. Its uniquie style dates back to the late 19th century when ther was an adherence to brew with distinctive spices. True to tradition, this bright gold beer's spiciness adds a real flavoursome zest-balance by a touch of Rata honey and four different malts. Try it ice cold with a wedge of orange or lime.

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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bonkiedeaap (739) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2017
Bottle from Albert Heijn in Gorinchem, The Netherlands. The beer is deep golden to amber colored and a has an unstable white head, with average carbonation. The aroma is malty and very fruity, with notes of honey, caramel, ginger and spices. Reminds me of shandy. Taste is sweet and malty, with notes of honey and a lot of ginger and other spices. The finish is light bitter and a little sour and short.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RW80 (2491) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2017
33cl bottle. Appearance: A nice golden yellow, with a rough white foamy head. Head does have a not so good retention and leaves marginally lacing. Aroma: A nice ginger, and a hint of zest with a maly backbone. Taste: a bit twatery, sweetish ginger, some malts, hints of honey, zest. Slighly below medium body, carbonation is a bit high, texture is quite sticky which is a bit of a shame as sumer refresher, our as refreshing soft drink. Its ok ginger beer, but why get this over a non alcohol soft drink version, which is better executed ?

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Phagelund (170) - DENMARK - APR 28, 2017
Golden colour with white foam. Aroma of mostly malt. A bit sweet taste. Not that impresive

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Wim (3909) - Weelde, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2017
At Home gold blond colored body with a small white head and with a fruity malt aroma a spicy herby fruity sweet watery taste with a light bitter finish

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brnandersen (3850) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 22, 2017
33 cl bottle. Clear golden colour with an amber tint. Thin white head. Sweet spiced aroma with honey and pale malts. Taste is light sweet. Medium body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes slightly dry and herbal sweet. Okay summers beer.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
moldovan9807 (161) - Oradea, ROMANIA - APR 21, 2017
Not too much aroma or taste.Pours a clear yellow with thin head. Unexpected ginger beer flavour. Light and thin fizzy lemonade gingerbeer almost shandy. Fairly unpleasent artificial aromas.meh

1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Alengrin (5181) - BELGIUM - APR 7, 2017
UPDATED: APR 9, 2017 Bottle from an Albert Heijn supermarket. Any beer that recommends "try ice cold with a wedge of orange or lime" elicits nothing but suspicion in me, but here we go: thinnish, off-white, lightly lacing head quickly reduced to a moussy rim and some wafer thin islands in the middle but eventually all but disappearing, over an old gold coloured robe with warmer pale orangey hue. Aroma of bath foam, lemonade (Fanta!), industrial cider, ginger ale, lemon-scented hand soap, varnish, some vague hints of caramel, mojito (without the alcohol), mandarin peel, breakfast cereals, molten glue. Cloyingly sweet onset, lots of Fanta flavour including that awful ascorbid acid providing industrial sourishness, tons of residual white sugar sticking to the mouth cavity, light mouthfeel, slick and smooth but very soapy, if not unpleasantly glueish as well, with initially fizzy carbo calming down afterwards; very thin cereally malt middle, malt extracts, conducting that lemonade sweetness and artificial sourishness to a finish in which the sweetness decreases and is eventually replaced by a notably ginger ale-like, ethereal spiciness, adding a kind of wryness of bitter dried grapefruit peel and thereby blocking the initial sweetness, but feeling just as artificial. A shampoo- or lemon soap-like scent rises up retronasally, adding insult to injury; ends wry, with a vaguely grassy hop bitter touch but much more chemical bitterness (effervescent tablets) which is anything but pleasant. I get the idea now of serving this thing ice cold with a wedge of orange: tasted at near room temperature, as I always do with any beer, makes this barely drinkable, way too sweet at first and too - chemically - wry in the end, with close to nothing in between. The previous two beers I had from this DB Breweries-owned brewer were anything but great but this one blatantly beats them: this is an abomination, seemingly fancy as a refreshing summer ale to the unsuspecting Albert Heijn shopper, but in reality, this is a cheap concoction aiming to mimick lemonade in a beery - i.e. alcoholic - way. Reminds me a bit of Bertinchamps Pamplemousse if I have to come up with a Belgian equivalent, but way thinner, much more chemical, sweeter and soapier. This beer is an offense, Albert Heijn should stop importing this industrial nonsense and reserve the space on their shelves for the many wonders of the present-day Dutch craft beer revolution. This one misses the train completely as far as Im concerned, very artificial, very unpleasant and, frankly, close to undrinkable. This drinks like bath foam-scented lemonade. Avoid at all cost - have a mediocre saison imitation or the most mundane of IPAs instead if youre craving for a light and crisp, summery beer. This one will only make you more thirsty due to the sticky mouthfeel, like some cheap cola or other industrial soda pop will. Way worse than feared!

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
skortila (5730) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2017
Bottled. Small sample. The aroma has Royal Club ginger ale and some honey. Clear, copper coloured beer with not much head. The taste is a horrible way too sweet ginger feast. Awful. Drain poor. This is really not something you wanna drink in summer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MMR (752) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2017
It is a nice refreshing Blond Ale. Nothing too special but it does the job.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maupie (1034) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2017
33cl fles. Helder licht amber kleur, fijne romige witte schuimkraag. Aroma van gember en karamel. Smaak is zoet, honing, gember en licht karamel. Medium lichaam, veel koolzuur.


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