jha (8) - GERMANY - MAR 11, 2011 does not count
It’s a shame you can only drink this gem during the summer months. Light, refreshing with a hint of honey. Awesome. dcguy (5) - USA - OCT 9, 2007 does not count
Likely my favorite beer in the world, Monteith’s Summer Ale uses historic techniques to develop an extraordinary and refreshing flavor. WIth honey and spices instead of hops, Monteith’s Summer Ale boasts a wonderful bouquet and a pleasing blend of flavors. Perfect in summertime, but refreshing at any time. I cannot wait until they ship it to the States! beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2002
NIce clean golden colour, big white head. Spicey aroma, interesting taste with weet honey undertones.
Wish every day was Summer to drink this beer. tackykiwi (1) - MALAYSIA - APR 7, 2008 does not count
Excellent Ale to drink ice cold, on a hot summer evening, sitting around chatting with your mates. SperkeleForce (791) - FINLAND - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle 33 @ Viking Gabriella. Smells Like mead and tastes abit Like it too. Summery feeling with flowers and stuff. Pretty good real summer feeling with mead.
imdownthepub (14556) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2005
Bottled, purchased from The Kings Head, Fritwell, Oxon. Golden colour, medium fizz. Terrific spicy flavours, cloves and cinamon in a spritzy crisp beer. The flavours dominate so no hop or malt impressions, but definitely a beer worth trying. LeopardMan (53) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 26, 2007
Served in a 500 ml. mug. from a 330 ml. bottle.
An above average, slightly dark gold beer which pours a thin white head and is only slightly effervescent. Its palate, not surprisingly is similiarly unnoticeable.
The real treat in this beer, as previous raters have mentioned, is in the aroma and flavour which are quite noticeably sweet thanks to its Rata honey content, malt combination, orange, spiciness and some ginger.
Lovely Summer beer but, perhaps because of its relatively busy mix of ingredients, not quite refreshing enough.
MissPxx (991) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2016
Tastes like ginger beer. Actual ginger beer. And it's from New Zealand! I know! Right?!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
330 ml bottle BB09/05. Hazy pale golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma is very spicy, orange peel, cardamom, clove (not yeast) and cinnamon. Flavour is also quite spicy, honey malt and a little bit bready. Nice spicy finish. Interesting to get a lighter spiced ale that doesn’t have coriander. MOFO (28) - Melbourne (Prev: Chch, NZ), AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2006
An emotional favourite for any kiwi reminiscant over summer. A good beer with gingery notes - although the rata honey and cloves take a back seat to it, which is unfortunate because there are a few brews nowadays offering ginger beers. Still it is a nice, old spiced ginger compared to the fresh, sushi-style ginger many serve up nowadays.
A 6 pack on a hot summer day really doesnt stand a chance, this beer doesnt use any trickery... it is a great brew that is easy to consume. I have even convinced many an aussie to admit that indeed it is a great session beer - it could be the missing link of beers to get many a beer swiller onwards to a higher education.
Tasters notes: A light looking beer, like your mother has come through and spiked it with lemonade. The head is short, disappating quickly to look like many a man’s attempt at homebrew. Lack of dextrose would explain this - I am happy to give up the head to not have the oilyness, Carbonation is light, matching many mainstream kiwi beers - this helps consumption. Overall an easy session beer - matching all summer related foleys; cut grass, bbq’s, grain waves and long summer days.