Brewed by The Mussel Inn
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Onekaka, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A red brown beer flavoured with the freshly picked tips of the Manuka tree. A very distinctive beer with proven medicinal qualities. The only one out of 240 New Zealand beers to rate 10 out of 10 in Keith Stewarts book ’The complete guide to New Zealand Beer’. Also featured in ’Best - a New Zealand compendium’. Compiled by Ella Griffiths, published by Awa Press. Also available on tap at Hopgood’s in Trafalgar St. Nelson, The Abbey at Appleby and Jester House in Tasman.

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donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 15, 2008
Pours clear orange, diminishing white head. Sweet corriander, citrus, spice on the nose. Flavours of the same, quite bitter, slight hop, can taste the manuka slightly through the other flavours.

xbrewer (1) - , NEW ZEALAND - SEP 11, 2008 does not count
beautiful, well balanced flavoursome Beer!!nose like three boy’s wheat but as good a session ale as you would find pushed out by the likes of Harvey’s of Lewes or Fullers in the old country. This is without a doubt the best beer find I have made in 2008 and I may have to move to golden bay just so It would be my local, fantastic work guys!!

beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 10, 2008
dark red in colour with thin white head. Manuka and spruce aroma. Big woody spicey flours. I have waited lomg time for this, thanks to the guys at beerstore.co.nz for getting this great beer in.

TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 20, 2008
Draught at Galbraiths (Auckland), a cloudy light brown with a creamy off-white head. Strong ginger aroma, with some honey and lemon. Strong ginger flavours again, on a smooth palate with a gentle floral hop kick in the finish. A sap presence, and a little grainy as well. A little bit of a let down after the long wait.

yalnikim (802) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Te-tasted 05/06/2008 at The Malthouse and dropped a flavour point and a couple of overall points. The hop flavour is a little too dominant for me, just taking away from the finer points of the beer (which could be really fine if they were allowed to shine through). Tasted 30/05/2008. From tap for afternoon tea at The Malthouse. Pours a pinkish-hued reddish amber, somewhere between murky and bright. I’m genuinely surprised at the sweet tropical NZ hops on the nose. There’s a big caramel base to this beer, which will please the average kiwi drinker but is a big overwhelming for me - it removes a little bit of the sessionability from the beer (though I may change my mind if I actually had a session on it!). The mild-medium bittereness and the slight tannin-like astringency are a good combination. Very pleasant lingering sprucey/piney/woody note from the manuka - assertively mild (it’s still there 10 minutes after the fact). Mildly carbonated. I tried this a few years ago at BrewNZ (under a diferent name, I think: "Swinelager"?) and thought it to be the best "Festive Brew" that year. I still feel the same, it is an excellent beer that just needs the slightest toning down in the caramel department. Definitely worth a retaste, or three, to confirm that theory before The Malthouse runs out. Full of flavour, and not a lot of alcohol.

kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 4%!!! ok I didn’t know this when I was drinking it but that changes my mind about it....Interesting beer with loads going on, I was initially disappointed with the body but can understand it now that I know the abv. Flavour’s dominated by notes of liquorice and allspice/cinnamon, slightly medicinal with a hint of rosemary. Caramel sweetness to start but then finishes with a nice bitter dryness that balances it out nicely.

sunevdj (4128) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2008
On tap at the inn. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white diminishing head. Somewhat sweet with a light bitterness. Aromas of citrus, honey pineapple and resin. Hint of spruce. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Bitter finish.

Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2008
(On tap) Slightly hazy amber with an off-white head leaving some laces. Exotic, spicy and enticing aroma. Medium body with light notes of caramel, exotic fruits and a dry and fairly bitter finish. Incredibly flavourful for such a light beer. 290108

bozoNZ (781) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 27, 2007
Tasted Jan 07 @ Brewpub. Full rich head, brown amber colour. Big full bitterness up front, great body and luscious finish with the manuka. Embalm me with this please. I love it.

MOFO (28) - Melbourne (Prev: Chch, NZ), AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2006
I love this - can not get enough of it. Unfortunately I often have to drive, so can not guzzle nearly as much as I would like. I believe the comments on this beer on the site reflect perhaps an unfamiliarity with Manuka, the key flavouring. For me, every sip is quintessential New Zealand. It is a winner as beer for me on its own merits - I would quite happily have thi as the beer to represent NZ in a showing. Tasting Notes: Served on tap @ the Mussel Inn, Dark Brown in appearance with only a hint of redness. Frothy but relatively light carbonation. Biiter initial taste with the sweetness of the manka hitting the roof of your mouth. Lingering Manuka aftertaste.

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