Brewed by The Mussel Inn
Style: Premium Lager
Onekaka, New Zealand
Serve in Lager glass


on tap


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
A hoppy golden lager. No shell, no feathers, just pure gold.

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explosivedog (1682) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 24, 2017
On tap. Pours gold. Lemon, plum, sweet, sharp vinegar. Extremely clean and pretty tasty.

GlassBrass440 (321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 18, 2015
Pours a crystal clear, almost neon gold with no head even when forced. Moderate aromas of honey and wild flowers with a mild grain bite and an unidentifiable dank note. Flavours bring more of the savoury, basement dankness forward, accented by the honey floral notes from the aroma. Somewhat sweet and medium-full bodied. The sweetness lingers in the finish.

chinchill (5342) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2014
On tap in the beer garden at the brewpub. 4% ABV
Deep golden with excellent clarity and a decent head.
Feel: Crisp, with medium+ carbonation and a dry finish.
Quite aromatic and fruity for style, and with high quality at that. The flavor is more average but certainly satisfying. Lasting, mildly bitter, hoppy aftertaste.
O: Recommended, although not the most interesting beer from Mussel Inn.

3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2014
New World Kiwi hops give it a citrus character that’s reminiscent of Cascade and Hallertau (orange gelatin candy, apricot nectar, lemon balm, pepper / spice, a little bit of cheese rind mustiness) while a quieter intrusion of Nelson / Motueka give it that burnt pineapple / papaya and green onion character. Malt sits in the background with a soft honey succulence. Body is savory and rich but malt texture is brash, which the rough carbonation amplifies. Medium+ bitterness, medium sweetness, prickly acids which combined with the harsh texture make a half-glass about all I can stand. Flavor and aroma-wise this might be a high 3 if the body were smoothed out. From draft.

kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 16, 2013
The head is ok, body blond. It smells malty, sweet. The taste is malty, sweet, spicy. Sweet, less sour. Ok…

Rangi (671) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2013
Appears to be a well made lager. Clear yellow poor with slight white head that disappears quickly. Slightly sweet. Refreshing.

Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2011
Pours golden and clear, thin dissipating head. Aromas of gooseberry, grass, tangelo and meringue. Initially full with loads of carbonation. Light, soft and slow to develop flavour. A tinge of bitterness and dries on the palate. Tails off herbally (roemary and chives) with freshly buttered toast. Not a full on flavour attack but pleasant.
"An easy drinking lawnmower beer" quoth the brewer. Bang on.

OJB (40) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2011
The colour was golden amber with a moderate head. There was a crisp green hoppy aroma. The flavour had smooth ginger and biscuity malt, and medium bitter hops and dry yeasty finish. This beer had nicely balanced flavours with a crisp light bitter finish. A very pleasant beer without being outstanding.

mkel07 (6440) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2011
330ml bottle. Doesn’t look too bad compared to most pale lagers. Thick merengue of white foam that leaves a good bead of lacing on the glass. Deep golden amber colour with a citrus hop aroma. A bit dry in the finish with some mild bitterness in the flavour. Overall this is pretty good for a pale lager.

KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2010
330 ml bottle

Aroma: Hoppy, floral;

Appearance: golden brown with large head dissipating quickly leaving minimal lacing;

Taste: surprisingly mild yeast with very little bitterness;

Palate; medium to light body, trace of astringency, finishes quickly to a yeasty aftertaste;

Overall: Not all the remarkable but a nice drop.

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