Brewed by Speights Brewery (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: Bitter
Dunedin, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
SPEIGHT’S® Gold Medal Ale is a full strength bitter ale with a hint of “grassy” undertones that add to its complexity. The use of SPEIGHT’S® malts and hops produces the full flavour that has been synonymous with the Pride of the South since 1876.

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invinoveritas' rating

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
invinoveritas (156) - Greater Manchester, - MAY 20, 2017
330ml bottle served cold. Not much aroma but more of a malty flavour than that would suggest. Quite thin on the palate which makes for a refreshing gulp. Easy drinking but not complex.

yabbadabba (1) - Piedmont, Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2018 does not count
Like the US, New Zealand has too many quality craft brews to sample in a three week visit. Unlike the US, New Zealand offers a lot of good, low alcohol beers, several of which are not pale ales. Speights was my favorite of these. Speights has been around for over a century, so it is not what most would call a craft brewery. It's Gold Medal Ale is refreshing, with a light malty flavor and little to no hop aroma. I would love to have a bottle of it in front of me now.

beergusler123 (3) - - OCT 11, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2017 Speights reminds me of that kid who shows off at a party. When a 16 year old kid walks into the piss up, everyone automatically knows hes either a country boy or a wannabe country kid. Leaves a taste in my mouth thats so mouth watering it makes my legs quiver just thinking about it.

Grumbo (4554) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2017
Bottle in Auckland. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

Skarecrow (1106) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 12, 2017
330ml bottle Amber pour with OK head. Slight sulfury/ grainy aroma. Mild bitterness - some malt. Otherwise bland. Meh.

thebeerpundit (3) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 1, 2017 does not count
Easy drinking, would happily polish a 24 box and have room for more. Nice and golden in colour.

john44 (3510) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2017
Bottle. Golden in colour. Malty; sweet malts, caramel. Fruity; although couldn’t identify a specific fruit. Hoppy; hint of grassy hops, low bitterness. Sweet fruity malty throughout. Dry in the finish. Relatively bland. (2009)

ljthiessen (1539) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle, shared by a friend just back from NZ. Clear caramel colour with a white head. Light, malty, a little biscuity, clean and balanced, not bad. Didn’t mind this actually, exactly what you ’d hope out of a light and accessible bitter.

thejackpacker (764) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2017
Bottle at home from indepdent shop in Dublin. Was quite sad to try this and find it tasted pretty awful. I would never describe it as an ale, was more like a brown lager or something strange....had fond memories of drinking this in New Zealand so worth another shot down under.

Rubin77 (2865) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 1, 2017
F: huge, creamy, off-white. C: coppery, clear. A: malt, caramel, grassy, bread, floral. T: malt, caramel, grassy, toast, candy, very light bitterness, good balanced and not bad at all, medium body, medium carbonation, 440ml can from local supermarket in Nadi in Fiji.

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