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

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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
SPEIGHTS Gold Medal Ale is a full strength bitter ale with a hint of grassy undertones that add to its complexity. The use of SPEIGHTS malts and hops produces the full flavour that has been synonymous with the Pride of the South since 1876.

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2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (9203) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
This is mass-marketed across New Zealands south island by the marchismo Marlboro Man and Butch Cassidy adverts asking if youre man enough to drink simple beer. Theres some serious brand-loyalty among south islanders and this is the beer that theyve settled on, though a large contingent still drinks DB. To be fair, GOLD MEDAL ALE is not awful, I can see how it came to be one of the big, bland, simple beers that people drink their entire lives, and it has more flavor and body than a lot of its equally-bland competition. It actually resembles a lager in body. Lightly sweet and syrupy with some papery notes. Carbonation is a bit brash, flavor is basic amber malt extract with off-notes of copper pennies and metal. Theres not much to like about it, but its not a dumper. In Franz Josef you run out of non-Monteiths drinking options pretty quickly.


1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
explosivedog (480) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 18, 2016
On tap. Aroma is floral, biscuit, malt vinegar. Flavour is quite sweaty, perhaps some caramel and biscuit trying to fight through, but mostly a sweaty start and a malt vinegar finish. Bad.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TedE (1051) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2016
1st beer on holiday. 330ml can into glass. Pours copper golden with solid white head. Lightly carbonated. Aroma of wet cardboard and pepper. Mild sweet taste, a touch of vegetables and tin mixed in with the malty finish. Cheap quaffer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
caribou43 (706) - Lausanne and Lima, SWITZERLAND - AUG 28, 2016
Thank you Fred for this bottle that we share together at le Petit-Lancy. The body is copper, typical for the ale. The carbonation is a bit low, regular ale for the taste, watery, small touch of bitterness, hop, malt, good pint in a pub to start a night.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (9774) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Tap at the bungee bar in Singapore. Golden pour - a darker golden. Grains, low hop, kind of bland.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2016
[8259-20160513] Tap. Mild leafy grains aroma. Slightly hazy, brown amber body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Grainy toasted leaf flavour. Medium body. Average. (6/3/7/3/13) 3.2-
(@ Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, NZ; watching the exciting and much-anticipated Highlanders vs. Crusaders rugby match)

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (10000) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2016
2016-05-13. Crisp dark amber body, with a smallish head. Aroma is sweet and malty, toasty notes. Flavour is similarly malty and sweet, caramel with accents of toasty malt and just enough bitterness to keep from becoming cloying. Average bodied palate, good carbonation. 6/3/6/3/12-13 On tap at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Crusaders v Highlanders, Dunedin, NZ.

"What kind of beer do you have?"
"Speights!"
"Uhh, I guess Ill have two Speights then."

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Austin2537 (3) - AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2016 does not count
Pours a coppery gold with a firm lacy head. Unobtrusive malt on the nose, slightly biscuity with a low carbonation from the bottle. Quite sensionable and rates well. Not a bad drop at all

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
adasko (1972) - Poznan, POLAND - MAR 20, 2016
I wouldnt say its a Bitter. It doesnt taste like one for sure. Its rather a bit poor quality golden ale with a touch of caramel, nothing like english Bitters. Poor taste, medium mouth feel. Not really worth to try.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1519) - DENMARK - MAR 13, 2016
Klar gylden og boblende, med hvidt skum, der forsvinder hurtigt. smag af humle og grs. Frugtagtig, lidt bitter. Helt metallisk og lidt sur. Metallisk smag er det eneste, der forbliver i ganen - ingen bitterhed, bare lidt vandig. En lidt tynd l, hvor isr eftersmagen skuffer.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
varanid99 (1053) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2015
Gold pour with a thin white head. Malty, grassy aroma. Taste is mostly just the malt, a little watery but easy drinking. Nothing spectacular but tastes alright


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