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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: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.47/5   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 (9296) - 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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
john44 (2928) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2017
Bottle. Golden in colour. Malty; sweet malts, caramel. Fruity; although couldnt identify a specific fruit. Hoppy; hint of grassy hops, low bitterness. Sweet fruity malty throughout. Dry in the finish. Relatively bland. (2009)

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ljthiessen (1235) - 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. Didnt mind this actually, exactly what you d hope out of a light and accessible bitter.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
thejackpacker (260) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rubin77 (1594) - 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.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
dwyerpg (5922) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 21, 2017
The flavor makes me think of a bad malt liquor. Thin and tinny, this y very enjoyablr. Found in Fiji.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
UjoKlobasa (810) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 19, 2017
On tap. Orange color, white head. Tasted like Bavarian non alcoholic beer - only malt present in aroma. Bad.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MoaZealand (13) - Ohoka, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 30, 2016
Hardly the worst beer in existence and easy to see why many beer casuals enjoy it, but if youre looking for a decent beer, New Zealand has many, many much nicer beers to offer.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
explosivedog (731) - 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 (1184) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
caribou43 (848) - Lausanne, 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.


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