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


on tap


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RATINGS: 247   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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (9332) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
This is mass-marketed across New Zealand’s south island by the marchismo Marlboro Man and Butch Cassidy adverts asking if you’re man enough to drink simple beer. There’s some serious brand-loyalty among south islanders and this is the beer that they’ve 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 it’s 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. There’s not much to like about it, but it’s not a dumper. In Franz Josef you run out of non-Monteiths drinking options pretty quickly.

invinoveritas (156) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - 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.

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 (3078) - 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 (1326) - 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 (422) - 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 (2046) - 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.

dwyerpg (6078) - 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.

User369532 (907) - - JAN 19, 2017
On tap. Orange color, white head. Tasted like Bavarian non alcoholic beer - only malt present in aroma. Bad.

MoaZealand (15) - Ohoka, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 30, 2016
Hardly the worst beer in existence and easy to see why many beer casuals enjoy it, but if you’re looking for a decent beer, New Zealand has many, many much nicer beers to offer.

explosivedog (1107) - 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.

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