Steel River Platts Folly Old World Lager

Brewed by Steel River Brewery
Style: Pale Lager
Newcastle, NSW, Australia


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 2.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Like Steel River Lager, it is an all malt beer, but fermented warmer and triple hopped to give increased flavor and aroma. We use a blend of Australian and German grains, predominantly New Zealand grown hops and American yeast developed in the Californian gold rush of the 1850’s to make a unique, complex beer.

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Mattburns (114) - USA - MAY 23, 2010
Not too bad. Big on malt if that is your thing. It has an interesting aroma which is mainly dominated by the malty character. Poured as a clear golden colour. Minimal head which was dissappointing.

mkel07 (6604) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2010
330ml bottle. Surprising in a good way. Bright amber in colour with a wavy uneven white foam that goes quickly but sticks to the side of the glass. Well carbonated with a hop aroma and smooth texture in the mouth. Worth hunting for.

bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2010
Dull orangey amber body with poor head. Caramelly sweet aroma, some cardboardy notes in the taste as well as the caramel. Drinkable for some people just not for me.

bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep orange with a small white head. Disappeared pretty quickly leaving no lacing. Initially nice malty aromas with a hint of citurs hop aromas. As the beer warmed slightly however the nose turned quite harsh with a weird sweetish aroma. Something I couldn’t quite place though. Flavours unfrotunately were much the same. Initially some malt and hops but the this harsh after taste. Didn’t like this one unfortunately.

Dredd (982) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2009
Not a bad beer and nice to see a brewer going for a Lager style over ales. Slight malt nose, pour is amber with an off white head. Flavour is a mix of initial biscuity malt with some fruity back end flavour that has a slightly washed out finish.

madquacker (1178) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2007
This did not seem like a lager to me but more of an american pale ale. A nice reddish/ golden hue. Lots of citrus and florals in the taste and aroma. Above average I thought.

bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2006
Dunno where our esteemed colleague Sully got his story from, but my bottle tells a different version. Apparently the Platt on my bottle had 2000 acres up in the Hunter Valley back in the 1820’s and failed in his ventures into timber milling, farming and coal mining. The only link to the beer is that the brewery’s next to where the old homestead was! Anyway, on to the beer... which looked decent with a golden orange hue and moderately lasting head. Nice enough floral aroma with some musk and a touch of toasty malt appearing after a while. Fairly bitter, and not just like sucking on copper coins which can be a feature of many Australian beers. Medium bodied, the carbonation is pretty close to the mark, but the aftertaste is forgettable. A step above the macros, but not much to really rave about.

SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 23, 2006
In the bottle from the Bottle-O in Newcastle. Rich gold in color with a poofy, but fleeting white head. It seems to me that Oz lagers come in 2 types- no flavorand just a hint of flavor. This falls in the latter category. I’m getting just a bit of hop-induced floral flavor and a slight residual bitterness post quaff. Better than many, but not worth flying to Australia to try.

Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2006
The story of this brew is some ramble about silly old Platt and the folly of trying to grow grapes or some such crap. He embarked on brewing in the ’20s and so it was said he had hit on a winner with his lager brewed to the old style of beers, using only the best blah blah blah. I’ll tell you the bloody folly my lad. The belief that this is significantly different from your typical Aussie pale lager. A bit more complexity than the macrocrap but really, where is all the substance to support the guff they go on with? Just another beer with some small degree of malt and hop balance but as characterless as a Kevin Costner performance.

highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 Rerate 11/1/07: The gulf between fresh draught lager and the bottled version is often broad. The arrival of this in bottles in Sydney offered a chance for a comparison, and regrettably, a downgrade. The bottled version is more muted in the glass, but still fruity and summery on the nose. Quite a full mouthfeel for a lager, soft and morish. Pleasantly fruity but with an unwelcome late astringency that I didn’t pick in the draught version. Bit of a disconnect between the summery fruits at the front of the palate and the harshness of the finish. Still drinkable but not as fine as it seemed on a warm spring afternoon sitting outside the Australian Hotel. Original rating: This was the first of two lagers brewed by this new venture based in Newcastle, NSW. The second, Steel River Lager, was created later to cater for macro lager drinkers who found this too demanding. At least, that’s my understanding based on a conversation with the brewer at the recent beer festival at Sydney’s Australian Hotel. This is fruitier, a little stronger and more complex than SRL but the differences are so marginal that I’d be surprised if this survives once the range expands. It’s a deeper gold than SRL with excellent head retention. Bit nutty at first sniff, with the same lychee fruity notes, a hint of attic and a faint herbal quality. Quite subtle and hard to pin down. Medium bodied and softly carbonated. Not as malty as SRL, with a more pronounced hop presence. Very fruity - lychee and blackcurrants, quite tart in the swallow, with some sherbet. Undemanding summer drinking. Original score: 6/4/6/3/12 (3.1). (Draught at Australian Hotel beerfest)

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