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Brewed by Sunshine Brewery
Style: Pale Lager
Waikanae Beach, Gisborne, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 2.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Born of sun, sea and hot afternoons, Gizzy Gold, as it’s known locally, is our classic thirst quenching and award winning session lager. Dry, crisp and refreshing, it has a lightly toasted maltiness over a solid Green Bullet hop backbone. Fermented at a low temperature with its own imported yeast strain, it’s a time proven brew to wash out the salt out after a hard day’s surfing, working or playing. A gift to you from us old Gisborne surfers.

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2.8
Skarecrow (775) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2016
330ml bottle BB 3/5/2017 Fruity aroma with a touch of malt. Pale gold color with OK head. Medium bitterness with a understated malt finish. OK for this style but nothing special.

2.5
omega (900) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2015
For a lager this one is not that back - more sweet malts than expected give this a bit of flavour to at least make it interesting.

2.8
DylansDad (644) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 31, 2015
Light malt and hops. A little grass, a touch of honey, a bit of metal and a bit of plastic. Good carbonation pushes the decent level of bitterness (decent for this kind of beer) forward a tad and tingles the tongue. Better than green-bottle macro slosh.

2.9
GlassBrass440 (321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 17, 2015
Pale gold color with an everlasting bright white head. Pale malt flavor and aroma. Not much else. Light body.

3.2
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 19, 2014
500ml bottle pours pale & frothy, light malt grassy aroma with a bitter mildly hoppy taste that finishes quite dry, very refreshing

2.5
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2014
It’s probably about time I reviewed this beer given its long standing, but you just don’t get it in the South Island of New Zealand. It is as it says on the label, a golden lager that also has a white head and large bubbly carbonation. It looks like a classic lager in the glass and has a very light malt aroma and subtle metallic hopping. It isn’t the most complex beer - mild maltiness and little else to commend it to beer snobs. It tasted to me like Mack’s Gold used to taste prior to Lion’s takeover. An aperitif beer? I bet it has never been described as that before, but that’s how and why I had it and it fit its purpose well.

2.9
Travlr (25185) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Draft at Beervana. Crystal clear pale yellow color, fluffy white head. Aroma of whitenpepper and hay. Taste is peppery straw. Light body.

3.7
sx_fusion (8) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2011 does not count
The first sip reminded me of opening a bag of hops. Great drinker, interesting and unintrusive hop profile. It’s not trying to new a highly hoped pils, that is the green’s job. Instead it is an easy drinking yet satisfying pale lager. I would order this over a steinlager, stella or carona any day.

2.7
beer4eternity (226) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - APR 13, 2010
500ml bottle fresh from the brewery. According to the brewer this is the same recipe as Gisborne Green (Pilsener) just with 20% more water. Strangely the Gisborne Green was more about the hops and this was more about the malt. Given the choice between the two I would always choose the the more intense aroma and flavour of the Gisborne Green. However this was OK as a beer and easily much better than your average pale lager.

2.6
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 31, 2010
Reminiscing on this. Grassiness is the memory that sticks in my mind more than most. A NZ beer that has its own distinctiveness,


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