Brewed by Lion Breweries - NZ (Lion Co.)
Style: Pale Lager
Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Waikato Draught® is a strong flavoured bitter ale. It has a complex fruity, hoppy and spicy aroma. The strong maltiness finishes with a well-defined bitterness.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
DylansDad (655) - North Shore, Auckland, - APR 3, 2013
Faint bitterness added as a token to justify the label. It’s really just normal mainstream sloshy lager with a bit of caramel colouring and low budget artificial essence of slight bitterness added, which, by default, does make it a tad more interesting than a mainstream sloshy lager. But only just.

Grumbo (3817) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2017
Bottle in Auckland. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

gripweed57 (2800) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2017
From old tasting notes. Clear amber orange color with a light tan head. Interesting malt aroma hints at clover leaf and hard boiled eggs. Slightly herbaceous malt flavor upfront. Brief sweet malt middle. Finish is bland and listless. Not good.

tombutlin (355) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 21, 2017
It looks like beer, so gets 4/5 for appearance. The bottle was buried at the back of a fridge in a bach and to be fair to the expert brewers, had a use by date of 3 years ago. We cracked this for a laugh after sampling several excellent IPAs from Good George & Liberty, so this had all the potential of a Trump presidency. The only good thing about this beer is to remind you how good the other beers really are

ljthiessen (1397) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle, shared by a friend just back from NZ. Caramel colour. Malty, caramel, candy sweetness, plain and light but actually decent and drinkable for the style.

BeerSin (28) - Immensee, SWITZERLAND - DEC 31, 2016
Golden to brown color. There are some choclate notes and a malty sweetness. In the taste there is the choclate again and caramel.

User369532 (907) - - DEC 29, 2015
On tap. Golden color, clear liquid, white head. Light bitter, medium sweet, watery. Boring.

digopossobon (392) - MACAE, BRAZIL - JUL 21, 2015
A: cereal, grass, low intensity. A: Dark golden, clear. White foam, not lasting. T: light sweetness, medium bitterness, P: medium body, thick feel, astringent O: Nice beer.

Bule (2239) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
12oz bottle pours an amber color without much head. Struggling to find any flavor in this. Coming to the end of it and can still only taste what I ate before.

KeefOz (1890) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2014
Tasted 3/2/2014. Draught at "The Pub ’n’ Grub", Taupo, NZ. Poured a semi-clear golden amber with 5mm of off-white frothy head that retained Ok and laced quite well. Carbonation moderate with small bubbles. Aroma of malt and not much else. Taste slightly sweet but with an acrid bitterness on back of the tongue. Light to medium body. Smooth but with a biting bitter finish. Not that good and expensive (at $8/pint) for what you get.

chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2014
745ml bottle on a rainy afternoon in the pub of the South Seas Hotel on Stewart Island (NZ) Pours amber with a large, sudsy, off-white head that leaves sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma: some light bready malts but mostly herbal/earthy hops; a bit floral and grassy. Flavor: Mild; a touch sweet up front and mildly bitter by the finish. The hops dominate the light bready malts. Feel: Light body; smooth but slightly astringent; good, soft medium-high carbonation. O: a decent and typical but unremarkable NZ beer.

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