Birkenhead Brewery Reviews




Travlr
3.7
Birkenhead Dry Cider
Bottle from a Liquor City store not far from OR Tambo airport, bought in May 2016. Crystal clear golden color, big white head with good retention for a cider. Aroma of apple flesh, light sulphur. Taste has apple skins, light tannins, dry finish. Tasty and easy drinking.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

letísDrink
1.7
Birkenhead Chocolate Malt Stout
Such a disappointment of a beer. Chose to buy this over a Youngís Double Chocolate Stout, a poor choice indeed! The beer pours a lovely pitch black with tan head which dissipates quickly. On the first pour the smell is distinctly chocolate but then it transforms into a terrible artifical chocolate smell mixed with cheap boozie smell. Very watery in the mouth and slight tastes of coffee and the sickly artifical chocolate taste. Wont ever buy this again
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Travlr
3.1
Birkenhead Honey Blonde Ale
Bottle from Liquor City. Crystal clear bright yellow color, white coca cola head. Floral aroma, with light lemon. Taste is sweet honey, sublte straw. OK.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Imaena
3.4
Birkenhead Chocolate Stout
Bottle. Nice toasty stout with lots of good roasted malts and chocolate malt backbone. Sweetness could use a bit more balance.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

AnG_BrgNor
1.9
Birkenhead Pilsner
Aroma of malt, caramalt and some diacetyl. Taste is much of the same. This is a 3,6% beer and as expected its nothing special about it.
Sunday, February 14, 2016

AtronSeige
3
Birkenhead Chocolate Stout
Aroma: Medium roasty, coffee, light cherry, banana. Appearance: Very dark brown, clear body with red hues. Small, light brown head, fair retention. Flavour: Medium roasty, toasty, coffee. Medium-light sweetness, light bitterness (slightly accentuated by the roastiness). Light banana. Medium-dry finish, lingering sweet coffee. Final finish is roasty. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Quite fruity for the style. Needs that dash sourness to make it "spark" 500 ml bottle, poured. 13A. Dry Stout
Monday, August 17, 2015

AtronSeige
2.6
Birkenhead Laughing Croc
Aroma: Medium toasty, chocolate, vanilla. Medium-light hops, fruity. Appearance: Clear, amber body. Medium, tan head. Good retention. Flavour: Medium-light bitterness. Medium-light sweetness. Light caramel, toasty. Light fruitiness. Medium dry finish, with lingering hops and caramel. Mouthfeel: Medium body. Creamy, medium carbonation. Very smooth. Overall: Nice. But a bit more bitterness will make it more balanced. The sweetness is cloying. The color is too dark for a bitter. Too much body. 500 ml bottle, poured. 8A. Standard/Ordinary Bitter
Monday, August 17, 2015

Beerkenstock
2.1
Birkenhead Premium Lager
Drink cold (8-10į) Eye: pours a golden color with a small and quickly dissipating white head Nose: hops and metal, nuts Mouth: honey and hops Palate: hops and nuts and a bit watery, metal in the end. Overall: decent beer but nothing special
Friday, January 30, 2015

ChewyBeer
3.5
Birkenhead Honey Blonde Ale
Poured from tap, in a forest for a wedding. Average nose, medium mouthfeel. Malt profile with a hint of the honey. A little under carbonated (tap setup?) but good drinking
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ChewyBeer
3.3
Birkenhead Premium Lager
Drank 500ml draught. Beautiful clear amber but not much head. Sweet malty aroma. Medium mouthfeel low carbonation. Slightlt Sweet malt flavours with a bit of bitterness that follows. Not bad
Friday, January 16, 2015

Abrakarl
2.6
Birkenhead Pride Old English Bitter
No real aroma, not bad just not there. Rather pleasant english ale. Not my favourite style.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

aleksander9
1.7
Birkenhead Pilsner
3.6%. Pours a deep golden caramel with carbonating head. Aroma is some caramel malt. Watery palate. Aftertaste is caramel, cardboard and some noble hops. Lingering watery caramel. Overall: not bad, but lacking some serious abv.
Monday, May 19, 2014

JDD
3.3
Birkenhead Honey Blonde Ale
Lovely aroma, very smooth taste. Not at all hoppy ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Friday, April 4, 2014

Coolmac
4.1
Birkenhead Malt Stout
Pours dark, almost pitch black with dark tan head. Head retention is low, but it managed to maintain a thin foam throughout. Aroma is molasses and malt, light roast with a sweet coffee. Tastes a bit sharp, but a nice sweetness and toasty and roasty finish. A slight bit too carbonated for my tastes, but this definitely gives a acidic bite to what would otherwise be quite a sweet beer. Well worth drinking this!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

AtronSeige
2
Birkenhead Pride Old English Bitter
Aroma: Dried dark fruit, Appearance: Clear copper body. Medium fizzy white head Flavour: Dried fruit, light malt, medium-light bitterness, earthy, Palate: Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. Overall: Not my cup of tea. I would have liked more bitterness and more malt flavours(biscuit, bread) 330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Amanda! 8B. Special/Best/Premium Bitter
Saturday, January 25, 2014

AtronSeige
4
Birkenhead Malt Stout
Aroma: Sweet cherry, chocolate, vanilla, Appearance: Dark amber, almost black body. Thin, light-brown head. Flavour: Roasty, dark malt, cacao, medium bitterness, medium sweetness Palate: Medium body, high carbonation. Overall: Well balanced. Nice beer! 340 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Amanda! 13B. Sweet Stout
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

AtronSeige
4.3
Birkenhead Honey Blonde Ale
Aroma: High rich, fresh bread, toasted banana. Light spice, vanilla Appearance: Hazy dark straw body. Thin, white, long lasting head. Flavour: Bread, Medium light sweetness, crisp, tart, banana, vanilla, Palate: Creamy, Medium-full body, creamy carbonation, sting. Overall: Refreshing and nice mouth-feel! I can drink a few of these! 340 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Amanda! 15A. Weizen/Weissbier
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

AtronSeige
3.2
Birkenhead Premium Lager
Aroma: Medium-light malt (bread, toasty) aroma, light hops (spicy) aroma. Appearance: Hazy copper body. Thin off-white head. Flavour: Bread, toasty. Medium sweetness, medium-light bitterness, crisp Palate: Medium body. Soft by high carbonation. Overall: Drinkable. A bit sweet for me, but it is fairly well to style. 340 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Amanda! 3A. Vienna Lager
Monday, January 13, 2014

AtronSeige
1.7
Birkenhead Pilsner
Aroma: Grainy, pils, honey, Appearance: Hazy dark straw body. Small off-white head. Flavour: Light sweetness, light bitterness, dry, crisp, Palate: light body, high but soft carbonation Overall: Very light in taste and body. Probably more an american lager than a pilsner. 340 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Amanda! 2A. German Pilsner (Pils)
Monday, January 13, 2014

King_Dean
3.1
Birkenhead Pride Old English Bitter
Reddish brown pour. Very little head. Sweet malt and caramel on the nose. Taste follows the aroma with a bit of toffee. Low on hop bitterness. Lightly carbonated.
Friday, June 21, 2013

maverix35
3.7
Birkenhead Honey Blonde Ale
One of my favourites. All of you naysayers are clearly deprived of bear hugs and love. Only add the lemon for a hot African day, otherwise drink it straight. Slightly sweet with honey and citrus. My upcountry friends always have this on the top of their order lists of what i should buy and send them.
Thursday, May 16, 2013

maverix35
2.9
Birkenhead Premium Lager
Very drinkable. Not birkenheadís best, but great on a hot summerís lunchtime. The naysayers must have got a bad batch...
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Oakes
2.6
Birkenhead Chocolate Malt Stout
Medium brown with not much head. Thin, with vague caramels and malt husks. Might be passable as a brown ale, but not as a stout.
Sunday, December 16, 2012

Oakes
3
Birkenhead Pride Old English Bitter
Amber-copper colour. The aroma has fresh cracked malts, which I always like. Subtle yeastiness, caramel and toasty malts on the palate.
Sunday, December 16, 2012

Oakes
2
Birkenhead Pilsner
Dull gold, with light malts and a hint of diacetyl on the nose. Similar taste, light body.
Sunday, December 16, 2012

Oakes
2.6
Birkenhead Honey Blonde Ale
Light gold colour. They put a lmone in it and that is mostly what I smell. The lemon overrides what it otherwise a sweet, honeyish taste with biscuity notes.
Sunday, December 16, 2012

Oakes
3
Birkenhead Premium Lager
Light amber colour. Fairly full malt aroma with a light honeyish sweetness and a biscuity note. Clean, sweet, with some deliberate toasty notes.
Sunday, December 16, 2012

Beershine
2
Birkenhead Chocolate Malt Stout
Draft at brewery. Dark brown, not black, with fizzy tan head. Aroma is syrupy like coffee extract. Has quite a lot of acidity, making it almost unpalatable Thin and fizzy, perhaps slight infection. Thin with remnants of chocolate malt Too much instant coffee here.Disappointing
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Beershine
3.2
Birkenhead Pride Old English Bitter
Draft at brewery. Rich coppery amber, clear. Aroma of brown sugar and cookie dough, Flavors take it further with almost a sense of baking powder on the soft palate. A curious blend of malt and yeast. Fun.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Beershine
2.7
Birkenhead Premium Lager
Draft at restaurant near brewery and also at brewery Amber gold. The aroma is all toasty malt. Body is sweet with a peppery hop middle. Would very much prefer a crisper finish. It is too sweet but drinkable.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Beershine
3
Birkenhead Honey Blonde Ale
Draft at brewery. Had this at a restaurant and it was diacetyl city, but here it is clean. But it is served with lemon. Smells refreshing, with honey graham crackers permeating. The lemon actually does add some nice balancing acidity for brightness. Light and fresh, not bad really.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Beershine
2.5
Birkenhead Pilsner
Draft at brewery. Medium gold, not much head. Aroma is subdued in a taster glass. The biscuity malt character is nice but is this a pils? Its neither crisp nor hoppy but the finish is floral. It is too delicate.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

LucyCorne
3.3
Birkenhead Pilsner
On tap at brewery. Dissipating head, with somewhat sweet flavour that finishes dry. Toffee colour. A good beer on tap, and one of the better Birkenhead offerings
Sunday, February 5, 2012

WernerEls
3.1
Birkenhead Pilsner
Tasted on draught from the brewery. Golden amber colour with a fine head. Aroma of tea leaves, nuts and honey. Fruity palate with apple and caramel after taste.
Sunday, January 29, 2012

Davidabbey4
2.8
Birkenhead Honey Blonde Ale
Liqourice taste...quite sweet...hazy colour...small head, strange aftertaste
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

jolo
1.6
Birkenhead Prime Loaded Lager
Bottle 340 ml. A clear light golden colour with a small, short lasting, fizzy, white head. An aroma of malt, fruit and sugar. The taste is heavy sweet. A light to medium body, oily to watery texture, soft carbonation and a short sweet finish. Taste more like a cider then a lager. A citrus taste like dishwashing Liquid
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

jolo
2.9
Birkenhead Malt Stout
Bottle 340 ml. A black colour with a fizzy, short lasting, brown head. An aroma of burnt malt, caramel, toffee, licorice and coffee. The taste is medium to heavy sweet. A medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation and a medium long finish.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

jolo
2.2
Birkenhead Premium Lager
Bottle 340 ml as Special edition. A clear golden colour with a small white head. An aroma of malt, brad and yeast. The taste is sweet. A light body, watery texture, soft carbonation and a medium long finish.
Sunday, July 10, 2011

jolo
2.7
Birkenhead Pilsner
Bottle. a clear golden colour with a mdium high head. An aroma of malt and fruit. The taste is medium sweet with a dry bitter finish. A light body and an avarage carbonation. Need some improvements but still ok now.
Sunday, July 10, 2011

jolo
2.6
Birkenhead Honey Blonde Ale
Ontap at the Tokai market. An unclear, light yellow colour with a white head. A light aroma of malt and fruit. The taste is sweet. A light body and avarage carbonation. It did not taste that much and that makes it difficult to rate. Not really my kind of beer.4-2-4-2-13 Bottle 340 ml. A cloudy light golden colour with a short lasting white head. An aroma of malt and fruit. The taste is medium sweet and light bitter. A medium body, watery to oily texture, soft carbonation and a short light sweet finish.
Sunday, July 10, 2011

jolo
2.9
Birkenhead Pride Old English Bitter
Ontap at the Tokai market. A red brown colour with a medium high head. An aroma of malt, nuts and fruit. The taste is sweet with some bitterness. A light body and average carbonation. 5-2-5-2-14 Bottle 340 ml. A clear red-amber color with a small orange-beige head. An aroma of malt, caramel, nuts and fruit. The taste is sweet and light, light bitter. A medium body, oily to watery texture, soft carbonation and a medium long light bitter finish.
Sunday, July 10, 2011

mabjork
1.7
Birkenhead Pilsner
Bottled (Thanks to oh6gdx for this one). Clear golden in color. Medium white head, lacings. The aroma is watery andmalty. Theflavor is sweet and somewhat malty. There is a dry aftertaste.
Sunday, March 27, 2011

mabjork
2.1
Birkenhead Pride Old English Bitter
Bottled (thanks to oh6gdx for this one).Dark golden in color. No head. The aroma consists of corn and malt. The flavor is malty and some kind of artificial sweetner. Hmmm...
Sunday, March 27, 2011

mabjork
1.3
Birkenhead Prime Loaded Lager
Bottled (Thanks to oh6gdx for this one). Clear golden in color. Minor/ non exictent white head. The aroma is lime-like, sweet and dry. The flavor is sweet, corn like, watery like a low calory beer.
Sunday, March 27, 2011

mabjork
0.9
Birkenhead Premium Lager
Bottled (Thanx to oh6gdx for this one). Clear golden in color. The aroma is repulsive. The flavor is sweet, watery and.. malty? Not all that great.
Sunday, March 27, 2011

theSlipperyPen
2.3
Birkenhead Pride Old English Bitter
An amber pour with a copper tint. Thereís nothing much in the way of head, but at least this isnít as overly carbonated as are so many of the Birkenhead beers. It wears a nose of faint malts, light biscuit and peach, but it lacks the traditional sharp marmalade aroma. Mostly sweet in the mouth, with slim pickings on the hop front. Finishes malty and develops a dry end but thereís simply too little bitter in this bitter. Maybe the should just relabel this a mild. Not terrible though.
Thursday, March 17, 2011

theSlipperyPen
1.7
Birkenhead Honey Blonde Ale
So, a weiss styled beer that has none of the traditional weiss characters; no clove, no banana peel and no doughy yeast. Really itís just a honey-heavy pilsener style and as such is not terrible. But itís overly simplistic and far too sweet, lacking any malt backbone or hop bitterness. Fizzy forced carbonation only serves to push this towards alco-pop territory. Better drunk chilled, but best not drunk at all.
Thursday, March 17, 2011

theSlipperyPen
1.5
Birkenhead Chocolate Malt Stout
A pour of cola brown gives a diminishing tan head that canít wait to disappear. South Africa needs to walk away from the forced carbonation process. Not that itíd make much difference to this beer, which has a coffee, chocolate nose and a matching taste. But itís just so thin, so weak and lacking; no hops, no bitterness and certainly no complexity. Basically itís like a non-alcoholic malt drink that just happens to have a smidgen of booze. Itís an unbalanced beer for people who donít like beer (made by people who appear to know nothing about beer). Terrible.
Thursday, March 17, 2011

SudsMcDuff
3.6
Birkenhead Pilsner
Again, also a good time when you get a new beer from a local brewery! .. Pours a basic gold, light sturn lacing .. . light honey mostly .. very smooth . . man, on tap please!! .. . Iíll give your leg a compound fraction!
Saturday, November 27, 2010

SudsMcDuff
3.3
Birkenhead Pride Old English Bitter
..Happy to find a new Birkenhead beer in the cooler at Aroma bottleshop, Claremont .. . Pours a dark tan .. lacing is just ace! .. light bitterness .. a decent bitter and a nice addition to the pretty scarce hopped beers SA .. I just bet that on cask this would be awesome! .. . ..Happy to find a new Birkenhead beer in the cooler at Aroma bottleshop, Claremont .. . Pours a dark tan .. lacing is just ace! .. light bitterness .. a decent bitter and a nice addition to the pretty scarce hopped beers SA .. I just bet that on cask this would be awesome! .. . She wrapped up her damn cat.
Friday, November 26, 2010