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Murray's Whale Ale - Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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Murray's Whale AleMurray's Whale Ale

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BA SCORE
76
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murray's Craft Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Murray's Whale Ale is a refreshing wheat beer with a twist. Its high percentage of malted and unmalted wheat and aromatic late hop profile gives a unique take on a session strength ale. A classic light body, creamy mouthfeel and refreshing citric flavour. This is balanced with assertive late hopping, giving a fresh, light tropical fruit aroma and cleansing dry finish.

Murray's Whale Ale is light gold in colour with the traditional cloudy appearance of wheat beers.

Summer in a glass!

(Beer added by: laituegonflable on 05-18-2009)
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Reviews by SWY:
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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally got a chance to try arguably the most controversial beer in Australian BA forum history (on tap)...sorry, couldn't resist.

10oz pour at Dockside bar in Newcastle into an Australian middy glass.

Light golden appearance with a white head of foam that laces the glass quite well. Solid carbonation...much different to my previous tastings of bottled versions where I had two gushers from as many starts.

Nose has a bit of coriander there as well as a spicy hop note. A little refreshing and not over the top. Still it is pretty muted for the style.

Taste is of some coriander early while the hop flavour finishes it off with a little bit of spice later on. The flavours transition from one to the other pretty well.

Mouthfeel is ok, restrained bitterness late. Body size is not bad for what they are trying to do.

Overall a summer quaffer, not too demanding. Not too complex. Certainly the tap version walks all over my previous bottles of this beer which were accidental drain-pours.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy pale amber/straw with a large lasting head.
Nose shows lots of light fruit: pear, lemon, green apple and orange peel. Underneath is sweet light malt. Later on the citrus really dominates.
First flavours are more sweet fruit before some grainy malt and a light metallic bitterness enter. The latter are not too strong but are mildly unpleasant.
Carbonation is too high even for the style.

Photo of jjkatter
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle (best before 23-APR-2012 date) poured into a goblet...

A- golden and a bit cloudy with a white head that quickly dissipates.

S- wheat and freshly cut hay with slight yeast and barley.

T- nicely refreshing white beer. A bit of hoppines comes through. Grapefruit is also present. Finishes pleasantly dry.

MF-fairly straight forward. Not much complexity here.

O- a good beer. Murray's makes some really nice beers. This is one of their less ambitious efforts, but probably appeals to the largely larger drinking public here in OZ. worth a try.

Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of juju7
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

American Wheat is a style that escapes me. I'm never sure exactly what it is trying to achieve. At the end of the day wouldn't we all prefer a hefeweizen? Maybe that's just me.

This is probably spot on for an American Wheat but that's not necessarily high praise. Slight citrus aromas and a yeasty kind of kick on the palate. Refreshing carbonation brings about an easy drinking beer that I would be happy to drink on a warm summers day but otherwise wouldn't go out of my way for.

No technical flaws, just a little dull is all. But then again I don't think this beer is marketed at the likes of me.

Photo of mulder1010
2.33/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Hoegaarden glass

A-- Poured a hazy gold yellow color. Very small head, no real lacing, medium carbonation and lacking the liveliness that wits have in the head department and in the color department.

S-- Very thin smell, some yeast, some orange peel but not a lot to get excited over. A little more body than a Aussie lager but this is a wit, not a lager. Could pass for one though.

T-- Floral, spicy hop taste with the orange in the background. Not as fruity as others. Quite thin for what it is supposed to be.

M-- Mouthfeel is better but this is still missing the orange character of a wit. The carbonation is good but lacking in excitement that wits have. Has more of a lemony taste and feel to it. Not sure if it wants to be a wit, hefe, or lager.

D-- Like what Murrays does but not in this beer. One is enough and will not look for again. Needs more of the orange smell and taste of classic wit's. As a pale lager or a straight lager it is workable. No real excitement from this beer at all. Go find the Pilsner instead of this.

Photo of Bobhoya
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of soju6
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus , caramenl sweetness and bit of grain.

T: Taste of mild citrus and fruit with a bit of caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Moderate body, quite smooth with a decent balance.

O: nice beer good for a few.

Photo of Julian4077
2.25/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of adityashekhar
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SleepyMonk
2.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 330ml poured into a plain pilsner glass.

Pours a mildly hazy lemon straw yellow body color. Effervescent head that quits pushing up at just under 2 fingers.

Nothing to exciting aromatically. Mild summer fruits like pears and apples blend with hops and citric notes. Some herby spice sits in the blend but its either very buried or I'm trying to pull out something that just isn't there.

Taste is similar again to the aroma but with the hops acting a lot more pronounced in the taste then the nose. There is a definite big yeast flavor but the fruits detected in the nose are not so noticeable in the taste. Spicy notes round out the blend nicely.

Look, this is a nice beer and there certainly are worse offerings out there, however, this is not a distinctive beer and it certainly isn't definitive enough to stand up to the market. I really can't ignore the elephant in the room either - this just isn't a Wit and to be honest I can't even see any characteristics in this beer that makes me think this even comes close.

Photo of Breeza
4.76/5  rDev +50.6%

Photo of jimiboi
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 finger head reducing to a persistent 1 finger, with generous lacing. Cloudy butterscotch liquid.

nice and hoppy aroma, with slight pears and apples.

taste is yeasty with a slight bitter finish

mouthfeel is spicy

Overall I found this a fairly consistent beer, nothing stand-out, but nothing detracting at the same time. Not bad, wouldn't say no to it, but would choose other Murray's over it if given the choice.

Photo of magpieken
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mungus
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of PolarBear3
2.54/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a murky light yellow colour with thin white head leaving very little lacing.

S - Light citrus notes, lemon, apple and some pear.

T - Get the pear and some apples although a little yeasty,wheaty with some orange peel and a slightly bitter finish.

M - Light to medium carbonation and light bodied although to me a little over carbonated and watery

O - A little disappointing light citrus giving a average bitter after taste that to me is not very pleasant.

Photo of koolk
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of vancurly
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours initially a haze-free pale golden colour.... but a quick swirl of the bottle brings out a yeasty haze.
Fair leaning towards the coriander seed in this beer.... but also a candy perfume which only subtly leans to citrus.... Some meaty/fleshy hints.
Spice again picks up on the palate, including some other notes such as ginger powder & white pepper.
Palate a touch hollow, but not offputingly so. Some wheaty creaminess in the body, and a slight citric tang.
The coriander seed persists into the aftertaste, and that ain't bad.
Compared with other Australian attempts at this style, I think this is probably one of the better ones.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden colour with a lot of bubbly carbonation. Sparsely bubbled head sinks slowly but dramatically. A few specks of lacing here and there. Looks nothing like a witbier, in fact looks like a pale lager. Very blah.

Nose is better, good hit of spicy hops. Slight citrus character and a hint of fresh milled wheat but not enough, not very potent. Actually smells quite like a pale ale. Not a bad nose but again, not particularly witbiery.

Good spicy yeast character, with hints of coriander and clove on the mid-palate. Fairly prominent candied orange character hiding behind and persisting through the palate. Finish is quite grassy and a bit sour. Overall the fruit and spice are well balanced to give this good wheat characters, and the mouthfeel is tingly and pleasant.

This is quite drinkable but not quite spicy or potent enough to impress me. Tasty but not very impressive.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark golden yellow colour, a little cloudy but not very. Doesn't look much like a wit. Decent frothy head that turns into a film. Lots of carbonation. Not bad, but not really wit like.

Reasonable, but a little thin nose of citrus and herbs. Very subdued, but the Curacao style candied orange peel is pleasant.

Reasonable, light entry, completely smashed with a large yeasty character. Quite dull, and rather thin with a strong coppery metallic aftertaste. It's not huge and it's not terribly interesting, not a lot of the fragrance promised on the palate. Mouthfeel is a little flat, but it feels like there's a lot of dissolved carbontion feels bloating.

It's not too bad. It's not unpleasant, but it's certainly not very exciting. Drinkable enough, I guess, but not nearly as good as some of Murray's other offerings.

Photo of hopnerd
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of dansmcd
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky yellow with a few seconds of fizzy head and no lacing.

S - Wheat, ginger and coriander. Fairly typical for a wit.

T - Follows the nose yet touched with some sweetness and light yeast.

M - High carbonation, very fizzy, spritzy, light bodied.

O - A disappointing effort from a quality brewery. Just way over carbonated.

Photo of doktorhops
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Finally I've caught the White Whale (Ale), on a label at least, with Murray's Port Stephens Whale Ale. Murray's has had some highs and lows for me, well lets dispense with the plural and say 'high and low' instead as I've only tried the Nirvana and Angry Man Pale Ales, but see if you can guess which one is the 'high' and which is the 'low' [prize for guessing is a toffee apple and a ride on The Cyclone].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Appears with a cloudy sunglow body and a light white lacing on top.

S: A touch of coriander, some wheat, a drizzle of lemon and light yeast notes. It's a little bit on the skunk side with the aroma, which is odd for a craft brewer like Murray's to have a macro-brewer smell in one of their beers, let's hope the flavour isn't tainted.

T: Wow! An insipid, uninspiring beer from Murray's (aka the bad "wow!"). It's got a wheat-malty base with a hint of sour yeast, a light grass hopping and some citrus to finish. So thoroughly lacking in good, well-balanced flavours that you would suspect it was a homebrew that had the Murray's label slapped on it during racking.

M: Slight watery light body with light carbonation.

D: Murray's have a new low for me - this beer. I'm amazed this rolled off the same production-line that made the damn fine Nirvana Pale Ale. This beer has been henceforth assigned to the same list as brews like MB Redback or JS Golden Ale - the "What if?" beers.

Food match: Matching this is a challenge as the cuisine you would match it to needs to be equally uninspiring - how about white rice with cream cheese on water crackers... lets be fair and add a flourish of radish with pickled ginger.

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Murray's Whale Ale from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.