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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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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murray's Craft Brewing Co. visit their website

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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Photo of baumaxx1


3.11/5  rDev -0.3%

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
A very thick, three finger, cloudy, white head.
Hazy golden yellow colour.
Lots of carbonation streaming to the top to sustain that thick head.
So far so good.

Smell -
Cereal, yeast, orange peel, pine, biscuit but a bit weak and a little bit skunky.

Taste -
Stone fruits – peaches, apricots, rockmelon. Ginger, a touch of bitterness, grapefruit, wheat and yeast and soda water. Not bad, but on the conservative side and a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel -
Very pricky, lots of bite and fizz but overcarbonated which makes it a bit hard to drink. A light body which is a bit watery. Clean and crisp and not too much to spoil it however.

Overall -
A decent and sessional beer. Refreshing and some good flavours are present, but it's a bit on the safe side and not substantially better than the macros. A craft beer for the casual drinkers.

08-03-2014 08:28:32 | More by baumaxx1
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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

05-02-2014 10:45:25 | More by KrisBeerndt
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-15-2014 15:34:41 | More by Drknight
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-20-2014 18:22:09 | More by Bobhoya
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Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-24-2013 16:10:37 | More by SWY
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

09-12-2013 01:47:36 | More by Agentveba
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-27-2013 11:46:18 | More by KalanM
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

08-02-2013 16:32:25 | More by magpieken
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-16-2013 10:47:28 | More by adityashekhar
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3.23/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

06-02-2013 07:53:46 | More by soju6
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2.54/5  rDev -18.6%

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.

04-25-2013 04:28:11 | More by PolarBear3
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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

04-15-2013 10:04:27 | More by doktorhops
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4/5  rDev +28.2%

04-12-2013 05:23:35 | More by XsoldoutX
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

09-12-2012 22:52:30 | More by csmartin6
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

07-23-2012 11:27:54 | More by mungus
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2.88/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

06-20-2012 10:38:51 | More by dansmcd
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

06-08-2012 08:56:55 | More by hopnerd
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2.25/5  rDev -27.9%

05-11-2012 10:18:54 | More by Julian4077
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3.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Hmm - I thought this was a American Wheat Beer, not a Wit.

Pours a cloudy dark straw colour. Head fades, so let's say no real head. Zero lacing.

Aromas of wheat, malts, hops. Not easy to describe.

Taste is complex. Some wheat elements, lemon citrus, spice, quite zesty and refeshing.

Mouthfeel light and tangy.

Overall, I'm not sure. Woudl I have more than one? not thru choice, however, it has to be said this review I am enjoying less than the previous four-pack puchased. Some variation over time?

02-11-2012 07:24:30 | More by heygeebee
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3.23/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

01-16-2012 07:49:48 | More by jjkatter
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

11-24-2011 10:30:01 | More by koolk
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3.63/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

09-08-2011 10:53:08 | More by jimiboi
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3.18/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

09-04-2011 07:45:15 | More by juju7
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2.35/5  rDev -24.7%

Seems much easier to source than the commercial descriptor suggests. Not a lot to shout about here; clean subtle citrus fruits and a firm aniseed driven bitterness to finish. Plenty of fizz. Very low key flavours and the beer finishes very dry. Good summer drinking I’m sure.

07-29-2011 22:41:52 | More by Stew41
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3.33/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

07-02-2011 07:01:01 | More by MrKennedy
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Murray's Whale Ale from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
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