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

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: laituegonflable on 05-18-2009

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!
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Photo of Julian4077
2.25/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of mulder1010
2.35/5  rDev -25.6%
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 Stew41
2.38/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of doktorhops
2.51/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of PolarBear3
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
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 SmashPants
2.66/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Format: a light brown 330mL bottle with a decent craft label.

Appearance: pours a hazy mid straw-copper colour with a limited head that leaves no lacing. Not great for a wheat beer.

Aroma: more citrus and herbs here with only a dose of wheat fug in the back. Not particularly brilliant.

Taste: again the wheat fug with yeast over the top. A touch of those herbs, but not much. Okay at best.

Aftertaste: more yeast and wheat fug. Really not a brilliant wheat beer.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation. Reasonably full in feel due to the wheat.The best part of this beer.

Overall: not a particularly brilliant attempt at a wheat beer. An awkward wheat and yeast fug with a touch of herbs and citrus that feel artificially planted on top. No thanks, particularly not for AU$52 for a case of 16.

Photo of KrisBeerndt
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of SleepyMonk
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
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 dansmcd
2.87/5  rDev -9.2%
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 magpieken
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of koolk
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of hopnerd
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BB_Cameron
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.07/5  rDev -2.8%
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 baumaxx1
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of brendan13
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a fairly clear golden colour with a 2cm white head that falls fairly fast.
S - Herbal hop notes, some spicy phenols and sweetish grainy, malted wheat.
T - Pretty much the same as the smell really but sweeter than expected.
M - Lighter side of medium body with a medium to high carbonation.
D - Nothing wrong with it just not very exciting. But I guess I can accept one or two blandish beers from Murrays given that they also make some pretty impressive beers.

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 jjkatter
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
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 soju6
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
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 dgilks
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first thing to say is that this definitely isn't a witbier and so I won't review it as such.

The aroma is moderately grainy with a light sweetness and a light spicy hop note.

It is mostly clear with a moderate sized, foamy, white head.

The flavour, reflecting the aroma, is almost like a classic lager with a touch of wheat and a small hit of hops. The flavour is very subdued and clearly aimed at craft beer newbies but it isn't bad per se.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This is actually quite good.

Overall, it's a fairly straightforward gateway beer. There is a little bit going on but I think they could be more adventurous.

Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Bobhoya
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of adityashekhar
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of KalanM
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Murray's Whale Ale from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.