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Redback Beer - Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
78
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matilda Bay Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Styled on the traditional German wheat beer or weizen style of beer. Redback has a fruity/clove aroma, a generous creamy mouth feel and refreshing hop finish.

18 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of D3toX
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

A classic brew with a unique character that I could certainly identify in any blind taste test....have not tried, but always keen. A pioneer of wheat beer in Australia.

D3toX, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%

Stuckey_Stuckey, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of Brew_42
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Brew_42, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Looks more like a Kristalweizen with it's fine shoots of champagne bubbles and lager-like appearance.

S: A bit of banana and grain.

T: Hmm, banana, and has some interesting stuff going on like marzipan, blackberry and peach – more akin to Belgian esters like with Coopers Pale Ale. There's some nail varnish. Supporting these less than subtle notes is a tart but bland core. It's slightly sweet.

O: Interesting but not great.

Hoppsbabo, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Sharper1
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%

Sharper1, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of bicorrea
4.55/5  rDev +35%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Have such a good memory of this beer!
The first time I had it, I was "lost" in Fraser Island, with a friend, half of the day was gone, and we didn't even make to the Mackenzie Lake, I was a bit pissed off, when I simply decided to have a beer, while my friend was driving. So, not expecting much, I opened a bottle of Redback. WOW! Instantaneously, I had a smile in my face and all was great again!
There's no way of opening a bottle of Redback and not remembering of this day, so every time I have the pleasure of making it, I feel great!
Overall, for me, the taste is great, I really enjoy this kind of beer.
But to be honest, I would not be able to classify the colour, tho, I was not a connoisseur at the time.

bicorrea, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Mosant
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Mosant, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Durandal_777
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Durandal_777, May 01, 2014
Photo of Mtadder
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Mtadder, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Agentveba
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Agentveba, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of adityashekhar
3/5  rDev -11%

adityashekhar, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly mild with banana, wheat and a bit of spice.

T: Nice taste of wheat with a mild bit of banana and fruit. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, mild crispness, smooth and refreshing.

O: Nice beer, doesn’t have a heavy feel goes well with meals or the Aussie weather.

soju6, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of magpieken
3/5  rDev -11%

magpieken, May 25, 2013
Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -40.7%

pin, May 21, 2013
Photo of magnusdave
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

magnusdave, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Julian4077
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Julian4077, May 11, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -11%

dmorgan310, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of jjkatter
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a goblet...

A- golden and crystal clear. Slight head that quickly disapates.

S- bouble gum and wheat.

T- refreshing, but so is water. Lacks body and drinks lighter than the 4.7% ABV.

MF- despite the lack of body, this beer has a nice mouth feel. There is plenty of carbination and the finish is a crisp dryness.

O- not a bad beer, but not my thing. If you like your beer on the lighter side, you might enjoy this one.

jjkatter, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm. Somehow, I've managed to go this long without reviewing this beer, probably one of the more ubiquitous Aussie pseudo-craft brews. It pours a suitable clear pale golden colour, with a very fine if largely non-retentive head of white. Nice lacing, fine body. It's a shame the beer doesn't have a big, frothy German-style head, but otherwise, it looks pretty decent.

Nose is good. Genuinely good for a Kristalweizen: clear, clean banana and bubblegum characters, along with just a hint of spice, but certainly along the smoother and sweeter ends. There's a hint of acidity to it, but not the thinness you often get from a sub-par wheat beer. Really quite good.

Taste is similar, and genuinely good, stylistically. Smooth, clean wheat characters along the length, with finishing touches of bubblegum, and the ever-present banana ester aromatics. It's quite light, but there are few if any flaws to it.

Overall, this is pretty decent. To be fair, it's very light on, but the style in general is pretty light on as well, and this does a decent job of capturing the same aromatics and flavours.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -11%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of heygeebee
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Been a while since I arrived 'off the boat' and this was new and exciting, challenging Reschs for market share...

How does it stack up 20 years later?

Looks the part, good initial pour, but fades quickly, some lace.

Aromas of yeast, almost some citrus (!) not quite to type, but after that the flavour gets a bit metallic / macro-ish if that's possible in a wheat beer.

Never mind, the industry has moved on - can Matilda Bay? It's not bad, mind you, just not good. I think this has only just fallen out of the BA Top 100 - a good indicator.

heygeebee, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Stew41
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light gold, almost light brown in the glass. Did look quite largerish. Ok head hangs around a while. Nose is true to type with some spice and clove, although a little subtle. Palate is ok - I can see the wheat beer character trying to emerge very early with some nice spicy and sweet notes but just fades to a thin, no descript finish. I’ve seen worse examples but this is no excuse to not chase the real thing.

Stew41, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of doktorhops
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Here comes a "modern-classic" (seems like a contradictory term there) brew from the boys (and girls, let's be PC) at Matilda Bay, one of the better brewers in Australia. Now the big question is: Can an Aussie brewer make a decent Wheat beer? Usually the territory of those lovely Lederhosen wearing chaps from Bavaria. Well 'ave at it then!

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a 500ml stein.

A: Looks alright... paler and less cloudy than the norm but otherwise quite suitable; light orange body, 1cm white head, but full o' action in the fizz department.

S: Musky and clovey (it's a word), with a hint of alcohol grains permeate the senses... still not bad although some banana aroma is missed in my opinion.

T: And now reality bites! This beer is boring in the flavour department. It's like someone took the atypical flavours of a wheat beer; cloves, banana, bubblegum, sourdough, and turned it all down a notch (way down...). Pity as this brew coulda been a contender *in my best Marlon Brando voice*.

M: None of the thick creamy characters you normally find in a wheat beer. This brew is lacking the things I enjoy most from the style; flavour content and a nice chewy mouthfeel.

D: When it comes down to it the things that make a beer sessionable are here, but the things that make a beer classic and also ripping awesome are not. In the case of Redback they seem to be mutually exclusive, which is the greatest shame as Australia could be a really fantastic producer of Wheat beer (we've certainly got enough wheat here!), but instead I relegate this brew to the "tried but not really interested" section of my beer tasting catalogue.

Food match: Would I recommend German fare for an Aussie beer? Maybe, but not this one as it's far too bland to take on the mighty flavours of German cuisine. Instead I think this brew is better suited to your usual Aussie BBQ suspects; sausages, steak, shish-kebab and something else that starts with "s"... salad!

doktorhops, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dull Orange colour, fairly see through with a 1.5 finger head. Head is lost fairly quickly and becomes more or less a patch on top. A little inconsistent lacing.

S- Very distinct honey aroma. Possibly a little yeasty. Pleasant though.

T- Nice, mild and quite sweet. Orange peel, mandarin and generally citrus fruit which seem to blend reasonably well. A touch grainy on the back. The hops don't give enough of a balance to the rest of the palate but all in all, it tastes fine.

M- Crisp and light. Very soft on the tongue and obviously highly drinkable.

O- Very solid brew. Could be more going on, but it is what it is: Highly sessionable and tasty.

aeolianshredhead, Jul 20, 2011
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Redback Beer from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.