Redback Beer - Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
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2.05/5 rDev -38.6%
this was once a classic aussie micro beer that was one of the few wheat beers anywhere i actually enjoyed. now it is a mere shadow of its former self.
this beer used to be in the same vein as hoegaarden. sweet, spicy, fruity, and incredibly cloudy, with very dry hops, and was just a little bit more robust than the usually kristall style. now, a little like the naked ale, its just sweet and overall bland, with none of the complexity it once displayed.
it comes in the still classic looking bottle, but the beer within is nothing like the glory days. this brew has really taken a tumble down the rankings over the years. prefer others.
05-24-2005 13:20:46 | More by diablo14
2.25/5 rDev -32.6%
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.
08-13-2011 23:07:23 | More by Stew41
2.42/5 rDev -27.5%
A golden crystal yellow body fills the glass, with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, and leaves fine enough lacing.
It's smells delicious - if you're a fan of wheat beers this is sure to tickle your fancy. Cirtus and spice are evident, but there's a certain antiseptic-like scent that lingres in the background - thankfully, this is easily ignored.
A sharp tart bitterness hits me hard upon first sip, with some citrus undertones. Not to my liking at all.
The carbonation is high, and suits the sharpness of the flavour perfectly... unfortunately that doesn't make the flavour any better.
I've tipped the rest of this out, but I'm sure there's a big demographic of people who will enjoy this. As far as wheat beers go, I'll stick to German hefeweizen's.
12-05-2007 08:10:34 | More by rec
2.65/5 rDev -20.7%
Pours clean & golden, clear with a soft 2 finger head & well carbonated.
S: SMOKY - for a Kristal Weizen its definately smokey bacon on the nose...also some cloves, & a little bready yeast & citrusy. Also caramel toffee, & some bubblegum.
T: As it rolled across the tongue I tasted some malty wheaty sweetness - a little too much & again a little smoky, also cloves & a definate sour hit to finish. Hard to detect any bitterness at all, just a zingy sour freshness - definately palate cleansing.
M: Felt a little flat & a little sticky on the palate
D: I have tried on a number of times to session this by cannot...just too plastically sweet
10-05-2008 04:23:18 | More by WHROO
2.83/5 rDev -15.3%
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!
08-04-2011 08:02:03 | More by doktorhops
2.85/5 rDev -14.7%
Pours a nice golden color with absolutely no head. Smells slightly of yeast and esters and not much else. The taste is estery and a very sweet. Pretty much par for the wheat beer course. The mouthfeel is very creamy and heavy, very nice. It's fairly drinkable, it's sweet, with just enough bitterness to balance it out. I don't mind it, but I probably won't be buying it again anytime soon.
12-26-2005 16:21:41 | More by Kulrak
2.9/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
01-16-2012 11:57:56 | More by jjkatter
2.93/5 rDev -12.3%
Pours amber with a tiny fading head.
Nose shows typical doughy wheat, some light phenols along with a hint of lemon.
Similar flavours but with the addition of a lot of sweet, characterless and unchallenged malt.
Very high carbonation and watery body.
01-05-2011 00:40:01 | More by CrazyDavros
United Kingdom (England)
3/5 rDev -10.2%
Just and average German style kristal wheat, sadly i think it has lost a lot of character since carlton and United took over, still nice to down every now and then, hints of cloves and banana, but not overly so.
05-28-2002 20:21:53 | More by rastaman
3.23/5 rDev -3.3%
The redback spider in australia is known as the deadliest spider in australia. However, recently it has been found that no one has actually died from the redbacks bite since the late 70's.
Like the spider, i have heard great things about this beer but the truth is a little sad.
Appearance: Light pale colour. Foam lingers for a long while.
Smell: Sweet aroma, but very faint.
Taste: Citrisy in taste with a hint of clove. Clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Not exciting, not offensive.
Drinkability: Its an OK beer. Not the greatest, the the worst. Its average i guess. For an Australian Beer, i guess it would be categorised as good, but if you take it out of the Australian setting then its nothing special. I find Little Creatures Pale Ale, better.
02-17-2005 06:06:31 | More by BeerNutta
3.23/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
09-11-2011 08:12:15 | More by heygeebee
3.25/5 rDev -2.7%
A - Clear, light straw colour with a couple of centimetres of white head.
S - Big waft of lemon citrus at first backed up by some light banana & spice.
T - Slighty sweet malt with some tartiness.
M - Medium mouthfeel with a pretty high carbonation level.
D - Drinkable but a bit lifeless. Many better aussie micro wheat beers out there.
On a side note they are now doing printing directly onto the bottle which is a cool effect. However maybe spending the money on more exciting beers would be more worth while.
08-03-2007 10:57:49 | More by brendan13
3.33/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
06-02-2013 06:28:19 | More by soju6
3.35/5 rDev +0.3%
a nice Wheatbeer, although it's hard to figure out the taste, cause everytime i have had one on Tap, the barperson (ahh, SNAG i am) puts a slice of lemon in the bottom on the pint glass. still though. decent. nice session beer.
On second taste (from a bottle this time). it's better from the Tap, it would probably help this beer if it were a little sweeter, (hence the lemon), head dies too quickly, low carbonation in the glass, that somehow equates to too much gas in the stomach. I'm dropping drinkability from 4 to 3.
05-30-2002 02:27:48 | More by Anonmatel
3.38/5 rDev +1.2%
Pours a light golden color with white head that stays for a medium amount of time. Huh.. no real cloudiness/ haze to this. Has a slight smell of wheat and very noticable bananna; a bit of a "wheat" ish taste to it. Another, smooth, slickly mouthfeel beer thats easy to suck down.
Overall, nice to drink, but so many more German examples exist that are far better...
03-29-2005 02:26:48 | More by amicar
Redback Beer from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.