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Redback Beer - Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matilda Bay Brewing Co. visit their website

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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Photo of Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

08-18-2014 14:09:23 | More by Hoppsbabo
Photo of Sharper1

3.36/5  rDev +0.6%

08-13-2014 08:29:30 | More by Sharper1
Photo of bicorrea


4.55/5  rDev +36.2%

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.

07-25-2014 23:12:02 | More by bicorrea
Photo of Mosant


2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

06-29-2014 12:08:15 | More by Mosant
Photo of Durandal_777


2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

05-01-2014 19:51:41 | More by Durandal_777
Photo of Mtadder


3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

12-27-2013 17:15:55 | More by Mtadder
Photo of Agentveba

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

09-12-2013 02:53:57 | More by Agentveba
Photo of adityashekhar


3/5  rDev -10.2%

06-16-2013 13:54:10 | More by adityashekhar
Photo of soju6


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
Photo of magpieken


3/5  rDev -10.2%

05-25-2013 15:29:27 | More by magpieken
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

05-21-2013 18:16:22 | More by pin
Photo of magnusdave

New York

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-26-2013 01:48:50 | More by magnusdave
Photo of Julian4077


2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

05-11-2012 10:20:13 | More by Julian4077
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

03-02-2012 10:54:31 | More by dmorgan310
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

02-25-2012 11:22:12 | More by BrazilianAussie
Photo of jjkatter


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
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.93/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

01-06-2012 05:05:02 | More by lacqueredmouse
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -10.2%

12-01-2011 20:10:08 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of heygeebee


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
Photo of Stew41


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
Photo of doktorhops


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
Photo of aeolianshredhead


3.73/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

07-20-2011 07:07:14 | More by aeolianshredhead
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.63/5  rDev +8.7%

from notes, tasted mid to late june 2009, kro's nest, beijing, china

importer label indicates bottling date of 9 months before the best by date of 16 nov 09.

poured into mug.

clear golden honey straw. 1.5 finger head fades to wispy layer and ring. splotchy lacing is pretty sparse.

aroma: mild banana and clove. detectable bready and yeasty character. trace euro hopping. very faint phenols in back w/ more spice. hints of tea?

taste: bready malt and yeast, but a touch watery. banana, clove and pears, but again, a touch watered down. mild to moderate bitterness from mild notes of grassy noble hopping. cloves mix w/ phenols and esters into the finish.

light and crisp, slightly watery, but with moments of creaminess. prickly carbonation isn't TOO fizzy. faint resins and phenols.

not horrible. actually a pleasant surprise, considering my low expectations.

01-10-2011 18:24:39 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of CrazyDavros


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
Photo of Stavage


3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Very clean golden yellow ale exhibits a decent finger of fluffy white head with good retention.

Fairly appetising smell to this one. Definite wheaty smell, and the banana phenols that go along with it. Hiding behind it is that nice malty 'aussie pale ale' scent which I love so much. Perhaps a touch of citrus in there too.

Taste follows on from the scent, definite wheat and banana characteristics with a decent malt backbone underneath. Nice citric touch as well and maybe a little clove spiciness but not a whole lot there. Hops don't seem to play a big role, not a bitter beer by bitter beer standards. I just wish the flavours were a little fuller. Couldn't find anything wrong with the taste, there just could have been something more or something else to really elevate it.

I found the mouthfeel quite good, but I guess I also view this as an 'Aussie' wheat. The carbonation IS quite high, higher than I would normally want. But I'm not minding it here. I also find it fairly smooth and its refreshingly dry. As a summer lawnmower beer or a summer day in the pub with mates beer, this would definitely go down well as a change of pace.

When it comes to basic, easy to drink but decent summer beers I think Redback has earned a place on the tap. Not overly complex, easy to drink, refreshing, tastes ok, smells great.

11-05-2009 21:01:19 | More by Stavage
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Redback Beer from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.