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Redback Beer - Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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50 Ratings
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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
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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ADZA

Australia

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%

Another beer that i havnt had for ages and am reviewing,it pours a pale see thru straw colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head and subtle lacing,the aromas are bananna and wheat,it has a nice mouthfeel for the style which starts out medium bodied then finishes light,dry and crisp with hints of bananna,wheat and pale malts the dominant taste,this is one of those beers that could easliy drink alot of on a nice hot summers day and would go very nicely with Seafood.

09-29-2009 11:26:33 | More by ADZA
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madvoice

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +16.8%

Poured a light golden straw colour with about 3/4 finger width of head that hangs around for quite a while. Sits there nice and fluffy.

Smells very sweet, fruity and wheaty.

Tasted quite sweet and light with malt/banana flavours and a little bit of citrus.

Found this to be very fizzy but it didn't detract from the drinkability. A rather burpy beer.

Could quite easily drink a sixpack or more of these in succession. Not a bad drop.

03-14-2009 08:39:43 | More by madvoice
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Macca

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +15.3%

This pours a clear light straw colour without much of head although it seems to a heavish carbonation.

Fantastic nose of bananas and wheat. Some spice in there as well and a bit of sweetness. I love it.

Very malty on the palate. A little bit of the banana persists.

Quite a high carbonation. A belchy beer for sure.

This isn't going to change the world but I think I could do a session of it quite easily. All the better when I got the 6-pack just for subscribing to a magazine.

12-10-2008 06:20:17 | More by Macca
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Cs1987

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +20.7%

Appearance - Gold, high carbonation, 1 finger of head with very good retention.

Smell - Quite strong, banana and some other sweet fruits and spices are detectable.

Taste - Great nutmeg-like spiciness, well balanced with sweetness

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, a little sticky.

Drinkability - A great, easy drinking summer beer.

Overall - Like most Matilda Bay beers, this is a very good representation of the style.

10-31-2008 23:52:09 | More by Cs1987
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WHROO

Australia

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
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foles

Australia

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

The most famous of the Matilda bay swag of beers.

Not a favourite style of mine, but a solid wheat beer. Good presence of banana, citris, and weetbix dryness.

Usually consumed from the bottle with a lemon (sigh). A do confess to drinking it from the bottle though! A lot better than the Beez kneez which appears to be a watered down version of this.

10-01-2008 03:42:13 | More by foles
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Kuemmelbrau

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +28.1%

I must admit, this is the beer that enabled me to finally appreciate how good beer could be. I lived in the Perth/ Freemantle area for a number of months in 1999. Although i had drank plenty of it, before that time i wasn't much of a beer drinker. Until one late June day that i stumbled into the local Kalamunda (its a town) liquor store and decided to sample some beer other than those i had before. (i spent my first month there deciding my personal winner in the ever long struggle between VB and EB- congrats EB) Redback was my first choice, being from Louisiana i could appreciate the poisonous spider salute, and i was bitten at first sip. This beer has a excellent color to it light golden yellow it practically exudes wheat. Clear as day, it was something i wasn't used to only being familiar to yeasty hefe-weisen. Truly liquid bread. Upon smelling it i was delighted by the balance between the clove and banana esters. Most Australian wheats that i tried were without a doubt on the far banana side i assuming as a result of the climate. This one was different. Its makeup was surprisingly smooth; with a light mouthfeel this beer is extremely drinkable. Its taste is nice and wheaty with subtle light malt aftertones. And the hops! Now, i know that many folks say that the high alpha hops grown in the southern pacific region tend to be too "dirty" tasting, but i am a firm believer in their earthy, spicy bitterness. In this beers case they should have Pride in the Ringwood (sorry : ) but the Saaz hops used in addition to the australian hops lends to a nice mild spicy bitterness. In hindsight this is the ultimate beginners wheat beer, not that it won't stand up to many of the worlds great wheats. Three cheers for one of Australia's first great craft wheat beers!

08-03-2008 19:41:58 | More by Kuemmelbrau
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joecast

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +20.7%

updating my four year old review. actually, just deleted it and entering a new one.
345ml bottle. best before 8/9/08 4.7%abv

looks fantastic in the glass. deep golden color. high carbonation and a full pillowy white head. mmm.

aroma seems to fill the room. mainly clove but some softer banana and bubblegum. big yeast presence as well which surprises me considering its a fairly clear beer.

flavor tends towards the sweet side, but the high carbonation keeps it lively. really well balanced with some sharpness at first, then it smooths out with that sweetness making it easy to keep lifting the glass.

very enjoyable. wonder if this is brewed down the road at cascade?? bottle doesnt mention anything like that, but this certainly seems fresh.

07-24-2008 10:52:39 | More by joecast
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rec

Australia

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
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basica

Singapore

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%

This one is Australian's attempt at a typical wheat beer style brew. I got the Redback together with my bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale from Beercellar. I was a little curious about this one as I am a fan of wheat beers, be it Belgian or German. The Redback pours out a little surprisingly; it was a typical bright golden pilsner color that is "see through" as opposed to the cloudy and murky hefeweizens. The head was a little more bubbly than the usual Hefeweizen or Witbier heads and mild retention on that one. The smell was wheat malts and yeast; taste was also somewhat along those lines but significantly stronger on the malts with some spices and there was also a bananna tone peeking out towards the finish. The slightly dry finish move into the after taste which was initially dominated by banannas then apples and finally the familiar grapes. The malt backing was present all the while and the after taste was fairly strong and lasting. The mouthfeel was between thin and medium for the body with an apt amount of carbonation and the smoothness was the water smoothness rather than creamy smoothness that many of the european witbiers exhibit. This one's not bad but in view of more readily available German Hefes and Belgian Wits, I will pick those.

10-27-2007 16:42:36 | More by basica
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.6/5  rDev +7.8%

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a fluffy 3 fingers of off-white head, which reduced in patches. Looks highly carbonated, the colour is a pale gold.

Smell - 3.5
There was some skunk upon opening, but this disappeared quickly. A moderately scented wheat beer, no banana, but some bubblegum and citrus sweetness.

Taste - 3.5
Really refreshing like a wheat beer should be. Crisp with a relatively high level of sweetness, tastes of white bread, citrus and a little clove, and very little bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste is pleasant and fresh.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Carbonation is relatively high, but this reduced considerably as the beer warmed. Feels light in the mouth with lots of small bubbles.

Drinkability - 4.0
Very drinkable, as most wheat beers are. I would definitely consider buying this as a session beer.

OVERALL - 3.55
I have heard bad things about this beer in the past, but after drinking, I don't believe them (and think they probably came from lager swillers who were scared by something different). As far as I can tell, this is a solid, highly drinkable wheat beer. Price is decent, as is the quality. There are tastier, more interesting what beers out there, but not as readily available or for this price in WA.

08-26-2007 15:01:28 | More by LittleCreature
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brendan13

Australia

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
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jarmby1711

Australia

3.73/5  rDev +11.7%

Overall I thought this was a very meelow demonstration of a Kristal weizen.
It has enough wheaty sharpness with the hints of citrus and cloves but softens off in the after palate to be quite sweet and smooth.
It pors well looks and smells ok .
It seems to be a good "introduction " to the style.
A great option on a very hot day and well chilled.
I had this with Lemon grass and chicken and went well

02-26-2007 22:31:13 | More by jarmby1711
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vancurly

Australia

4.13/5  rDev +23.7%

My first ever wheat beer... consumed in the mid 80s or somesuch. Probably at the London Hotel in Balmain, who always were a step ahead of the rest.
Even then, it was sold over the bar with a slice of lemon aka Corona & lime. But I think Redback is iconic, and doesn't need the fruit.
Golden yellow, whipped white head, very attractive looking beer. No haze. The head fades quickly, unlike the distant German cousins. Mixed aromas & flavours of lemon, wheat malt, some subtle hop flavours yet little bitterness.
As for matching style, there are far better examples. Yet to be honest, I can't objectively review this; it's a part of my formative years, and I love it.

08-12-2006 10:49:03 | More by vancurly
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +7.2%

I really enjoy this brewery, they seem to be on the ball with all of the beers i've had so far. This one poured a decent enough looking orange color with a small white lacing. Smell was of cereal grain, some sugars here and there, not much else. Taste was pretty good, very hoppy with some biscuit notes. Mouthfeel was probably the highlight of this beer, as it was very crisp and refreshing. Although this beer would be great for a hot summer day, I don't know if I would get it again. It wasn't a bad beer but perhaps a bit boring. Happy Trails.

04-29-2006 06:26:12 | More by jamie2dope
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ohitsbrad

Australia

3.48/5  rDev +4.2%

13 January 2006, Best Before Jul 06

Clear pale gold colour with a large white bubbly head. Some retention. Aroma is appetizingly lemony and wheaty. Tastes of refreshing citrus fruit (lemon), malty wheat and barley, some banana and has a crisp finish. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Good West Australian beer and definitely best without the lemon that's usually squashed in the neck of the bottle over the bar.

01-15-2006 17:03:55 | More by ohitsbrad
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Kulrak

Australia

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
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev +6.3%

I had this beer on a trip to Australia at the Redback Hotel.
The beer is served in a wheat flute with a lemon wedge before I can ask for no lemon. The beer arrives a bright gold color with several streams of bubbles rising from the bottom. A thin bleached white head fades to an edge layer rather quickly. Aroma is lemony citrus, but could be due to now removed lemon. I also get grainy malt and some very mild biscuity yeast. First sip reveals a crisp lite body and average fizzy carbonation. The flavor is sweet and citrusy with some sugar as well. Very lite flavor makes the beer quickly drinkable and it is good on this warm spring day in Melbourne. The beer is not brewed on premise and is contracted out to Matilda Bay.
Not a bad beer for a warm day.

12-05-2005 05:56:23 | More by sulldaddy
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Finite

Australia

3.58/5  rDev +7.2%

A golden colour, slightly pale. The head retention is poor but forgivable due to the crispy fresh malt and wheat taste. This is a very refreshing beer with unique characteristics. Little hops in this one. The flavor deviates from a crisp fresh wheat to a sweetness then finishes with a crisp wheat taste.

This is a unique taste however I have heard it used to be better. If it was better than this then it would have been a classic.

Still not a bad brew. I could see this going with seafood.

11-25-2005 15:07:10 | More by Finite
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +32.6%

345ml bottle, silkscreen differs from the BA pic in that it has "Redback" on the top of the oval, and "Original" across the bottom. This bottle was hoofed back from AUS myself back on my first visit back in 1992. So this bottle is ancient, and has been fridged continuously since then. Probably wouldn't review it, due to the style most likely not aging well, but since this recipe predates the corporate changes that some mention in their reviews, I thought it would be a curiosity. So here goes...

Opens with a hearty pfft, as I would have expected fresh, so that's a start. Poured into an imperial pint glass, forms a 1" frothy bright white head over the clear golden brew. Active carbonation swirls bubbles about. Head hangs on while I was off rinsing the bottle and such, only losing half its height in 5 minutes or so.

Aroma is of spicy wheat, as expected. Taste is light wheat character, with sedate spices moted here and there. Mouthfeel and drinkability are superb. Small bubbles over the tongue enhance the smoothness, and knocking this back swallow by swallow is the epitome of ease.

This brew is all that I remember it to be, and I am shocked that a 13 year old kristalweizen could withstand the age. These facts only make the heart heavier with the apparent news that this brew is no longer what it used to be. I guess I'll just have to savor this last bottle, and at least we'll always <sniff> have the memories...

08-16-2005 00:57:39 | More by ppoitras
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diablo14

Australia

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
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amicar

Missouri

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
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BeerNutta

Australia

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
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Anonmatel

Australia

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
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rastaman

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
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Redback Beer from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.