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Redback Beer - Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.67%
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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Photo of heygeebee
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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%
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 -15.8%
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 +11%
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
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tai4ji2x, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

CrazyDavros, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Stavage
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Stavage, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of ADZA
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ADZA, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of madvoice
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

madvoice, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Macca
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Macca, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Cs1987
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cs1987, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of WHROO
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

WHROO, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of foles
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

foles, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Kuemmelbrau
4.28/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Kuemmelbrau, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of joecast
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

joecast, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of rec
2.42/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

rec, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of basica
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

basica, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

LittleCreature, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

brendan13, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of jarmby1711
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

jarmby1711, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of vancurly
4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

vancurly, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of jamie2dope
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

jamie2dope, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of ohitsbrad
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ohitsbrad, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of Kulrak
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Kulrak, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

sulldaddy, Dec 05, 2005
Redback Beer from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.