Vale Ale - McLaren Vale Beer Company
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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
2.95/5 rDev -2%
A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a good head that fades to some lacing.
S: Mild aroma of fruit and bit of malt sweetness.
T: There is a light fruit flavor with a bit of malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.
F: Fairly light body, mild crispness and smooth but fairly bland.
O: A non-offensive pale ale that needs a bit of character.
05-30-2013 01:58:14 | More by soju6
2.11/5 rDev -29.9%
A - Pours a pale amber colour although a little cloudy. Frothy head that dissipates rather quickly
S - I get slight burnt toffee aromas but rather sweet bready malts and a hint of vanilla
T - However I don't really get any of the aromas in the taste. Get a little light fruit and earthy flavours that is a little bland and bitter at the finish.
M - Light bodies with medium to high carbonation
O - Not one of my favourites. Very bland and lack s any real depth of flavour. Leaves a horrible after taste and one I would not recommend.
03-12-2013 11:09:06 | More by PolarBear3
2.63/5 rDev -12.6%
Pours a light straw / amber - really quite light. Head is good but recedes with little lacing.
Aromas of dough, yeast.
Taste is of bready malt, mainly sweet, some light hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is OK - reasonably well carbonated for style
All in all... hmm... says Australian Pale Ale on bottle, on this site it's an APA, and tastes more like a somewhat poorly-made Helles Lager than say a Coopers Pale.
Pass. Given it's premium labelling and sold as a premium-priced four pack it doesn't cut it. Half off for the price. Best bit of the whole thing is the label.
02-09-2012 10:29:21 | More by heygeebee
2.88/5 rDev -4.3%
330ml bottle poured into a La Trappe goblet...
A- golden orange and a bit cloudy in color with a white hea... (correction) where did the head go. No retention whatsoever.
S- hops are at the forefront. I also get fresh straw.
T- whoow, a bit sour for my taste. The hops are present and the sourness disapates at the finish which is not half bad.
MF- not too bad at all once you get past the sour.
O- a the risk of sounding like a smartass, I find the finish is the better part of this beer. If you could somehow dismiss the sourness of this beer, I think you'd be left with something world class. Some publication put this beer as #1 beer brewed in Australia. Hmmmm. I've got 3 more of these to finish. Maybe I should have the neighbors over for a beer.
Food parings- pickled porks feet?
01-12-2012 08:16:32 | More by jjkatter
3.2/5 rDev +6.3%
This recently won the Local Taphouse's poll of the best 100 Australian craft beers of 2011. I hadn't tried it for a while, so I thought I'd check it out there recently when they put it on tap.
Pours a cloudy and bright yellow with a full head. Spidery lace down the inside of the glass. Big bubbled and voluminous carbonation. Looks pretty good overall.
Nose is minimal, and not particularly appealing, giving a very faint dusty, earthy hop aroma with a hint of lemon. A little pale sweetness. Average.
Taste is also a little lifeless. Some spritz, a bit of grainy sweetness and a dry and clean finish. Inoffensive enough, but that's about it. Feel is light at the start and almost empty by the end.
Eh. Best beer of the year? Not a chance. Inoffensive, but certainly not a good flagbearer for craft beer in Australia. What's more, I fear it has gotten worse since my first review.
02-27-2011 04:26:12 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.3/5 rDev +9.6%
My wife told me to bring home a bottle of this beer as her maiden name was Vale and she wanted the bottle for a keep sake. She isn't much of a beer drinker so gladly I helped her finish this one off.
A: Pours with generous carbonation leading to a good level of foam and headstand. Hazy due to what seems to be a very unfloculent yeast and also the portion of wheat in the grist. Gold / straw in colour.
S: White bready malt with a fruity estery nose with what seems close to a tangerine type aroma, this is at a very low level though.
T: Again the bready malt shines through with a light fruitiness from fermentation rather than hops, possibly some stone fruit flavour from the Amerillo but this is hard to tell.
M: This beer is balanced more towards the malty sweetness than the bitterness from the hops which gives me a lingering aftertaste with some hop flavour but predominantly bready malt. The body is med-light.
D: This beer may quench your thirst but I would not call this a session beer. A little too many residual sugars for my taste. Worth a try though no doubt.
01-02-2011 06:55:30 | More by LiamAhearn
Vale Ale from McLaren Vale Beer Company
73 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.