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Vale /LGR - McLaren Vale Beer Company

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12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McLaren Vale Beer Company visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADZA on 09-01-2013

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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by SmashPants:
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3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle, semi-macro label with a touch of classic minimalism. Stylish. They make a big point of noting that it is a 'New World' lager, so I guess we'll see what they mean by that.

Appearance: pours a pleasant light honey-amber colour with a good flow. A fluffy bright-white head hangs around for a short time at a half a finger before dropping to a thin ring. Sparse but lumpy carbonation visible across the profile.

Aroma: a very refreshing aroma of spice and citrus hops with some floral / grassy backnotes. Not mind-blowing, but smells of a quality lager / pilsner.

Taste: ahh, this is what they meant by New World. For a lager it is quite complex - the spice is still there but the citrus has backed off, to be replaced by a big earth flavour. Some stone fruits also, with a lasting bitterness.

Aftertaste: The bitterness lingers for a time, but eventually turns a bit cloying. I wouldn't consider it massively sessional.

Mouth feel: The mouth feel leaves a little to be desired - the moderate body is fine, but the carbonation is a bit lumpy until the beer warms a little, which is unusual for a lager.

Overall: definitely a different take on the lager - plenty of different flavours combining quite nicely. If anything I think the flavours and the big lager-style carbonation almost make the flavours a bit too big and slightly harsh, but all told this is a good, robust and quality lager. Pretty good for AU$66 a case of 24 x 330mL (2014).

More User Reviews:
Photo of Andrewziggy
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An earthy spicey taste worth a try

Photo of Breeza
3.89/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear gold colour, white, thick, creamy 2 finger head when poured. Above average carbonation. Leaves a nice lacing.

S: Rich hoppy smell with citrus notes.

T:Light bitter taster develops into a rich bitterness with a nice bready aftertaste. Citrus is ever so slight compared to the smell.

M: Considering the rich finish to this beer it actually feels very thin but not quite watery.

O: I really like what to my palate seems like a contradiction of taste and mouthfeel, making this beer feel complex and really enjoyable.

Photo of ADZA
3.55/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A new offering from these guys and on the front label it states it is a New World Lager which pours a see through golden straw hue with a wispy one finger head with not much lacing,the smell is quite enticing for a lager with aromas of citrus,freshly cut grass,gooseberries,damper and blackberries,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and a touch over carbonated with tastes of freshly picked herbal earthy hops followed by a crisp citrus bitterness and rounded out with a spicy peppery hoppy bitterness,overall I was quite surprised with this I don't know if I'm smashed but I'd buy this again cheers.

Photo of baumaxx1
3.8/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
A clear yellow colour. White, thick and enduring head when poured. Moderate to strong carbonation.

Smell -
A sweet smelling beer with hints of caramel, elderflower, pine, spice and citrus.

Taste -
An earthy, spicy taste overall, with floral and elderflower notes when sipped. A hint of bitterness is revealed when swallowed, presenting cut grass and grapefruit flavours. As the beer warms, caramel flavours become more prominent, as well a pine/medicinal after-taste. It becomes sweeter as it warms.

Mouthfeel -
The carbonation seen initially is definitely reflected in the mouthfeel, resulting in a vigorous fizz as the beer sits on the tongue. The beer has a moderate body, and leaves a clean feel after drinks.

Overall -
I first had this on tap at the Ed Castle, and it really stood out as a beer that packed a lot of flavour. It was very sweet, spicy and fruity then and goes down easily and doesn't sit too heavily. Out of a bottle, it is similar, although I have noticed the earthiness more than on tap.
Overall, a great beer packed with flavour and enough complexity to keep it interesting. Only gripe is that the medicinal notes can be a bit strong when it warms, and it does not play well with certain foods. Best served while still below room temperature and before food.

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Vale /LGR from McLaren Vale Beer Company
77 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.