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Vale /LGR - McLaren Vale Beer Company

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Vale /LGR
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9 Ratings
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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADZA on 09-01-2013)
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Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
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).

SmashPants, Jul 15, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of csmartin6
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

csmartin6, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

pin, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Breeza
3.89/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

Breeza, May 02, 2014
Photo of magpieken
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

magpieken, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of mungus
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

mungus, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of ADZA
3.56/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

ADZA, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of baumaxx1
3.79/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

baumaxx1, May 02, 2014
Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev -2.6%

XsoldoutX, Oct 19, 2013
Vale /LGR from McLaren Vale Beer Company
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.