Mac Queen's Nessie - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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2.5/5 rDev -24%
Pale tangerine with scads of fine bubbles swarming up to a tight-bubbled, crazily pitting alabaster head that is beginning to leave sheets of BB-shot lace. It's still unclear to me if Nessie is a Scotch ale or simply a red ale that uses Scottish Highland malt. It couldn't look less like either one. If one ignores style completely (or imagines it as an APA) the beer looks better than decent.
I've now mentioned three completely different styles in this review and the beer smells like none of them. No surprise there since the other two Brewery Castle Eggenberg beers that I've had (Urbock Dunkel Eisbock, Urbock 23) smelled and tasted nothing like their stated styles either. The nose is weaker than weak and gives up nothing other than a whiff of toasted barley.
It's a bit better on the palate, but only marginally so. For a beer that's supposed to be the 'whisky of beers' due to the use of the same barley used in Scotland's finest, it isn't all that malty. Since the ingredients weren't added with a very heavy hand, alcohol is a more prominent part of the flavor profile than it should be. In that sense at least, Nessie tastes like watered down whisky (although more like a cheap blended Scotch than a high-quality single malt).
I don't know who assigns the styles on the beer from BCE, but I'm amazed at the disconnect between what is expected and what is actually tasted. The deeper I go into the bottle, the more Nessie is reminding me of a run-of-the-mill Euro strong lager. Little sweetness, little bitterness, just a firm, slightly fruity ethanol punch. I've changed my mind, the flavor isn't any better than the smell, it's just stronger.
It's hard to know how to judge the body/mouthfeel with no reliable style in my sights. In a strictly general sense, it's medium, firm and dessicatingly clean. I haven't really noticed the carbonation so I guess that means that it's somewhere within the vast range of acceptable.
Nessie (a great name for a *real* Scotch ale, by the way) is yet another strange beer from Brewery Castle Eggenberg. I didn't expect it to rival Belhaven Wee Heavy, but I also didn't expect the soulless beast that I've been struggling to finish as this review winds down. The 'real' Nessie deserves to have her name associated with a much better beer than this.
08-06-2006 23:31:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.6/5 rDev +9.4%
Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a marginal head that drops to a ringlet but deposits shards of lace
Smell: English toffee with a touch of fusel alcohol; a faint hint of smoke
Taste: Starts out with a toffee base that adds some whisky heat by mid-palate; after the swallow, the toffee flavors dry out to some extent
Mouthfeel: Medium heavy and slightly syrupy; low carbonation
Drinkability: I liked this better than most of the other reviewers but I acknowledge it is a bit to "wee" to be a Wee Heavy
08-29-2007 01:29:34 | More by brentk56
3.33/5 rDev +1.2%
Surprised to see this beer listed as a Wee Heavy. Doesn't seem to fit the style, but is a nice brew. The Scottish notes are present in the peat-malt aroma and flavor; lightly toasted, pungent, and campfire-ish. The malt sweetness is very powerful and works well with the alcohols, taking on a thinning, sweet, honey-like flavor. Hopped with traditional, earthy, German hops (saaz) contribuiting to the pungent earthy flavors. Never musty or dirty. The pour is a crystal clear, honey colored brew with mild carbonation that disipated in 5 minutes. Lightly carbonated, which adds to the weight of the brew. Very sweet, but dries up very late in the finish with a lingering hop / malt pungent note. Clean for being so sweet. Well balanced, but no real hop flavors or aromas. A nice beer, but unlikely to go out of my way for again. Probably is best characterized as a Scottish Ale, but not a Wee Heavy. Just does not have the molassas malt character or strong peat flavors / aromas; otherwise, the strength and sweetness makes sense.
07-01-2007 03:33:29 | More by BEERchitect
2.05/5 rDev -37.7%
I was hoping for something more like the Samichlaus in this brew. Ended up being a little disappointed. This beer has a nice reddish color and thats about as far as it went for me on the positives of this brew. I really wanted to enjoy this but I found this beer to be on the weak side a bit. I was surprised... The aromas didn't really do too much for me it smelled a little funny not sure how to put it really. The head vanished and it was a little on the flat side. Scottish Ales are usually very good to me but this one just didn't make the cut.
03-30-2011 22:57:15 | More by Knapp85
3.6/5 rDev +9.4%
Like others who have reviewed this one I believe it looked more like a German spring bock even though says red on bottle.Had a great aroma to it that of granny smith apples.Had a light to medium body with decent head.Had a faint smokiness to it wich is apparent in some Scottish ales.Pretty good beer,worth the hype?
02-04-2003 07:33:17 | More by oberon
3.63/5 rDev +10.3%
330ml bottle, day number 6 in the 2012 Craft Beer Advent calendar. Somehow I believe that this particular offering was available in Alberta not all that long ago.
This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, billowy off-white head, which leaves an undulating wall of specked painted lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of semi-sweet, grainy cereal malt, a wee bit of orchard fruitiness, and a very, very mild evocation of yeasty bog. The taste is more bready, breakfast cereal malt, some subtle apple-pear fruit notes, a still innocuous woody/peaty, um, suggestion, and tame earthy leafy hops. Any overt barrel and/or Scotch leanings are pretty much lost in the mire.
The bubbles are fairly laid back in their merely supportive nature, the body a steady medium weight, and generally quite smooth - dealing only really with a low-key pithiness. It finishes off-dry, the bready, biscuity malt still holding sway, and the middling noble hops staying true to their station.
A pretty decent Vienna Lager, I don't know where all this talk of Scottish whiskey barrels and Highland malt is getting us - none of it really manifests in the beer itself. Which is fine by me - I like this as it is - a well-flavoured, enjoyable, and altogether drinkable malty lager.
12-07-2012 04:03:37 | More by biboergosum
4.35/5 rDev +32.2%
Crystal clear and golden in color with a bronze accent; topped by a lightly foamy white head that leaves some decent lace. The aroma is distinctly malty with soft caramel & toffee notes alongside a light nuttiness with some distinct Munich malt, backed by a very slight floral & perfumy hoppiness. Quite seductive! The body is medium-light and it has a moderate carbonation level. The flavor follows the aroma with a rich, floral, sweet, caramel, and toasted malt backed by a minimal hop bitterness. The balance teeters on the edge of falling towards sweetness... but it never really falls. It's never cloying and it finishes moderately quickly with a semi-dry character, leaving some toasty sweetness. An exceptionally enjoyable and unique beer. Well worth seeking out.
09-04-2002 01:00:00 | More by NeroFiddled
3.85/5 rDev +17%
Clear, golden color, not the red as advertised, with a full, fresh, white head.
Aroma, clean, malty, rich, sweet, caramel-y...very interesting that an Austrian brewery tries for an Irish style, yet names it after Scotland and it's legends...
Taste: crisp and clean, malty, sweet, and rather one-dimensional, lacking in complexity, though high alcohol gives it an exra benefit, the appearance of an extra-character, but the liquor that accompanies this flavor is a shallow friend.
Rich and malty...a very nice little beer, but nothing too special...that is , until I take the remainder of this bottle of Nessie and add it to a 2003 SN Bigfoot barleywine, for a combo I call "the Monster Mash", and you know what? It's..the..BEST...BEER..EVER!
Try one for yourself, seriously!
04-29-2004 09:07:01 | More by feloniousmonk
3.15/5 rDev -4.3%
The beer pours a golden color with a one finger white head that quickly fades to lacing. This says it's a red ale, but I'm seeing no signs of red coloration. The aroma is decent. It has a powerful pale malt scent that is warm and dry. It has a honey-like aroma that is slightly sweet, but crisp and dry. The taste is decent. It has a bland and boring pale malt flavor that is strong, but lacking real character. There is also a distinct lack of hops in the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average wee heavy. It lacks complexity and drinkability. This is a forgetable brew.
03-21-2005 00:59:09 | More by WesWes
United Kingdom (England)
2.83/5 rDev -14%
BB 09/2006, served lightly-chilled in a tall and slim, short-stem goblet.
A: amber hue; the beer head comes hissing, thin and loosely-formed, on top of constantly lively carbonation.
S: a bit like vienna lager, full of sweet lemony malts, dusty hops, caramely and malt candy-ish aroma, plus a touch of sweet preserved plums/prunes. Yet a ve...ry strange and sharp, burned plastic or chemical note of something hovers in the air... making the whole aroma quite unpleasant. I really don't know what that is...
T: spritzy, malty, sugary, sweet black tea-ish, and thin-bodied, with light hints of preserved cherries and other stone-fruits... gradually the bitter edge of sugar-cane juice emerges, along with restrained hop bitterness, leading towards a semi-dry finish. Yet in the very end a metallic and semi-sour-sweet residual taste of unfermented sugar creeps up, not the most enjoyable element to my palate.
M&D: overly thin-bodied, although the mouthfeel is spritzy w/o being intrusive, like a healthy, real lager; for a 7.3%abv. beer I'd expect more structure and body, yet this beer--definitely NOT a SCOTTISH ALE--comes so dull and shows very little characters of whisky malts that it says it's based on. Only the finish touch of hop bitterness saves the day. Rather it's like a strong Vienna Lager lacking in caramely contents. Not impressive.
10-04-2006 03:06:04 | More by wl0307
3.73/5 rDev +13.4%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The thin wispy swirl of head sits on top of a crystal clear apricot body and a gentle carbonation.
S- The soft caramel hint is pretty clean with a popcorn note that grows as the beer warms.
T- The rich sweet caramel flavor has a dry toasted malt note to and a soft plastic and spice hint in the finish.
M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and is a bit flat in the finish.
D- This beer is smooth and sweet with a nice caramel note and a hint of plastic is a bit off. The caramel notes taste of a long wort boil which has some nice qualiteis but not much depth.
12-07-2009 22:02:04 | More by rhoadsrage
3.15/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours with a two fingered white head that leaves a good lace. Light-medium carbonation. Light clear amber. Nose is musty hay. On the sweet side but just barely. Starts smooth with some malt finishes with a slight metallic aftertaste. Nothing like a red. $3.04 for a 330ml bottle from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.
10-13-2004 00:21:11 | More by jdhilt
3.73/5 rDev +13.4%
The label calls this beer an "Original Red Ale." So you'll understand my surprise when I poured out a perfectly clear golden pilsner. I mean red. I mean Scotch. What the hell is it?? Doesn't matter I guess, cuz it tastes pretty good. The aroma was big on dough and also had some nice cinnamon bread tones. A little earthy as well. The flavor is smooth and clean. Doughy flavors rise to the top. Nice little earthy hop tones. Dry finish leaves me longing for more. Yeasty properties are minimal, but distinguishable. This doens't taste or look like a Scotch ale, but the beer tastes pretty good and goes down the chute with no problem.
05-27-2004 04:17:56 | More by Bighuge
3.38/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours a slightly hazy, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, and grain. Barely fits the definition of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, slight sweet malt, grain, hint of pale hop, and some sulfur. Overall, a very weak bodied Scottish with an odd flavor profile.
04-27-2010 22:52:54 | More by Tone
British Columbia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev +19.5%
Craft beer advent...
A: Coppery bronze with an off-white head, good retention, leaves some nice lace.
S: Sweet toffee, pear, hints of peat.
T: Light toffee & caramel, not really smoky but there's some raspy earth/peat character, light floral hopping, modest bitterness.
M: Smooth, moderate body as a very light residual sweetness.
O: A well-crafted, easy drinker. A bit of an eclectic mix (Scottish ale and Vienna Lager), but I think it really works. Now I want to try the previous (stronger) version.
12-07-2012 00:54:04 | More by Derek
3.5/5 rDev +6.4%
A transpicuous golden yellow on the pour, the head prestigious in size, frothy in texture, bright white in color and the resultant lace a fine sheet to conceal the glass. Nose has hints of smoke, crisp and clean slight fruit tones also noticed, quite pleasant. Start is sweet, and malt laden, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is crisply acidic, the hops perky in their spicy bite, dry lingering aftertaste and a bit of belly warming also noticed. A decent drinking beer, and well worth a sample in my humble opinion.
08-09-2003 15:02:53 | More by Gusler
3.58/5 rDev +8.8%
330ml bottle poured into tulip 25/9/12
A clear amber with just a few bubbles but a dense finger of off white foam that quickly falls to a thin film leaving a few partial rings of lace
S some fruity notes with some toffee, wet wood and other earthy tones
T spicy malts and its a little sweet, very faint smoke and everything else from the nose is there in one form or another
M a little slick with and nice and creamy from the bubbles, earthy finish with a little spicy kick
O decent stuff and something different, I wont be writing home about it but its worth trying
I was expecting a smokey peaty beer but the smoke is very mellow hard to pick out, not a smoked malt brew but decent stuff
09-26-2012 18:08:55 | More by wordemupg
3.6/5 rDev +9.4%
Appearance- The head left a lot to be desired. The color was a more cognac like amber, copper color. Rather unexpected for a scotch ale/wee heavy.
Smell- Smelled very adjuncty than what I expected. Some hops bitterness to give the aroma a decent kick with some sugary amlt essence.
Taste- Could taste some adjunct akin to a Miller slash Bud creation. But the warming alcohol flavor was only a hint with some hopppy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- A light ale that came off more as a lager with the carbonation and to amber color. But was definetly refreshing.
Drinkability- If I wanted to have 5 bottles of beer and be close to lit, this beer would be the one for me.
12-15-2005 01:27:28 | More by scruffwhor
3.3/5 rDev +0.3%
11,2 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher snifter. 5.0% ABV, no date.
A - Completely clear, Nessie is well carbonated with a thin ring of off-white foam that doesn't last long at all. Sexy golden light amber color.
S - Sweet toasted caramel malts tip the balance of this beer to a near dopplebock-like malt presence. No hops come through nor does whiskey. A clean and crisp aroma dominated by malts with a subtle yeast touch that's very German smelling.
T - The aroma thins out in the flavor to a less than interesting level. A subtle caramel sweetness and a micro hint of white grape is all I get from this. No hops, no whiskey. Not to say it's bad, the lack of anything substantial is more of a let down.
M - Thin-bodied and light, Nessie still remains crisp and smooth like the nose suggests but becomes a rather unimpressive beverage with mild sweetness.
D - Nothing about Nessie is off-putting but nothing is interesting either. The lack of flavors and the smooth texture make it easily drinkable for a session beer but don't expect anything beyond that.
07-12-2010 00:21:15 | More by BeerFMAndy
Mac Queen's Nessie from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
76 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.