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Mac Queen's Nessie - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2002

Note: New recipe from 2008, gravity went down from 16° to 12°, alcohol from 7.3% to 5%
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Ratings: 150 | Reviews: 111
Photo of karst
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a white "soapy" head little lace on the side of the 0.4 L rastal sniffer. Aroma of caramel and Munich malts with Hallertauer hops. Although I could be wrong I could pass this off as a helles

Flavors of caramel and toasty Munich malts. Mildly hopped with sweetness overcomming the IBUs. Medium body and slick dextrinous mouthfeel. If you like Munich malt favors and sweeter finish this is your beer.

Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blotched, dull, shadowy brass, with a rimming of large, clinging enamel bubbles.
Helles bock nose of candied pears, golden raisins, toffee, and alcohol vapors.
It presents, again, as bock-like in the mouth, ripe with those same pears, raisins, and, now, red apples. Dripping honey and caramel and toffee and butterscotch as well. A minor cinnamon spicing preludes a diesel booze belch, and a vague reedy bitterness.
The texture is heavy and with a viscous slickness, though it thins partially over time.
It's bears all the traits of a down-shifted EKU 28.
There are elements to cherish here for malt-heads, but altogether, it seems too much like a Maibock fortified with a shot of Scotch.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 33cl brown bottle appeared recently on a Moscow supermarket shelf. Pale orange label with gold lettering and a coat of arms that includes a snake head coming out of the water. They make a big deal about using "whiskey malt" here. The significance is lost on me. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before July 2006, I opened it on 5/22/05.

Pours a pretty non-descript clear gold under a thin and pretty short-lived white head. No lace, no collar, no evidence of a head after just a minute or two. The nose is mild, with a touch of malt, but this doesn't strike me as any different than any other beer malt. The mouth is pretty light and a bit on the prickly side. Initial taste impression is sweet, more sugary than fruity. There is a slight whiskey-type edge here, and a slight hoppy bitterness comes out towards the finish. OK, I can note the fermented grain impression here. Still, not a great beer in my book.

Photo of WesWes
3.17/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red ale? Red ale? Dark gold ale is about the best description. Very small head, just a few random bubbles on top of the beer. Smell is surprisingly alcohol heavy, slightly sweet with carmel and corn. Taste has a good alcoholic punch, and not a lot more. Slight berry flavors, and moderate maltiness round out this beer. I should have gotten the Eggenberg Eisbock's instead of this, but I had vicions of 7.3% Red Ale dancing in my head.

Photo of shippos
4.33/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first off this is not a red and doesn't even seem like a scotch/wee heavy to me, this is just based on what came out of the bottle regardless of style.

poured with a tightly packed white head on top a clear golden color. soft sugary malt aroma wth some hints of a peated smokey character and a little bit of alcohol in there as well. heafty mouthfeel with a thick chewy consistency , rich but not over poweringly caramel rich or cloying/sweet. very creamy and sugary and very easy to drink. nicely balanced flavors for whatever style it is.

Photo of jdhilt
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Austrian, Nessie pours a clear, light gold, with a smallish, offwhite head that leaves no lace. Aroma is on the sweet malty side, with lots of caramel and a hint of noble, floral hops. Mouthfeel is average, with a light body and medium carbonation. The taste is very nice, though a bit on the sweet malty side of the scale. Munich malt seems to be present, and there is a definite breadiness. Floral hops add a bitterness that compliments the malts quite well. Castle Eggenberg is an excellent brewery, but this effort, though acceptable and tasty, seems out of place. This is not a Red Ale, in any sense of the word, or style. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this and can't wait to find another. The alcohol is well concealed, but has a pleasant, warming sensation after the finish. Perhaps, they should rename this one.

Photo of rkhaze
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This "red ale" pours out a light gold color with a medium sized, big bubbled head.
Aromas of malt, light caramel and fruit.
Flavor is much better trhan the smell, although quite cloying. Big sweet grainy malt taste. Some rich caramel, fruit and a bare hint of hop bitterness.
Light to medium bodied with a rich full mouthfeel and tingly carbonation.
The sweetness hurt the drinkability.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a brilliant clear golden color with a white head. I have never seen a golden “red ale” before, but maybe they are color blind. The aroma is semi-sweet and malty. It has a bit of breadiness and a fruity, spicy hop aroma. The flavor is malty, spicy and alcoholic. It is full-bodied due to its strength with a semi-drying finish. Not what I was expecting from this brewery. I am disappointed in this one.

Sampled 4/13/04

Photo of elmocoso
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red? Medium gold - nice 2 finger head that quickly recedes, leaving a curious webbing effect on the glass. the smell is kind of malty - butterscotch. kind of sweet in the nose, cloying? Smooth, malty draws. Full mouth and almost too sweet. Sweeet aftertaste. Pretty drinkable, but rich.

Photo of Bighuge
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.77/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce, usual Eggenberg bottle with the embossed logo on the shoulder of the bottle. This one has a creamy-pink label. Listed as 7.3% alc/vol. and labeled as ‘Mac Queen’s Nessie Original Red Ale’. States that this is made with whisky malts.

OK, that’s the good bit out of the way.

Appearance: Clear darkish golden body that poured with a very audible fizz as the head immediately formed and appeared, and then subsequently immediately disappeared. Finished with no head at all. It looks awful I have to say, flatter than the Netherlands and about as appetizing as a Big Mac to a Vegetarian.

Nose: Smells sweet with a light sickly feel, reminiscent of a very, very cheap Lager. I didn’t get any of the Whisky Malts at all.

Taste: Sickly and Sweet. Barely drinkable when chilled but almost poured away when it warmed up. A depressing mix of sweet malts and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Can’t seem to get rid of the taste of this one.

Drinkability: Urrgh.

Overall: Not impressed. Looks awful, smells sickly, tastes sweet, feels flat and drinks like a cheap high strength English-brewed chemical laden Germanic sounding 24-pack super economy lager.

#1: So it’s called ‘Mac Queens Original Red Ale’ – and it's bloody golden blonde in color. WTF? Am I missing something here? How can a Red Ale be blonde?

#2: It’s crap - this soooo reminded me of Kestrel Super Strength Lager that I drank back in England down the woods with the rest of my 14 year old friends when I was too young and poor to know better.

#3: Oh I get it - the Brewers Color Blind right !?!?!

Nessie Original Red Ale; My Arse!! More like a Jessie Red Ale!

Do Eggenberg really brew this stuff? Extremely Disappointing.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours crystal clear pale straw colored. The head is ghost white and falls back quickly.

The aroma is fruits, mainly apples. Behind the fruitiness is a very sweet, sugary aroma.

The flavor is malty and sweet with a crispness to the flavor. The beer does have some bitterness behind the sweetness.

The finish is slightly sweet drying out into an apple flavor. There is also a bitterness component in the aftertaste as well as some alcohol. The body is medium.

11.2 ounce bottle. The bottle says Original Red Ale, best I can see there is nothing red at all about this beer.

I have no idea who dubbed this a Wee Heavy, but it is more like a cross between a maibock and an old ale.

Photo of Suds
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal-clear, golden color with a soda-pop fizz. Almost no head immediately after the pour. The aroma is a mix of candy-sugar sweetness, subtle maltiness, and a hint of whiskey. Foretaste is serious sweetness, in a distractingly sugary manner. Malt flavors and alcohol round out the sweetness by the mid-taste, followed by slight hopiness. It's not exactly what I think of when I imagine Scottish-style ales. The bottom line is that this is moderately enjoyable, somewhat interesting, and otherwise middle-of-the-road.

Photo of RoyalT
2.97/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Amazingly clear yellow in the body with an active, white head.

Smell – Light Scottish whisky aroma that is otherwise balanced with subtle hops and a hint of citrus hops. Not like anything I’ve smelled before.

Taste – The sweets pick up the pace big time at the tongue. They are predominantly man-made, like sucrose. Definitely simple carbs here. I should comment on the malt base and short but complimenting hops, but it’s the sugar that commands attention. The cheap carbonation (see below) and sucrose orientation makes this one tastes almost like one of those fizzy candies you hand out at Halloween.

Mouthfeel – The fizzy Neutron Bomb kind of carbonation left me wanting. I don’t even understand why it was there in the first place, but it spoiled the experience IMO.

Drinkability – Overall, this was an interesting ale but with one too many faults for me to give it the thumbs up.

Photo of nomad
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a yellowish gold, clear and glowing well, strikingly clear in fast. Had lots of big bubbled carbonation and some spots of lace. Smelled of a dry malt scent, softly fruity. Could smell the alcohol a little but its actually kind of nice. Overall, it did have some whiskey characteristics injected into a generally light profile. Taste was malty of a golden sort, but never that syrupy. Had a faint background of fruit though lightly smoky, so slight it almost comes off as a bitterness before the actual, albeit light, bitterness. Dryness is a bit late, with just enough mouth-puckering finish to beg you to wet the mouth again. A dangerous setup with the light whiskey notes in the finish, mainly coming from the nice presence of alcohol.

An austere and subtle beer, used to be billed as a “Whiskey Malt Red Beer”, now billed as “Original Red Ale.” It’s truly a tasty sipping lager-ish ale.

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of granger10
3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It says red ale on the bottle, but this isn't red! It's orange . . . and it has no head to speak of! What have I gotten myself into here. Is this a bad bottle? The sniff tells me it's not skunky and in fact pretty sweet. The taste backs that up. Very nice. A sweet alcohol taste controls the flavors that follow which include caramel and vanilla. It also has a slight earthy tone to it towards the end. Hops hold the sweet alcohol together. Finishes with an apple sweetness. The only problem was that it was a little too thin, other that that I liked this beer a lot.

Photo of marburg
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's a mutt! I mean, after all, what kind of Austrian beer looks like some sort of headless maibock, says "red ale" on the bottle, and is named like it's a Scottish child, daughter of a man named MacQueen?

Well, the kind of beer is MacQueen's Nessie Red Ale.

For a "red" ale, it sure looked pale orange to me. There wasn't much head on this beer, and the aroma was mild at best. I detected hints of apple in the nose. After tasting it, there was a very light bitterness that somewhat offset a pretty predominant malty flavor. A sweet beer -- but not sweet in the alcoholic sense one might think from its 7-some-odd percent alcohol. It's just a little too slippery feeling in my mouth for me to be able to have more than one.

If you've ever tasted Red McGregor, I think I liken it to that. It's been a while since I've had that beer, but that's what came to mind when I tasted this. Nessie's a tasty brew, but it wasn't spectacular. I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

Photo of oberon
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.36/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of marc77
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden use topped by a moderately thick, but persistent white head that leaves intricate lace. The aroma is comprised of buttery toffee, caramelized fruit melanoidins, vanilla and rich sugar, along w/ a healthy dose of toasty Munich malt. Smells and looks much more like a helles / Maibock! Trace floral perfumy Hallertauer Mittelfruh hop nose is perceptible. Very enticing aromawise. Although not as deeply flavored as the aroma would suggest, the flavor profile consists of a round caramel sweetness, buttery malt & an expected toasty Munich malt foundation. Hop bitterness partially offsets malt sweetness, but the overall sweetness is skewed towards sweetness. The apparent low attenuation leaves plenty of residual dextrins allowing for a full body & mouthfeel. Finishes w/ brown sugar - like sweetness on the tip of the tongue and quickly fading toastiness. Seems to be more of a helles bock than a Scottish export... There's a lot of Munich malt character here... Anyway, Nessie is a tasty brew.

Photo of rastaman
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this was OK, but not what i expected, quite a warming slightly bitter acidic flavour, with whiskeyish notes, but i thought it was a bit light on in the flavour department, not the best, but worth ago. Interesting name, considering it is from Austria.

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Mac Queen's Nessie from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
76 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.