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Mac Queen's Nessie - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Mac Queen's NessieMac Queen's Nessie

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

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 330 ml brown bottle, peach/flesh coloured paper label around neck and cap. Pours out a clear deep golden hue, tall loose frothy white head that slowly settles.

Clean metallic grains and biscuity, bready malt on the nose, mild smoke and wood, some perfumey and grassy hops.

Flavour is incredibly clean as well, with metallic grains up front, biscuity malt, just a hint of sour citrus and peat from the whiskey malt, finishing with mild spicy, leafy, grassy hops.

Light-bodied mouthfeel, silky smooth texture, moderate carbonation.

Pleasant and clean, although the whiskey malt doesn't really add much in the end. Certainly a Light Scottish Ale, worth trying once at least though not overly memorable.

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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

Kept an open mind, but just can't see the love in this beer from some. Pours hazy pale amber to golden hue, with tan head that recedes to almost nothing quickly. Nose isn't very assertive with a hint of toffee. Palate offers a weird fruity/sweet malt focus that I haven't seen in many beers. Soft medium body. Soft on the finish too, with more malty sweetness and minimal hop influence overall. Meh.

Photo of paulozanello
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with some reddish tones. Very clear. Lots of fine carbonation with tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Head is light tan and shows good retention and lacing.

Aroma is dominated by malt with bread, cereal grain, caramel, and nuts. Also some honey and slight touch of citric and floral hops is perceptible towards the end.

Taste is again malty with bread, cereal grain, caramel and nutty notes. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma previously suggested. The balance is nicely done by mild hop bitterness along with a very subtle floral note from european varieties. Some smoky notes are also present. Long finish with malts dominating hops, as it should be.

Body is medium to low with high carbonation. High drinkability.

Overall a very well made scottish ale where the malts really shine through, but not to the point of being too sweet - Hops do a good job of keeping the balance. I'd love to session this one.

Photo of janubio
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle, pours an amber, rather than red, colour, with a good head that fades leaving a ring. Smell is poor, only grain and some malts. It feels good and carbonated in the tongue, but the taste is also poor: grains, malt, some caramel. I can't find the whiskey anywhere in this beer. I enjoyed drinking it, but it's not exactly what I expected.

Photo of colts9016
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees:

Appearance: A one finger creamy white head that has fair retention. The color of the beer is amber color with coppery orange hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with some carbonation bubbles. In the beer there is a touch of haziness from yeast.

Nose: A medium malty that is toasty, honey, vanilla, yeast, caramel and butterscotch.

Taste: A medium malty flavor with earth, peat, fruity esters, caramel, honey, yeast, butterscotch, and a biscuit note.

The mouth feel is coating, carbonated, and cloying.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium with a medium finish. This beer is good but not great.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour: Medium orange in color. Two and a half fingers of fluffy white head with good retention and some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Slightly tart, fruity aroma with a caramel backbone. Slightly bready.

Taste: Rather lackluster. A light malty taste with some hints of tart fruit. Clean finish with just the slightest hint of peaty Scotch. Not much going on.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium with low carbonation (almost too low for the weight). Very clean and smooth, however.

Drinkability: It's OK. I can drink it, but it's not the best in the world. Goes down easily.

Final Notes: This beer is alright. It's not what I want in a Scottish Ale though. It could use twice as much malt as it has in it. Disappointing.

Photo of Knapp85
2.06/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Preismj
2.28/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

a: gold color with a bit of a pink tint, uneven head dissipation. A little bit of lacing, though for the most part a very watery look.

s: gotta be honest...smells EXACTLY like my dog's blue buffalo food. Very grainy, thinking a lot of barley (maybe oat?) coming out here.

t: tastes like it smells. I suppose I get a hint of the malt, but not much. It only comes out in the sweetness. for the most part, this is very very very very very grainy. I am having trouble enjoying this, though as it warms, I get a bit more of the malt. Overall, not my thing...and I tend to like red ales. I feel like I've got dog food in my mouth.

m: mouthfeel is tremendous, actually. Hard to classify this with the appalling taste I get, but the feel is good, nice and smooth with a good balance of carbonation. Cool and crisp.

d: I've had a few sips and while it is getting a bit better, my first reaction was that I didn't want to keep trying it. At about $4 a bottle, this isn't what I expected. Only 5% abv so I suppose I didn't expect that boozy quality here, though quite sad that I get no heat and a ton of grains which, honestly, I am not thinking are tasty.

Overall, very disappointed here. I like red ales and this one sounded like it had promise, though compared to some out there, this is bottom tier and a waste of a nice glass bottle. Very sad about this one.

Oh well, always next year.

as an edit to my post...always possible I got a bad batch...though I am not getting much of the malt that other people mentioned (I like to review first, and then compare to what others have said). I am very sad if this is just a bad bottle as I will likely never give it another go...again, sounded like it'd be a great one to go for, though this is just not me and I just cannot appreciate this if I have what is indeed a good batch.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Ammersino Feine Getränke in Vienna, Austria. Clear yellow-amber pour with one finger head and decent lacing. The nose is earthy and grassy at first, but becomes sweet and fruity with hints of caramel and a touch of whiskey. Lots of toasted malt and caramel in the taste along with some nuttiness, grass, vanilla, and a touch of oak. Nice dry but slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Kept waiting to taste some whiskey, but sadly it never appeared. And since the label says it's known as the "Whiskey among the beers", I think it's a pretty epic failure. It's not a bad beer, but definitely doesn't deliver what it promised.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.23/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single Nessie purchased around $4. I was excited to see this as Samichlaus is one of my favorite beers. Nessie did not dissappoint me.

Pours a very thin white head with a smell of scotch ale, malts and some residual malt sugars. Taste of scotch ale, remarkably well done and smooth. There is a taint of light cherry in the distance with oak. Consistency also very similar to Samichlaus without the 14% alc. Just enough scotch flavor to call it a scotch ale, remarkably smooth and enjoyable. I would love to be able to get these in 4 packs however I never see them.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 330mL bottle in a dusty box at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY. The sticker said $3.49 but it rang up as $2.99. No date but it looks damn old, so I guess we'll see how it goes. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A hard pour into the center of the glass gives 1/2" of eggshell foam from this fairly flat brew. The brew itself is clear and copper colored. Nose is a fairly sweet smell of cherry cough syrup, earthy, and a little alcohol zing. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, not with malt but with sweetness. The rest of the smell is spot on too... some dark cherry, earthiness (wood?), and a little spicy alcohol.

Photo of MillRat
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So this Austrian takes off his Tyrolean cap, dons a kilt, and goes into a bar...or something like that. Brewed by the folks that bring us Samiclaus using imported Scottish whisky malz, hops, and hop extract. Note there's no whisky or old whisky barrels involved here. Just a redirection of malt from the distiller to the brewer. This ain't one of those "extreme" beers.

Pours an "old gold"en yellow with no real head retention to speak of. Aroma dominated by toffee, with just a hint of smoke, at least by Bamberg standards. This is still a nice clean lager beer, might have been able to get close to this just with Munich malt. Otherwise the hops (& extract) are there in a subdued supporting role.

Nice medium body which goes down easily. This could be a nivce session beer, but have some friends to talk with, since this beer just doesn't have enough going on to keep your attention for all that long, but it would be nice in a supporting role where you do notice the flavor as you take a swig while your friend has the floor.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.34/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DmanGTR
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes on 1/30/10.

This beer, as far as I'm concerned, is simply boring. There's nothing going on here, just a standard whatever beer. Supposedly a red ale, this poured a pale golden yellow with no head. Not much in the aroma but some cereal grains, biscuit, and hint of booze. Although an ok flavor, it doesn't have anything going for it. No caramel, not much fruits except a bit of pears. Altogether very disappointing.

Photo of slyke
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nessie pours a nice amber color with a white head that falls to a cap after a few minutes, some lacing.

The smell is malty with some sweetness, some caramel, and a bit of peat.

The taste is also nice and malty with that sweetness and bit of breadiness.

Mouthfeel is lighter-bodied. A bit of a lingering finish.

Drinkability is good here. A nice beer for someone who tends toward the malty side. Give it a try.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper with a thin white head that fades quickly, becoming patchy. Not much lacing.
Smell is slightly malty with a little bit of euro yeast aroma. Faint notes of brown sugar, and some hints of smoked meat.
Taste is spicey malts, with some subdued hops following. More, very subtle hint of smoked meat, as well as some equally (if not more so) subtle brown sugar. Tad bit of peatiness. Finish is fairly watery and lackluster, with just a touch of malts and hops.
Mouthfeel is crisp and dry to the finish. High level of carbonation. Light body.
Good drinkability. A bit disappointed with this one, but overall it's not a bad beer and it's pretty easy to drink.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.32/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper body with nearly no carbonation rising. The head is just less than an inch tall and pure white. Good looker.

S - Sweet malty with toffee accents and a mild presence of alcohol.

T - Bready, nutty and sweet with an interesting roasted toffee ending and a slightly burnt finished.

M - The feel is a bit coarse in the middle but I believe that assists a bit in bringing out some of the unique flavors.

~ This is certainly something I'd have again. I wish I had a full 4 or six pack rather than just the one bottle I picked up at Dan's Liquor in Plover. This is a beer you want to get your lips on but It may be difficult as they are hard to spot.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's not really red, but it is a golden color with a slight hint of red. Which is nice enough with what they were going for as it is the color of many a nice whisky. The head is really pretty, tight and fluffy with some heavy lacing. I'm catching a lot of nice floral clean german malt character from the aroma, along with a good bit of honey and a tiny bit of paint thinner alcohol. The smoke is very subdued here but it's nice none the less. All in all the aroma reminds me of a nice enough Maibock, which may or may not have been what they were going for here. The smokiness shows up a lot more in the flavor of this beer and clashes a bit with the herbal bitterness on the sides of the tongue, which is very different from the malty sweetness that dominates the flavor of the beer. Seeing as how this is retired the bottle is at the very least a year old, if memory serves me correctly that sweetness was better balanced with smokiness in it's younger age. There are some chocolate and earthy tones that peek their head out of the water every so often when drinking this as well. The palate seems sharp on the sides of the tongue while almost rich and almost syrupy on the top, not in the way many Barley Wines or Imperial Stouts can get syrupy, but more like in a cheap imitation maple syrup kind of way. This thing is likely not nearly in it's prime but I sort of like where it's going. I might have to pick up a few more bottles just to see what the future has in store for them.

Photo of dgilks
2.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Moderate pils malt aroma with none of the promised whisky notes.

Golden colour, clear, small, creamy white head.

I'm dumbfounded. For a beer that is allegedly brewed with whisky malt I don't get any whisky character. I get more pils malt flavour, a hint of spiciness and nothing else.

Medium-low body with moderate carbonation.

An easy to drink beer but mostly because it doesn't taste of much. A big disappointment that doesn't live up to its claims.

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

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.

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