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James Squire Sundown Lager - Malt Shovel Brewery

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James Squire Sundown LagerJames Squire Sundown Lager

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Malt Shovel Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 11-21-2008)
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3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An atypical review.

Lets just assume for a minute that beer is supposed to be refreshing, easy to drink, thirst quenching, pleasantly, if not fully flavoured, and that after you have one you can easily go another, and then another, and then another.

That knocks out quite a few beers. But not this one.

(Slight aside, it is quite sweet. But not overmuch)

heygeebee, Sep 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

adityashekhar, Jun 16, 2013
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2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a golden color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of citrus, bit of malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste of some citrus with a mild malt sweetness. Has a mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Decent beer for a hot summer day.

soju6, Jun 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

magpieken, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of doktorhops
2.4/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

With much hesitation I approach James Squire Sundown Lager - many good reviewers have trashed this beer and my concern, as I apprehensively reach for the (free mind you) bottle, is that that they have rightfully so trashed it. Plus I hate the two words "Australian" and "Lager" together on the bottle label - it conjures thoughts of VB or Tooheys Red. But let's give it a chance first shall we.

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a pokal.

A: Pale clear golden body with a cappuccino froth white head that sits rather proudly. Looks good so far.

S: There is definite vegetable matter on the nose. Malt grain base, hint of yeast, with Phenolic aromas that give off the impression of chemical cleaner residue, much like any other macro Aussie Lager with a slight Euro Lager yeastiness.

T: Big sugar hit upfront. Malt grains dominate the mid-palate, with that minor sour yeast note followed by a tinge of hop bitterness at the end - you can pretty much discount hops completely but is that really a surprise in an Aussie Lager? The whole flavour profile is very simple, on the plus side though there are a lot of terrible, terrible Aussie Lagers out there and compared to it's competition it's doing OK.

M: Watery and flat. Disappointing.

D: Final verdict? It's not something that appeals to me, but hey I must be in the minority because macro beer makers pump out stuff like this en masse. This is a simple Lager for an underdeveloped beer palate, and I wouldn't be surprised if the sweetness in this brew is there to try and lure RTD (Ready To Drink) people away from their expensive (with the RTD Tax in Australia) beverages. For an old(ish) beer drinker like me it's a fail.

Food match: Footy match food like meat pies, hot chips and hot dogs.

doktorhops, Nov 18, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brewery has churned out some fantastic offerings. So lets see how their flagship lager turns out.

A- Just a typical lager appearance. Decent head which retains fairly well and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells a fair bit better than I expected. Theres's a laid back grassy-hop aroma and some malts. It's all mild though, but for the style.. Hey, you could do worse.

T- Very clean. Although, it's thankfully not one of those "psuedo-beer" macro aussie lagers in the taste department. Sweetness upfront with good hoppiness and some faint Pride of Ringwood on the back. Luckily, the aforementioned POW is not so pronounced. Not bad at all.

M- Crisp and highly drinkable. While this is good by style, it still leaves me wanting a bit.

O- Generally the words "Australian" and "lager" do not mix well AT ALL, but in this case, they do. What we have here is an easy-drinking warm weather beer with some actual taste. I won't be so snobbish to say that's a bad thing.

aeolianshredhead, Aug 30, 2011
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2.23/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ugh. Plucked this out of the bargain bin for $2 and want my money back. Just a bubbly, chemically soft drink. Very watery, no smell, weak sweet flavour. Not an overly unpleasant taste, just very, very dull. Probably would have loved this when I was 12. Avoid.

dansmcd, Jun 10, 2011
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2.13/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is best described as a dumbed down industrial version of the just ok Golden Ale. Very mainstream lagerish with mildly rough and metallic hops (PoW?) and not really much else. Really JS should be aspiring to more than this given there's no shortage of crap beer brewed here.

Stew41, May 08, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review based on notes taken during a recent trip to Sydney.

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a bright clear golden straw color with a 1" head of white foam. The head recedes to a ring of foam and sipping leaves scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: While not strong the aroma is filled with pleasant biscuity malt and hint of grassy hops

Taste: The flavors include some lightly sweet biscuity malt flavor with some earthy grassy hops present but not obtrusive.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with strong carbonation. The finish is on the short side and barely lets one know the hops are there.

Drinkability: This is a reasonably drinkable beer, but nothing really stands out about it, either good or bad. The best that can be said for it is that it is a thirst quencher and not an adjunct lager.

drtth, Dec 29, 2010
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3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a perfectly clear, straw colour with a large, foamy white head. Poor head retention.

Mild, grainy, pils aroma with light sulphur notes and a touch of fresh apple.

Mild, malty flavour with a touch of bitterness. A bit of crisp, spicy noble hop comes through as well. Not too bad.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Okay.

A decent, easy drinking lager but nothing to write home about.

dgilks, Nov 10, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden body with a thinning white head

Citrus and grassy hop aroma with some pale malt undertones

Clean and fresh, More drinkable, well rounded and balance than a standard Aussie larger. Perhaps a hybrid of several styles but like-able to the aussie summer climate.

M- Lively and fresh clean feel with moderate carbonation.

D- Goes down well and really session-able. A good summer beer with more flavor than the alternatives. Not bad. Wont offend beer geeks, wont offend beer ignorant's.

Finite, Nov 03, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep straw colour, crystal clear. A finger's width of head with gently collapses into a thin film.

S: Not much smell at all, except for a faint sweetish/dairyish smell - Milky Bar? Yoghurt?

T: Moderate hoppiness, light-to-medium carbonation. Nothing too special about the taste, but not bad either - what a lager should be like.

M: Once again, nothing too special, but far from being poor.

D: Just enough flavour to make this a decent lager to drink. Probably the best Australian-produced lager I've tried (but that's not saying much).

leastsquares, Sep 24, 2010
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3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Marly Newtown.

Pours an orange-gold colour, with very dense white head, webs of lace clinging to the glass. Steady stream of bubbles heading upwards makes for a pretty good-looking lager.

Smells grainy and lagery, kind of sweet with crisp lager notes. Mild grass and pine character. Not a lot to it, really. Plain, kind of bland.

Taste is quite dry. Lots of grain on the front, slightly sweet with barley and a hint of corn, then some earthy hops. Bits of POR and some grassy notes, hay. Slight medicinal character comes through on the finish, but mostly crisp and clean, doesn't leave a lot of aftertaste which is good as it is quite drinkable and clean as a result. Not special, but inoffensive.

Mouthfeel is sizzly, but not harsh. Surprisingly good body for how low ABV is. Feels like a real beer with natural ingredients.

A decent effort and more than a match for most Aussie lagers out there.

laituegonflable, Jun 28, 2010
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2.78/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

totally different from the other munich helles' i have tried. Lower than 5 % abv, can't be a munich helles.

A - deep amber colour, average head.
S - nothing surprising
T - heres what truely surprised me, the flavour, excessively floral, but not the most over the top ive had. Not munich helles flavour as i was anticipating...
M - good.
D - over priced, average beer. Floral hops put it back a long way with me, i just cannot undeerstand what people see in them.

philphilphil, Jun 19, 2010
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James Squire Sundown Lager from Malt Shovel Brewery
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