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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: 40
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 11-21-2008

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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 27
Photo of SmashPants
2.76/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Format: standard 330mL brown bottle, pretty standard James Squire label.

Appearance: pours out an amber-gold colour with limited visible carbonation. A fluffy white head that drops to a thick cap. Okay lacing.

Aroma: a very mild aroma for a James Squire beer. Some biscuit malts and grass hops. Smells a bit artificial.

Taste: fresh cut grass hops are there, which is nice, but the biscuity hops are the artificial smelling component apparently, and aren't particularly brilliant here either.

Aftertaste: a bit cloying on the finish, without any bitterness from the hops.

Mouth feel: light in feel with a moderate carbonation that really doesn't bring those flavours forward. Average.

Overall: not a particularly brilliant beer from James Squire. A bit of a pity, since I generally like their line-up. All told, not awful but a bit boring. The typically James Squire price of AU$55 a case means that this one is definitely not worth it, particularly when standing up against its Squire brethren.

Photo of samparkique4
4.03/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vanilla Beer
ale lager it is

Photo of Andrewziggy
2.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Citrus notes hint lemongrass and orange zest

Photo of baumaxx1
2.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
Thin 1cm head quickly dissipates, and produces a little bit of lacing. Golden honey in colour, clear and low effervescence.

Smell -
Caramel, sugar cane, honey, grains, yeast, cereal, faint hints of lemonade.

Taste -
Grains, cornflakes, yeast, hint of citrus and cut grass. A strong citrus aftertaste, but not hoppy like a pale ale. Slightly over-sweet with subdued flavours.

Mouthfeel -
Mild mouthfeel, little fizz and a bit flat, watery body, but a clean feel.

Overall -
Looks good, smells good, easy to drink, but a bit sweet and the flavour is on the mild side. One of the better mass produced Aussie lagers though. Nothing to get too excited about though. Will have to see how the Coopers lager stacks up against this.

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Agentveba
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of heygeebee
3.49/5  rDev +9.1%
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)

Photo of adityashekhar
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of soju6
2.89/5  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.

Photo of magpieken
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of doktorhops
2.39/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Photo of hopnerd
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Jake321
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of pin
1/5  rDev -68.8%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of dansmcd
2.2/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Photo of Stew41
2.18/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

Photo of drtth
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of dgilks
3.41/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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James Squire Sundown Lager from Malt Shovel Brewery
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