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Monteith's Original Ale - Monteith's Brewing Co.

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Monteith's Original AleMonteith's Original Ale

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64 Ratings

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Monteith's Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2002)
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

05-31-2014 20:43:55 | More by endless1408
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

02-20-2014 18:23:45 | More by Bobhoya
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South Carolina

3.54/5  rDev +14.2%

Monteiths Original Ale on tap at the brewery in Greymouth, NZ

Excellent clarity in this deep amber ale. Both flavor and aroma are a bit light for style; the lightest pale ale I’ve had in NZ. Still, very well-crafted and balanced, as well as very fresh (of course).

Feel: Light+ body with medium-high, very crisp carbonation. Clean finish.

O: recommended as a somewhat light flavored pale ale.

01-05-2014 11:06:06 | More by chinchill
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -3.2%

12-29-2013 14:24:12 | More by Schmoog
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

12-08-2013 00:06:04 | More by BillRoth
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -3.2%

11-01-2013 15:17:39 | More by EmperorBevis
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

10-20-2013 04:38:08 | More by Cheld
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

08-18-2013 13:39:23 | More by Poupae
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

07-27-2013 07:19:26 | More by XsoldoutX
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

07-21-2013 13:26:50 | More by KalanM
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3.35/5  rDev +8.1%

On tap at hotel in Auckland.

A: Served a deep golden color with a nice head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, some caramel and a bit of dark fruit.

T: Taste of roasted malt with caramel sweetness and dark fruit. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: medium body, quite smooth with a slightly grainy texture.

O: Enjoyable beer but nothing fancy.

05-30-2013 04:26:03 | More by soju6
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

03-03-2013 00:03:57 | More by JennBushey
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United Kingdom (England)

3.3/5  rDev +6.5%

A: Dark amber with a small whitish head. I quite like the way it looks.

S: Metallic hops and rubber balloons. SlIghtly herbal.

T: Hmm, it's lagery and a bit metalic but there's definitely something Belgian going on, like earthy and herbal notes reminscent of Duvel, only subtle. Still lagery though. Dry.

M: Lager like.

O: This is to New Zealand what Coopers is to Australia – by far the best thing widely available. Tastes better cold.

01-26-2013 14:02:29 | More by Hoppsbabo
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

12-26-2012 02:31:28 | More by sloelco
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United Kingdom (England)

2.8/5  rDev -9.7%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. Picked up a little while ago from a local off-licence (dirt cheap). The label mentions that this is brewed to the original family recipe from 1868.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear coppery-amber colour with low carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of grain, fruity ale yeast, subtle dried fruit and stewed hops. Dry and slightly earthy, with a background whiff of cardboard.

Tastes of mild caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of fruity ale yeast, wet grain, a hint of dried fruit, faint sugar and stewed leaves. Dry and a tad rustic, with a slight cardboard presence. A subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with restrained carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, with a stale aftertaste of mild caramel and stewed leaves.

Meh - a pretty average ale. Surprisingly dark for a 'pale ale'; it's more of an amber/brown ale to be fair. Both aroma and flavour have an unexciting malty/yeasty character, with hops hardly accounted for. Mouthfeel is OK. This is rather dull and unrewarding - like a slightly better version of John Smiths (which isn't saying much). No need to seek it out.

11-27-2012 23:37:19 | More by jazzyjeff13
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

11-17-2012 08:56:29 | More by jraldous
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3.75/5  rDev +21%

11-04-2012 04:07:34 | More by t0rin0
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

08-04-2012 08:04:16 | More by Gypson
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

03-26-2012 14:54:13 | More by 6string
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

02-26-2012 11:39:29 | More by dmorgan310
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3.53/5  rDev +13.9%

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear copper color with one finger of beige head. The retention was good and the lacing good too (esp. for a mass-produced, small country beer). The aroma was of generic grains, hints of caramel malt and toasted malt. The flavors were solid, a malt driven brew with an emphasis on caramel malt, some woody undertones, nuts, a bit of toasted malt and enough hops to add balance. The mouthfeel was good, smooth and light, the body medium and the carbonation soft. Very sessionable and worth a swing. Props to the kiwis who are behind this brand; I like their work.

02-20-2012 23:04:20 | More by thekevlarkid
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2.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Served a bit cold and a small, cream colored head that quickly faded to zip and no lace. Color is a clear amber copper with a couple of sneaky bubble trails. Aroma is malt, toast, hint of toffee. Flavor is like nose, more robust and also the carbonic tang to balance, oh and it just occured to me baking soda. Body and carbonation are ok. Finish is like flavor and of average length.

01-19-2012 04:58:08 | More by drpimento
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

11-28-2011 05:01:43 | More by barnzy78
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -3.2%

11-18-2011 03:18:14 | More by nmann08
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3.65/5  rDev +17.7%

Poured this brew out and noticed it had a pretty standard yellow color to it. The head was a little fizzy and white... nothing too impressive about the looks of this brew. The smell was a little hoppy but pretty well balanced with the malts that were in it. The taste of the beer to me was really refreshing that day I had it. This beer didn't last very long in my glass. The flavors of hops and malts went nicely together and formed a well balanced brew in my opinion. The mouthfeel was pretty good and overall I thought this beer hit the spot.

09-07-2011 01:46:00 | More by Knapp85
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Monteith's Original Ale from Monteith's Brewing Co.
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