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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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67 Ratings

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 16.03%
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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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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probert, Sep 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

chinchill, Jan 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Schmoog, Dec 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Cheld, Oct 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Poupae, Aug 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

XsoldoutX, Jul 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

KalanM, Jul 21, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

soju6, May 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

JennBushey, Mar 03, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Hoppsbabo, Jan 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

sloelco, Dec 26, 2012
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2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

jazzyjeff13, Nov 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jraldous, Nov 17, 2012
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t0rin0, Nov 04, 2012
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dmorgan310, Feb 26, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

thekevlarkid, Feb 20, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

drpimento, Jan 19, 2012
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Monteith's Original Ale from Monteith's Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.