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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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BA SCORE
73
okay

64 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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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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thekevlarkid

Maryland

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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Creamy top to a tawny-looking brew. Hints of crusty baguette, caramel, yeast and a fine berry sweetness in the aroma. Some what lighter bodied and pretty smooth. Hops are very modest here, letting the yeast and malt show more. A bit of toasted biscuit and bread crust with some caramel sweetness deep within. Yeastiness comes across chalky and dry, but compliments the malt very well. Semidry finish with a growing drinkability. Not half bad--a flavorful little session ale from another hemisphere.

01-11-2011 18:28:54 | More by BeerAdvocate
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jazzyjeff13

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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chinchill

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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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.68/5  rDev -13.5%

OK, but nothing to exciting, a bit of a artificila flavour hiding in there, and also a bit watery, another drinkable but not intersting brew.

06-21-2002 05:43:01 | More by rastaman
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Anonmatel

Australia

2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

The head dies extremely fast, not a good thing.
It was watery, slight berry flavour, although it was very weak, it was still very drinkable. I would not turn one down if someone offered me one, but i would prefer something else.

11-30-2002 00:19:14 | More by Anonmatel
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours an effervescent copper/amber with 2+ fingers of rocky cream colored head. Above average head retention & great lacing

S: Grassy hops, breadyness

T: Follows the nose, plus some lemony hops & slight grainyness up front. Grassy & lemony hops dominate as this warms, plus a touch of mineral hoppyness as well layered under grainy bread flavor. Finishes crisp but starts to go a bit watery

MF: Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation, okay balance

Drinks alright, but not hoppy or malty enough to really hold your attention for very long, not near as interesting as their black ale was...

05-05-2010 02:08:17 | More by russpowell
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a small head. Smell is of chocolate with some malts. Taste is good, chocolate, malts, some notes of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

03-06-2010 13:29:19 | More by tone77
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -18.4%

Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light sugar notes with bland malt notes as well. Taste is also quite bland with some notes of light sugar. Body is a bit light with OK carbonation. Boring and bland and not something I would seek again.

11-06-2010 01:40:33 | More by Phyl21ca
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Boilermaker88

California

2.17/5  rDev -30%

Picked this one up on a whim while stopping by my nearby Trader Joe's. The label on this 11.2oz brown bottle states it's "richly hopped" - that is open for debate. More on that later...
This brew had a clear copper color and a lumpy off-white head that quickly collapsed thanks to a near total absence of head-sustaining carbonation. Some minor lace was left behind. The smell was nearly non-existent: only some vague grassy malt aroma and an unpleasant sulphuric note lingering at the fringe of the nose. The taste had a dandelion-laced malt flavor and a kind of boggy sourness. This was not to be confused with any kind of hops profile. The finish was harshly acidic and the feel was medium-bodied and bitingly harsh.
Well, this is another "swing-and-a-miss" purchase. I don't like to descibe drinking a beer as "work" but this word best matches the description of what it was like trying to finish this beer. Save yourself a buck and avoid this one, for the sake of your palate.

01-19-2004 01:11:07 | More by Boilermaker88
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -27.4%

This beer pours a clear, bold, copper color with no head or lace. It has an aroma that is mostly chocolate with faint hints of dough. The flavor has a malty sweetness with a hoppy tang, reminiscent of root beer barrels hard candy. It has a watery mouthfeel and a good bit of carbonation. Monteith's Original Ale is a so-so beer, nothing special. Slightly recommended.

05-07-2011 23:34:02 | More by B967ierhunter177
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Cheld

Maine

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

10-20-2013 04:38:08 | More by Cheld
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Kulrak

Australia

3.83/5  rDev +23.5%

Pours a deep reddish brown color with about a cm of tan creamy head that fades away to a thin layer, but leaves its mark on the glass all the way down. Smells faintly of malt and caramel and a tiny bit fruity. The taste is malty, with a bit of roast malt flavor there, and a bit of blackberry as the bottle says. Also a little strawberry on the end of it. Just enough bitterness to balance it out. Finishes fairly dry. Mouthfeel is tingly and fizzy, but not overly so. Overall, it's a very tasty and drinkable beer. Wouldn't mind having some more of these.

08-20-2007 09:28:15 | More by Kulrak
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norwichboy

Australia

2.45/5  rDev -21%

Clear with brown-bronze clour, virtually no head. Not particularly aromatic, a hint of caramel, and a whiff of meat stock at times. It has to be said not a huge amount of flavour either, only just making out the caramel and a bitter finish. Quite fizzy. Overall, found it quite disappointing.

08-24-2006 04:26:33 | More by norwichboy
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.45/5  rDev +11.3%

A - Pours a dark golden colour with creamy head that dies quickly.

S - Caramel malts and some bread wuth sweetness.

T - Yeast flavours dominate with some malt at the finish.

M - Light body and carbonation is full.

D - A decent sessionable beer and worth a try.

03-11-2011 15:58:57 | More by eric5bellies
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joecast

Australia

2.73/5  rDev -11.9%

back label says it is a "traditional english pale ale"
deep mahogany color with light lacing of a head.
mild hoppy aroma.
soft caramel flavors. nothing that will knock your socks off. a bit too much sweetness that overpowers the rest of the beer.

04-09-2004 01:42:50 | More by joecast
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Zorro

California

2.73/5  rDev -11.9%

Pours a clear really red ale, looks great.

Smell is disappointing maybe a little grain and perfume in there but this is close to smelling like a Budweiser.

Taste is a light sweet malt taste, and a bit of grain. Reminds me of the taste of Yuelings Lager. I could give this a 3 if it said lager instead of ale.

Mouthfeel seems thick for some reason.

Drinkable brew that lacks flavor. Really more of a lager than ale taste wise.

02-29-2004 04:22:43 | More by Zorro
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Sallerj

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev +3.2%

This is a mild, caramelly, slightly chocolatey ale with carbonation that's a little to sharp, and a pleasing bitter finish. It's very drinkable and well balanced, but in the end, it doesn't have a whole lot going on. It doesn't have any of the cloying qualities of a cheap generic ale, and I could down a few pitchers of this beer if I had to.

02-17-2010 05:55:00 | More by Sallerj
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -3.2%

11-01-2013 15:17:39 | More by EmperorBevis
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Macca

Australia

2.68/5  rDev -13.5%

This pours a very dark amber colour. Clear. A little head but it disappears quickly.

Lots of caramel malts on the nose and not a lot else.

As expected, sweet caramel malty flavours. Some hop notes but very dull.

Medium bodied.

All a bit average really.

06-29-2009 08:13:41 | More by Macca
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Mustard

District of Columbia

2.35/5  rDev -24.2%

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; "best before" warning -- in this case -- 8-04 -- printed on the rear label's bottom periphery; purchased as a stray single from Trader Joe's for, I believe, $0.75.

Appearance: Pours a darkish, copper hue with excellent clarity; smallish, offwhite head; light to moderate lacing; not much in the way of head retention.

Aroma: Lightly of caramel malt.

Taste: Faintly sweet; sallow, bready malt backbone; weakly bitter with mild hop flavors of a woody, soapy nature; light bodied with a thin, watery mouthfeel.

Notes: Even at $0.75 a bottle, I still feel ripped off; entirely forgettable.

10-15-2003 06:02:32 | More by Mustard
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Malty nose. Deep clear mahogany color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Flavor is light caramel, hops stay in the background. Best before Mar 2010. $1.75 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

10-19-2010 22:13:03 | More by jdhilt
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mulder1010

Australia

3.1/5  rDev 0%

Was quite suprised by this beer. Really like their dark offering and this was not what I expected.
Poured a golden brown color, got at best a half inch of head and it quicky disappeared.
Smell was of hops and I got the carmel off the bat. A very different version of a pale ale to me but was workable.
taste was a little more sweet than I expected. The sugar and carmel is much more apparent in the taste.
Mouthfeel is more like a candied apple, very different.
Drinkibility, had 2 and not too keen on this beer. A different style pale ale. Might take a few of these to sway me the other way. Prefer the dark and the radler much more.

05-13-2009 14:25:16 | More by mulder1010
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gnaussea

California

2.13/5  rDev -31.3%

When I drank this beer I was whisked away to some foreign land. Unfortunately it was a bar in new zealand with a bunch of roudy steel workers. Not crap, but nothing good except the color. A working mans beer, to relax after a day of hard labor. Reminds me of American macro brews, but is much superior. Nothing insulting about the flavor at least, but I will never buy or even think about it again.

11-06-2003 21:03:48 | More by gnaussea
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Bobhoya

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

02-20-2014 18:23:45 | More by Bobhoya
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Monteith's Original Ale from Monteith's Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.