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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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68 Ratings

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 15.76%
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 -11.6%

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev +13.8%
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 -3.5%

Schmoog, Dec 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

XsoldoutX, Jul 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

KalanM, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +12.5%

JennBushey, Mar 03, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +12.5%

sloelco, Dec 26, 2012
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2.8/5  rDev -10%
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 +4.5%

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3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Monteith's Original Ale from Monteith's Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.