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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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mazstar

Australia

3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a big fan of NZ craft beers, and Montheith's is one of the better known micros here in Australia.

Well packaged and presented, I was looking forward to what the brewer calls its 'original' ale.

It's a lightly malty, bready smell and pours an a decent glass but the taste is simply non-eventful. First up you get some nice caramel, malt, banana, brown sugar but the palate is left alone at the altar after the initial introduction.

It is easy to drink and would suit someone who drinks lager but wants something fuller and warmer.

Average

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 14:03:14 | More by mazstar
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dgilks

Australia

3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colour with a small and very short lasted off-white head.

Mild malty and dusty aroma. There's a touch of earthy nuttiness but nothing particularly special or commendable.

Smooth malt, slightly earthy hops but ultimately an emptiness that lets this beer down. It seems to suffer from Monteiths-itis, a disease which inflicts ordinariness on a beer that otherwise has potential.

Crisp, light and refreshing with a moderately-high carbonation. Decent.

This is the ale that lager drinkers like. There's nothing special about it but it doesn't do anything particularly wrong either.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 04:07:52 | More by dgilks
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heygeebee

Australia

2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown/amber colour - no head, no lacing.

Not much in the way of nose, some malts.

Interesting taste - almost got some plums(!) coming through. Don't often write that...Quite sweet, no hops to balance. Mouthfeel is quite watery.

Not one of Monteiths better styles. Surprised it's called their Original (and presumably old trademark) style. Unusual for a Southern Hemisphere Pale to hang around the 4% mark, as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 07:51:17 | More by heygeebee
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Australia

2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tried while in transit at Auckland Airport, although also tried before and not reviewed. This appears to be the lucky one, so let's see how it does.

Pours a dark, deep coppery colour, slightly tinged with orange, but with only a minimal head of fine white lace around the outside. Looks very still and flat, similar to its progenitors in the English Pale Ale style. Not bad, but not that inspiring.

Bit of grainy malt and sweet sugar water on the nose. Very mild, and a little weak. A little sweaty, earthy and organic hop character, but only if you really search for it. It's not terrible, but it's pretty bland.

Taste is similar. Very mild lightly grainy malt character, giving just a touch of coloured malts, with a sugary welling midpalate and a rather dry finish. Feel is thin and light, but without crispness—fair enough for the style, but the thinness is rather unappealing.

Eh. It's a pretty average brew, but not appalling or offensive. Decent enough to drink occasionally, but not exciting enough to warrant drinking often.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 03:39:07 | More by lacqueredmouse
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright ruddy amber with a loose eggshell head. Nose is light toasted grain with stewed apples and a bit of wax. Mashed pears, peanut skin, some toast with earthy English hops. Sweet finish, tight linger. Light to medium, some stick, some tingle.

No better or worse than a lot of English bitters in bottles that get far more respect. Nothing earth-shattering, but you could stay on this all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 19:49:59 | More by StJamesGate
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Australia

3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Jupiler glass.

A - Thin, frothy head. Dark amber colour.

S - Roasted oats & barley. Bit of wood & malt.

T - Mild, slightly watery old ale taste. Slight hint of dark malts and barley softened slightly by a sugary sweet feel.

M - Good carbonation gives a spicy feel on the tongue. Very lively.

D - Easy to knock back but not overly complex or interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 09:55:37 | More by xylophonica
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 22:13:03 | More by jdhilt
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Bizz88

Colorado

2.35/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a clear medium mahogany amber into a pint glass with a nice off white two fingered head with alot of sticky lacing. Aromas of sweet malt and carmel with a slight hint of hops. On the palette this brew offered up a sweet brassy metallic taste not what I expected. Lighter body than most EPA's with a little bit to much carbonation feel on the tongue. This may have been an old date wise brew so further tasting will need to be done.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 18:20:22 | More by Bizz88
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Brad007

Vermont

3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a head that is very quick to fade. Interesting presentation.

Aroma is full of buttery malt with just a touch of hops present. Seems about right for the style.

Taste is full of buttery malt with a hint of caramel, followed by just a hint of hops. Certainly fits the style it's trying to convey.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering buttery/caramel flavors. Not much else.

Not bad. I'd say it's average for the style and a bit too dark.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 00:03:36 | More by Brad007
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dark amber or light brown color, filtered, lots of carb bubbles and thin but lasting white creamy foam head leaving light lacing.
S: has a well balanced caramel malt and light aromatic hop smell but would mostly say maltiness is the main aroma.
T: taste is good but typical, caramel malt flavor mixed with bittering hops that really come out in the aftertaste also tastes like the brewer used some type of filler like corn or rice in the mash.
M/D: true to the statement on the label the feel is smooth and light bodied which something I was not expecting. The drinkability is good but due to the malty sweetness I can't say I could drink many of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 20:19:58 | More by Kemmerlin
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I find this to be a very enjoyable, light but still fairly characterful and well-balanced ale.

Copper red, deep, clear, yet bright, it has a medium pale tan head slowly shrinking to a thin, lasting top and leaving a little bit of weak lace.

The aroma is light chocolate, light caramelly toast, light earthy leaves, restrained but very pleasant with a little complexity.

The taste is simjlar, light and dryish with light sweetness and balancing light bitterness. It has light sweet-sour fruitiness, light nuttiness, hint of caramelly toast, hint of earthy-leafy hops. It has a definite English quality overall. The feel is pretty average, neither watery nor full nor interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 18:23:36 | More by Offa
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RobH

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle

A: Pours a decent looking copper-amber color. Nothing brilliant, just simply looks like nice pale ale. Clear but with plenty of carbonation keeping it alive. Nice.

S: The malts and hops are certainly there, but not in any stand out way trying to overwhelm the senses with some big pronouncement. Appealing in it's ability to follow the path of not being unappealing in aroma. Nothing offensive here.

T&M: For my first and only beer of the night, this came off as refreshing and with just enough flavor to keep me coming back for more. Nothing fancy; but certainly highly drinkable.

Overall: I am not rushing back to the store to grab more of this, nor will I turn it down if offered. Certainly worth a try, especially if you prefer a nice ale that isn't overtly hopped.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 01:05:02 | More by RobH
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Macca

Australia

2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 08:13:41 | More by Macca
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mulder1010

Australia

3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A golden amber body with a moderate head that lingers for a while. Properly carbonated.
Smell: Slightly Herbal Hops and limited malt notes
Taste: An herbal hop flavor that is restrained and inline with English PA expectations, its balanced against a meger and hardy sweet and tart malt.
Mouthfeel: Average, nothing extremely special
Drinkability: Its a session beer that common in NZ

If you have a problem with an average decent commercial beer them go back to the States. I enjoyed my pints but sadly reality calls me back soon.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2009 02:23:32 | More by TubaManJack
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goillini93

California

4.55/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer. OK? Will it make any difference to your snobby, hop-loving American self if I tell you that my favorite beers are from Bear Republic, Sierra Nevada, and Russian River - the hoppy ones like Apex/RacerX, Torpedo/Bigfoot/Celebration, and the RRIPA? It might be that NZ is such a great place to visit that I was clouded in judgment - but believe me, I wasn't. I had this many times at the Monteith's bars in Havelock North, Dunedin, and Queenstown, along with (multiple samples at the) Greymouth brewery and bottles at the Redcliff Cafe in Te Anau and a bunch of other places including my suitcase on the way home. It's designed to be a pale ale and it doesn't disappoint with those great unique flavors of the Nelson hops.

A: copper-golden, always perfectly carbonated and crystal clear.

S: A little hop-stinky, in a good way, but more of what I would call herby and not necessarily flowery like the cowboy-style hops in the US

T: delicious - probably what a pale ale should be, lots of the Motueka-kind of herby-medicinal hop flavor (that's what I think, anyway, feel free to correct my wack tastes) offset by a mellow malt sweetness that makes for a well-balanced beer you certainly wouldn't find as a mass-produced beer in the US

M: it felt good the second before I swallowed it - nothing flabby or off-putting, for sure

D: I drank a LOT of these while in NZ - and enjoyed every drop. It is pretty refreshing when you can have multiple delicious 4-5% imperial pints and not be flat on your butt, which happens to me all the time with the beers at my favorite watering holes at home. Plus NZ is just cool.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2009 07:50:51 | More by goillini93
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brendan13

Australia

3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cooper colour with a couple of centimetres of off white head that falls away almost straight away.
S - Label states that hops dominate...theres some slight floral aromas but other than that it's dominated by a caramel malt presence.
T - Taste is sweet caramel maltiness and some floral hops.
M - Quite light bodied, medium carbonation.
D - Another ok if somewhat bland beer from monteiths.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 05:37:24 | More by brendan13
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Kulrak

Australia

3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 09:28:15 | More by Kulrak
Monteith's Original Ale from Monteith's Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.