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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

67 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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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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Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -3.8%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -3.8%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Knapp85, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of mazstar
3/5  rDev -3.8%
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

mazstar, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

dgilks, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of heygeebee
2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

heygeebee, May 30, 2011
Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.25/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

B967ierhunter177, May 08, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.78/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

eric5bellies, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

StJamesGate, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of xylophonica
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

xylophonica, Nov 05, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

jdhilt, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Bizz88
2.35/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Bizz88, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Brad007
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Brad007, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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...

russpowell, May 05, 2010
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Kemmerlin, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

tone77, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of Sallerj
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Sallerj, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of Offa
3.9/5  rDev +25%
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.

Offa, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of RobH
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

RobH, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Macca
2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Macca, Jun 29, 2009
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3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

mulder1010, May 13, 2009
Photo of TubaManJack
3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

TubaManJack, May 06, 2009
Monteith's Original Ale from Monteith's Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.