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Monteith's Golden Lager - Monteith's Brewing Co.

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Monteith's Golden LagerMonteith's Golden Lager

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BA SCORE
70
okay

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Monteith's Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-28-2002)
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kdcreagh
4.08/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330mL bottle.
Expiry on bottle: September 2008
Served in a Monteith's 290mL glass.

I have tried Monteith's Pilsner before, and although I enjoyed it, I wasn't blown away by it and haven't bothered to buy it again. It was really a pretty standard pilsner that you could buy anywhere.

This brewer has a pretty high reputation, at least according to the Kiwis that I know. With that in mind, I persevered, determined to find a good beer.

Monteith's Golden is labelled as being a Munich style beer, a malty lager with a smooth, mellow hop flavour.

Appearance - A pretty standard lager colour, slightly darker than a pilsner. It had a lovely, creamy white head and slight carbonation once settled. Very little fizz.

Smell - Virutally none when it was first poured, the notes were very, very subtle. However, as the beer warmed up, the smell exploded from the glass, a lovely hit of malt, caramel and honey.

Taste - Initially I only found a slight malt taste, nothing fancy, just nicely balanced. Once again though, a bit of warmth and a gentle cashew taste followed by a slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Chewy and soft.

Drinkability - If there was an open bar and I got to have Monteith's Golden Lager I'd be as happy as a pig in mud. This is an exceptionally drinkable beer. Perfectly suited to a warm day, this would make wonderful summer BBQ drinking.

All in all, I don't think a C- is a fair rating at all, but to each his or her own taste.

My advice is let this one warm up a bit and you'll come to see why Monteith's are one of the best NZ brewers around.

kdcreagh, May 09, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle BB 10 Oct 2012: poured @ home into a Westvletren chalice on 07 Dec 2012, some two months after its best before date.

Looks OK: good deep golden body with a white covering that tries to hang around, but as in most beers of this style it fades to a wispy swirl and collar as you attack the beer.

Grainy nose more than hop or straight malt: taste is leaning towards malts, biscuity and semi-sweet. Crisp body and nice hop finish: easy drinking lager and with enough flavour to interest me. certainly one of the highest scoring lagers I've had since joining this site.

BlackHaddock, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of magnusdave
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

magnusdave, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I am sitting at the dock of the bay at Manly Beach in Aussie land and I needed something to wash down my steak sandwich...I called to the waitress....she came over and said...."how can I help you"....I said what is this Monteith's Golden...she said "its a beer"....I said where is it from....she said "New Zealand"....I said "WHAT! Is it legal to drink a Kiwi beer in Aussieland"....she said "it must be....we sell it!" Then I says...well set me up! She said "what"? Then I said, could I have a Monteiths! Anyway I digress. Monteith's is a tasty Golden lager that has a light but decent body...good for hot days on the beach. The color was pure golden with white head that left good lacing. The T, M, & D was all good/solid, certainly a SESSION beer....perfect for the barbie!

WoodBrew, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

wrightst, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in Greymouth, NZ

Excellent clarity in this golden-amber ale. The aroma is quite light, perhaps even for style. The flavor is initially just as expected for a golden lager, but this beer has an appealing, and surprisingly malty finish. Well-crafted and balanced, as well as very fresh (of course).

Feel: Light body with medium-high, very crisp carbonation. Clean, dry finish.

O: recommended as a somewhat malty golden lager.

chinchill, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of probert
3.25/5  rDev +14%

probert, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev +14%

magpieken, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Jamestregenza
3.25/5  rDev +14%

Jamestregenza, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev +14%

dmorgan310, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of heygeebee
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours the usual straw, but where is the head? Only slight lace which fades quickly.

Aromas of malt, grains.

Taste is sweeter than I exepcted. Rockmelon dominates an otherwise malt-driven sweet moderate palate.

Mouthfeel is crisp up-front yet thin overall.

Overall, too sweet to be a Euro Pale Lager. Glad I only had a half. Had enjoyed more in the past out of a well-chilled bottle.

heygeebee, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of GoldenKangaroo
3/5  rDev +5.3%

GoldenKangaroo, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of mustithecat
3/5  rDev +5.3%

mustithecat, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev +5.3%

XsoldoutX, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev +5.3%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of soju6
2.98/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that fades to good lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain, some malt sweetness and bit of pine in the background.

T: Has a mild easy taste of malt sweetness and fresh grain. Mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, mild crispness, smooth and a bit refreshing. Nothing fancy here.

Nice drinkable lager, nothing to rave about but better than most macro offerings. probably best on a hot day.

soju6, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Macca
2.95/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours a nice golden honey colour. A good head and retention. Clear.

Smell is a bit grainy. Some malt. Some sweetness. Nothing too special.

Sweet malts on the palate. A bit too cloying.

Medium bodied.

I like my golden lagers lighter and more refreshing.

Macca, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of dgilks
2.95/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear golden colour with a small, uneven white head. Poor head retention.

Light sugary aroma with a touch of pils grain. Not all that great.

Smooth, grainy pilsner malt with a light sweetness. No hops. Mild bitterness. Meh!

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A standard, straightforward lager. There's nothing much going on in the glass but it isn't awful.

dgilks, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows corn and spicy, floral hops. Also some faint sweet malt.
Flavours are a bit better, no vegetal notes, instead being focussed on the light sweet malt and very faint spicy hops.
Needs more carbonation. Very watery.

CrazyDavros, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of vancurly
2.78/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark yellow / pale amber. Nice light white fluffy head, and lacework. Clear, with some bubbling.

Mostly malt notes, with sulfur. Some fruity hop in there, kinda reminiscent of a white wine (NZ Sauv Blanc, perhaps).

Malty flavours, with hint of nuttiness. Hop flavour is not very strong.

And the back palate falls to a mild bitterness. Not much hop going on.

An innocuous malt beverage.

vancurly, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of Gypson
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

Gypson, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of jarmby1711
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Moderately cloudy and dark gold in colour the head is snow white and the bead is lively
The smell is bland with a slight malt undertone.
The rich and nutty taste as promised on the leabel did not eventuate , instead there was a hop based biterness over a burnt butter flavour.
The taste and mouthfeel is uniform throughout offering no variety through the palate.It was disappointing.
I thought this to be a pretty basic lager and failed to exhibit and individuallity or class
Label 7/10

jarmby1711, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of Finite
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden, medium head retention and lacing, faint carbonation visible.

S - Sweet aroma, faint hop smell, some basic pale malt smells but little else.

T - A fake sweetness hit me up front tastes like the wort has been supplemented with DME. A basic bitterness with little lingering qualities. Overpowered by adjunct sweetness.

M - Soft mouthfeel, thin, could be a bit sharper.

Its a larger so granted it can be refreshing and easy to drink but this offers very little in terms of originality. Comes across as a boutique beer which cuts corners.

Finite, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of brendan13
2.7/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark golden colour with a few centimetres of rocky white head that falls away fairly quickly. Sporadic lacing.
S - Sweet, unfermented wort smell dominates. Some light grassy & mild fruity aromas.
T - Similar to the smell.
M - Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation.
D - OK if you like an unfermented wort smell and taste in your beer. Some styles you can probably get away with it but not pale lagers.

brendan13, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of alexgash
2.7/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep golden body, clear; a fizzling finger of white head. Lots of cereal sweet malts up front. Some butteriness and fruit, and a light floral hop backing. Mostly cereal malt sweetness, with a little fruit and a whiff of floral hop bitterness. Kinda boring. Medium bodied, fizzy feel.

alexgash, Mar 03, 2006
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Monteith's Golden Lager from Monteith's Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.