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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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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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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.

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.

Photo of magnusdave
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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!

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

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.

Photo of probert
3.25/5  rDev +14%

Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Jamestregenza
3.25/5  rDev +14%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev +14%

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.

Photo of GoldenKangaroo
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mustithecat
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Gypson
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

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

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.

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.

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.

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