Monteith's Golden Lager - Monteith's Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev +45.2%
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.
05-09-2008 09:07:47 | More by kdcreagh
United Kingdom (England)
3.85/5 rDev +37%
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.
12-07-2012 13:05:52 | More by BlackHaddock
3.7/5 rDev +31.7%
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!
02-15-2011 04:26:08 | More by WoodBrew
3.34/5 rDev +18.9%
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.
01-06-2014 21:46:52 | More by chinchill
3.03/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
10-13-2011 06:59:14 | More by heygeebee
2.98/5 rDev +6%
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.
08-20-2012 03:51:49 | More by soju6
2.95/5 rDev +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.
I like my golden lagers lighter and more refreshing.
07-06-2009 09:53:07 | More by Macca
2.95/5 rDev +5%
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.
06-30-2011 04:31:18 | More by dgilks
2.8/5 rDev -0.4%
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.
02-03-2012 00:07:36 | More by CrazyDavros
2.78/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
10-05-2006 05:26:04 | More by vancurly
2.75/5 rDev -2.1%
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
07-05-2005 04:33:00 | More by jarmby1711
2.75/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
12-29-2008 23:22:38 | More by Finite
2.7/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
11-05-2007 09:08:08 | More by brendan13
2.7/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
03-03-2006 00:28:08 | More by alexgash
United Kingdom (England)
2.68/5 rDev -4.6%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Bought the other day for a song - offie was selling them cheap due to short date. Label mentions a cashew nut smoothness; that's just nutty.
Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear, rich golden-amber colour with good carbonation. Forms a large head of frothy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a thin surface layer. Aroma of sweet malt with a slight fruitiness that reminds me of ale yeast (?). Faint hints of stewed hops and some mild cardboard/solvent-like notes in the background. Not brilliant.
Tastes of light malt with a mild finish. Slightly sweet with a hint of grain. Notes of faint stewed hops, overdone veg and cardboard. A mild harshness in the background, followed by a weak bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with decent carbonation but an insubstantial body. Aftertaste of sweetish malt and vague hints of stewed veg.
Meh - none too good. The sweetness is particularly off-putting; a good lager is crisp and dry. Would benefit from some decent bittering hops, and the off-notes don't add anything either. Not very enjoyable and I can't recommend it. Spend your money elsewhere.
10-22-2012 21:52:02 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.63/5 rDev -6.4%
Drank from my Unibroue Tulip.
A - Nice golden colours, head comes up two fingers, but bubbles aren't uniform, a patchy head that dies away quickly, thin lacing around the glass.
S - Minimal hop aroma present, the malts aren't very pronounced either. I am getting an "adjuncty" smell that seems to be the strongest aroma present.
T - Sweet malts are present at first, these don't last long, then an adjunct flavour shines through and becomes the main flavour lingering on. A little cloying, the malt character isn't much. Hops/bitterness is barely present.
M - Sticky, leaving an adjunct taste on the gums and the roof of the mouth.
D - This beer seems to be in between a Munich Helles and a Euro Pale Lager. I think this beer would benefit with a more pronounced noble hop aroma and finish, this may overcome the ongoing off/sweet flavours that persist in the finish.
07-13-2009 08:44:39 | More by THEMGG
2.58/5 rDev -8.2%
as with the original ale, a disappointment. monteiths is a subsiduary of DB, the second biggest brewery in new zealand. with this i feel they have tried to copy the flagship beer of the biggest brewery, lion nathan, that being steinlager. i would have expected monteiths to make a dramatic improvement on that, but alas, its only minimal.
its got a deeper golden color than most lagers, which i like to see. it suggests that its got a bit of power to it. the head is better than most lagers youll get from this region, a nice clean white foam that sticks around longer than most. but except for the stock standard crisp clean feel ive come to expect from kiwi beers, the only thing that makes this any better than most other boring australasian lagers was that theres a bit more maltiness to this one, hence the difference in color. but the aroma and finish aint much different to anything else you can get off the shelf here.
this brewery have proved they are capable of much much more. i feel like theyve sold out a little, in the sense that they seem afraid to be too bold in the fear that lager drinkers around here just dont want to be challenged too much. in many regards they are right, but geez, they are a micro, and micros just arent supposed to subscribe to this view. this lager should be a cut above anything else down under, and it isnt. and steinlager is cheaper too. that pretty much sums it up for this beer.
10-15-2003 13:44:00 | More by diablo14
Monteith's Golden Lager from Monteith's Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.