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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

35 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 19.22%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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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Vanz

Australia

1.75/5  rDev -37.7%

01-27-2014 21:03:44 | More by Vanz
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

1.85/5  rDev -34.2%

Had in a bottle at Auckland Airport. Unfortunately, I fear my ordering of the beers I tried here meant that the quality went downhill. Oh well.

Pours a bright but gaudy golden colour, living up to its name at least. Innitially, some large bubbled soda-like fizz froths up, but it settles to a minimal patchy film on the top of the glass. Lots of carbonation. Looks like every really bad beer I've had before.

Nose is light and grainy, with a fair whack of husk and a light honey-like sweetness. Very faint all up though. Not a lot to it at all.

Taste is very light, with a very husky grain character throughout that leads to nothing on the back. The body just falls out at the end, leaving a faint and rather unpleasant yeast character. Feel is extremely thin, but bubbling with soft carbonation.

What a terrible way to end my beer adventures in transit. This is on a par with all the really terrible adjunct lagers out there in the wide world.

It's alright New Zealand, I know you brew good beers too.

10-22-2010 05:09:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
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laituegonflable

Australia

1.95/5  rDev -30.6%

Pours a golden colour with furious carbonation on first pour that translates into a good thick head of honeycombed bubble formation. None of that carbonation sticks around, although lacing certainly does albeit sparsely.

Nose is very sweet, with a molasses syrupy character to it, hints of some medicinal phenols and a touch of vanilla. Hops are subdued, but there, slightly phenolic without any real punch to them. Truth is it doesn't smell refreshing, but it's not too bad.

Taste is a bit of a disaster; I think a yeast bomb just went off in here. Hints of banana and honey on the front, and a bit of a dessicated coconut flavour as well. That's all good, but it's soon overwhelmed by a tidal wave of nutty, cloying bread yeast character, which not only strangles the palate but does the same to the finish, which simply disappears under the force of this unwelcome, unpleasant tsunami of flavour. Maybe a slight linger of phenolic bitterness, but certainly no noticeable back palate.

Feel is a bit sticky as well, could be full but there's no texture, it just crawls like a slug through your mouth.

Not a great effort here, flavour is unbalanced and there's no real likability, or drinkability. A bit of a struggle to get down actually.

09-02-2009 06:36:41 | More by laituegonflable
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keitho

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

2.03/5  rDev -27.8%

Best before july 10.
Poured into glass dimple mug.

Appearance-one fingered white head on top of
golden brown lager.

Smell-Slight malt smell,hint of hops.

Taste-Malty,slightly sweet and bland.

Mouthfeel-Thin and quite flat.

Drinkability-I am not keen on this lager, there's better for the price.

12-01-2009 12:03:53 | More by keitho
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.23/5  rDev -20.6%

Drinkable, if a bit bland, sweetish flavour, smooth texture, with minimal bitterness. Quite clean, a bit edgy, quite a thin body, and kind of boring, still drinkable, quite unoffensive, wouldn't actively seek it out though.

10-09-2002 20:38:48 | More by rastaman
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

Going to have to wade thru this one. Served a bit cold, with a fine, off white, creamy head that settled to a light cover and loads of thick creamy lace. Color is a clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is simple and mild: euro lager, grain. Flavor's on the sweet side, with some malt, faint carbonic tang, wet cardboard. Body's ok, carbo is on the flat side. Finish is like flavor, too long, and I just want it to be over.

01-17-2012 04:08:30 | More by drpimento
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joecast

Australia

2.4/5  rDev -14.6%

large sticky head forms, but subsides rather quickly leaving a thin foam layer.
color is very clear and a darker gold than most pale lagers (although the back label says it is a munich style lager).
sharp acidic aroma, but not so strong as to be really off-putting.
flavor is more malt based than most pale lagers and the hops are more towards the background.
a bit disappointed with this, although there are a lot worse.

03-31-2004 10:28:46 | More by joecast
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eric5bellies

Australia

2.45/5  rDev -12.8%

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a classic Golden lager with a decent thick head that dies quickly.

S - Sweet aromas of syrup and not much else.

T - Overwhelming yeast syrup flavours, and medicinal notes - yuk.

M - Medium body and carbonation too high.

D - Avoid

03-11-2011 15:53:32 | More by eric5bellies
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starlight37

Korea (South)

2.5/5  rDev -11%

01-24-2012 17:22:19 | More by starlight37
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mrjez

Japan

2.5/5  rDev -11%

07-27-2014 10:43:01 | More by mrjez
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diablo14

Australia

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
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THEMGG

Australia

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
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jazzyjeff13

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
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brendan13

Australia

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
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alexgash

Connecticut

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
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Gypson


2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-04-2012 08:04:34 | More by Gypson
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jarmby1711

Australia

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
Label 7/10

07-05-2005 04:33:00 | More by jarmby1711
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Finite

Australia

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
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vancurly

Australia

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
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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
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Macca

Australia

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.

Medium bodied.

I like my golden lagers lighter and more refreshing.

07-06-2009 09:53:07 | More by Macca
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dgilks

Australia

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
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soju6

Missouri

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
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mustithecat


3/5  rDev +6.8%

07-26-2014 14:28:11 | More by mustithecat
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XsoldoutX

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +6.8%

07-27-2013 07:19:55 | More by XsoldoutX
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Monteith's Golden Lager from Monteith's Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.