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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 keitho
2.03/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

keitho, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
1.95/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

laituegonflable, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of THEMGG
2.63/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

THEMGG, Jul 13, 2009
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 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 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 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 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 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
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 joecast
2.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

joecast, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of diablo14
2.58/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

diablo14, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of rastaman
2.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

rastaman, Oct 09, 2002
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Monteith's Golden Lager from Monteith's Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.