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McNeill's Pay Day | McNeill's Brewery

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Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sammy on 11-21-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Hhawk06:
Photo of Hhawk06
3.4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one came in a 22 oz. bomber with a ghetto-looking pink paper wrapper. Is this some kind of home brew? The Slopbucket also has the same type of label. A personal touch maybe? I'm not gonna lie, it made me want to try the beer a little more. Sadly I found it was more style than substance.

It poured with a rocky, finger-width head and an orangey-gold body color. The pale malt nose is somewhat bready, but also has a minty quality that's slightly intriguing. The body is medium with decent balance to the mouthfeel. A caramel creaminess is sprinkled with some defining hops. Certainly clean tasting with a cracker-like crispness. It finishes with a toffee sweetness that is hardly tempered. Refreshing, but just not discernable at all. Pretty average.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better lagers I have had, and demonstrates skill in an underappreciated style. It was still fresh and very popular with my drinking mates, finishing a 750 ml. Yeasty aroma. Cloudy unfiltered look, good head, lace. well malted and smooth creamy mouthfeel, though metallic in finish.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.07/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

by 'pay day', do they mean i will PAY the next DAY for drinking this foul mess of a so-called beer? probably.

looks clear in the 22, pours out a ruddy orange. surprisingly carbonated considering the silent-but-deadly fart the beer made when i popped the cap. nice crown of lacing on the 22oz pint glass. smells like a cross between a farm after a rainstorm and a jock strap (not that i've ever smelled one.. er, ok, maybe my own). tastes.. well.. sour. more of that funky yeast front and center. i could almost be convinced that this is not beer- instead, the water that mcneills uses to make their beer. it has the essence of their yeast, the creepy english stank and absolutely nothing else. american all-malt lager? who the hell are these people kidding? this isn't an ale? this beer is just throwing me for a loop. just as i think, "hey, mcneills is gonna try a style that will be totally different from their english style pub ales" they put out something that tastes JUST LIKE their english style pub ales. but weaker. and less attractive.

avoid at all costs. looks good, has some mcneills charm, but overall is a worthless beer that i wish was refundable. alas, 5 cents is the most ill see back from this failure.

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Photo of scottum
3.8/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out amber with a slight white headskie. I'm supprised that this brew has suffered such poor reviews. It ain't bad. The usually McNeill's hoppy flare is in place, but so is an interesting malting. It is quite well balanced and flavorful to boot. Not the smoothest brew in the yard, but certainly one I wouldn't ever turn down. I think its unfiltered nature helps. More McNeill's!

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Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, slight haze, small white head, some lacing. Smell is yeast, sweet malt, and crisp citrus and floral hops. Taste is sweet caramel/honey, grass, citrus and floral hops, clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium to low bodied, low carbonation. Not bad at all, thanks northyorksammy.

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Photo of DrJay
3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Faint haziness, amber/gold beer with an off-white head that left plenty of lace behind. Grainy, sweet flavour with mild floral hops. Sweet start with a bitter finish, there's a bit of metallic character as well. Light fruit becomes apparent in the finish as it warms. Soft carbonation, medium body becomes thin by the finish. Doesn't quite seem fully attenuated either. A pleasant, subtle lager with good balance. Thanks for sharing northyorksammy. This was quite a find.

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Photo of kennyo
1/5  rDev -66%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Brattleboro Coop visit, whoeee.

First bottle I try is the Pay Day. What is this crap, shmoosh around the bottle cap, no pop on opening, another badly bottled Mcneills beer. Amber dish water looking, smells bad, tasted like bad homebrew. Undrinkable. If I could rate below a 1.0 I would

I hope this bottle didn't get checked by quality control becaue I'm a big fan of the brewery.

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Photo of celfan
2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After I poured it, tiny bubbles were rapidly rising in my glass. I thought it was going to be too carbonated, like Chimay not poured properly. This was not the case however as the carbonation level was fine. This is a tough ale to describe. I noticed that faint soapy taste like you might get
in Pilsner Urquell. There was also a slightly grainy tasted like the beers
I got in college from tiny midwest breweries for about 5 bucks a case. It
had some nice hop flavor at the end though, the kind that stays on the roof of your mouth. I didn't like it and I didn't hate it- but I won't be getting it again only because McNeills has so many other better ales.

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McNeill's Pay Day from McNeill's Brewery
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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