Murray's Whale Ale | Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
Australia
murraysbrewingco.com.au

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Murray's Whale Ale is a refreshing wheat beer with a twist. Its high percentage of malted and unmalted wheat and aromatic late hop profile gives a unique take on a session strength ale. A classic light body, creamy mouthfeel and refreshing citric flavour. This is balanced with assertive late hopping, giving a fresh, light tropical fruit aroma and cleansing dry finish.

Murray's Whale Ale is light gold in colour with the traditional cloudy appearance of wheat beers.

Summer in a glass!

Added by laituegonflable on 05-18-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.07
pDev:
14.66%
 
 
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4.76/5  rDev +55%

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4/5  rDev +30.3%

Photo of jimiboi
3.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 finger head reducing to a persistent 1 finger, with generous lacing. Cloudy butterscotch liquid.

nice and hoppy aroma, with slight pears and apples.

taste is yeasty with a slight bitter finish

mouthfeel is spicy

Overall I found this a fairly consistent beer, nothing stand-out, but nothing detracting at the same time. Not bad, wouldn't say no to it, but would choose other Murray's over it if given the choice.

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy pale amber/straw with a large lasting head.
Nose shows lots of light fruit: pear, lemon, green apple and orange peel. Underneath is sweet light malt. Later on the citrus really dominates.
First flavours are more sweet fruit before some grainy malt and a light metallic bitterness enter. The latter are not too strong but are mildly unpleasant.
Carbonation is too high even for the style.

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Photo of vancurly
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours initially a haze-free pale golden colour.... but a quick swirl of the bottle brings out a yeasty haze.
Fair leaning towards the coriander seed in this beer.... but also a candy perfume which only subtly leans to citrus.... Some meaty/fleshy hints.
Spice again picks up on the palate, including some other notes such as ginger powder & white pepper.
Palate a touch hollow, but not offputingly so. Some wheaty creaminess in the body, and a slight citric tang.
The coriander seed persists into the aftertaste, and that ain't bad.
Compared with other Australian attempts at this style, I think this is probably one of the better ones.

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3.31/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally got a chance to try arguably the most controversial beer in Australian BA forum history (on tap)...sorry, couldn't resist.

10oz pour at Dockside bar in Newcastle into an Australian middy glass.

Light golden appearance with a white head of foam that laces the glass quite well. Solid carbonation...much different to my previous tastings of bottled versions where I had two gushers from as many starts.

Nose has a bit of coriander there as well as a spicy hop note. A little refreshing and not over the top. Still it is pretty muted for the style.

Taste is of some coriander early while the hop flavour finishes it off with a little bit of spice later on. The flavours transition from one to the other pretty well.

Mouthfeel is ok, restrained bitterness late. Body size is not bad for what they are trying to do.

Overall a summer quaffer, not too demanding. Not too complex. Certainly the tap version walks all over my previous bottles of this beer which were accidental drain-pours.

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3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm - I thought this was a American Wheat Beer, not a Wit.

Pours a cloudy dark straw colour. Head fades, so let's say no real head. Zero lacing.

Aromas of wheat, malts, hops. Not easy to describe.

Taste is complex. Some wheat elements, lemon citrus, spice, quite zesty and refeshing.

Mouthfeel light and tangy.

Overall, I'm not sure. Woudl I have more than one? not thru choice, however, it has to be said this review I am enjoying less than the previous four-pack puchased. Some variation over time?

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden colour with a lot of bubbly carbonation. Sparsely bubbled head sinks slowly but dramatically. A few specks of lacing here and there. Looks nothing like a witbier, in fact looks like a pale lager. Very blah.

Nose is better, good hit of spicy hops. Slight citrus character and a hint of fresh milled wheat but not enough, not very potent. Actually smells quite like a pale ale. Not a bad nose but again, not particularly witbiery.

Good spicy yeast character, with hints of coriander and clove on the mid-palate. Fairly prominent candied orange character hiding behind and persisting through the palate. Finish is quite grassy and a bit sour. Overall the fruit and spice are well balanced to give this good wheat characters, and the mouthfeel is tingly and pleasant.

This is quite drinkable but not quite spicy or potent enough to impress me. Tasty but not very impressive.

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of dgilks
3.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first thing to say is that this definitely isn't a witbier and so I won't review it as such.

The aroma is moderately grainy with a light sweetness and a light spicy hop note.

It is mostly clear with a moderate sized, foamy, white head.

The flavour, reflecting the aroma, is almost like a classic lager with a touch of wheat and a small hit of hops. The flavour is very subdued and clearly aimed at craft beer newbies but it isn't bad per se.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This is actually quite good.

Overall, it's a fairly straightforward gateway beer. There is a little bit going on but I think they could be more adventurous.

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3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle (best before 23-APR-2012 date) poured into a goblet...

A- golden and a bit cloudy with a white head that quickly dissipates.

S- wheat and freshly cut hay with slight yeast and barley.

T- nicely refreshing white beer. A bit of hoppines comes through. Grapefruit is also present. Finishes pleasantly dry.

MF-fairly straight forward. Not much complexity here.

O- a good beer. Murray's makes some really nice beers. This is one of their less ambitious efforts, but probably appeals to the largely larger drinking public here in OZ. worth a try.

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3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus , caramenl sweetness and bit of grain.

T: Taste of mild citrus and fruit with a bit of caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Moderate body, quite smooth with a decent balance.

O: nice beer good for a few.

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Photo of juju7
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

American Wheat is a style that escapes me. I'm never sure exactly what it is trying to achieve. At the end of the day wouldn't we all prefer a hefeweizen? Maybe that's just me.

This is probably spot on for an American Wheat but that's not necessarily high praise. Slight citrus aromas and a yeasty kind of kick on the palate. Refreshing carbonation brings about an easy drinking beer that I would be happy to drink on a warm summers day but otherwise wouldn't go out of my way for.

No technical flaws, just a little dull is all. But then again I don't think this beer is marketed at the likes of me.

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Photo of brendan13
3.16/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a fairly clear golden colour with a 2cm white head that falls fairly fast.
S - Herbal hop notes, some spicy phenols and sweetish grainy, malted wheat.
T - Pretty much the same as the smell really but sweeter than expected.
M - Lighter side of medium body with a medium to high carbonation.
D - Nothing wrong with it just not very exciting. But I guess I can accept one or two blandish beers from Murrays given that they also make some pretty impressive beers.

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Photo of Rwalford74
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of baumaxx1
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
A very thick, three finger, cloudy, white head.
Hazy golden yellow colour.
Lots of carbonation streaming to the top to sustain that thick head.
So far so good.

Smell -
Cereal, yeast, orange peel, pine, biscuit but a bit weak and a little bit skunky.

Taste -
Stone fruits – peaches, apricots, rockmelon. Ginger, a touch of bitterness, grapefruit, wheat and yeast and soda water. Not bad, but on the conservative side and a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel -
Very pricky, lots of bite and fizz but overcarbonated which makes it a bit hard to drink. A light body which is a bit watery. Clean and crisp and not too much to spoil it however.

Overall -
A decent and sessional beer. Refreshing and some good flavours are present, but it's a bit on the safe side and not substantially better than the macros. A craft beer for the casual drinkers.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark golden yellow colour, a little cloudy but not very. Doesn't look much like a wit. Decent frothy head that turns into a film. Lots of carbonation. Not bad, but not really wit like.

Reasonable, but a little thin nose of citrus and herbs. Very subdued, but the Curacao style candied orange peel is pleasant.

Reasonable, light entry, completely smashed with a large yeasty character. Quite dull, and rather thin with a strong coppery metallic aftertaste. It's not huge and it's not terribly interesting, not a lot of the fragrance promised on the palate. Mouthfeel is a little flat, but it feels like there's a lot of dissolved carbontion feels bloating.

It's not too bad. It's not unpleasant, but it's certainly not very exciting. Drinkable enough, I guess, but not nearly as good as some of Murray's other offerings.

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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Murray's Whale Ale from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
3.07 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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