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

Murray's Whale AleMurray's Whale Ale
40 Ratings
Murray's Whale AleMurray's Whale Ale

Brewed by:
Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Rwalford74
3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Mosant
2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a 330ml bottle.
Apprearance: pours golden colour typical of a wheat beer with nice clean white head. Good lacing remains across the glass and edge.
Aroma: a miss for me. There are no banana fruity esters I expect of wheat beer. There is some maltiness but not much. Maybe my bottle is past due as it lacks some freshness.
Flavour: it is very thin with not much body and the flavour lacks punch. The best element is that the carbonation is good and given the lighter flavours it is easy drinking and refreshing to the extent that it is very sessionable drink that could substitute in some ways as a summer ale style.
Overall: I'm rating this average and hoping that the reason is that my bottle is not as fresh as it could be. Hopefully the next one I have will be better!!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, Sweet nose. Hazy light amber beer with scummy head. Light bodied with a short lightly citric finish. It's ok worth a try if you can get it.

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Photo of fosters9
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SmashPants
2.66/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Format: a light brown 330mL bottle with a decent craft label.

Appearance: pours a hazy mid straw-copper colour with a limited head that leaves no lacing. Not great for a wheat beer.

Aroma: more citrus and herbs here with only a dose of wheat fug in the back. Not particularly brilliant.

Taste: again the wheat fug with yeast over the top. A touch of those herbs, but not much. Okay at best.

Aftertaste: more yeast and wheat fug. Really not a brilliant wheat beer.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation. Reasonably full in feel due to the wheat.The best part of this beer.

Overall: not a particularly brilliant attempt at a wheat beer. An awkward wheat and yeast fug with a touch of herbs and citrus that feel artificially planted on top. No thanks, particularly not for AU$52 for a case of 16.

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Photo of Breeza
4.76/5  rDev +52.1%

Photo of BB_Cameron
3/5  rDev -4.2%

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 KrisBeerndt
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Bobhoya
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of SWY
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Agentveba
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of KalanM
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of magpieken
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of adityashekhar
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of soju6
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 PolarBear3
2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a murky light yellow colour with thin white head leaving very little lacing.

S - Light citrus notes, lemon, apple and some pear.

T - Get the pear and some apples although a little yeasty,wheaty with some orange peel and a slightly bitter finish.

M - Light to medium carbonation and light bodied although to me a little over carbonated and watery

O - A little disappointing light citrus giving a average bitter after taste that to me is not very pleasant.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.51/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Finally I've caught the White Whale (Ale), on a label at least, with Murray's Port Stephens Whale Ale. Murray's has had some highs and lows for me, well lets dispense with the plural and say 'high and low' instead as I've only tried the Nirvana and Angry Man Pale Ales, but see if you can guess which one is the 'high' and which is the 'low' [prize for guessing is a toffee apple and a ride on The Cyclone].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Appears with a cloudy sunglow body and a light white lacing on top.

S: A touch of coriander, some wheat, a drizzle of lemon and light yeast notes. It's a little bit on the skunk side with the aroma, which is odd for a craft brewer like Murray's to have a macro-brewer smell in one of their beers, let's hope the flavour isn't tainted.

T: Wow! An insipid, uninspiring beer from Murray's (aka the bad "wow!"). It's got a wheat-malty base with a hint of sour yeast, a light grass hopping and some citrus to finish. So thoroughly lacking in good, well-balanced flavours that you would suspect it was a homebrew that had the Murray's label slapped on it during racking.

M: Slight watery light body with light carbonation.

D: Murray's have a new low for me - this beer. I'm amazed this rolled off the same production-line that made the damn fine Nirvana Pale Ale. This beer has been henceforth assigned to the same list as brews like MB Redback or JS Golden Ale - the "What if?" beers.

Food match: Matching this is a challenge as the cuisine you would match it to needs to be equally uninspiring - how about white rice with cream cheese on water crackers... lets be fair and add a flourish of radish with pickled ginger.

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of mungus
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of dansmcd
2.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky yellow with a few seconds of fizzy head and no lacing.

S - Wheat, ginger and coriander. Fairly typical for a wit.

T - Follows the nose yet touched with some sweetness and light yeast.

M - High carbonation, very fizzy, spritzy, light bodied.

O - A disappointing effort from a quality brewery. Just way over carbonated.

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Photo of hopnerd
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Julian4077
2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

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