Captain Cooker Manuka Beer | The Mussel Inn

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Captain Cooker Manuka BeerCaptain Cooker Manuka Beer

Brewed by:
The Mussel Inn
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CrazyDavros on 10-29-2009

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
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2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My parents went on holiday to New Zealand and brought this brew back with them. A large plastic bottle which contains approx. 1.3L according to the label. Has a 'packed on' date of 5th November 2010. The info on the label mentions that the beer was brewed with manuka leaves - similar to a recipe that was first created by captain Cook. (One small caveat: my Dad said he opened the bottle to release some pressure before bringing it over. I'm not sure what impact this will have had on the carbonation level or flavour).

Poured into a pint glass. A deep reddish copper colour; what little head there was subsided quickly. Low carbonation. Surprisingly little smell to this beer, it gives off a slightly sweet odour. Doesn't really have any of the malt or hops you would expect from a typical brew.

As with the smell, the taste is muted. Some malt but not much. The main flavour is a herb-like bitterness - somewhat dry and medicinal. It's reminiscent of herbal tea. No obvious hop characteristics. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. The taste doesn't linger, once you swallow a faint bitterness is all that remains.

Not a great drinking experience. Perhaps the travelling this bottle underwent had a negative effect on the contents. The beer lacked a balanced flavour, particularly malt, and the body was thin. The herby flavour was unusual, although not bad in itself. Worth trying for the novelty, but don't expect to be overwhelmed. Might be better if served in NZ!

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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Mussel Inn Captain Cooker Manuka Beer on tap in the beer garden at the brewpub. 4% ABV

Deep amber with excellent clarity and a decent head.

Feel: Somewhat crisp, with medium carbonation and a dry finish. A tad thin.

Aroma: the manuka shows in the very floral aroma that also has a hint of pine. Spicy hops and manuka dominate the finish and lasting, very tasty, and mildly bitter aftertaste.

O: Distinct but not challenging. Recommended, particularly for its distinctive Manuka flavoring.

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Photo of frontalot
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear coppery amber pour with a small quickly fading head.
Crazy aroma of ginger, sarsaparilla, tea, cinnamon and sweet malt. Very interesting. Further woody and medicinal hints. Ginger is over the top.
More ginger upon tasting, as well as that tea and medicinal taste. Some sweet clean malt and mild bitterness.
Too much carbonation!

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Photo of C19
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I got this beer many times, on tap and in bottle in different places. It is always a pleasure.
The manuka honey taste is herbal and sweet at the same time, there is a good bitter after taste. This beer is very well balanced, if you got any chance to try it, do it !

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Photo of Noodleboyg
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ZachT
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dgilks
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light honey aroma with the herbal notes of Manuka. Just a slight citrus twist.

Clear amber colour with a small, off-white head. Poor head retention.

A little bit herbal and medicinal with a slightly sweet backing. I can see this being a love it or hate it beer but I think it works.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Suitable.

A good and balanced beer. The medicinal notes of Manuka are not for everyone but I think it's pretty tasty.

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Captain Cooker Manuka Beer from The Mussel Inn
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 8 ratings