Lazy Yak Australian Pale Ale
Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

Lazy Yak Australian Pale AleLazy Yak Australian Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,855
Ranked #46,061
2.85 | pDev: 21.05%
Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
Lazy Yak Australian Pale AleLazy Yak Australian Pale Ale
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 20 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Decko:
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3.12/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - light yellow in IPA glass with decent head. S - slightly earthy yeast notes, almost English ale style and with the hoppy citrus coming through. T - I like Fat Yak so couldn't get past thinking of this as Fat Yak light. It's a fairly decent drop with a reasonable balance to it but just not enough there to be memorable in any way. M - it's fizzy, not much more to say than that. O - OK refreshing brew but I wouldn't ever pick it over Fat Yak and a heap of other much better and well priced ales.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of pin
2.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Hypersomnia
2.94/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kdown
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of heygeebee
2.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Spieglau IPA glass. More on that later.
Looks the part head-wise and there is indeed a little malt-driven passionfruit at first go. That soon fades however, and the taste is all about Lazy.
There aint a lot of hops going on down.
Mouthfeel is all mineral water and metallic and watery.
Avoid - an insult to the glass it is in.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of WoodBrew
2.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The lazy yak ranks with standard U.S. macros. It poured a clear golden with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent is faint biscuit. The taste is comparable to bud/miller products. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's standard.

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Photo of doktorhops
1.94/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Well it looks like Matilda Bay’s macro Lager owner CUB (Carlton United Bollocks) has inched the once great craft brewer even further into crap beer territory - we have evidence of this with the lacklustre-at-best Minimum Chips, and now the once beloved (for me at least) Fat Yak is the target of that Midas touch that turns everything to shit... or is it? We’ll find out soon enough with this review of the newly minted: Matilda Bay Lazy Yak Australian Pale Ale.

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Not a good start when your craft APA looks like a macro Lager - clear light golden body with a foamy white half centimetre head on top. A bit of a weak effort when you compare it to the delightfully caramel-coloured body of Fat Yak. 2/10.

S: No improvement here with a granular malt character up front, as much as could be expected from a Pale Ale pretender... the bottle label declares a “signature Yakima valley hop” yet there is little to distinguish it from the malt aside from a slight citric hint. 4/10.

T: Yep, fears confirmed - this is a macro Lager in Pale Ale clothing. It’s definitely an Aussie one too with that overbearing cereal grain flavour that one finds in all the cheap Lagers. Along with that is an artificial lemon note... are there any real hops in this or are we dealing with an extract brew? Who knows, who cares? All I know is I’ve wasted good beer money on this crap (just as well I only got a single and not a six pack). 4/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a medium carbonation... at least it gets one thing right - the body isn’t too watery as expected. 6/10.

D: How the once mighty have indeed fallen? Matilda CUBay have taken the once excellent reputation of Fat Yak and figuratively dragged it through the mud, is this even a Pale Ale? Tastes nothing like one, TBH my amateur homebrew Pale Ale blows this out of the water and it was only my third attempt ever at brewing beer... and it was done in a crappy old plastic fermenter with little actual knowledge of how to actually brew... this Lazy Yak is a joke. Avoid it if you love anything even remotely close to a Pale Ale. 3/10.

Food match: If you’re going to drink the fast food equivalent of beer you may as well eat a cheeseburger, don’t waste your money good food.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lunapollo
2.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.69/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JarMills
3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Toynk
2.73/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ironmc43
2.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of life_of_agony
3.46/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.4/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Orange with a white head. Aroma of lemon and weeds, slight boiled vegies. Light bodied, feels like it has slightly more body than Fat Yak. Bland boiled lolly sweetness, low to moderate bitterness with very slight citrus. Dry at the end. A bit better than expected but fairly dull.

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

Glad I got this for half price. Not a lot going on in this beer, probably best drank on a really hot day.

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Photo of maxiewawa
1.33/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The bottle mentions “passionfruit” and “citrus aromas”; obviously the blurb it was written by someone who hasn’t tasted either, or who hasn’t actually tasted this product. It’s neither. Well, maybe it has a smudge of passionfruit in there somewhere, but the passionfruit is a little like one of those mangoes that you bite into but has no mango flavour. Looks just like the real thing, but when you bite into it, it’s like “hmmm…. oh, the logo looks just like Fat Yak but… tastes exactly like Mount Franklin sparkling mineral water.”

Its name might be a clue as to its secret ingredient; the laziest of laziest yaks’ sweaty hide. With a splash of mineral water.

It occurs to me that I should pay more attention to this forum’s reviews before making my purchase at ye olde bottle-o. And that companies sometimes tack on crappy sequels to great products. (Witness Star Wars episodes one through three.) Ack, I’ve got another four-pack’s worth to this six-pack left. Oh well. *chhk* Yuck, smells like a haircut.

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Photo of Alfredogz99
3.19/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Gui
3.6/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lazy Yak Australian Pale Ale from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 20 ratings