Rooftop Red Lager
Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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Vienna Lager
3.46 | pDev: 13.58%
Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of WHROO
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby copper with a 1 finger off white head that didn't hold...few bubbles of carbonation is all!
S: slightly biscuity, caramel sweetness...hint of toffee.
T: more hops in taste....slightly bitter, a little malty. Tasted nice but not too complex.
Didn't seem to true to the style.
Mouthfeel was clean, very carbonated & spritzy on the tongue -danced around a fair bit, too much even.
Drinkability is not too bad...i was expecting a little more difference, considering its a Vienna Lager style. Didn't really get any of the slightly toasted malty flavour, although the bitterness was definately present.

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WHROO from Australia, Oct 04, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in a nice bottle, from the reputable Matilda Bay Brewing Company here in Western Australia.

The beer pours a dull copper/amber colour, with a soft but ample head which is stained white. The smell is nice with hints of cola, toffee and caramel. A lovely mouthfeel reminiscent of a Austrian Marzen beer.

Excellent beer that I will buy more of, and hope they keep brewing it with the pending relaunch.

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foles from Australia, Feb 13, 2008
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3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep red copper colour with a few centimetres of off white head that slowly falls away. Little bit of sporadic lace.
S - Some toffee notes and light floral hops.
T - Like the smell but both the toffee notes and floral hops are stronger on the palate than on the nose.
M - Medium to full bodied with a medium carbonation level.
D - I'd probably drink it again but I wouldn't go out of my way to look for it.

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brendan13 from Australia, Nov 11, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Wow it's red!!! Despite the name I was not expecting such a vivid colour. The head is rocky, about 2 fingers and a creamy yellowish colour, and reduced quite quickly. The colour of the body is a medium reddish brown (or brownish red), and looks to be moderately carbonated. Would have scored higher with better head retention, but still pretty.

Smell - 4.0
Nice. Instantly reminds me of some Belgian beers, but I do not know why or how. Sweet malt seems to be the main aroma, there is a little spice and some slightly fruity hops. Unfortunately, the smell did not get any better or stronger with warming.

Taste - 3.0
Full of flavour, especially for a lager. There is a little malt sweetness, toasty, sour bread flavours, a little caramel and lots of hoppy bitterness. The finish is dry with not a whole lot of flavour except for the bitterness from the hops. Doesn't match up too well to the style description, as the hops are certainly none to subtle.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Carbonation is moderate, quite thin upfront and relatively light in the mouth.

Drinkability - 3.5
Went down without objection, although it would have scored higher in this area if it were a little more malty and less hoppy. Sessionable for sure, but there are better session beers.

OVERALL - 3.75
Another solid, better than average beer from Matilda Bay. It's the first Vienna Lager I have ever tried, and I would be interested to try more interpretations of the style. The price is high, but considering it is an obscure beer style from a small brewery, the value is not bad. I'd try it again.

Edit: Second sampling proves my initial score of 3.5 was a little harsh, the scores (but not the comments) have now been changed to reflect this.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep ruby reddish brown with a small amount of creamy tan head. Smells fruity and a little spicy. Not bad at all. The taste isn't near as sweet as the aroma led me to believe. It's actually fairly clean on the sweetness, but there's some hoppy bitterness there. Can't make out what variety of hop though. Mouthfeel is fairly watery and a little harsh, but overall not too bad. All in all, this is probably better than most of the matilda bay beers I've tried. But that's not much of a statement. I probably won't bother with this one again.

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Kulrak from Australia, Feb 02, 2007
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3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper brown/red. Offwhite head, some bubble bead, and
Subtle fruity, malty nose....
Starts in the mouth with malt, moving into the sweeter, more complex malt flavours, with the lightest touch of some confectionary.
Finishes with good strong, metallic hop flavour. Lingering aftertaste of the malts.
Nice balance, good overall flavour. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

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vancurly from Australia, Aug 12, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this one before and it never seems to dissapoint. Pours a dark copper color, with a medium sized white head that soon became a small white lace. Smell is quite pleasent, with grain, toast,caramel, malt, even some chocolate. Tatse is very sharp, starting off sweet ending bitter. Some rye tastes showed up, quite refreshing. I could drink these all night long, and I have, certainly a beer with some character that is worth picking up.

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jamie2dope from Massachusetts, May 16, 2006
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3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, orangey-red colour. Good thick off-white head. Quite a large amount of carbonation.

Sweet malty nose. Hints of dark fruit, and a decent amount of bready yeast aroma. Rather fragrant.

Refreshing full-bodied flavour. A good backbone of toasted malt, balanced with a little dryness. Some hints of tropical fruits, raisins, but this is heavily masked by the robust malt which drives that beer. It finishes rather flat, which is a disappointment. Mouthfeel quite smooth.

It's a lot better than any of the other Matilda Bay beers I've had. A rather drinkable brew, that I could take to quite readily.

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Photo of Finite
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice rich red amber. Reasonable head and ok retention but little to no lacing.

Smells really sweet with hints of honey. The taste was actually quite bitter which condescended the smell a bit too much for my liking. The mouthfeel was fine and the aftertaste was bitter and dry.

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Finite from Australia, Nov 30, 2005
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4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ahh. rooftop red. good name. good lookin' bottle. ive been looking for this for a while and its finally made its way into my fridge.

pours a shiny amber, almost ruby color with a fine light tan head. a bit bigger and better retention would push this up to a 5.

really nice floral aroma. some crystal malt on the nose as well. a nice sniffer.

real good, smooth flavor. nice blend of malts and hops. everything seems to work well together. malt sweetness is a bit stronger than the hops, but no big complaint.

overall, pretty nice. probably just behind their bohemian pils as my favorite from matilda bay.

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joecast from Australia, Oct 25, 2005
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2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bedford Hotel, Carlton
Pours a burnt red colour (that I imagine comes from Crystal? malt) with minimal tan head. Not much smell to speak of. Traces of malty sweetness and a bit of the toasted malt is present, but you've gotta smell hard for this one. No hops noticable. Taste isn't bad, but didn't impress me much. The taste starts with the toasted garin tartness, followed by a bit of a sweetness, and a subtle carmel or toffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than what I expected, and the beer I had was a bit overly carbonated and soda-like. All in all, not a bad beer, it just lacks some flavour. It tries to make up for it by a deep color, but overall I wasn't terribly impressed, especially at the $8 I was charged for a pint.

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DaveFL1976 from Florida, Sep 05, 2005
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3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label tells you it is red in colour and easy drinking. ALl true.
It is a magnificent deep brown red a in colour and has a faint toffee smell.
The taste is bitter but smooth and there is a background of ginger.
Carbonation is enjoyably pleasant.
A reasanble beer Love to know where the Rooftop comes from

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jarmby1711 from Australia, Aug 09, 2005
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3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep red colour with a reasonable head. Unfortunately, it is served too cold at my choice of venue which dampens the malt and aroma profile considerably. While still cold, it is very sweet yet quite bitter, as it warms the noble hop aroma and malty melanoidin (I think) flavour comes through gorgeously.

However, I have found the quality to be quite erratic. I've had it display some strong characteristics of banana and passionfruit from the yeast when I know it was a fresh keg (the first two pints of the first keg, according to the bar lady), but on other occasions it's been slightly oxidised and faintly autolytic, like trace amounts of vegemite mixing with specialty grain.

However, when it is all in balance it has a good balance of malt and hop character and little yeast presence, although it is perhaps a little too bittersweet but that may be fairly dependent on the correct serving temperature.

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Photo of diablo14
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the newest addition to the matilda bay stable, rooftop red is a solid vienna style lager thats not a bad quaffer, and not bad for a brewery that had lost its groove due to a te ta te with CUB.

excellent vivid red color with medium fizz and a beige colored head that doesnt last. smell is slightly nutty and malty, and there are some spicy hops aromas in there which clear the nasal passages. the taste isnt as full as id like, some sweet malt tones, and a slightly nutty hint there also. has some nice dry hops that finishes very well, it's zippy and has some grip.

a solid drinker thats not too complex, the rooftop still goes down in a tidy fashion. i wouldnt kill for this beer, but i dont have any problems consuming it when the opportunity presents.

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diablo14 from Illinois, Jun 01, 2005
Rooftop Red Lager from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 15 ratings