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Redback Beer | Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
Australia
matildabay.com.au

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Styled on the traditional German wheat beer or weizen style of beer. Redback has a fruity/clove aroma, a generous creamy mouth feel and refreshing hop finish.

18 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,198
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
57
pDev:
16.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
Trade:
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of stevoj
2.38/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is more stale bread than normal weizen aromas. I would classify this as either a kristallweizen or what ale, its a far cry from a real German weizen. Taste is flat and bland, no bananas, clove or bubblegum to be had. This might have scored better as a wheat ale, but was marked way down compared to German hefes.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A traditional German style wheat beer this provides a fruity aroma with a creamy mouth feel. Ideal with grilled meats this well rounded beer suits all occasions.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Format: a standard 345mL brown bottle with a decent semi-craft Matilda Bay label.

Appearance: a clear amber-gold with a half-finger of white head that drops to a thick cap and ring. Plenty of carbonation across the profile.

Aroma: not much on the nose - just a light aroma of doughy grain and wheat without much backing it up. I really don't like kristals.

Taste: picks up a bit here - some of those banana and cloves that are expected in a wheat beer with some spice and sweet sugar.

Aftertaste: more the sugar and some kind of sweet malt that I can't put my finger on.

Mouth feel: moderate in feel with a medium carbonation. Brings the falvours through nicely, with a slight sweetness. Nice.

Overall: this is definitely one of the better kristalweizens I have had to date - the aroma and the look are still disappointing, but the flavour is pretty good. I really do prefer a good old fashioned wheat beer rather than the filtered version. Still, not bad at AU$56 for a case of 24.

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Photo of D3toX
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

A classic brew with a unique character that I could certainly identify in any blind taste test....have not tried, but always keen. A pioneer of wheat beer in Australia.

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3.8/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of Brew_42
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Damnit it's cheap but in Korea it got the job done in a sea of shitty beer so it will forever have a special place in my heart.

Clear gold almost no head. Some banana and clove like you might expect from a hefe or kristalweizen.

Taste follows the nose with some tartness on the back end.

Not bad and very cheap.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

A: Looks more like a Kristalweizen with it's fine shoots of champagne bubbles and lager-like appearance.

S: A bit of banana and grain.

T: Hmm, banana, and has some interesting stuff going on like marzipan, blackberry and peach – more akin to Belgian esters like with Coopers Pale Ale. There's some nail varnish. Supporting these less than subtle notes is a tart but bland core. It's slightly sweet.

O: Interesting but not great.

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3.36/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of bicorrea
4.49/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Have such a good memory of this beer!
The first time I had it, I was "lost" in Fraser Island, with a friend, half of the day was gone, and we didn't even make to the Mackenzie Lake, I was a bit pissed off, when I simply decided to have a beer, while my friend was driving. So, not expecting much, I opened a bottle of Redback. WOW! Instantaneously, I had a smile in my face and all was great again!
There's no way of opening a bottle of Redback and not remembering of this day, so every time I have the pleasure of making it, I feel great!
Overall, for me, the taste is great, I really enjoy this kind of beer.
But to be honest, I would not be able to classify the colour, tho, I was not a connoisseur at the time.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Durandal_777
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Mtadder
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Agentveba
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of adityashekhar
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly mild with banana, wheat and a bit of spice.

T: Nice taste of wheat with a mild bit of banana and fruit. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, mild crispness, smooth and refreshing.

O: Nice beer, doesn’t have a heavy feel goes well with meals or the Aussie weather.

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Photo of magpieken
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of magnusdave
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Julian4077
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of jjkatter
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a goblet...

A- golden and crystal clear. Slight head that quickly disapates.

S- bouble gum and wheat.

T- refreshing, but so is water. Lacks body and drinks lighter than the 4.7% ABV.

MF- despite the lack of body, this beer has a nice mouth feel. There is plenty of carbination and the finish is a crisp dryness.

O- not a bad beer, but not my thing. If you like your beer on the lighter side, you might enjoy this one.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm. Somehow, I've managed to go this long without reviewing this beer, probably one of the more ubiquitous Aussie pseudo-craft brews. It pours a suitable clear pale golden colour, with a very fine if largely non-retentive head of white. Nice lacing, fine body. It's a shame the beer doesn't have a big, frothy German-style head, but otherwise, it looks pretty decent.

Nose is good. Genuinely good for a Kristalweizen: clear, clean banana and bubblegum characters, along with just a hint of spice, but certainly along the smoother and sweeter ends. There's a hint of acidity to it, but not the thinness you often get from a sub-par wheat beer. Really quite good.

Taste is similar, and genuinely good, stylistically. Smooth, clean wheat characters along the length, with finishing touches of bubblegum, and the ever-present banana ester aromatics. It's quite light, but there are few if any flaws to it.

Overall, this is pretty decent. To be fair, it's very light on, but the style in general is pretty light on as well, and this does a decent job of capturing the same aromatics and flavours.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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Redback Beer from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 57 ratings
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