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
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
16.72%
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of diablo14
2.06/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this was once a classic aussie micro beer that was one of the few wheat beers anywhere i actually enjoyed. now it is a mere shadow of its former self.

this beer used to be in the same vein as hoegaarden. sweet, spicy, fruity, and incredibly cloudy, with very dry hops, and was just a little bit more robust than the usually kristall style. now, a little like the naked ale, its just sweet and overall bland, with none of the complexity it once displayed.

it comes in the still classic looking bottle, but the beer within is nothing like the glory days. this brew has really taken a tumble down the rankings over the years. prefer others.

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Photo of Stew41
2.26/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light gold, almost light brown in the glass. Did look quite largerish. Ok head hangs around a while. Nose is true to type with some spice and clove, although a little subtle. Palate is ok - I can see the wheat beer character trying to emerge very early with some nice spicy and sweet notes but just fades to a thin, no descript finish. I’ve seen worse examples but this is no excuse to not chase the real thing.

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Photo of stevoj
2.38/5  rDev -29%
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 rec
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A golden crystal yellow body fills the glass, with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, and leaves fine enough lacing.

It's smells delicious - if you're a fan of wheat beers this is sure to tickle your fancy. Cirtus and spice are evident, but there's a certain antiseptic-like scent that lingres in the background - thankfully, this is easily ignored.

A sharp tart bitterness hits me hard upon first sip, with some citrus undertones. Not to my liking at all.

The carbonation is high, and suits the sharpness of the flavour perfectly... unfortunately that doesn't make the flavour any better.

I've tipped the rest of this out, but I'm sure there's a big demographic of people who will enjoy this. As far as wheat beers go, I'll stick to German hefeweizen's.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of WHROO
2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clean & golden, clear with a soft 2 finger head & well carbonated.
S: SMOKY - for a Kristal Weizen its definately smokey bacon on the nose...also some cloves, & a little bready yeast & citrusy. Also caramel toffee, & some bubblegum.
T: As it rolled across the tongue I tasted some malty wheaty sweetness - a little too much & again a little smoky, also cloves & a definate sour hit to finish. Hard to detect any bitterness at all, just a zingy sour freshness - definately palate cleansing.
M: Felt a little flat & a little sticky on the palate
D: I have tried on a number of times to session this by cannot...just too plastically sweet

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Kulrak
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden color with absolutely no head. Smells slightly of yeast and esters and not much else. The taste is estery and a very sweet. Pretty much par for the wheat beer course. The mouthfeel is very creamy and heavy, very nice. It's fairly drinkable, it's sweet, with just enough bitterness to balance it out. I don't mind it, but I probably won't be buying it again anytime soon.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of doktorhops
2.87/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Here comes a "modern-classic" (seems like a contradictory term there) brew from the boys (and girls, let's be PC) at Matilda Bay, one of the better brewers in Australia. Now the big question is: Can an Aussie brewer make a decent Wheat beer? Usually the territory of those lovely Lederhosen wearing chaps from Bavaria. Well 'ave at it then!

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a 500ml stein.

A: Looks alright... paler and less cloudy than the norm but otherwise quite suitable; light orange body, 1cm white head, but full o' action in the fizz department.

S: Musky and clovey (it's a word), with a hint of alcohol grains permeate the senses... still not bad although some banana aroma is missed in my opinion.

T: And now reality bites! This beer is boring in the flavour department. It's like someone took the atypical flavours of a wheat beer; cloves, banana, bubblegum, sourdough, and turned it all down a notch (way down...). Pity as this brew coulda been a contender *in my best Marlon Brando voice*.

M: None of the thick creamy characters you normally find in a wheat beer. This brew is lacking the things I enjoy most from the style; flavour content and a nice chewy mouthfeel.

D: When it comes down to it the things that make a beer sessionable are here, but the things that make a beer classic and also ripping awesome are not. In the case of Redback they seem to be mutually exclusive, which is the greatest shame as Australia could be a really fantastic producer of Wheat beer (we've certainly got enough wheat here!), but instead I relegate this brew to the "tried but not really interested" section of my beer tasting catalogue.

Food match: Would I recommend German fare for an Aussie beer? Maybe, but not this one as it's far too bland to take on the mighty flavours of German cuisine. Instead I think this brew is better suited to your usual Aussie BBQ suspects; sausages, steak, shish-kebab and something else that starts with "s"... salad!

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Photo of jjkatter
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
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 CrazyDavros
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a tiny fading head.
Nose shows typical doughy wheat, some light phenols along with a hint of lemon.
Similar flavours but with the addition of a lot of sweet, characterless and unchallenged malt.
Very high carbonation and watery body.

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Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just and average German style kristal wheat, sadly i think it has lost a lot of character since carlton and United took over, still nice to down every now and then, hints of cloves and banana, but not overly so.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of BeerNutta
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The redback spider in australia is known as the deadliest spider in australia. However, recently it has been found that no one has actually died from the redbacks bite since the late 70's.

Like the spider, i have heard great things about this beer but the truth is a little sad.

Appearance: Light pale colour. Foam lingers for a long while.

Smell: Sweet aroma, but very faint.

Taste: Citrisy in taste with a hint of clove. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Not exciting, not offensive.

Drinkability: Its an OK beer. Not the greatest, the the worst. Its average i guess. For an Australian Beer, i guess it would be categorised as good, but if you take it out of the Australian setting then its nothing special. I find Little Creatures Pale Ale, better.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Been a while since I arrived 'off the boat' and this was new and exciting, challenging Reschs for market share...

How does it stack up 20 years later?

Looks the part, good initial pour, but fades quickly, some lace.

Aromas of yeast, almost some citrus (!) not quite to type, but after that the flavour gets a bit metallic / macro-ish if that's possible in a wheat beer.

Never mind, the industry has moved on - can Matilda Bay? It's not bad, mind you, just not good. I think this has only just fallen out of the BA Top 100 - a good indicator.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of brendan13
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, light straw colour with a couple of centimetres of white head.
S - Big waft of lemon citrus at first backed up by some light banana & spice.
T - Slighty sweet malt with some tartiness.
M - Medium mouthfeel with a pretty high carbonation level.
D - Drinkable but a bit lifeless. Many better aussie micro wheat beers out there.
On a side note they are now doing printing directly onto the bottle which is a cool effect. However maybe spending the money on more exciting beers would be more worth while.

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Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Redback Beer from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
3.35 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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