Minimum Chips | Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ADZA on 11-30-2012

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Vanz
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

Photo of machalel
2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured a bright yellow-gold with average head that disappeared very quickly. Reasonably good lacing to begin with, but much less by the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Fairly neutral, but some hints of citrus and grassy hops.

Taste: Slightly sweet to begin with, but this is quickly lost. There are some light malt aspects, and a bit of citrus, but the vast majority of the palate is taken up by sour and grassy flavours. The "trademark" Australian macro metallic twang was present, however this was more extreme than most other examples; it was almost verging on that cheap extract twang you get from bad-homebrew!

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation, low body, a bit astringent... nothing good.

Drinkability: Not. This actually tastes worse than XXXX or VB, not sure how they managed it!

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Photo of Kulrak
2.06/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden color with a thin layer of chunky white head. Smells of yeasty water. Tastes like yeasty water with some terrible hop flavor (pride of ringwood maybe?) and not much bitterness to balance out the lack of sweetness. The mouthfeel is very thin and watery without much carbonation. Overall, it's a terrible beer. It has very little flavor, and what flavor it does have is bad. Glad I didn't pay full price for it.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.35/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer came in a Christmas gift pack and I wont lie to you; I would never have tried this beer otherwise, the label makes it sound like my least favourite of beers - that subset of ales designed to win over young drinkers who don't drink beer. This is a market I strongly believe Matilda Bay (a mostly respectable craft brewer) should not be concerned with, make beer for the beer drinkers.

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear golden body with a thin white lacing on top, very Lager looking.

S: Fairly balanced mix of sweet biscuit malts and grassy/spicy hops (Saaz hops if I were to hazard a guess). At least its got enough of an aroma to keep one intrigued, not too boring. There is a minor note of lemon in the background as well.

T: Apart from a sour lemon note upfront there is little flavour to speak of in this brew. It has typical Lager components of a malt grain base and mild grass bitter hops in the finish, however this is dialled down so much that it's difficult to imagine that I'm actually drinking a beer. In fact the flavour is so bland all you end up with is a bitter aftertaste that doesn't wash away because it overpowers the intended flavours.

M: Light bodied and watery with a light carbonation.

D: Just don't even bother. If you want a beer get something else. Bit of a disaster from Matilda Bay.

Food match: They say fish and chips, I say fair enough - just make sure you leave out the salt and vinegar.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.43/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From BWS. No BB.

Pours a clear golden straw. One finger head fades to a film.

Aromas of very little. Grains and malts. Little else.

Taste is metallic from the get go, and watery. Little hop presence all in all, but what is there seems PoR ish.

Mouthfeel watery but carbonation ok. Harsh.

This is Bad Beer for the big market. The worry is from my perspective that punters will think they are buying 'good' beer but will then wonder why they splashed out on it. And then go back to macro.

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Photo of HanYounghoon
2.52/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Andrewziggy
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clean and crisp lemmon and grassy notes

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of magpieken
2.77/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

345ml bottle. BB 12/12/14. Pale gold colour; tall, frothy, white head which lasted very well and left some lacing. Very gentle aroma of bread, grass, citrus and a little cardboard. Light to medium sweetness and light to medium bitterness. Medium bodied, smooth texture but there is an unappealing, astringent and medicinal bitterness in the finish that lingers and spoils the whole experience. I realise this bottle was a couple of months past its BB date but I've had it a few times before and it's as I remembered. 6.

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Photo of soju6
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a bright golden color with a small head that fades to no real lacing.

S: Mild aroma of fruit and a bit of malt sweetness.

T: Taste is a bit bland with some malt sweetness and bit of fruit.

F: Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Light body, a bit crisp and smooth.

O: A non-offensive Golden Ale.

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Photo of ADZA
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A new addition to the family and pours a clear golden hue with a fluffy two finger head and some lacing,the smell is light citrus,a touch of passionfruit,pale malts,freshly cut grass and some honey,the mouthfeel is light bodied and over carbonated very spritzy indeed and the tastes are pretty simple really with hints of passionfruit,pale malts,grassy noble hops,peach and finished with a light citrus dryness and overall i didnt expect much from this and i was right just made to persuade the macro market into something with a touch more taste than what they are used to cheers.

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Photo of PolarBear3
2.97/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a pale straw colour with a slight orange tinge. One fingered head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film.

S - Ctrus notes including lemon, orange and I also get a hint of apricot.

T - A little citrus hops throughout, although a little grainy. Some lemon, apricots and some sweet candy.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Although a little watery

O - Not bad and fairly refreshing. Would go down ok a hot summers day.

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Photo of Julian4077
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Andrewharemza
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden amber colour with a small but lasting white to off-white head. Biscuit- and caramel malt-centric with grassy hops, a light earthiness and some grain characters. Light to medium body, medium to full carbonation with a short, soft bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of GuruCube
3.11/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.12/5  rDev +11%

Photo of SmashPants
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: standard brown 345mL bottle, quite an unimpressive label for Matilda Bay.

Appearance: standard pale ale copper hues with a 2-finger white head that drops after a minute to a nice film.

Aroma: definite notes of citrus and grass hops with subtle, sweet malts.

Taste: hops are the main flavour bearers in this ale, with those light biscuit malts backing up. Some passionfruit as well.

Aftertaste: the hops linger and become somewhat bitter, but does dissipate reasonably quickly. Lucky it's refreshing and sessional.

Mouth feel: not quite enough carbonation to carry the flavour through. I think this would be better off as a standard lager rather than trying to create what feels like a lager / golden ale hybrid.

Overall: an interesting lager - different from your standard fare. Not sure it is worth the price though - a bit more carbonation would bring out the beer's good points a bit more.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.24/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle of this "Hand Cut Golden Lager", purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Colour is—yep, correct—golden, quite deep and very clear. Head is minimal, just forming a fizzling film across the top with a small but firm ring of fine white bubbles. No lacing. Body is very light. Carbonation is fine. Looks okay.

Nose is more pleasant than I was expecting, slight fragrant hop character giving a touch of rubber lemon skin and a suggestion of fennel fragrance. There's a grainy base malt character underneath, but it's fairly neutral. Overall, while it doesn't do anything very exciting, it's fairly inoffensive and certainly well-crafted.

Taste is clean and crisp, but with an unsettling medicinal character through the centre that morphs into a plaster and cardboard flavour towards the back. Some green, slightly vegetative hop characters pull it up, and it sits well on a basis of that neutral malt to give it a slightly savoury platform. Feel is light and crisp, with a faint astringency from the medicinal note.

Overall, this is a perfectly drinkable craft lager. I was expecting this to be particularly unappealing and particularly bland, but it certainly does have some flavour lurking under its unassuming mein. It's not mind-blowing, of course, but it's a lot better than I'd been led to believe.

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Photo of hopnerd
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Jamestregenza
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Breeza
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

Minimum Chips from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.81 out of 5 with 23 ratings