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Stone & Wood Pale LagerStone & Wood Pale Lager

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Stone & Wood

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Drawing on memories of sunny afternoons spent in the beer gardens of Munich drinking steins of the local full flavoured pale lagers we saw the parallel with what we were trying to achieve and what the Bavarian brewers had mastered. We were inspired by their uncompromising approach to brewing and how they had managed to create a beer to fulfill both the thirsts and flavour expectations of the beer loving locals.

Added by ADZA on 07-18-2009

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by SleepyMonk:
Photo of SleepyMonk
2.52/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle poured into a hexagonal pint glass.

Dullish amber body with a very slight showing of haze. Thin white head quickly dissolves rapidly thanks to a lively carbonated an effervescent body. Not much if any lace holds on.

Aroma immediately delivers up a blend of fresh hops and sticky malt flavor. Definite grain and fresh grassy aroma with citrus elements, that matches the status quo but doesn't push boundaries or breaks records.

Taste falls way short of the aroma in its complexity, which is fine when the taste is fresh and bold, but this is not. The taste is rather two dimensional and comes off like a poor version of a wit beer.

Stringy thin body with medium degree of carbonation. Dull start and an equally dull drying finish. It almost has the feel of a cold flat pale ale.

To be constructive though I would say that the nose is in the right direction but it all falls to pieces in the mouth. Would have been much better with a dominant malt or hops flavor with a fresher finish.

For such a flooded category this one from Stone & Wood just seems rushed and half arsed.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ant1
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at the Pink Moon Saloon in Adelaide. I didn't have time to write notes. What I remember was that it was ok....kind of bland. Poured a pale yellow with thin white head that didn't lace.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.48/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows big grassy and spicy hops with little else noticeable.
Some bready malt shows as a flavour, supported by the grassy hops. Falls flat quickly after that though.
Body feels quite watery, carbonation is too high.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.01/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale straw colour with a 2 finger white head that retains reasonably well. Furious carbonation. All in all, looks pretty cool.

S- Citrus and a slight metallic funk. Not a lot going on at all.

T- Well, not exactly what I was expecting to be honest. Malts are there, but the hops dominate. Unfortunately, there is a grainy aftertaste which is not too welcome bit otherwise, not bad.

M- Watery and carbonated. Carbonation sits nicely however and the thin body fits the style well. Can't complain too much, I guess.

O- As far as Australian macro-lagers go, you could do a lot worse than this. There is, thankfully, at least some taste to this and the drinkability is high. This is by no means a great beer, but compared to certain beers- Carlton cold- I'll have this any old day of the week.

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Photo of Macca
2.97/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a golden honey colour. Tiny head that quickly disappears. Looks dead.

Aromas are quite muted but a touch of lemon in there. Some graininess.

Grains and lemon again on the palate.

Medium bodied.

A very average euro lager type beer. I expected something a bit better. Still I'd be more than happy to be sitting on the grass at the top pub in Byron drinking it.

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Photo of juju7
3.65/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date: March 2010. Hmmm. This beer is getting a bit of a bad rap I reckon. This isn't the freshest example of this beer I've had but is what it is. A pale lager with good medium carbonation a touch of floral, cereal like notes on the nose with a soft malt kick and low bitterness. A little German pils like perhaps? Exciting? Not really. Well made? Yup. Good summer quaffer and much better than the other lagers next to it on the shelf. Wish it wasn't in green bottles though.

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Photo of soju6
2.63/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a fizzy head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma is a bit musty with some malt sweetness and some grain.

T: Taste of malt sweetness and some fruit in the background. Mild bitterness with a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, quite smooth and pretty bland.

O: Reminds me of a typical non-offensive Euro Lager.

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Photo of Scamboogery
2/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of adityashekhar
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of PolarBear3
2.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a pale yellow colour with white frothy head that dissipates quickly

S - Slight floral aromas but a little metallic and grainy. Pretty ordinary.

T - Grainy, slightly sweet malt with citrus lemonade like finish , more like a shandy

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation

O - Pretty bland non interesting beer. Would be ok for the ladies on a hot summers day but thats about it.

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Photo of vancurly
3.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drunk at Transport in Melbourne.
I summary, seemed to carry Euro lager traits.
The green bottle is a bit trendy. You could be forgiven for thinking this was a Stone's ginger wine product.
Beer is delicate, subtle, and complex. There are some spicy, zingy notes to it, but a good balance.
Bit light in body.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold colour, nice white head, quite dense. Sinks quickly not helped by a slow bead. Clear body, not a lot of lace. Decent lagery appearance.

Smells lagery with crisp hops and light cereal grain, yeah corn and rice on there. Nice citric twang from the hops; nothing special at all, but certainly not too bad.

Taste is reasonably flavoursome. Light grain on the front with pearl barley and rice notes. Gets hoppy on early mid, grassy and herbal with a hint of fresh sage and wheatgrass as well. Bit of grain on the back had an unfortunate residual effect, slight cereal twang mars an otherwise crisp finish. Nice and bitter but lacking on the front and that slight sweet taste hanging around the back is unwelcome.

Quite a brash and effervescent mouthfeel. A bit much.

I wouldn't want another of these beers, but I can see it suiting the purpose after a long session in the surf at Byron.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fizzes when I open it, almost frothing and gushing, but it just forms some premature head in the bottle. Pours a very pale golden colour, with a slight haze from sediment. I must say, it's very nice to see a bottle-conditioned lager. Head is minimal, despite the fizzing entry, and carbonation is rampant. Not bad.

Nose is dry and crisp, with some Euro lager grassiness, and a lilt of faint citrus. Very clean and quite fresh. It's very suitable for the style at least, even if it's not particularly forthright.

Palate is a little more disappointing, however, leaving a void, if crisp entry, followed by a welling sweetness of grassiness on the back, like wet lucerne. Finish is flat. Feel in general is a bit jarring, with crisp carbonation on the fore, which dances right away to the back, leaving nothing on the finish.

It's pleasant enough, but not particularly interesting. Given their Draught Ale is such a pleasantly light but quaffable beer, I feel like they don't need this one in their range at all. Only mediocre.

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Photo of hopnerd
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ADZA
2.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looking at this beer it doenst look appealing at all it comes in a green bottle with a lifeless looking sticky label on the front and side which tells you nothing about the beer just only its ABV,anyways this beer pours a crisp yellow colour with average carbonation which leaves a half finger head which quickly dissapates to nothing within seconds,it smells really grainy with some weak hop notes but very grainy the mouthfeel is thin and unrewarding it really does taste like someones homebrew,there is still some little carbonation going in the glass but the beer does need more as it tastes a little flatish for my liking of the style i mean it is easy drinking if your not really into beer and i definately wont be buying it again thats for sure.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a 100% clear straw colour. Dense white head looks good but doess not stay.

Aromas of doughy bready malts. Not much going on.

Taste in to straight into Helles territory - bread, sweet malts. Little hops. Difficult for me to be objective as I thought Euro/Aussie lager when purchased - not keen on Helles. Dough flavours dominate after short while.

Mouthfeel crisp but medium bodied.

Do I review to style? Endless question ... it's just dull. On palate and in profile.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Format: perfectly fine for a boutique beer, green bottle is nice.

Appearance: pours a light yellow in colour with limited visible carbonation. A filuffy head jumps to two fingers before quickly fizzing away to virtually nothing. Looks okay.

Aroma: there is definite citrus with some sweet malts. Not much more to say.

Taste: the citrus is still there, with a touch of grass hops bitterness and those malts. Not bad.

Aftertaste: there is an aftertaste of cheap-ish grain, which is not what was expected.

Mouth feel: quite light in feel, with moderate carbonation. Perhaps more carbonation would help? It feels a bit weak in body.

Overall: an alright beer from Stone & Wood, but I would have expected better from them. It is far too expensive at AU$70 a case of 24 x 330mL - there are better beers for less.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unobtrusive is the word that came to mind on sampling this.
Overall I thought it dull.The malts have a sweet cloying quality that takes any bite out of the palate.So this means it is not particularly sharp and refreshing.
It looks ok , albeit quite pale, and doesnt offend at all , but for me a lager needs to have an edge that can tolerate some chill , so that the mouth and mind are revitalised .
This just doesn't do it

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Photo of Jamestregenza
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrNo
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of TheCrowsEye
2.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brendan13
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear mid-golden colour with a 2cm white head that falls fairly quickly leaving a touch of lace.
S - Some grainy sweetness and light herbal/grassy notes.
T - Grainy sweetness also in the taste along with the herbal/grassy touch.
M - Light bodied, medium to high carbonation, hint of bitterness.
D - I wouldnt bother again but I suppose its OK for what its supposed to be.

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Photo of Mosant
2.63/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very light style beer. Easy drinking and would be refreshing on a hot day and easy to knock back a few however the flavour leaves me wanting more. Not much hop aroma and flavour a little indiscreet. Compared to their other popular beer which I enjoy this was a somewhat disappointing purchase for a craft beer...

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev +2.4%

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