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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 1960 Morton Coutts discovered the Holy Grail of beer, continuous fermentation. A process that unlike batch brewing, meant once the brewing started the beer literally never stopped flowing. The process was adopted by the rest of the World and the beer that flowed was Export Gold.

Made using only the finest New Zealand hops, barley and pure spring water, it is perhaps New Zealand’s freshest and most refreshing beer. It has an ABV of 4%, and won a Gold medal at the 2011 Monde Selection awards and continues to win awards around the globe.

Added by Jason on 01-27-2003

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Kulrak:
Photo of Kulrak
2.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow with a small amount of bubbly head that fades away rather quickly. Smells yeasty and a little coppery, not a good beginning. Tastes pretty much the same as it smells, yeasty and a little coppery, and that's about it. There's a slight aftertaste of hops, but you don't really get any of the real hop or malt flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty watery and a little fizzy. It's pretty much a standard macro beer, so it's drinkable, in the same way water is. I prefer my beer to taste like beer though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
2.72/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another cheapy six-pack that I found @ Trader Joe’s, not much of a deal … $4.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle of 4.0% abv beer. I feel shorted on getting more bang for the buck.

Appearance: The clarity is fine with a bright pale straw golden hue, the lace lacks retention is reduces to a spotty lace.

Smell: Very faint malt and hops … almost smells like Canadian Macro Lager.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Fluffy crispness makes for a refreshing brew, not much in the malt department … grainy sweet. A pinch of spicy bitterness tries to tame the malt. Very clean and a bit dry in the finish.

Notes: Refreshing … one will do the job as the blandness puts me off a little. Is it a worthy pale lager for $4.99 a six-pack? No, we have enough in the US … thanks any way.

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Photo of shjdy
1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow in colour, short lasting head. Slightly malty flavour, quite thin, some slight maltyness and a touch of hops, some chemically, adjuncty flavours at the end, but not a total loss, quite drinkable. A touch on the fizzy side aswell, its OK i suppose.

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Photo of jahsausage
1.89/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Export Gold alleges that it is a "full flavoured lager" which is an exceedingly long way from the truth. It is a pale yellow colour with a pitiful attempt at a head quite unappetising really. The taste was neither here nor there, it didn't really taste bad but nothing whatsoever stood out and there was little to no hops prescence of noble types or otherwise. This meant that its "taste per style" score was positiviely pathetic. In a rather silly move I decided to time myself drinking it, without any undue effort it took me 3 minutes 48 secs and while I felt a bit bloated afterwards I think that this is indicative of the inoffensiveness of this brew.

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

Pours gold with a small, lasting head.
Nose shows hay, vegetal notes, sweet malt and cereal grains. Also some faint floral notes.
Similar flavours, more hay and vegetal characters. Again, there's a faint floral note.
Body is a bit watery.
Seemed promising at first but then quickly went downhill.

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.87/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw color, with little to no head. No lace on the glass either. Not much in the way of smell, slight pale malty smell with maybe a touch of earthy hops. Again, the taste has a fair amount of pale malt sweetness with a slight amount of hops. Not much to write home about. Seemed to be closer to medium body that light. Not overwhelming with carbonation. Overall, not bad for a euro lager, but certainly nothing to search out IMO.

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Photo of joecast
1.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

the gold can makes it look like some sports drink and the "best before" date is on the bottom of the can, so check before you open.
pours with as much fizz as your favorite soft drink, only more of a head and lighter color.
standard pale lager aroma...not much.
taste has just enough bitterness to keep it being too sweet, but the two dont really work well together.
well, if im ever stuck on a plane over the pacific again, id still go for something else.

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Photo of Zorro
2.85/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold brew.

Smell is banana and grains with a floral quality to it.

Taste is grain and biscuits, with a bit of honey or honeysuckle. A tasty, but not complex brew.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Fairly drinkable, beats Bud or Coors, Steinlager is better.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
2.5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of RBorsato
3.03/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold with tiny floaters, a low white ring head, and good active carbonation. Standard cooked corn malt aroma and flavor. LIght bodied and very standard macro-type brew. Very average a la premium American macros.

Glad it was only a cheap single from Trader Joe's.

Best Before: 02/04
Tasted: 12/20/03

(.89 or $1.00 / 11.2 oz. / 330 ml)

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Photo of probert
2.75/5  rDev +18%

Photo of endless1408
3/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.89/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Stubby 330ml (11.2 fl.oz) serving. The dark brown glass with the brilliant gold and black label gives it quite a low-end market look, maybe it appeals to Magpies. A sort of Gold Infinity symbol site in a black oval shape, the words ‘Export Gold’ are written vertically. Stated as 4.0% ABV. Best Before 6-04, just kidding, it actually says Best Before “You Open It”. Twist Off Cap for New Zealand Sheep Farmers that like to put the bottle cap in the mouth and twist the bottle with one hand, whilst keeping the other free to hold onto the startled Sheep.

Appearance: Well, guess what, it’s more of a pale straw color than golden color. Ha-ha, screw you marketing whiz-kids, you messed up. Next time I go to Trader-Joes and peruse the “Hey look tight-fisted beer geek, this is very cheap, because we know you don’t want to pay for a whole 6-pack in case it is crap beer single bottle section”, I expect to see numerous quantities of ‘Export Pale Straw’ on sale. The frothy white head and solid lacing gives the beer a redeeming feature. Maybe the Beer Buyer at Trader Joes is on Crack Cocaine, Lord knows that’s the only viable excuse for stocking this alongside 6-packs of DFH 60-min IPA.

Nose: Awful – sickly, sweet malts that hint at a sticky, unclean Lager Beer.

Taste: The nose is a very good indicator of the taste, sadly. Dirty lines, sticky character, sweet malts, and an aged musty “hoppiness” in the end. Probably best imbibed by sucking this as a frozen lump of Ice-Beer. When they start doing Home-Brewing in Infant Schools (or whatever you call them in the US), as they indeed should, hopefully it will replace RE, I imagine this is the sort of offering that your 6-year old will bring home as their first attempt at a Lager Beer.

Mouthfeel: Maybe there is something else that reminds me that this isn’t just a cold fluid, but a Lager Beer. Oh Yeah, the words on the label.

Drinkability: Not bad for a Diuretic. As for a Lager Beer – well its absolute fuc……., no, no, no, that’s far too negative and impolite. Suffice to say, it’s not very good at all.

Overall: Leave this one for the New Zealand Red Necks, resident Mauri’s and 'All Blacks' (the official name of NZ's National Rugby Team and who allegedly drink the stuff - before anyone needlessly complains). Regardless, just leave it well alone.

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Photo of lisagirl
1.25/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of JakeBarnett
2.75/5  rDev +18%

Photo of wordemupg
1.95/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 11/3/14 from notes

A clear golden yellow with a large loose soapy head leaves a couple partial rings followed by random patches

S sweet corn malt, cardboard, rather skunky, soggy bread, leaves something to be desired no doubt

T more skunk, a little sour, almost undrinkable, even worse then the nose

M watery, foamy, foul aftertaste, no real improvement in this department

O pretty gross really, nothing worth drinking

this was a free beer at a hostel and I think I overpaid, avoid

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Photo of biegaman
3/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

DB Export Gold is sold in bright school-bus yellow packaging that, frankly, suits this style of ubiquitous, lower alcohol lager; the liquid itself has a correspondingly golden sheen and looks every bit as 'sunny weather suited' as that crayon-toned can. I'd probably be less inclined to buy an imperial stout with this colour packaging but for swill it works!

But macro lagers are notorious for looking good but tasting bad. The nose test is always the first true, accurate evaluation - does it smell like golden syrup, stale rice, or pure malted barely? In this case adjuncts aren't blatantly noticeable, though a lack of hearty, proper graininess does arise suspicions. Either way, there's neither the sense it'll be truly awful nor anything great.

I don't understand all the ins and outs of "continuous fermentation" but this method not only originated with what is now DB Export Gold but also - some would say - revolutionized beer production the world over. It did so, however, because of its economic advantages - it shortens the brewing cycle by weeks - and doesn't really have anything to do with quality, freshness, flavour or any of the things that are ultimately relevant to us consumers.

If anything, all it means is that this is more industrially brewed than most other industrial beers. Indeed, it's virtually indistinguishable from the average national brand lager, though it mostly avoids the cloying sweetness and obvious adjunct off-notes that many of those possess. This is - relatively speaking - "medium clean" drinking, its ultra-light body and high carbonation making for a reasonably pain-free and inoffensive after-work quencher (but nothing more).

It's not a uniquely Kiwi thing, but I have noticed that New Zealanders politely try to downplay things by speaking in reverse terms. Examples might be: "is it expensive? It's not really cheap" or "Is it far? It's not exactly close". To put it in that kind of context: this beer won't suffer from being left in the coldest part of the fridge and served with a lime wedge.

New Zealand is an island(s) in the South Pacific that possesses the beautiful white (and black) sand beaches you'd imagine - and has no shortage of the watery, light lagers that typically accompany those sorts of places. But of the variety I've tried from the likes of Tui, Speights, Steinlager, Lion and DB, Export Gold would be my 'lesser of all evils' among that list.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.61/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at one of many hostels I stayed at in New Zealand. From notes.

A - Poured golden and bright. Decent carbonation, one finger of white head left good lace and a film of retention.

S - Sweet, corn, honey, sweet grain.

T - Sweet grain, honey, fairly sweet, just mostly grainy.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, a bit light in the body but expected for the style/ABV, sweet finish.

O/D - Run of the mill and nondescript. Simply doing what too many do. Doesn't offend but has more of a 'yawn' effect than 'wow'.

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Photo of FLima
2.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden color as the name says. Head quickly vanished to form a thin ring.
It has a faint aroma of cereals and sugar cane. Good carbonation and light body.
Sweet taste of cereals (not sure if they add only barley malt) and sugar addition. For me it is just a regular adjunct lager.

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Photo of drpimento
1.39/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow, rough trade. I let the bottle warm a bit out of the fridge first. Poured with a small, slightly durable white head and no lace. Color is a clear yellow with some bubble trails. Aroma is adjunct sweet, grain. Flavor is like nose with strong carbonic tang, no hop, little malt. Body is dominated by carbonic tang. Finish is like flavor, tang lasting longest - too long. Should be better forgotten. Drain time.

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Photo of jarmby1711
2.5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Never seen this on the shelf before so thought it worth a try.
It was cheap so I had no great expectations,
It is a bland lager at best. Quaffable , harmless but offers nothing that many others also offer.
It is all biscuity malts without any sharp edges at all
Soft round dull all come to mind.
it is drinkable but why bother ?

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Photo of VitBAficionado
2.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle

A: : “Fizzy-yellow” beer appearance, though slightly darker than American counterparts. Some lace forms but is spotty at best.
S:Smell: Sweet malts and that’s about it.
T: As one would guess from the smell – sweet malty taste. Not much else going on.
M: Highly carbonated but surprisingly smooth. Kind of like a grade C maple syrup if that makes any sense to anyone.
D: Bland but inoffensive. Could drink a bunch of it but no incentive to do so… unless its free. Beirut anyone?

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DB Export Gold from DB Breweries
Beer rating: 2.33 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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