Mac Queen's Nessie | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Mac Queen's NessieMac Queen's Nessie

Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Note: New recipe from 2008, gravity went down from 16° to 12°, alcohol from 7.3% to 5%

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2002

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.36/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and golden in color with a bronze accent; topped by a lightly foamy white head that leaves some decent lace. The aroma is distinctly malty with soft caramel & toffee notes alongside a light nuttiness with some distinct Munich malt, backed by a very slight floral & perfumy hoppiness. Quite seductive! The body is medium-light and it has a moderate carbonation level. The flavor follows the aroma with a rich, floral, sweet, caramel, and toasted malt backed by a minimal hop bitterness. The balance teeters on the edge of falling towards sweetness... but it never really falls. It's never cloying and it finishes moderately quickly with a semi-dry character, leaving some toasty sweetness. An exceptionally enjoyable and unique beer. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of shippos
4.33/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first off this is not a red and doesn't even seem like a scotch/wee heavy to me, this is just based on what came out of the bottle regardless of style.

poured with a tightly packed white head on top a clear golden color. soft sugary malt aroma wth some hints of a peated smokey character and a little bit of alcohol in there as well. heafty mouthfeel with a thick chewy consistency , rich but not over poweringly caramel rich or cloying/sweet. very creamy and sugary and very easy to drink. nicely balanced flavors for whatever style it is.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.32/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper body with nearly no carbonation rising. The head is just less than an inch tall and pure white. Good looker.

S - Sweet malty with toffee accents and a mild presence of alcohol.

T - Bready, nutty and sweet with an interesting roasted toffee ending and a slightly burnt finished.

M - The feel is a bit coarse in the middle but I believe that assists a bit in bringing out some of the unique flavors.

~ This is certainly something I'd have again. I wish I had a full 4 or six pack rather than just the one bottle I picked up at Dan's Liquor in Plover. This is a beer you want to get your lips on but It may be difficult as they are hard to spot.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.23/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single Nessie purchased around $4. I was excited to see this as Samichlaus is one of my favorite beers. Nessie did not dissappoint me.

Pours a very thin white head with a smell of scotch ale, malts and some residual malt sugars. Taste of scotch ale, remarkably well done and smooth. There is a taint of light cherry in the distance with oak. Consistency also very similar to Samichlaus without the 14% alc. Just enough scotch flavor to call it a scotch ale, remarkably smooth and enjoyable. I would love to be able to get these in 4 packs however I never see them.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.17/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a somewhat dull golden amber with a fizzy white head that quickly leaves behind a thin lace. Very mellow malt in the aroma. The smooth, drinkable palate features subdued notes of honey, bright but mild maltiness, a touch of leafy hops and a tiny hint of smoke. Also, this beer masks a relatively high 7.3% ABV better than just about any beer out there.

Every time I drink this beer the same thing happens: with the first sip, I’m not impressed. But, I slowly grow to like the beer more and more as I continue to drink it. After a while, I realize it’s one of my favorites. The subdued yet somewhat unorthodox mixture of flavors is really a treat. I’d imagine that if you crossed a smooth, malty Vienna-style lager with a rich and mildly smokey Scottish ale, this is what you get. Word of warning though: Tasty, yet restrained flavors and an incredibly drinkable smoothness + an extremely well hidden alcohol content = me quickly putting away two bottles of this brew and writing this review with a firm buzz. Highly recommended (the beer, not the buzz).

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Photo of tavernjef
4.04/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light honey gold color. No capping of any kind really, just a thin collar around the edge. Hmmm...I sense malts as suspect to the inadequate foam, actually I can smell em. Label states this as a "Red Ale", and is suppose to be a wee heavy styled brew, so the color appearance is a bit of a mystery as to why its not reminiscent of what either of those would be.

Aroma is quite big at first, sweet and uninhibited with a watermelon jolly rancher-like waft with hints to cherry pie filling, pear, and bread dough. It does however fade to a lighter aroma as it sits to just some bread dough with light hints to some fruity alcoholic esters.

Taste is malty and smooth with very well adjusted character. Nothing quite stands out on its own here. Subtlity is the name of the game here. Doughy sweetness to start, toffee/caramel dry out into some rough tinges thereafter and into the finish. Tiny bits of cherry and pear hover along the back sides. Finishes slow and a bit empty as some doughyness returns as it gains a bold chewyness with fruity hints on a late trail of soothing warming traits.

Feel is smooth and silky with malts. Favors a medium body and low carbonation, making for a soothing ride of subtle malt chewyness thats rounded just enough to give it enough gumption in girth the entire time.

Damn drinkable too. A very easy going Red/ Scotch/Wee Heavy/ Bock beer/Ale? Whatever it is or isn't style wise, I liked it and that's all that matters when it comes down it. If I could find it cheaper it may find a regular rotating spot within my fridge.

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Photo of granger10
3.98/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It says red ale on the bottle, but this isn't red! It's orange . . . and it has no head to speak of! What have I gotten myself into here. Is this a bad bottle? The sniff tells me it's not skunky and in fact pretty sweet. The taste backs that up. Very nice. A sweet alcohol taste controls the flavors that follow which include caramel and vanilla. It also has a slight earthy tone to it towards the end. Hops hold the sweet alcohol together. Finishes with an apple sweetness. The only problem was that it was a little too thin, other that that I liked this beer a lot.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear filtered, medium low carbonation, copper body, a little head fades fast and has a slight bronze tinge.

S: Very amber lager like- medium toasted malts, very light, no whiskey or the likes, just a light slight skunk, cedar scent, slight smoke. Malty, not so much hops. At first reminded me of New Albion, by Sam Adams.

T: Smooth, good body, definitely get the whiskey malt (not to be taken for barrel aged which this isn’t). A toned down version of a whiskey flavour without the wood aspect. It’s a very mild beer and I’m only getting alcohol lower down at the back of the tongue and below, though its only 5%. A bit of lemon and sheltzer water.

M: Medium bready body, medium low carbonation.

O: Saw this in Michael Jackson’s top 500 beers of the world, and, having the opportunity to buy this around my 40th birthday I decided to do so. At first glance, and based on the reading on the bottle “whiskey malt red beer” it makes me think of some American ambers, but this one is way more complex with the whiskey character. I understand the classification “Vienna Lager” but personally would not like it to be placed in that category. A malt whiskey beer, with a Scottish name Nessie, brewed in Austria, makes me think this one is a style in its own right. Reminds me of buying Nacho chips that are a European brand on the train in Sweden, or a Chinese version of western food at a high end restaurant in Toronto. Cool bottle, great concept.

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Photo of marc77
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden use topped by a moderately thick, but persistent white head that leaves intricate lace. The aroma is comprised of buttery toffee, caramelized fruit melanoidins, vanilla and rich sugar, along w/ a healthy dose of toasty Munich malt. Smells and looks much more like a helles / Maibock! Trace floral perfumy Hallertauer Mittelfruh hop nose is perceptible. Very enticing aromawise. Although not as deeply flavored as the aroma would suggest, the flavor profile consists of a round caramel sweetness, buttery malt & an expected toasty Munich malt foundation. Hop bitterness partially offsets malt sweetness, but the overall sweetness is skewed towards sweetness. The apparent low attenuation leaves plenty of residual dextrins allowing for a full body & mouthfeel. Finishes w/ brown sugar - like sweetness on the tip of the tongue and quickly fading toastiness. Seems to be more of a helles bock than a Scottish export... There's a lot of Munich malt character here... Anyway, Nessie is a tasty brew.

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Photo of Derek
3.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Craft beer advent...

A: Coppery bronze with an off-white head, good retention, leaves some nice lace.

S: Sweet toffee, pear, hints of peat.

T: Light toffee & caramel, not really smoky but there's some raspy earth/peat character, light floral hopping, modest bitterness.

M: Smooth, moderate body as a very light residual sweetness.

O: A well-crafted, easy drinker. A bit of an eclectic mix (Scottish ale and Vienna Lager), but I think it really works. Now I want to try the previous (stronger) version.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden color, not the red as advertised, with a full, fresh, white head.
Aroma, clean, malty, rich, sweet, caramel-y...very interesting that an Austrian brewery tries for an Irish style, yet names it after Scotland and it's legends...
Taste: crisp and clean, malty, sweet, and rather one-dimensional, lacking in complexity, though high alcohol gives it an exra benefit, the appearance of an extra-character, but the liquor that accompanies this flavor is a shallow friend.
Rich and malty...a very nice little beer, but nothing too special...that is , until I take the remainder of this bottle of Nessie and add it to a 2003 SN Bigfoot barleywine, for a combo I call "the Monster Mash", and you know what? It's..the..BEST...BEER..EVER!
Try one for yourself, seriously!

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Photo of karst
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a white "soapy" head little lace on the side of the 0.4 L rastal sniffer. Aroma of caramel and Munich malts with Hallertauer hops. Although I could be wrong I could pass this off as a helles

Flavors of caramel and toasty Munich malts. Mildly hopped with sweetness overcomming the IBUs. Medium body and slick dextrinous mouthfeel. If you like Munich malt favors and sweeter finish this is your beer.

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Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Austrian, Nessie pours a clear, light gold, with a smallish, offwhite head that leaves no lace. Aroma is on the sweet malty side, with lots of caramel and a hint of noble, floral hops. Mouthfeel is average, with a light body and medium carbonation. The taste is very nice, though a bit on the sweet malty side of the scale. Munich malt seems to be present, and there is a definite breadiness. Floral hops add a bitterness that compliments the malts quite well. Castle Eggenberg is an excellent brewery, but this effort, though acceptable and tasty, seems out of place. This is not a Red Ale, in any sense of the word, or style. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this and can't wait to find another. The alcohol is well concealed, but has a pleasant, warming sensation after the finish. Perhaps, they should rename this one.

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Photo of debaniel
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a sampling glass (straight with no taper)

APPEARANCE: Clear light honey color, minimal head

NOSE: Caramel, honey, sweet malts

TASTE: A great balance of bitterness and sweet maltiness with a very floral finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium mouthfeel with appropriate amount of carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: I enjoyed this one quite a bit - balanced enough to warrant having a couple of 'em.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.79/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Described as a whisky malt red beer from Austria, I am expecting this beer to be very strange, but hopefully it is very good also. I have had many fairly bad beers and not so many good ones from Austria though, so hopefully this doesn’t follow that trend. This red ale pours a reddish orange color with a medium foamy white head. The smell is certainly malty with typical red beer, bready scents with a faint hint of whisky on the nose also. It is certainly quite malty with a flavor that is mostly on par with a fairly robust red ale. It is not as sweet with less caramel character than many red ales I’ve had. There is maybe a faint hint of whisky, but it is really quite understated. The finish is crisp, somewhat creamy, and imparts a faint citrus character. The body is medium, but maybe slightly heavier than the average red ale. This is certainly a very good red ale and probably one of, if not the best, beer I have had from Austria. It is not nearly as strange or as interesting as I thought it would be though. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised though because red ales very rarely are. Still a very solid beer though and I think it is quite underrated.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 330mL bottle in a dusty box at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY. The sticker said $3.49 but it rang up as $2.99. No date but it looks damn old, so I guess we'll see how it goes. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A hard pour into the center of the glass gives 1/2" of eggshell foam from this fairly flat brew. The brew itself is clear and copper colored. Nose is a fairly sweet smell of cherry cough syrup, earthy, and a little alcohol zing. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, not with malt but with sweetness. The rest of the smell is spot on too... some dark cherry, earthiness (wood?), and a little spicy alcohol.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear amber with white head that doesnt fizz away.

Smells of whiskey (for real), some bitter hops, grassy and caramel sweet

Taste is of the above but a bit thin and I dont know how to describe it maybe it s more the mouthfeel

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, some smoothness but thin (but not crisp type thin)

Drinkability is OK but not great (try Urbock 23 or Samichlaus instead)

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Photo of paulozanello
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with some reddish tones. Very clear. Lots of fine carbonation with tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Head is light tan and shows good retention and lacing.

Aroma is dominated by malt with bread, cereal grain, caramel, and nuts. Also some honey and slight touch of citric and floral hops is perceptible towards the end.

Taste is again malty with bread, cereal grain, caramel and nutty notes. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma previously suggested. The balance is nicely done by mild hop bitterness along with a very subtle floral note from european varieties. Some smoky notes are also present. Long finish with malts dominating hops, as it should be.

Body is medium to low with high carbonation. High drinkability.

Overall a very well made scottish ale where the malts really shine through, but not to the point of being too sweet - Hops do a good job of keeping the balance. I'd love to session this one.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This "red ale" pours out a light gold color with a medium sized, big bubbled head.
Aromas of malt, light caramel and fruit.
Flavor is much better trhan the smell, although quite cloying. Big sweet grainy malt taste. Some rich caramel, fruit and a bare hint of hop bitterness.
Light to medium bodied with a rich full mouthfeel and tingly carbonation.
The sweetness hurt the drinkability.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label calls this beer an "Original Red Ale." So you'll understand my surprise when I poured out a perfectly clear golden pilsner. I mean red. I mean Scotch. What the hell is it?? Doesn't matter I guess, cuz it tastes pretty good. The aroma was big on dough and also had some nice cinnamon bread tones. A little earthy as well. The flavor is smooth and clean. Doughy flavors rise to the top. Nice little earthy hop tones. Dry finish leaves me longing for more. Yeasty properties are minimal, but distinguishable. This doens't taste or look like a Scotch ale, but the beer tastes pretty good and goes down the chute with no problem.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a nice pale red color, with some carbonation evident, and an off-white head that lingers through most of the glass, and then reduces to good lacing up and down the glass. Mild aroma of sour fruit with a touch of smokey malt. Taste of more of the dour dark fruit, with alcohol creeping in, but not too strongly, about mid-glass. Finish was dry, but good and long. I liked this much better than other smoked beer I’ve had, probably because I hardly noticed the smoke.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The thin wispy swirl of head sits on top of a crystal clear apricot body and a gentle carbonation.
S- The soft caramel hint is pretty clean with a popcorn note that grows as the beer warms.
T- The rich sweet caramel flavor has a dry toasted malt note to and a soft plastic and spice hint in the finish.
M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and is a bit flat in the finish.
D- This beer is smooth and sweet with a nice caramel note and a hint of plastic is a bit off. The caramel notes taste of a long wort boil which has some nice qualiteis but not much depth.

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Photo of Beejay
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks DmanGTR!

A: Light to medium brown, off white head, that dissipates quickly. Got some floaties in the bottom

S: Sweet, with malt and caramel. Burnt sugar scents, as well as a very sharp sweetness I can't put my finger on. Possibly a little bit of oak in there.

T: Big Caramel flavor, though smooth and not over powering.. Progresses into a residual sweetness... Nice, but not very complex.. Slight whiskey flavor.

M: Medium body, good carbonation. And CREAMY smooth.

D: I'd do it again. A very good beer overall. The taste is a good change, and the mouthfeel is great!

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Photo of tkach
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a average amber color, not so much red, it was clear with a tad of sediment floating about within. Head was white and not so big.

Smell was clean and somewhat malty, kind of bland and I didn't find much here.

I really liked the taste it was thick and malty with a nice rich flavor which I didn't expect due to the bland smell.

Mouthfeel was alright and the carbonation was a very good level. Nothing too special.

Drinkability was good because it had a good taste, went down smooth and afterwards was easy going.

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Photo of clvand0
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of fruity character and some alcohol along with a light maltiness. Interesting. The flavor is pretty sweet with lots of caramel. There is also a fruitiness and a slight bite from the alcohol, just to let you know that it's there. Fairly malty, but it needs something more to be a Scotch Ale. It could use a lot more body and a little more complexity.

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