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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 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 TheLongBeachBum
1.77/5  rDev -46%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce, usual Eggenberg bottle with the embossed logo on the shoulder of the bottle. This one has a creamy-pink label. Listed as 7.3% alc/vol. and labeled as ‘Mac Queen’s Nessie Original Red Ale’. States that this is made with whisky malts.

OK, that’s the good bit out of the way.

Appearance: Clear darkish golden body that poured with a very audible fizz as the head immediately formed and appeared, and then subsequently immediately disappeared. Finished with no head at all. It looks awful I have to say, flatter than the Netherlands and about as appetizing as a Big Mac to a Vegetarian.

Nose: Smells sweet with a light sickly feel, reminiscent of a very, very cheap Lager. I didn’t get any of the Whisky Malts at all.

Taste: Sickly and Sweet. Barely drinkable when chilled but almost poured away when it warmed up. A depressing mix of sweet malts and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Can’t seem to get rid of the taste of this one.

Drinkability: Urrgh.

Overall: Not impressed. Looks awful, smells sickly, tastes sweet, feels flat and drinks like a cheap high strength English-brewed chemical laden Germanic sounding 24-pack super economy lager.

#1: So it’s called ‘Mac Queens Original Red Ale’ – and it's bloody golden blonde in color. WTF? Am I missing something here? How can a Red Ale be blonde?

#2: It’s crap - this soooo reminded me of Kestrel Super Strength Lager that I drank back in England down the woods with the rest of my 14 year old friends when I was too young and poor to know better.

#3: Oh I get it - the Brewers Color Blind right !?!?!

Nessie Original Red Ale; My Arse!! More like a Jessie Red Ale!

Do Eggenberg really brew this stuff? Extremely Disappointing.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours crystal clear pale straw colored. The head is ghost white and falls back quickly.

The aroma is fruits, mainly apples. Behind the fruitiness is a very sweet, sugary aroma.

The flavor is malty and sweet with a crispness to the flavor. The beer does have some bitterness behind the sweetness.

The finish is slightly sweet drying out into an apple flavor. There is also a bitterness component in the aftertaste as well as some alcohol. The body is medium.

11.2 ounce bottle. The bottle says Original Red Ale, best I can see there is nothing red at all about this beer.

I have no idea who dubbed this a Wee Heavy, but it is more like a cross between a maibock and an old ale.

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Photo of Suds
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal-clear, golden color with a soda-pop fizz. Almost no head immediately after the pour. The aroma is a mix of candy-sugar sweetness, subtle maltiness, and a hint of whiskey. Foretaste is serious sweetness, in a distractingly sugary manner. Malt flavors and alcohol round out the sweetness by the mid-taste, followed by slight hopiness. It's not exactly what I think of when I imagine Scottish-style ales. The bottom line is that this is moderately enjoyable, somewhat interesting, and otherwise middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.97/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Amazingly clear yellow in the body with an active, white head.

Smell – Light Scottish whisky aroma that is otherwise balanced with subtle hops and a hint of citrus hops. Not like anything I’ve smelled before.

Taste – The sweets pick up the pace big time at the tongue. They are predominantly man-made, like sucrose. Definitely simple carbs here. I should comment on the malt base and short but complimenting hops, but it’s the sugar that commands attention. The cheap carbonation (see below) and sucrose orientation makes this one tastes almost like one of those fizzy candies you hand out at Halloween.

Mouthfeel – The fizzy Neutron Bomb kind of carbonation left me wanting. I don’t even understand why it was there in the first place, but it spoiled the experience IMO.

Drinkability – Overall, this was an interesting ale but with one too many faults for me to give it the thumbs up.

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Photo of nomad
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a yellowish gold, clear and glowing well, strikingly clear in fast. Had lots of big bubbled carbonation and some spots of lace. Smelled of a dry malt scent, softly fruity. Could smell the alcohol a little but its actually kind of nice. Overall, it did have some whiskey characteristics injected into a generally light profile. Taste was malty of a golden sort, but never that syrupy. Had a faint background of fruit though lightly smoky, so slight it almost comes off as a bitterness before the actual, albeit light, bitterness. Dryness is a bit late, with just enough mouth-puckering finish to beg you to wet the mouth again. A dangerous setup with the light whiskey notes in the finish, mainly coming from the nice presence of alcohol.

An austere and subtle beer, used to be billed as a “Whiskey Malt Red Beer”, now billed as “Original Red Ale.” It’s truly a tasty sipping lager-ish ale.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A transpicuous golden yellow on the pour, the head prestigious in size, frothy in texture, bright white in color and the resultant lace a fine sheet to conceal the glass. Nose has hints of smoke, crisp and clean slight fruit tones also noticed, quite pleasant. Start is sweet, and malt laden, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is crisply acidic, the hops perky in their spicy bite, dry lingering aftertaste and a bit of belly warming also noticed. A decent drinking beer, and well worth a sample in my humble opinion.

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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 marburg
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's a mutt! I mean, after all, what kind of Austrian beer looks like some sort of headless maibock, says "red ale" on the bottle, and is named like it's a Scottish child, daughter of a man named MacQueen?

Well, the kind of beer is MacQueen's Nessie Red Ale.

For a "red" ale, it sure looked pale orange to me. There wasn't much head on this beer, and the aroma was mild at best. I detected hints of apple in the nose. After tasting it, there was a very light bitterness that somewhat offset a pretty predominant malty flavor. A sweet beer -- but not sweet in the alcoholic sense one might think from its 7-some-odd percent alcohol. It's just a little too slippery feeling in my mouth for me to be able to have more than one.

If you've ever tasted Red McGregor, I think I liken it to that. It's been a while since I've had that beer, but that's what came to mind when I tasted this. Nessie's a tasty brew, but it wasn't spectacular. I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of oberon
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like others who have reviewed this one I believe it looked more like a German spring bock even though says red on bottle.Had a great aroma to it that of granny smith apples.Had a light to medium body with decent head.Had a faint smokiness to it wich is apparent in some Scottish ales.Pretty good beer,worth the hype?

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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 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 rastaman
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this was OK, but not what i expected, quite a warming slightly bitter acidic flavour, with whiskeyish notes, but i thought it was a bit light on in the flavour department, not the best, but worth ago. Interesting name, considering it is from Austria.

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Mac Queen's Nessie from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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