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Mac's GoldMac's Gold

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Mac's Brewery
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 33
Photo of shiu-chan
2.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pour from 330ml bottle to pint glass.
Clear golden pour with medium head.
Mild grainy malty nose.
Clean and crisp on the palate, light on finishing.
Overall, nothing too complicated. Boring.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. An all-malt lager, according to the trendy blurb on the label.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale-gold colour with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a thin surface layer. Aroma of light malt with hints of overcooked veg, DMS, cardboard and stewed leaves. Slightly harsh and generally unpleasant.

Tastes of weak malt with a mild finish. Notes of ultra-faint malt, overdone veggies, cabbage water, DMS, stewed leaves and cardboard. A subtle, acrid bitterness upon swallowing. Utterly vile. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and very dry, with decent carbonation but a thin, watery body. Highly astrigent, with an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves, cabbage and cardboard.

Ughhh - this is truly awful. I was expecting just another subpar lager, but this is replete with horrid off-flavours. It looks OK, which is all it's got going for it. The aroma and flavour are nasty, with plenty of stewed veg/leaf notes to torture your tastebuds. Body is pretty weak as well. Not a nice experience. The guff on the rear label suggests that connoisseurs will note the untainted flavour. My advice: connoisseurs should steer well clear of this brew.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in Rotorua. From notes.

A - Poured with a one finger white head. Bright. Strong carbonation and a light gold colour. Sticky film of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Very mild. Some grain.

T - Grainy, honey, not particularly interesting.

M - Strong carbonation, light body, sweetness in the finish.

O/D - A fairly uninteresting lager. Drinkable but doesn't hold attention. More just something to have in your hand at the pub.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Last of the Mac's I'm likely to review (there is Springtide but that doesn't appeal to me at all). Mac's Gold sports that dreaded word on its label; Lager. Yep, whenever I see "Lager" on the label of any beer from Australia or NZ it conjures up the fear of a brew that is lacking in redeemable qualities, but who knows what kind of curve-ball Mac's will throw.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Pokal.

A: Clear golden body (ironically) presents with a 1cm white foamy head. Looks like a billion other Lagers out there.

S: Large malt grain base on the nose, followed by some light and fresh cut grass hops, with a bit of vegetal matter thrown in for (bad) measure. Suitably unimpressed with the aroma - put it in a glass and I would be hard-pressed to distinguish it from the crowd.

T: Bland, boring, uneventful, all apt words to describe the flavour. Upfront crisp malt is followed by a slight acidic middle and a light dry finish, however lemon flavoured soda water has a similar taste and the only thing that sets Mac's Gold apart from the aforementioned glass of lemon soda is malt grains... wow, exciting brew here Mac's.

M: Typical Lager body - watery with a mid to high carbonation.

D: At least it isn't an Australian macro Lager like VB, Toohey's New, et al... instead we have an average at best effort at a Lager. Why can't more Lagers be like Schiehallion? There we have an interesting take on a done-a-million-times style, whereas with Mac's we simply have one-of-the-masses.

Food match: Rice cakes with cottage cheese and cucumber - don't want to overpower the flavour of this brew.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: okay 330mL brown bottle, pretty boring label, to be honest.

Appearance: clear gold colour with a 1.5 finger white head that leaves good lacing. Good for a light.

Aroma: pleasant grains and grassy hop aromas, fairly understated since it is 3.8%

Taste: a simple but balanced combination of bread malts and grass hops. Reasonably understated, but great for a light.

Aftertaste: dissipates quite quickly, leaving a touch of bitterness.

Mouth feel: smooth mouth feel with low carbonation and body.

Overall: classic and simple combination of bready malts and grassy hops. A tiny bit reserved, as it is only 3.8%. This would be one of the top on my list of low ABV beers (along with Rogers Beer). Price takes it down (AU$55 a case in 2012).

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Photo of rarbring
3.38/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold colored with a white high head that leaves good lacing makes a good impression.

The smell is faintly hay with apples.

Starting with sweet white bread and corn flakes, then red apples, lemon juice and some grape-fruit zest.

Medium carbonation, refreshing with a medium small body, a slightly coarse dry finish.

A nice clean well balanced lager.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold with a small, quickly fading head.
Nose shows some bready malt and faint noble hops. Little else, pretty boring.
Very similar flavours but a faint cardboard note also shows. Finishes with a mild bitterness.
Carbonation is too high.
Not very interesting stuff...

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Photo of kojevergas
2.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Gouden Garolus in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a clear hold with a one finger head of very poor retention and little cream/thickness.

Sm: Malt and hops - thats it.

T: Just poorly balanced malt and hops. Unflattering. Shite build for the style.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet - a classic failure.

Dr: Low ABV, shite taste for the price. Pass on this one, lads.

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Photo of ADZA
2.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My mate brought these around and suprisingly ive never tried it and i thought id tried all the Mac's brews anyway it pours a clear golden hue with nice carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing two finger head and no lacing and to be honest it just looks a lil bit better than a macro brew which is dissapointing and the smell is pretty much the same it has alot of golden malts and some weak grassy earthy hops on the nose and to be honest not very impressive,it has a very weak mouthfeel to it which feels rather lifeless and heavily carbonated almost like a mineral water and the taste is clearly not there with a rather bland dull mix of malts and weak grassy hops and to be honest thats the only noticable tastes i get from this brew nothing really stands out and makes you remember this beer and without doubt its the worst brew i have sampled from this brewery so far and please do not make this the first brew you sample from this fine brewery instead go a Hop Rocker or a Sassy Red before this stuff which i will never try again.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.83/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well it is clear and gold in colour , I guess as it should be.There is a moderate heat and lacing with scant carbonation
Pleasant grain aromas that are pretty understated .
Quite smooth in the mouth with a simple but balanced taste of sweet malt.
There is not much bitterness at all.
AS the flavour and mouthfeel is reasonably low profile I see this as a good thirst quencher.Not one for settling in with , but a quick summer lunch accompaniment

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Photo of juju7
3.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleased to find this at a random bottle shop the other day coz I heard it was no longer available in Australia. Hope I can find the other Mac's beers around. Gold is a lager firstly, so no point expecting it to be something it's not. It does have more flavour than just about any other lager on the shelves in most shops and has a good malty , firm body. There's a time and place for these sessionable lagers and this is the kind you want in those situations. Perfect for a BBQ with friends that aren't into beer as much as you are.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.22/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a 330ml bottle of Mac's Gold All Malt Lager in an interesting bottle design with a strange pull-off cap. The label was very "up market" and trying to be trendy and on the back label it said "if Mac's were a band, the drummer would not have headphones on, live wild and free, go natural with Mac's". Tasted on 08.04.09 (best before 03/06/09).
Poured into a Leffe glass a crystal clear pale yellow brew with plenty of bubbles and an okay head that thinned almost immediately to leave very little. There was some maltiness in the smell, but not that much, coupled with a pilsner type grassy hops aroma.
The taste had not that much going on; no particular rush of maltiness and nothing offensive. Pleasent enough taste, improving as it warmed with some sweetness coming through. Mouthfeel was fairly good, slightly syrupy.
Drinkable, but I would not be in a rush out to but this again.

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Photo of brendan13
2.78/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a light gold colour with a small white head that falls away almost instantly.
S - Grainy, some cooked vegie notes, a slight spice hint.
T - Not anywhere near as malty as other reviewers have mentioned. A bit sweeter than a euro pale lager but pretty close.
M - Light bodied, quite low carbonation.
D - A pretty lackluster beer. It's drinkable but so is the green bottle brigade & they are usually cheaper.

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Photo of rec
2.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A yellow crystal body with two-finger fluffy white head, that manages to lace exceptionally well. It's a hot day, and this looks mighty refreshing - I can't wait to dive in!

The aroma reeks of sweet malt which comes across to me like honey - not honey out of a jar, but a genuine beehive farm, as natural as it gets. There is some yeast and floral scents coming through too which make it very outback-like, and reminds me of my grandpa's farm. Last but not least, there's some very mild spice recognised in the distant background to help liven things up.

I shouldn't be suprised as this is intended to be an "all malt lager", but the taste is extremely malt-centric. Also registering is starch vegetable and floral flavours, and some of that country-honey sweetness too. Unfortunately, it's just not my bag at all, and I'm finding every mouthful a chore.

The mouthfeel is smooth, and reminds me lovingly of the fluffy head I witnessed before tasting. I'd appreciate this more, if the aftertaste of the horrid flavour didn't lingre so long.

It's one to try, but isn't one I'd personally purchase again.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with about a cm of creamy white head that is clinging to the glass. Smells very faintly of yeast, and nothing else. The taste is light, slightly hoppy, but no bitterness or sweetness to speak of. It really doesn't have much flavor to it. Mouthfeel is tingly at first, then a little creamy. Surprisingly heavy for a 'gold'. Overall, it's drinkable, because there's no real flavor to object to.

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Photo of willjansen
3.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a pilsner glass - best before date is 27 October 2007.

Appearance: Pale, golden color and clean transparency. Poured 2 fingers head which slowly subsided to a nice foamy layer on top. Streams of fine bubbles. Very appetizing appearance and a particularly shining example for a clean lager.

Smell: Distinct smell of hops, though balanced with light hints of malty sweetness. Smells great for an all-malt lager... as advertised.

Taste: Not bad... Not quite as clean as expected, but quite crisp with a drying finish. More empahsis on the malt side of things than the smell would let on - not a bad thing... quite balanced, but nothing mind-blowingly amazing.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate for the style, though could possibly use slightly more carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly a drinkable session beer for quantity nights, and a no doubt a decent golden lager, but won't blow your socks off. After a string of Aussie Micros (yeah, I know this one is from NZ) that claimed styles that they looked/tasted nothing like, it's refreshing to have this beer. Could drink on this one all night if that's what was in the fridge.

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Photo of wl0307
2.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Found this beer at a Canada/Australia food shop in Covent Garden. Looking really interesting, that the texture of the bottle neck mimicks that of a primitive ceramic container, and the cap is actually a ring-pull like that of an energy drink!! The beer label says: "Mac's Naturally Brewed all malt lager", with no freshness info. given. Served chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a dark yellowish colour, full of medium-sized fizziness, while the white puffy, pillowy beer head lasts pretty well.
S: sweet lager malts, pretty focused, laced with a touch of honey tea and German hops' floral aroma. A very faintly sour edge of lemon in the back. Smooth, simplistic, malt-dominated.
T: the light-bodied maltiness with a faint touch of savoury-sweet starchy grains upfront, quite like boiled root vegetables (yum or sweet potatos), lacking a balance from hops which make only very timid presence... very quickly the foretaste turns neutral and bland, without much to savour until the end...
M&D: feather light-bodied but not super thin, refreshing mouthfeel and the fizziness is not intrusive, just about right for a lager at its strength. But overall the flavour is the weakest link. Be it "all malt" or what, at best it tastes "almost malt", for it really lacks all desirable flavours for a quality lager. A pity.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Quite a dark yellow amber, thick white head. Quite heavily carbonated. Not bad, but pretty standard.


very bland. In essence quite lagery, sweetness balanced with some hops, but quite weak. It's not bad, but damn it's standard and dull.


Wow. It's actually quite good once you get to taste it.Nice strong lager malt flavours, balanced with some spicy hops. Mouthfeel is filling and tingly.

Really not a bad lager; it has all the right characters here. It hides itself though. Yeah, not bad at all...

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Photo of Naerhu
2.1/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Mr. Nagano for bringing this from NZ to Japan for me.

A - Transparent, pale yellow body, with a pure white tiny head.
S - Biscuit maltiness, weeds and hay.
T - No bitternesss, slight caramel, carbo.
M - This is like any cheaply made micro lager in Japan.
D - This is a boring light weight brew to avoid.

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Mac's Gold from Mac's Brewery
2.85 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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