Monteith's Radler | Monteith's Brewing Co.

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Monteith's RadlerMonteith's Radler

Brewed by:
Monteith's Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jahsausage on 08-14-2004

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 25
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2/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery in Greymouth, NZ in Dec. 2013.

A very citrusy radler with lively carbonation and lime in addtion to the usual lemon. Crisp and refreshing but so much citrus the lager base is masked. More like a "wine cooler" than a beer.

Overall: a refreshing and thirst quenching beverage with little resemblance to a lager beer.

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Photo of BAsbill
3.46/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
1.68/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden pour with a short-lived small pond scum-like head.
Aroma is completely artificial, with lime dish washing liquid, yellow jellybeans and lemon sherbet. Some sickening rancid smell underneath, can't quite pinpoint it though. No malt or hops at all.
Flavours are exactly the same, imagine corona with lemon and lime lollys added. Way to sweet and cloying.
Incredibly watery. Pretty high carbonation.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.23/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden colour, with medium white head that sinks steadily, and quite dense. Bead is strong, moderate speed and kind of cool. Lace is minimal, quite thin but seems sticky. Fairly good for what it be.

Nose is tangy, with an artificial citrus character, fairly lemon-sherbet-esque, with none of the bitter rind kind of aroma you get from citric hops, just very sweet with a slight bit of zest. Delivers what it promises, I guess, but I feel the 'lemon and/or lime' character can be better delivered and smell less like corn syrup.

Taste is quite zesty and sweet again. Flavours of lemon and lime as you imagine them in candy form. Does take a slightly sour turn towards the mid - more like actual citrus flavour, but this is sadly overtaken by a bit of a yeasty character, slightly doughy and a bit stale. Finish is very dry, with a slight vinous character like a rosé or similarly sugar-coated faux-wine travesty.

Feel does have a nice sharp tingle from the bubbles, makes it refreshing but also adds to the soft drink effect of this.

As it goes, it's probably one of the better Radler beers, but that's like saying you're one of the gentler Nazis. Would I be so proud and protective of this brew that I'd try and trademark the word "Radler"? Of course not. I mean, seriously, get over yourselves, DB.

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1.09/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Lemony yellow, clear; bubbly white head. I was afraid of this. The bottle says “Lemon Lime Flavoured” and the nose certainly supports the claim: lemons, limes, Sprite, 7-Up, mineral water, blech. Sprite with a shot of cheap vodka in it. Soda fizz carbonation. Monteith's should ask itself if a gold miner would drink this.

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3/5  rDev +19.5%

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3/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.25/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From Bottle. Pours a golden color with a longlasting white head. Aroma citrus, lemon, lime. Taste is lemon, lime with a little hint of malt. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.48/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a lifeless Golden colour with a hint of Amber. What head there is, dies.

S - Aromas of zesty lemon and lime.

T - Lemon and ginger dominate and a syrupy sweetness.

M - Light body and full carbonation that is refreshing.

D - If you have been doing something in the garden on a hot summers day, this will fit the bill. Otherwise offers little.

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Photo of brendan13
1.59/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Clear golden lager colour with a few centimetres of white head from a fairly hard pour. The head falls away quite quickly leaving a touch of lace.
S - Lemon & lime soft drink. Seriously.
T - Like the smell but with some slight graininess & earthy sort of notes. Very sweet.
M - Sticky, light bodied mouthfeel with pretty high carbonation.
D - I'd rather drink any one of a number of plain old euro lagers than drink this again. They are just as refreshing without the sickly sweetness

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2/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of SmashPants
3.25/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle with a simple but stylish label.

Appearance: a crisp, clean yellow colour with spritzy carbonation. A small frothing head dissipates quickly. Looks like a decent cider.

Aroma: quite a bit of citrus on the nose - lemon and lime predominantly. Not all that much more, but it smells plenty refreshing.

Taste: a very refreshing lemon-and-lime with some very light malts behind. This would only suit a hot day, particularly after some yard work or whatever.

Aftertaste: the taste drops away pretty quickly, a slight astringency lingers.

Mouth feel: lighter in body with aa high carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall: a nice, refreshing beer after a jog or on a very hot day. Not terribly sessional though - one or two in a session max. The price is reasonable though, at AU$55 a case (2014).

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3.08/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I could be reviewing beer, softdrink, or iced earl grey tea... the lines blur with this offering.

Looks good. Pours a honey colour with good bubbles; a white frothy head.

Smells...yikes... firstly like ginger ale, then lemon peel/lemongrass, then something herbal, like bergamot, which I guess must be from the hops.

Tastes as it smells, if not more intense. Very fragrant, perfumy citrus, fruit tingle, soft drink.

Very dry, crisp finish, enhanced by the citrus acids. A very late soft, bitterness akin to a herbal tea. And there is this persistent perfume feeling, which makes me instinctively feel I've ingested something I probably shouldn't if someone has sprayed toilet freshener into my mouth when I wasn't looking...

It would be a good thirst slaker, having no cloying body (except for that lingering, perfume feeling).
It would appeal to the "younger" drinker more inclined towards RTDs (some of which, funnily enough, also taste like toilet freshener).
It would also appeal to those who drink Corona and lime wedges. In fact, Radler is far more interesting than that abomination.

I personally do not like it, but I will judge it on what it's attempting to do.

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Photo of diablo14
1.56/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

i could quite easily sum this all up in one
however,in endevoring to keep with BA standards, i shall pass comment on the beer.

i actually dont know it i should call it beer. it was more like lime cordial with something kinda malty in there. it looked limp, smelled like, you guessed it, lime! and i dont think i need to tell you what it tasted like. it was weak weak weak. cept for the infernal lime. and i dont know what hops they used but when you get the end of the beer, it just tastes sweet and cloying.

i wouldnt even call this a chicks beer. i wouldnt even call this a beer. its a wart on the butt of brewing this one. a major disappointment from a brewer i normally have a lot of respect for.

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Photo of LittleCreature
1.98/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - 2.5
Poured a finger of bubbly white head that quickly reduced to a thin patchy layer. Colour is a clear peachy amber-gold.

Smell - 2.0
Pwoah! The smell is quite overpowering, extremely sweet, slight citrus, more soft drink-like than anything.

Taste - 2.0
Sweet shandy with a squeeze of lemon and an extra teaspoon of sugar. The flavour is not bad, but it is far sweeter than I see as necessary. Tangy and somewhat refreshing.

Mouthfeel - 2.5
The sugary sweetness gives a slightly sticky, syrupy feel that is not suitable for a supposedly refreshing lager. Carbonation is good though, fine and persistent.

Drinkability - 1.5
I would choose this over a soft drink, but it is far too sweet to be sessionable for me.

Obviously I am not a Radler fan, but as a beer to appeal to non-beer drinkers, I think this has a place in the market. I wouldn't buy it again, but apart from the sickly sweetness there isn't a lot wrong here.

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3/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of life_of_agony
2.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of trocketsauced
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jarmby1711
3.56/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer sets out what it states it is going to do.
Give you a beer with a lime /lemon /citrus character.
THe lime predominates smell and flavour , and blends reasonably well with the mildly hopped beer.
Whilst there seems to be little carbonation in the glass the mouthfeel is well carbonated , which combines with the citrus characters to deliver a stimulating mouthfeel.
Nw , would you like to drink a lot of this ?. I wouldn't , however it has appeal as a beer to go with a salad for a summer lunch.

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Photo of TubaManJack
2.57/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A kiwi drink for summer --> Like RTDs, Corona/Lime, a summer shanty. I was offered it as a "reward" for cleaning out the flat's fridge.

Appearance- A light golden "lagerish" color, Limited head with vanished like the moa.

Smell- A very sugarly floral scent arrises from the glass. A lot of citrus - both lemon/lime and lemongrass. Quite Pleasant

Taste and Mouthfeel- Very similar to the smell, however there was some malt flavors after the citrus fads. The drink is flat and a bit like the last bit of Sprite out of a 2L.

Drinkability- If RTD and fruity drinks are you thing then have at it.

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2.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep golden color with about a cm of creamy white head that clings to and laces the glass all the way down. Smells sweet and citrusy and a little floral. Not too bad. The taste is very sweet and citrusy, almost like...sprite? I don't know what to make of it, it's like a not-quite-as-sweet version of sprite. My wife says it smells and tastes like a shandy (beer and sprite). Mouthfeel is watery and very flat. Overall, it's drinkable, in the same way a flat sprite is. I was expecting beer though.

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1.4/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this at the BEERTOPIA.

Looked like pale apple cider. Had a lime smell to it.

Right off the bat I sensed crapness. The taste of lime fused with the weak beer. Yup tastes as good as it sounds. The guy behind the bar said that it was for the new "hip" clubber. They can keep it. Awfull, awfull.

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2.25/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev +19.5%

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