Monteith's Celtic Red | Monteith's Brewing Co.

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Monteith's Celtic RedMonteith's Celtic Red
BEER INFO

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

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 06-21-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
30
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.14
pDev:
16.24%
 
 
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2
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Photo of Brad071
4.44/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I can never find this gem, caramel tones and a little bitter to me; I really need to find more of it. Is a great summer afternoon BBQ beer.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.25/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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

Appearance: pours a crystal clear red-brown in colour with limited visible carbonation. A decent finger of tan head that lasts for quite a time, with good lacing.

Aroma: a bit rough - smells of some resin and earth, roasted malts. A bit awkward.

Taste: and really awkward here. An earth fug dominates, without much to break it or back it up. Awkward would be the word.

Aftertaste: really nothing special at all, quite awkward. Why is Monteith's so hit and miss??

Mouth feel: moderate in body with a moderate carbonation. Quite dry on the finish also.

Overall: Monteith's is such a hit and miss brewery, and this is definitely a miss. A really awkward and unpleasant beer. I wouldn't recommend it, particularly not for AU$66 a case.

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Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap to mug at the Rainforest Retreat in Franz Josef, NZ.

Pours very clear reddish-brown with a durable beige head leaving patches of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma and flavor: clean, light malty aroma and flavor with some spicy hops and hints of caramel and nuts.

Feel: Medium-light body with crisp medium-high carbonation.

O: well-crafted and balanced, although a bit too light on malt.

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Photo of Cheld
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -28.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an edit cos I had a cold when I first reviewed it. Not sure what qualifies this "Irish-style red ale" as a Munich Dunkel Lager.

A: Clear amber with a large clingy off-white head.

S: Smells positively Belgian, in fact it smells like dry figs and raisins, like a quad. A bit of vomit in there too.

T: Dry, easy on the carbonation. Light but apt bitterness. The bottle describes a chocolate malt flavour, and I think it has that but it's fruity more than anything, like berries of sorts, but not too pronounced. Tiny bit of butter scotch. A bit of cardboard as well. Oh, some nice lemon in the aftertaste.

O: I like it a lot. Like the Australian Coopers pale ale, it has a distinct Belgian quality. It'd go down very well with a ploughman's in a pub at lunchtime. I live in South Korea and beggars can't be choosers here, and finding this in the supermarket was a treat.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.77/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank form my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a ruby colour witha white head that reduces to a film.

S - A little roasted malt.

T - A dark larger style with a little sweet malt.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Ok but nothing special, makes a decent session beer.

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Photo of keitho
3.26/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-Pours dark amber with big frothy off white head.Lots of carbonation.left good lacing and the head stayed on top of the beer all of the way down.
Smell-a slight sweet apple smell.
Taste-Slight bitterness,coffee like flavour at the end,short but not unpleasant.
Mouthfeel-Starts out o.k but thins out towards the end of the glass.
Drinkability-Good session beer, easy to drink and would buy again.

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Photo of ADZA
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all i dont know who reviewed this beer as a munich as it clearly states on the back of the label "Monteiths Celtic Red is an Irish-style ale,in the heritage of burnt red beer"anyway it pours a burnt red amber with nice carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head with average lacing,the aroma is a sweet mix of caramel and toffee malts with a xmas fruit pudding background,it has a rather light mouthfeel for an Irish Red but is quite sessionable which oozes tastes of toffee,raisins,caramel and some dark plums,overall its an average brew thats very sessionable and couldnt really knock it at the right price as i wouldnt pay the price they are asking for this right at the mo.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drnak with a weekend lunch at the Viaduct.

A: ruddy garnet in color, thin white head.

Smell: light aroma, just a hint of roast

Taste: non-descript dark lager, nothing really jumps out.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper pour, head faded rapidly.
Aroma is malt based: toasted/dark malt, molasses, bread, weet-bix, vegemite. Might be a hint of hops in there somewhere...
Flavours are similar, with sweet dark malt, more bread vegemite. But then it just ends... leaving a very watery sensation. Almost no bitterness or hops...

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Photo of TubaManJack
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Dark amber with a series of red highlights. Proper carbonation and a small white head.
Smell- Limited roasted and caramel malt
Taste- A malt driven brew where the roasted flavors preside over the chocolate and caramel. But no hops to be found in any quanity.
Mouthfeel- A sapping brew that leaves you thristy and it seems to dry my mouth out. Its the most aggressive of the Monteith's lineup.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of cream coloured head over a clear, amber-red body.

Smell - 4.0
A very appealing aroma, lots of malty sweetness, a little banana, slightly buttery. Probably a bit off for the style, but I like it.

Taste - 3.5
Very pleasant, mild amber ale flavour (although it's actually a lager?). Starts moderately sweet, with crystal malt, slight nuttiness and some fruitcake. Finishes dry with light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Carbonation is low to moderate. Slightly watery although the carbonation feels rough over the tongue.

Drinkability - 4.0
I see this as highly sessionable - only 4.4%ABV, easy to drink, interesting enough to come back to.

OVERALL - 3.7
This is not dissimilar from James Squire Amber Ale, although it lacks the creaminess of Chuck Hahn's brew. Quite complex, very easy to drink and like all Monteith's beers, well priced. I will probably be drinking this again.

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Photo of brendan13
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark cooper colour poured into a pint glass with a few centimetres of light beige head that falls away almost immediately.
S - Some roasted, chocolate malt aromas.
T - Quite a roasty flavour dominating. Some floral hops too.
M - Quite light bodied, medium carbonation.
D - OK but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of goatherder
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper in colour with a slight red hue. Fine white head which laced the glass right to the bottom. Some roasted malt aroma on the nose along with some esters. Quite dry in the mouth with some caramel, chocolate and roasted malt flavours. Dry in the finish with a balanced bitterness. The malt seems to fall away at the end, feeling a bit thin. Very drinkable, this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of vancurly
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Munich Dunkel Lager" (above) and "Irish-style Ale" (label) are not quite congruous...
Dark amber, copper-hued. Beige, dense head, which fades.
Fruity aroma, some complex malt notes, hint of powdered yeast. Flavours of hazelnut chocolate, a charred note, some faint hop character.
Lightish, fizzy mouthfeel. Quite dry. Slips away quickly. Kind of a soapy aftertaste, slightly perfumy also.

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Photo of btmo
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Montieths are a bit of a legend here in New Zealand, and have a fanatical following amongst the faithful. Personally, I find their beers a cut above most of the macro style beers, but not stunning. Good, certainly - but not stunning.

That said, their Celtic Red is surprisingly drinkable. There is a synergy that comes from good appearance, fair smell and taste. The whole is certainly greater than the sum of the parts.

This beer responds well to a good chilling (yes, I know that that kills some of the flavour) and is the sort of beer you should consider when having a few friends around for a couple of drinks, or with food - especially on a hot day.

This beer complements pasta dishes quite well (I am eating and drinking as I type this), and it is also certainly a beer you can just tip your head back and enjoy.

Colour and appearance have been addressed very ably by other reviewers, so I will just say that the reddish brown fluid looks good in a glass and the smell is quite acceptable.

Mouthfeel is good, but again, not stunning.

OK - I grew up on beers like this (you should meet my mum...), and I can see what Monteiths were trying to achieve with this (I think), and overall, I think they did a reasonable job. Kiwi beers *aren't* amazing by world standards, but this is one of the better ones.

If you get the chance, give it a try. Just don't expect to hear angels singing...

Oh yes, and one minor gripe about the packaging. It is the 21st century for crying out loud! It should be possible to create a twist top cap for this stuff! It is a long way to the bottle opener...

:-D

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Photo of alexgash
2.66/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark golden to warm reddish hue; light khaki head. Malty, chocolate notes, slight soap, dull hops. Slightly roasted chocolate notes, faint bread malt. Not as malty as would be good though. Also not that complex. Like all Monteith’s, overcarbonated. Light-medium body. Not terrible, but I've already forgot about it.

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amber/brown into the glass, with a thin white head. Aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, malty roastyness, and old leather. Tasted nice, chocolate, diacetyl, raisins, malt. Sadly no hop showed through, only the bitterness from the darker malts. Nice, but a let down on the malt side.

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