Monteith's Golden Lager | Monteith's Brewing Co.

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Monteith's Golden LagerMonteith's Golden Lager
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Monteith's Golden LagerMonteith's Golden Lager

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

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-28-2002

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by soju6:
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2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that fades to good lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain, some malt sweetness and bit of pine in the background.

T: Has a mild easy taste of malt sweetness and fresh grain. Mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, mild crispness, smooth and a bit refreshing. Nothing fancy here.

Nice drinkable lager, nothing to rave about but better than most macro offerings. probably best on a hot day.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Bought the other day for a song - offie was selling them cheap due to short date. Label mentions a cashew nut smoothness; that's just nutty.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear, rich golden-amber colour with good carbonation. Forms a large head of frothy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a thin surface layer. Aroma of sweet malt with a slight fruitiness that reminds me of ale yeast (?). Faint hints of stewed hops and some mild cardboard/solvent-like notes in the background. Not brilliant.

Tastes of light malt with a mild finish. Slightly sweet with a hint of grain. Notes of faint stewed hops, overdone veg and cardboard. A mild harshness in the background, followed by a weak bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with decent carbonation but an insubstantial body. Aftertaste of sweetish malt and vague hints of stewed veg.

Meh - none too good. The sweetness is particularly off-putting; a good lager is crisp and dry. Would benefit from some decent bittering hops, and the off-notes don't add anything either. Not very enjoyable and I can't recommend it. Spend your money elsewhere.

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Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in Greymouth, NZ

Excellent clarity in this golden-amber ale. The aroma is quite light, perhaps even for style. The flavor is initially just as expected for a golden lager, but this beer has an appealing, and surprisingly malty finish. Well-crafted and balanced, as well as very fresh (of course).

Feel: Light body with medium-high, very crisp carbonation. Clean, dry finish.

O: recommended as a somewhat malty golden lager.

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Photo of rastaman
2.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Drinkable, if a bit bland, sweetish flavour, smooth texture, with minimal bitterness. Quite clean, a bit edgy, quite a thin body, and kind of boring, still drinkable, quite unoffensive, wouldn't actively seek it out though.

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Photo of GoldenKangaroo
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.64/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I am sitting at the dock of the bay at Manly Beach in Aussie land and I needed something to wash down my steak sandwich...I called to the waitress....she came over and said...."how can I help you"....I said what is this Monteith's Golden...she said "its a beer"....I said where is it from....she said "New Zealand"....I said "WHAT! Is it legal to drink a Kiwi beer in Aussieland"....she said "it must be....we sell it!" Then I says...well set me up! She said "what"? Then I said, could I have a Monteiths! Anyway I digress. Monteith's is a tasty Golden lager that has a light but decent body...good for hot days on the beach. The color was pure golden with white head that left good lacing. The T, M, & D was all good/solid, certainly a SESSION beer....perfect for the barbie!

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Photo of Vanz
1.75/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of trocketsauced
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows corn and spicy, floral hops. Also some faint sweet malt.
Flavours are a bit better, no vegetal notes, instead being focussed on the light sweet malt and very faint spicy hops.
Needs more carbonation. Very watery.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle BB 10 Oct 2012: poured @ home into a Westvletren chalice on 07 Dec 2012, some two months after its best before date.

Looks OK: good deep golden body with a white covering that tries to hang around, but as in most beers of this style it fades to a wispy swirl and collar as you attack the beer.

Grainy nose more than hop or straight malt: taste is leaning towards malts, biscuity and semi-sweet. Crisp body and nice hop finish: easy drinking lager and with enough flavour to interest me. certainly one of the highest scoring lagers I've had since joining this site.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.46/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a classic Golden lager with a decent thick head that dies quickly.

S - Sweet aromas of syrup and not much else.

T - Overwhelming yeast syrup flavours, and medicinal notes - yuk.

M - Medium body and carbonation too high.

D - Avoid

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Photo of joecast
2.38/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

large sticky head forms, but subsides rather quickly leaving a thin foam layer.
color is very clear and a darker gold than most pale lagers (although the back label says it is a munich style lager).
sharp acidic aroma, but not so strong as to be really off-putting.
flavor is more malt based than most pale lagers and the hops are more towards the background.
a bit disappointed with this, although there are a lot worse.

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Photo of THEMGG
2.65/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from my Unibroue Tulip.

A - Nice golden colours, head comes up two fingers, but bubbles aren't uniform, a patchy head that dies away quickly, thin lacing around the glass.

S - Minimal hop aroma present, the malts aren't very pronounced either. I am getting an "adjuncty" smell that seems to be the strongest aroma present.

T - Sweet malts are present at first, these don't last long, then an adjunct flavour shines through and becomes the main flavour lingering on. A little cloying, the malt character isn't much. Hops/bitterness is barely present.

M - Sticky, leaving an adjunct taste on the gums and the roof of the mouth.

D - This beer seems to be in between a Munich Helles and a Euro Pale Lager. I think this beer would benefit with a more pronounced noble hop aroma and finish, this may overcome the ongoing off/sweet flavours that persist in the finish.

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Photo of Macca
2.96/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours a nice golden honey colour. A good head and retention. Clear.

Smell is a bit grainy. Some malt. Some sweetness. Nothing too special.

Sweet malts on the palate. A bit too cloying.

Medium bodied.

I like my golden lagers lighter and more refreshing.

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Photo of JKCooper
3.12/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of probert
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of starlight37
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of vancurly
2.81/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark yellow / pale amber. Nice light white fluffy head, and lacework. Clear, with some bubbling.

Mostly malt notes, with sulfur. Some fruity hop in there, kinda reminiscent of a white wine (NZ Sauv Blanc, perhaps).

Malty flavours, with hint of nuttiness. Hop flavour is not very strong.

And the back palate falls to a mild bitterness. Not much hop going on.

An innocuous malt beverage.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.03/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden colour with furious carbonation on first pour that translates into a good thick head of honeycombed bubble formation. None of that carbonation sticks around, although lacing certainly does albeit sparsely.

Nose is very sweet, with a molasses syrupy character to it, hints of some medicinal phenols and a touch of vanilla. Hops are subdued, but there, slightly phenolic without any real punch to them. Truth is it doesn't smell refreshing, but it's not too bad.

Taste is a bit of a disaster; I think a yeast bomb just went off in here. Hints of banana and honey on the front, and a bit of a dessicated coconut flavour as well. That's all good, but it's soon overwhelmed by a tidal wave of nutty, cloying bread yeast character, which not only strangles the palate but does the same to the finish, which simply disappears under the force of this unwelcome, unpleasant tsunami of flavour. Maybe a slight linger of phenolic bitterness, but certainly no noticeable back palate.

Feel is a bit sticky as well, could be full but there's no texture, it just crawls like a slug through your mouth.

Not a great effort here, flavour is unbalanced and there's no real likability, or drinkability. A bit of a struggle to get down actually.

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Photo of keitho
2.03/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best before july 10.
Poured into glass dimple mug.

Appearance-one fingered white head on top of
golden brown lager.

Smell-Slight malt smell,hint of hops.

Taste-Malty,slightly sweet and bland.

Mouthfeel-Thin and quite flat.

Drinkability-I am not keen on this lager, there's better for the price.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.87/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had in a bottle at Auckland Airport. Unfortunately, I fear my ordering of the beers I tried here meant that the quality went downhill. Oh well.

Pours a bright but gaudy golden colour, living up to its name at least. Innitially, some large bubbled soda-like fizz froths up, but it settles to a minimal patchy film on the top of the glass. Lots of carbonation. Looks like every really bad beer I've had before.

Nose is light and grainy, with a fair whack of husk and a light honey-like sweetness. Very faint all up though. Not a lot to it at all.

Taste is very light, with a very husky grain character throughout that leads to nothing on the back. The body just falls out at the end, leaving a faint and rather unpleasant yeast character. Feel is extremely thin, but bubbling with soft carbonation.

What a terrible way to end my beer adventures in transit. This is on a par with all the really terrible adjunct lagers out there in the wide world.

It's alright New Zealand, I know you brew good beers too.

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3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

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3/5  rDev +4.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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