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

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

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
25
Avg:
2.79
pDev:
17.92%
 
 
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Photo of kdcreagh
4.05/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330mL bottle.
Expiry on bottle: September 2008
Served in a Monteith's 290mL glass.

I have tried Monteith's Pilsner before, and although I enjoyed it, I wasn't blown away by it and haven't bothered to buy it again. It was really a pretty standard pilsner that you could buy anywhere.

This brewer has a pretty high reputation, at least according to the Kiwis that I know. With that in mind, I persevered, determined to find a good beer.

Monteith's Golden is labelled as being a Munich style beer, a malty lager with a smooth, mellow hop flavour.

Appearance - A pretty standard lager colour, slightly darker than a pilsner. It had a lovely, creamy white head and slight carbonation once settled. Very little fizz.

Smell - Virutally none when it was first poured, the notes were very, very subtle. However, as the beer warmed up, the smell exploded from the glass, a lovely hit of malt, caramel and honey.

Taste - Initially I only found a slight malt taste, nothing fancy, just nicely balanced. Once again though, a bit of warmth and a gentle cashew taste followed by a slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Chewy and soft.

Drinkability - If there was an open bar and I got to have Monteith's Golden Lager I'd be as happy as a pig in mud. This is an exceptionally drinkable beer. Perfectly suited to a warm day, this would make wonderful summer BBQ drinking.

All in all, I don't think a C- is a fair rating at all, but to each his or her own taste.

My advice is let this one warm up a bit and you'll come to see why Monteith's are one of the best NZ brewers around.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev +37.3%
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 magnusdave
3.75/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.64/5  rDev +30.5%
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 wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev +19.7%
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 probert
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of Jamestregenza
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of JKCooper
3.12/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden amber beer with thick white head. A few bubbles. Chalky mineral water mouthfeel. A little zing, finish is a suggestion of malt with slight hoppiness. Very drinkable.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.04/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours the usual straw, but where is the head? Only slight lace which fades quickly.

Aromas of malt, grains.

Taste is sweeter than I exepcted. Rockmelon dominates an otherwise malt-driven sweet moderate palate.

Mouthfeel is crisp up-front yet thin overall.

Overall, too sweet to be a Euro Pale Lager. Glad I only had a half. Had enjoyed more in the past out of a well-chilled bottle.

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Photo of GoldenKangaroo
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of trocketsauced
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mustithecat
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Jsteez
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of soju6
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Macca
2.96/5  rDev +6.1%
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 dgilks
2.93/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear golden colour with a small, uneven white head. Poor head retention.

Light sugary aroma with a touch of pils grain. Not all that great.

Smooth, grainy pilsner malt with a light sweetness. No hops. Mild bitterness. Meh!

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A standard, straightforward lager. There's nothing much going on in the glass but it isn't awful.

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Photo of vancurly
2.81/5  rDev +0.7%
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 kylehay2004
2.81/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
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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Monteith's Golden Lager from Monteith's Brewing Co.
2.79 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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