Monteith's Summer Ale | Monteith's Brewing Co.

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Monteith's Summer AleMonteith's Summer Ale

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 04-01-2003

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Manzanarescarrillo
4.94/5  rDev +84.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Alfredogz99
4.23/5  rDev +57.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hutch312
4.2/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Touring through New Zealand by Motorcycle, this was the go to beer after a long hot day. The taste of ginger, honey and other unrecognizable spices, it is definitely a unique tasting beer, but is no where close to the same taste as other "summer shandys" or lemon soda beers. It is a mix between a ginger ale and a pale ale. Over all it is a great beer for hot summer days with unique taste.

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Photo of goillini93
4.13/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I've always thought of myself as a beer snob but apparently I am way off base on this one. Monteith's Summer Ale is delicious. Perhaps it's a new summer and a new beer from the reviews that look like they might be from the last southern hemisphere summer? Anyway - sampled on tap, many times, at the Loading Ramp in Havelock North (that's Havelock Nth to the Kiwis, and Havelock Ninth?! for a little while to this dumb cowboy), Craft in the lovely city of Dunedin, and Monty's in Queenstown throughout February and March of 2009.

A: golden, crystal clear, in the pinty-like glasses on the North Island and the fluty-like glasses in the South. Great carbonation.

S: coriander? ginger? delicious? inviting? all of them

T: this is delicious, spicy and refreshing, the ginger comes through for me but backed up with enough malt and a smattering of hops that makes the ginger a strong bit player

M: it felt good in my mouth the second before I drank it. seriously, it was good.

D: are you kidding? coming from the land of double IPAs I could drink this all day, and I did - well, I probably drank more Original (that's another review). Absolutely delicious and unlike other summer beers, not at all cloying.

I thought the Summer was delicious. In fact, we brought 9 bottles home with us. Maybe it was just being in NZ - but I would defend this against many spring and summer beers I've had in the US. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of mustithecat
4/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of leitmotif
3.58/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mishi_d
3.51/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +30.6%

Photo of aBeeraWeek
3.38/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monteiths Summer Ale pours a radiant golden amber lets through plenty of light. Head is light and thin and disappears quickly. There is very little in the way of lacing as the glass quickly empties. Not a classic looking ale, but what would you expect with a beer designed for hot summer days?

The smell is a clear indication of the taste journey you will be taken on when drinking a summer ale. It’s all about the ginger initially – not quite as punch as a ginger ale where I actually recoil when the zing of the ginger hits my nasal cavity – but a definite dominance. There is also some sweet honey (Monteiths actually add Rata Honey) to the brew, as well as light citrus and spicy herbs.

The ginger is strongly evident again on the taste. It is dangerously close to overriding the other flavours, but there is just enough maltiness to let you know you are actually drinking beer. The honey is there again and the citrus becomes more clearly defined as orange zest. The herbal spices are still there on the taste as well – a very similar taste to cloves which is a good match for the orange and ginger. My major criticism is that although the rata honey flavour is great the whole taste is just too sweet to have more than a couple of these. When drinking Summer Ale I have often felt the urge to move to something bitterer and more refreshing

It’s a medium carbonated beer with a light body giving it a good balance for drinking over a session

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Photo of JimiTheBastard
3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this beer in pub in Omarama, Otaga, NZ... while fly fishing in the MacKenzie Highlands

Totally parched and starving from a hard morning after working a river close to town... we headed to the Omarama Hotel for a pint and some lunch... and started with two pints of Monteith's Summer Ale

Didn't really pay much attention to the appearance... first priority was to get it down the hatch... after a few gulps... I began to appreciate what I was drinking. There was an unexpected explosion of flavor... citrus / lemon / ginger flavors that suited my dry mouth... went well with our fish and chips

In my rating... I compare this to mass production beers... VB, Carlton, Tooheys, Bud, Coors, etc

Perfect for a hot day... wish I could find some here in Nevada... would be great in the summer

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3.25/5  rDev +21.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of dcmchew
3.21/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Kulrak
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangy-gold color with very little head, which disappears almost immediately. Smells of citrus and ginger, very faint cloves & cinnamon there as well, very nice. The taste is very clean. There's some slight spicy flavor on the back end, but mostly it's just clean. Mouthfeel is pretty watery, some fizz as it goes down. Overall, it's actually pretty drinkable. It's not a bad summer ale, good for a hot day.

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Photo of diablo14
3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

did someone say ginger? this beers got it in spades! i swear someone at monteiths accidentally dropped a case of stones in the vat. interesting, but not necessarily a world beater, and for a summer beer quite hard to drink.

looked like an inviting summer brew, full golden color with a beady head that remained present. smell was of three main things, honey, cloves and, you guessed it, ginger! the aroma was great, but then it all went too far. taste contained the same three underlying elements, just alot more potent. has a faint hint of malt, and some nice floral hops that unfortunately werent qute dry enuff in the bitterness stakes compared to the rest of the brew. had reasonable zing from the carbonation. still its too full on for what is supposed to be a refreshing easy to drink summer beer. becomes real hard work once it gets past ice cold. its trying to cover too many bases and doesnt stay within itself. lacks overall balance, and as others have stated, if you dont like ginger, give this a wide berth.

ive said it about monteiths before, its good to see a brewer have a crack at some interesting styles and ill give this beer some credit for that. but the two i had were enuff to tell me i dont need to go back to it, and that wont be any great loss to me.

as a further review after drinking a big session on these with a kiwi mate who really likes this brew, i have to admit the further you get into it, the better it gets. after a few of these i was actually enjoying it. you lose the power of the ginger after a couple, and it actually turns out to be quite refreshing. im going to upgrade my marks slightly based on this. as of 21/12/03.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, Monteith's Summer Ale is a bright gold beer. I get Rata honey, ginger ,citrus and some spice.A splendid thirst quencher. Well worth a try.

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Photo of yifany
3/5  rDev +11.9%

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3/5  rDev +11.9%

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3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of doktorhops
2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Jumping across the pond to NZ to try a beer from an alright (just alright) brewery: Monteith's. These guys are like the Burleigh Brewing Co. (or vice versa) of NZ; they produce semi-interesting craft brews on an almost macro level. Anyhow Summer Ales have always seemed like a bad idea to me. They mix the "heavy" ale brewing techniques with things like honey, orange and lemon, when really ales go better with flavours like chocolate or caramel... nonetheless I will proceed to drink them, rant aside.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: This is a fairly average looking brew. Clear golden body with a white 0.5cm head that leaves a small amount of lacing in the glass.

S: Smells exactly like Bundaberg Ginger Beer! So yeah, gingery... No typical "ale" aromas (malt, hops, yeast) could be discerned because of the strong ginger note.

T: Tastes like Bundaberg Ginger Beer! (and no they aren't paying me to plug their product). The spicy ginger flavour is right up front, followed by the honey notes and then there is a mild hop bitterness at the end, but it's a ginger dominated show. I hope you like ginger (I was more of a Mary Ann man myself).

M: Nice and smooth, not heavy enough to be considered "creamy" like a Wheat Beer, but it's also not far off.

D: A drinkable brew? Quite, but with the prerequisite of liking ginger... a lot. Otherwise it's one of the more passable beers I've had of a style that is to me the uncle Fester of brewing styles; creepy and lonely. Yep that sums up Summer Ales for me; I want to love them, but they're just too weird to be lovable. Back to Pale Ales it is then.

Food match: Thai or Szechuan cuisine would be a good pairing with this beer.

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Photo of Finite
2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep saturated orange Gold. Very nice appearance. A soapy head which dissipates down quite quickly leaving no trace of any head. No lacing either. Light carbonation visible.

S - Strong ginger and spiced meet honey-like flavors. Orange peel spiciness and some mild maltiness. Little to no hop aroma.

T - Ginger and orange flavours dominate an underlying maltiness and very very low hop bitterness.

M - Light and fine carbonation, thin but quite smooth. Overly so.

D - Alot of people are slamming this beer and it is very unconventional, granted but I have tried a few of these fusion, lime/ginger/lemon beers and they have been truly woefull, this is the best by far. Still If your expecting a Euro Pale Larger you will be very upset.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.97/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoying a Summer ale on a very cold Winter evening. Ooh yeah.

Pours a burnished gold colour with large effervescent bubbling, but a disappointingly thin head for all its efforts. White in colour, thin crown, retains well but I'd like it thicker. Lacing is enjoyable, but fairly thin. Pretty average-looking, has a soft drink appearance.

Smells tangy, sweet and spicy. Hints of clove, banana and red apple on that. But actually smells a lot like mead, which I guess is the "honey-spiced" aspect. Nice smell, very pleasant. But not very beer-y at all.

Taste is also sweet and tangy with a slight carbonated flavour and a fermented honey kind of flavour on the mid. Hints of clove and cinnamon without any real bite, just the flavour of spice without the sensation. Feel is a little thin, with a little bit of a tingle at first that pretty much dies to leave none of that effervescence that I can see in the glass.

Overall this is a beer with pleasant flavours, but it's very sweet and too hearty to call itself a Summer brew. I'd say this would drink better heated up on a chilly Winter evening (which is kind of what I'm doing with it) A bit sickly when it comes right down to it, unable to be drunk all the time. Not too bad though.

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Photo of soju6
2.95/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a golden color with a sudsy head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, bit of malt sweetness and hint of spice.

T: Taste of mild citrus , a light malt sweetness with some fruit and bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing.

O: Nice beer to grab on a summer day.

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Photo of qrazvan
2.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A refreshing light beer with ginger and fruity flavours.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a dull Golden colour with a white head that dies

S - Aromas are sweet spice and Honey.

T - Very sweet tangy honey and spice and not a lot else

M - Light body and full carbonation.

D - Not a great beer but Ok if you want to slam one down on a hot day

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