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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 rastaman
1.1/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Clear pale gold, with no head. aroma is like Schweppes Ginger ale. Light bodied, sweet and gingery, a bit thin, even a bit cloying. Not really exciting, and the sweetness makes it a bit cloying and not so refreshing. They recomend drinking it ice cold with a wedge of lime, i don't know about that, but the lime would probably improve the flavour, a real big dissapointment, given that ther black, saison and doppelbock beers are quite decent.

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Photo of alexgash
1.29/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Golden yellow body. Clear. Puffy, foamy white head. Lemon and honey sweetness over barely discernible “beer” malt. Lemon and honey sweetness is overpowering and too artificial. The lemon is borderline citrus cleaner (Pledge) and I can’t taste much more. Maybe if you don’t like beer…drink this. The tour guide actually said that this and the Radler were aimed at people that don’t really like that beer flavor! Well done! Soda fizz carbonation, lively feel.

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Photo of koolk
1.91/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clean golden pale in colour, with a small head that is quickly reduced. No lacing, good carbonation.

Woah! Nowhere did I read on the bottle that this would be so gingery! It mentions honey and spices on the label (which are also present in the aroma) but nothing about how this is basically a ginger beer. Only a touch of floral hops present.

Palate is still ginger with faint traces of malt. Short, tartish and unimpressive. No back palate what-so-ever.

Disappointing. Should have the word ginger in big letters somewhere on the front of the label. Avoid unless you like ginger.

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Photo of femALEist
1.96/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I didn't even want to try this beer after the Radler Bier, but the bar tender in the brew pub insisted I try it, as it's apparently their best seller. The only difference between this and the Radler beer is that instead of Spite lemon/lime soda, this tasted like carbonated apple juice soda. Not sure which one was worse, but they were both the worst beers I tried on my trip to New Zealand.

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Photo of ahb5117
2/5  rDev -29.3%

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2/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The ginger overpowers everything in this very light-bodied beer.

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Photo of brendan13
2.06/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a still dark golden colour with a couple of centimetres of head that falls away quite quickly.
S - HUGE dominating ginger aroma. Hard to get anything else after that blast.
T - Like a shit macro lager mixed with ginger beer (non-alcohol bundaberg) Some earthy, spice presence as well. Quite sweet.
M - Light to medium bodied with pretty high carbonation.
D - I'm not adverse to ginger beer but I'd rather mix bundaberg non alcoholic ginger beer with gin or vodka than drink this ever again. The VB like beer flavour just does not mix well with ginger.

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Photo of revdrjbob
2.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Jeez! do you reckon it needed a tad more ginger? I was a little bit excited about this beer, a nice summer ale? could be good. I was let down.
Poured golden into the glass, with almost no head that disappeared very quickly. Smelt of ginger. More like a ginger beer soft drink, than an alcoholic ginger beer. Was too overpowering. There was nothing in the taste either, but ginger, and a huge horrible sweetness. The label says to "try it ice-cold witha a wedge of orange or lime", that would probably be the only way to detract from th flavour of the ginger. No honey flavours at all, no after taste, possibly a bit too over carbonated aswell.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber colour with almost no head. Quite a lot of carbonation. Low viscosity. Looks like a soft drink.

The nose is ginger. And more ginger. In actuality it's more like asian pickled ginger. It's got a bit of sweetness, but there's very little else outside the overpowering ginger. Very one-dimensional.

The taste is pretty bad. Initial taste of ginger again, backed up by a strong hit of wet yeast. It's unbalanced and quite unpleasant. Eh. Mouthfeel very lifeless and dull.

Quite a disappointing beer. You could make a much better spiced ale for summer, and this just doesn't deliver.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.29/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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

Appearance: pours out a clear dark golden in body with a white half-centimetre head with limited lacing. Looks okay.

Aroma: ginger, honey and spices, but smells a bit cheap, like essence was used instead of proper ingredients.

Taste: plenty of ginger and citrus up front, but once again it tastes more like a syrup rather than a proper natural flavour. Pretty ordinary.
Update: had this again today (01/02/2015) and it was completely undrinkable. Poured it.

Aftertaste: the flavours are bitter and yet also a bit saccharin on the finish. Some dryness. A bit awkward.

Mouth feel: quite light in feel and with a moderate carbonation that makes it feel a bit flat.

Overall: don't bother. A reasonably cheap tasting summer ale - there are better beers for less - this is $55 a case.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.45/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden color with a bit of white foam. Aroma has citrus fruits, ginger and some bready malts. Taste starts with ginger, a bit of lemon, mostly on the sweet side and some bitterness in the background that doesn't mix very well with the rest of the flavors. Medium body with low carbonation. Overall it feels like a "Salitos" type flavored beer, I don't really like it.

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Photo of will1256
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of jroof1
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of chogm54
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

330ml bottle poured into pint glass

A - golden, pours a white creamy head than slowly fades into a lacing of decent thickness.

A - very strong ginger - like ginger beer. Some honey and spice notes in there too.

T - some malts and honey with a huge ginger and acidic taste, reminds me somewhat of Berrocca. some faint bitterness in the finish.

M - moderate to high carbonation, light bodied, slightly watery texture.

O - this is basically alcoholic ginger beer, not ale. Maybe refreshing in summer, but this is not at all what i expected when i grabbed it off the shelf.

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Photo of Poupae
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of rjimlad
2.51/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Years ago I had a Monteiths Black Ale and loved it so I was expecting good things from their other offerings. Alas...
The colour is an clear copper and there was a short-lived head but the aroma promised a very interesting drop. Ginger/cinnamon smell with a dash of lemon. In fact it smells like a good ol' shandy you'd give the kids or the missus once upon a time. The flavour is much the same but the ginger overwhelms the mix and is badly out of balance. The label says honey-spiced but the honey is lost in the mass of spicy ginger. The mouthfeel is near flat and lifeless so by the time you get half-way into the drink its like spicy stale piss. This could be a lot better with better balance and some spark. It seems Monteiths are mastering the anti-climax.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.51/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Here's a bolter.

Reminds me of a drink I had when I was a kid in England - Limeade and Lager - in cans, around 0.1% ABV it was. Sweet sweet sweet.

This is very similar - highly carbonated, golden yellow with a white head. Looks alright.

Aromas of honey, lemon or lime cordial and a sweet soft drink style taste to follow. No hops. None!

Grab from an ice bucket, thump it down quick and it would be mighty refreshing, but don't call it beer. No, really.

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Photo of VitBAficionado
2.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a pale golden color. Crystal clear with little head and no lace. Heavy carbonation.
S: Ginger in spades. Little bit of honey hiding in there too.
T: Very sweet. Little bit of honey but way more ginger than anything else. The ginger dominates the aftertaste as well with the presence of some other spice(s) I cannot quit distinguish (nutmeg maybe?).
M: Syrupy in the same way fountain soda is.
D: This tastes as much like ginger soda as it does beer. There might be a decent brew in there but they would need to cut back on the ginger in a big way to have any chance of finding it.

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Photo of lhwjanssen
2.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ALEBOY
2.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An interesting attempt at a summer beer.
Very heavily spiced with ...Ginger. Almost like a ginger ale.
The label proclaims that it contains honey, but it really takes a back seat to the ginger. I would have liked a bit more hop character and perhaps a slight touch of malty notes, but the ginger was just so bloody aggresive. One of the very few beers that I would suggest to drink very cold, and on a hot day a cold one of these would be a an interesting change as your first beer. But then I would probably move on to something else.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose shows hefty ginger and what might be nutmeg? Pretty overpowering. Also a faint vegetal/herb-like character.
Some ginger notes as flavours, followed by weak sweet malt and vegetal notes. No bitterness results in a cloying finish.
Could use more carbonation to dry things out.

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Photo of Gypson
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Jsteez
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bit thin, watery and cheaply sweet. Good for a mellow choice, but there are much better summer ales. On the flip side, it's still summer here at the beach in Busan, South Korea.

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