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

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Monteith's Summer AleMonteith's Summer Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 04-01-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
29
Avg:
2.66
pDev:
25.94%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of shu_420
2.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of samEBC
2.88/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of qrazvan
2.94/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Manzanarescarrillo
4.94/5  rDev +85.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of lhwjanssen
2.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jroof1
2.5/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -6%
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 dcmchew
3.21/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of leitmotif
3.58/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jsteez
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of Wer34truh
2.45/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.08/5  rDev +15.8%
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 Evil_Pidde
2.05/5  rDev -22.9%
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 SmashPants
2.29/5  rDev -13.9%
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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2/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of chogm54
2.5/5  rDev -6%

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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3.25/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev +50.4%

Photo of yifany
3/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of JimiTheBastard
3.3/5  rDev +24.1%
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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3/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +22.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -6%

Photo of soju6
2.95/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Monteith's Summer Ale from Monteith's Brewing Co.
2.66 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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