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

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Monteith's Summer AleMonteith's Summer Ale
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2.83/5
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53 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#44,158
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
53
pDev:
24.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
13
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 29
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 dcmchew
3.21/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 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 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 samEBC
2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 leitmotif
3.58/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of laituegonflable
2.97/5  rDev +4.9%
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 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 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 Agentveba
3/5  rDev +6%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Poupae
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

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 soju6
2.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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 probert
3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

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 Andrewharemza
3.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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 doktorhops
2.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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 eric5bellies
2.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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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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 JohnnyBarman
2.8/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Single bottle served with dinner at a Gold Coast restaurant.

Poured into a small, slightly chilled schooner glass. Pale amber, big bubbly head, decent retention on that.

Nose is spicy, with strong notes of ginger, lemon, orange and honey. Smells like an herbal tea one might have for a sore throat.

Sweet, spicy and with bold ginger and citrus flavors, with a mild herbal bitterness to the finish. Pleasant for a sip or two, but this brew because cloying and undrinkable after just a few moments. Just too much - pushing in to ginger beer territory. Mild carbonation, slightly greasy/oily feel.

A brew that could have been quite pleasant if the defining notes had been turned down from eleven. Instead, it just tasted like a gingerbeer mixed with a pale lager. Cloying and tiresome. I only marked it above a 'D' because at least there was an attempt to do something different here.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.51/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Beer rating: 2.83 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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