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Cardrona Gold | Wanaka Beerworks

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Brewed by:
Wanaka Beerworks
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 11-13-2005

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by chinchill:
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3.65/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(“Vienna style all malt lager”) 5.0% ABV / 330 ml brown bottle purchased in Wanaka and consumed a week later in Dunedin NZ. BB date of ? 2014.

Pours clear deep amber with a small off-white head. Some lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts with plenty of caramel and a bit of vanilla. A hint of floral hops.

Flavor: very tasty, malt forward beer. More flavor and especially malts than a typical Vienna lager. Enough hops to cut the sweetness and leave a very mildly bitter aftertaste.

Feel: medium-light body; semi-dry finish; smooth; good, medium carbonation.

O: a tasty malt bomb that I recommend with the caveat that it is not true to proclaimed style.

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Photo of bwood06
3.01/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

My wife and I took a trip to New Zealand a few months ago (very tardy on logging this review, I know...) and as is typical of our vacations, the trip turned into a wine and beer tour of the country. Mac's was recommended by a couple locals so this is one that I gave a shot.

Clear. Light amber in color. Very fast rising carbonation. Frothy white head that dissipates quickly to a thin lacing. 2.75/5 Light grains in the aroma. More roasted than toasted. Grassy hops. Ever so slight green apple aroma. 3/5 For the flavor profile, very light cereal grains show up right away. Earthy. Grassy hops on the back end provide a slight bitterness. Aroma made me expect more from the flavor. Simple, nothing eye popping or shocking here. No off flavors to speak of. 3/5 Scrubbing bubbles sensation from the carbonation. Very crisp, clean, and lightly dry. Gone as soon as it's swallowed. Very light bodied. 3.25/5 Good beer to have with food or on a warm day. Very light bodied beer that sits comfortably and has a nice, enjoyable, familiar flavor. 3/5

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Photo of bassman3660
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of TubaManJack
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Dark brown/orange, Small head and low carbonation, yet somehow the beer manages to provide a remarkable amount of lacing.
Smell-Limited roasted malt and slight herbal hop notes.
Taste- A little yeast and harsh malts which come through.
Mouthfeel- An uneventful beer experience, that was to light and bland, even when compared with the other toned down NZ lagers.
Drinkability- Not really my thing and to be honest. A-Its the worst of the three lagers. B-Hard to finish the ~3oz taster. There are much better offerings, so don't waste your time.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5


Very dark coppery orange ochre, Very little head, almost no carbonation. Doesn't thrill me, but you never know


Toasted malty flavours, no hint of fragrance from hops. Maybe a little sweet fruitiness. Not much though. Very bland.


Very dark malty and yeaty. Not much sweetness, and not much depth. Mouthfeel is very flat, like water. I feel a beer like this needs some fragrance or sweetness to keep it balanced. Just doesn't do it for me...

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Photo of dgilks
2.83/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, amber colour with a small head.

The aroma is dull with a hint of floral character but not a lot going on.

The flavour is malty and sweet. The sweetness dominates the palate and is disappointing. There is a touch of nuttiness along with light notes of floral hops.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. This only accentuates the sweetness.

Overall, a disappointing, underattenuated lager. Not recommended.

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Cardrona Gold from Wanaka Beerworks
Beer rating: 3.02 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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