Speight's Gold Medal Ale | New Zealand Breweries Limited

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Speight's Gold Medal AleSpeight's Gold Medal Ale
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Speight's Gold Medal AleSpeight's Gold Medal Ale

Brewed by:
New Zealand Breweries Limited
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 06-10-2003

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by dansmcd:
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2.38/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Colour is a reddish copper, next to no head and no lace.

S - Not much smell to it at all. Just a faint aroma of macro beer.

T - Lightly toasted maltiness flavour tainted by a unpleasant metallic aftertaste.

M - Thin and watery but quite high on the carbonation still.

O - Or yeer, guv thus wun uh muss ay bru.

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Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of shjdy
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle served on Sewart's Island (NZ).
Deep amber with excellent clarity; has a fine, durable bone-colored head. Lots of visible carbonation bubbles.

Smells like a malty lager with light, spicy hops. The taste too is initially more similar to a lager than it should be but there's a lightly hoppy finish and aftertaste.

Feel: crisp and dry; Light body made pleasing by good smoothness and high carbonation.

O: Decent but uninspired and withlow hoppiness.

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Photo of jeschaefer
2.56/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Shane_Gr
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A good light drinking Kiwi beer.

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Photo of jahsausage
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can-blurb describes it as a "fulll strength bitter ale" which translates to being the standard NZ 4% (beer gravities here became standardised during the first world war and following depression) and practically every Australasian beer calls itself a bitter (although this one has a far bigger claim to that name than most). In reality it pours a rich amber colour maybe a bit lighter than your standard pale ale and the smell is very nondescript. I would describe it as a "mild session ale" it is a very subdued but likeable version of a traditional english bitter with a pleasant malty build-up followed by a decent but not overpowering bitter finish.

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Photo of trocketsauced
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elricorico
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish/copperry colour with almost no head. Does leave a bit of lacing about the glass.

Smell... I swear I smell peanut in this beer. Some form of hops as well. Not a bad smell at any rate, but not a big aroma.

Taste is pretty good, semi sweet peanut butter type start with a long drawn out hop finish, that isn't overpowering. I can't say I've ever thought I tasted peanut butter in a beer, but it seems to be there throughout each mouthfull and even in the aftertaste. I suppose it may just be buttery with the other flavours making it seem like peanut butter.

Mouthfeel is slick with light carbonation. Feels a bit oily on the tongue. This is certainly not a tough beer to drink, it goes down smooth and has a low ABV.

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Photo of tonton
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of foles
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice gold/copper colour with decent fluffy head and light carbonation. Clean fresh, rich malts on the nose. Nice clean mouthfeel, again getting a nice sweetish (almost maerzen like) malt presence without being heavy. Very soft bitterness, little hop flavour but detecting something along the lines of pride of ringwood. Balancing dryness on the finish.

Very pleasant beer, very good for a macro. Almost defines sessionability at 4% ABV

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Photo of Ngati30
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

Photo of Mikexw
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MrBrach
1.65/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Smooth drinking, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. To be honest, nothing stands out to me in terms of flavor while drinking this. Very run of the mill. Not bad, but not great. If I was drinking this strictly to get intoxicated, flavor aside, this would be okay. If you're looking for a beer with more flavor and doesn't remind you of Bud, Coors, Miller, other mass produced beer etc., move on.

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Photo of birddogg66
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first review while actually drinking a beer, most of my reviews are from notes.

A-Poured into a Shaker Pint from an 11.15 fl oz. bottle. No freshness date found. Pours a rich copper color, with an off white head that stays around longer than anticipated, and contains very large bubbles. A nice amount of lacing

S-A bit of a toasted sweet malt, with a touch of raisin. Some hoppiness does emerge as the ale warms, but what does is very minimal.

T-Malt is detected right away. Not getting any sort of bitterness whatsoever. Almost a nutty characteristic. The sweet slightly toffee, and caramel toasted malt flavors stay around to the end.

M-Smooth, watery, and very light.

D-The Speights seems to go down very easy, an extremely sessionable EPA. Although not as malty, or heavy as some English styles, this would be a nice Ale for taking in an afternoon All Blacks game. I would really need some more bitterness and a little heavier mouthfeel to grade this ale higher.

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Photo of probert
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of flexabull
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright and clear amber color with a small thin white head.

Aromas are of brewed tea, light grains, and not much else.  Not good, but not bad either.

Taste is simple and straightforward.  Light tea, simple grainy malts, slightly sweet, with some adjunct like flavors.  Finish is crisp, but not much else.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full, and nicely carbonated. Probably this beers strongest suit.

Overall, a boring but drinkable mass produced ale, I guess you could do worse though.

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Photo of k3ve
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Speight's Gold Medal Ale, bottle claims 3.9% ABV

Pours a light copper/amber,soapy head and some lace stickage. Toffee, caramel little hop presence. Tastes like a simple ale, muted fruit and malt sweetness, some of the toffee character comes through and small buttery diacetyl. High level of carbonation, smooth, finishes not so clean. Overall, this is a nice beer for the warm weather, and cheap for $11.00/12pack on the island.

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Photo of endless1408
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.45/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into An Brainblasta goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Bottle obtained in McCambridge's, Galway, on Shop Street.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of fair thickness and little cream. Clear copper colour.

Sm: Amber malt. A very light aroma.

T: Amber malt body with lingering hops-inclinated finish. Simple and decently built. Awkwardly balanced: overextending its limited flavour.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet.

Dr: Far too expensive for a poorly made beer.

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Photo of Athelena
4.85/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Speights Gold Medal Ale is a very smooth easy drinking beer that is full of flavor. Its appearance is a rich copper look. Smells and has a taste of malt which I love. Again its mouth-feel is smooth, crisp and very refreshing beer that easy to drink. This is a top beer for those who like a more rich malt flavor.

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Photo of mattbrat1
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of seanyfo
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a Kolsch stange.

A- 3 finger rocky head that disappates quickly but leaves good lacing. Honey, amber copper colouring.

S- Faint malt sweetness, not much else to mention really, disappointing.

T- Once again, a light malt sweetness but no real hop profile of a pale ale at all. Very light in the flavour dept, a bit watery in the finish.

M- Lager like moderate carbonation, medium to watery body.

D- Looks great, tastes boring! Very drinkable though, smooth mouthfeel with a nice toasted malt flavour but this gets boring easily!

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