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Hereford Bitter | Dux de Lux

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Brewed by:
Dux de Lux
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 11-13-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by willjansen:
Photo of willjansen
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark amber almost brown color with nice lacing.

Smell - Slightly sweet and syrupy - definitely malt dominated.

Taste - Nice, smooth English bitter with substantial malt presence backed up by the appropriate levels of bittering and aromatic hopping. Oaky and yeast characters apparent that bring a slight sourness to the background.

Mouthfeel - Appropriate carbonation for style with a watery texture.

Drinkability - Quite drinkable, not a bad brew at all and one that you make into a session. Alas, it does fall a few notches down the rankings compared to some other crackerjack bitters sampled in NZ.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pitcher from the tap. Distributed among friends into pint glasses. ABV is 4%.

Appearance- This is the darkest bitter I have ever had. It has a deep brown nearly black body. A nice fluffy tan head with good retention and lacing. Low apparent effervescence.
Smell- A bit of dark malts, not really coffee or chocolate and slight hops.
Taste- A real strong malt body with a slight bit of bitterness from hopping. The dark malts really add complexity and a fun twist. Its still an English bitter, just the darkest version of the style.
Mouthfeel- A light body with a little carbonation to lighten it up.
Drinkability- A good blend of complexity and low abv. Its by far the most unique bitter but the most solid offering at the Dux.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola colour with fizzy beige head that just sizzles a bit, then goes away. Leaves some nice beige lace that sticks around but definitely could use more head. For a lager, more fizz in the body would be acceptable and that could feed the head. Alright but flat-looking.

Nose is quite pleasant, lots of sweet malt to it with a slight roasted tinge, fair amount of cocoa with vanilla notes, hint of espresso and a slightly phenolic hop bite at the back. Slight caramel twang on the front, nice mix of bittersweet fragrances.

Taste is a bit subdued. Some nice malty notes on the front become fairly bitter and roasted on the mid with a slightly weak espresso character, distinct but not quite filling the palate. More roastiness comes through to finish it off, hints of coffee cream sweetness and dark chocolate predominant. Very slight sour, undercooked note but it's clean enough. Feels a little sharp on the back but it's mostly smooth drinking.

An underwhelming flavour but an overall palatable offering.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit a bit of confusion on the label here. "Hereford bitter" is a Munich style lager? Ok, I'll just need to abandon all expectations and see what I find.

Appearance: dark chestnutbin color, fairly opaque at least in this lighting. Modest head fades quickly.

Smell: quite restrained aroma, I now believe it's a lager. General malty aroma but nothing in particular jumping out

taste: well balanced by generous bitterness, malty and dry without being burnt and roasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body, smooth and moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: quite drinkable for a beer this dark. At 5%, dare one say sessionable?

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chocolate amber colour. Not much head. Clear body with little carbonation.

Notes of toasted maltiness, but rather subdued. Quite a dry, woody nose. Clean, with even a little hoppiness creeping in.

Taste is rich and robust. Roasted coffee like bitterness, finishing dry and quite refreshing. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean.

Nice one. Another easy drinker.

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Photo of femALEist
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Munich Lager. 5% abv. Brewed in Christchurch and Queenstown. This poured a dark chocolate with a slight orange hue. It smelled hoppy: dry hopped, marijuana and light mint. It tasted like it had a good malt character, dark espresso and ends with a dry bitterness. This one was decent. I would try their beers again.

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Photo of ADZA
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The ABV of this beer is stated on the back of the label which is 5%,this beer pours a dark copper colour with average carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing half finger head,it has aromas of blackberries,roasted malts and caramel,it has an average mouthfeel with a real roasty,malty mouthfeel that finishes a little bitter but not very,quite a pleasant beer thats easy enough to drink.

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Hereford Bitter from Dux de Lux
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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