Sorry I've been a way for a while guys, I'll get back to your emails soon. I had my 21st last weekend and we went down the coast with a few of the boys and had a pretty hectic time. We had a keg of one of Australia's better lagers with us and it went down a treat. This review is based more on what I've had before rather than this weeks tasting as after the first 10 their isn't really much of a memory left!
After setting the keg up to cool and pressurize the week before there were high expectations upon a fantastic pour, and it certainly did not disappoint! A clear golden colour with good beading and a good sized white head. The head disipates quite quickly to leave a nice ring, like most Australian macro-lagers. It laces well, but the only criticism could be for more head retention. A fantastic looking lager.
The smell is fantastic and clean. Definitely some Pride of Ringwood hops in this beer, characterized by the citric twang and clean grassy notes. The fruits are quite mild but leave a good bitter aroma in the nostrils. It seems to have a spiciness, possibly due to the Amarillo hops noted on the back of the bottle, but not overwhelming by any means. This smells like a very clean decent lager.
Unlike many critics I think this is a great example of an Australian lager. A really clean lagery flavour is clear with nice levels of citrus giving the beer depth and bitterness. The malts are very hard to taste but seem buttery, however you do have to be looking for them to find them. The finish is excellent in my opinion, with great hops. I would suggest that full hop cones were used in the brewing process. A very clean finish makes this a highly sessionable beer.
Overall, especially on tap, this is one of Australia's best lagers. It looks great, smells great and most importantly tastes fantastic! This beer is definitely best consumed in very large ammounts, but would also be more than satisfying on a hot day. If you haven't sampled this beer I would recommend it very highly as a good summer beer. At the price, around $15 a 6-pack, it's definitely worth a go.
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