|Highest Rated||PALE ALE (61 / 100)
||Average score||41 / 100 (Not Great)|
|Lowest Rated||Wheat Beer (32 / 100)
41 / 100
Massive frother when opened - doesn't really settle down. Champagney colour with similarly champagney bubbles, steady bead up to a huge frothy head that just slowly fades down pillow-style. Bit too clear for the beast wheat beer, and too frothy. Otherwise fine.
Smells very dry, with a lot of pine notes, some sulfurous characters as a sidenote of some tart vinous characters. Green apple, pear and some faint berry notes. Again, not the ideal smell for a wheat, but it's refreshing and enjoyable enough.
Taste is fairly tart upfront, with crisp green apple notes and champagney flavours that develop a sulfurous edge midway. Almost mediciney at times, and then gets a rich cherry note on the back, and a lingering honey sweetness that shouldn't really be there. Maybe a bit dryer on the back, and a bit of spice would improve this. It's OK, but a little bit overbearing on the middle, and lacking in some of those classic hefe notes.
Bit stodgy on the mouthfeel actually, syrupy on the body and doesn't quite showcase that furious carbonation. I have mixed feelings about this.
Not bad, drinkable enough but just not quite right in some places.
61 / 100
Pours a pale cloudy amber colour with steady trickle of bead. Head is white and foamy - good resilience, small bubbles and no lace. Looks pretty nice; refreshing if a little overcarbonated.
Smells also refreshing with nice fruity tang to it. Pleasant crisp pineapple notes with a touch of pear, lemon and sauvignon blanc. Bit of earthy phenol grounding it fairly nicely but an unfortunate sweet grain at the back mars it slightly. Otherwise good.
Taste is fizzy and slightly bitter. Not a whole lot of body to it, or much sweetness upfront. Largely hop-driven with fruity and floral hops from midway to the back, lemon and a hint of pineapple, maybe kiwi as well? Piney wood dries it up and adds bitterness, but it can't escape the emptiness, with a slight carbonation flavour reminiscent of a soda stream comes through on the back. That's not such a bad thing as this is clearly a thirst-quenching brew, and is light and crisp and pretty tasty.
Mouthfeel's where it falls down mostly. Sizzly and largely empty. Not great, but not terrible for the style.
Nice crisp pale ale overall, perfect for a hot day like this, though nothing outstanding.
38 / 100
Pours a hazed but very pale yellow straw colour, with a frothy, insubstantial and large bubbled head of white. Some patchy lacing, but because of the rather weak head it doesn't form strongly. Lots of fizzy carbonation and an extremely light body. It looks a little bit unappealing, to be honest.
Nose is weak with slightly earthy hops, and a funk of assy yeast. Slight popped corn character giving it its hint of sweetness, but it's undeniably a slightly adjuncty, nothingness. Very bland.
Taste is lighter, and, to be fair, not that bad. It's minimalist in character and flavour, with a slight weak grain sweetness and a fizzy carbonation-like bitterness on the back. It's so dull as to be boring, but it's also dull enough not to be actively offensive.
Drinkable enough, but really, really boring and flat. Not enough hops, not enough interest, not enough anything.
Purchased from the Adelaide Bier Shop.
Pours worryingly clear early on, but a quick stop to swirl the sediment at the end eventually gives it a cloudy body, bright golden orange, with a fizzling and rather bubbling and inconsistent head of white. No lacing at all, and the head really doesn't want to stick around for long.
Nose is somewhat pummeled by the fizzy carbonation output, but as it settles, there are pleasant tones of banana and a slight citric zing to the aroma. A little bit too sharp, both from carbonic characters and perhaps even a touch to much hoppinessâit doesn't let the wheat yeast characters come through. But they're there, and they want to shine.
Flavour is flat and rather dull, but light and smooth enough with some peppy wheat acidity coming through. Really too thin on the palate, and with very little residual sweetness, meaning the lighter wheat character just cuts across the palate. Plus, the aromatics are not strong enough to permeate and give any structure or coalescence to the palate.
Too thinâafter more than a couple of sips I feel loath to continue drinking it. It's pretty flat, lifeless and uninspiring, with even only a few vain hints of what it's meant to be.
Pours a gold metallic colour, gentle bead feeding a thick, dense head, off-white, tightly packed, great retention. It's a bit dark for a pilsener, but it does look good. At the same time, I want more flaws here. It's a pretty picture postcard of a beer, but there's no character to it.
Smell is a bit lacklustre. Grainy, with barley and a slight corn note. Touch of some mild citric hop with hints of grass, but yeah, a subdued, dull smell.
Taste is also lacklustre. Lots of grain on there with corn and barley notes, mostly savoury with a touch of caramel malt for sweetness. Virtually no flavour development by the mid which is bland and empty. Finish has a slight floral edge but mostly dry, grassy character. Mouthfeel is piss-poor, way thin and just way fizzed up; so drying on the back.
A bland, largely characterless brew, drinkable enough but not one I'd choose to have.
Picked up online from the Adelaide Bier Shop.
Pours a hazed and rather dark golden colour, certainly very dark for a pilsener, with a frothy but rather ambiguous head of white foam. After deciding it really doesn't want to be a head any more, this disintegrates to a meshy film over the top. Lacing is sudsy, but present at least. Overall, not a particularly great looking pils.
Nose is dry and a little organic, with a touch of yeast, some carbonic acidity and a green funk that almost pretends as though it's hops, even though it really isn't. Again, I'm not particularly impressed.
Taste is somewhat dry, with some bready characters throughout, and a weird rotting fruit acidity. Organic fustiness ruins the palate, and adds a sweetness that would be unwanted in any style, let alone one supposedly as dry and crisp as this should be. Feel is even lacking the requisite carbonation.
Really not impressed by this at all. I had hopes for this brewery, that they could produce pleasant things at their small scale, but this brew is really not very good at allâso much so that I'll think twice before grabbing another of their beers.