Minimum Chips -  BOTTLEMinimum Chips

Brewery info:
Matilda Bay Brewing Company
Port Melbourne, V.I.C


Bottle size sampled: 345ml

Alcohol: 4.7%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.99 AU

Label info: ‘Minimum Chips is a classic golden lager, using pale and crystal mats and producing a mild malty palate. Chilled maturation leaves the brew with a balanced body and fine carbonation beading. Enhanced by hops in the boil producing spicy stone fruit aromatics‘.

What the label really means: Sounds interesting, let’s tuck in.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: Designed to conjure up images of fish and chips by the seaside, the label is mostly a white scrunched up paper design that harks to the butcher’s paper modern takeaway stores use. Across the front in a cursive hand-written script is the text ‘Minimum Chips’ that appears to have been written with a black felt-tip pen. Look carefully and there’s a bottle-base mark on the bottom left of the label and a faint image of a sea gull on the right. Stamped across the label is ‘Hand cut Golden Lager’.
I think it works well in creating the image of fish and chip paper and in alluding to Summer time, warmth, and the sea. But let’s face it, the name ‘Minimum Chips’ is a bit confusing (no more so than Matilda Bay’s ‘Fat Yak’ you may argue!) and the label over all is a bit plain. I think the sea/takeaway shop theme could have been extended into more of an interesting label – perhaps by having mock newspaper text. Not sure, but as it stands it’s not an amazing label. Minimum Chips - GLASS


I give it a label rating of 5.5 out of 10.

AROMA:  An enticing wheaty aroma with hints of delicate fruits.

Taste: GLASS – A good dose of malty bitterness rounds off this crisp, refreshing lager. It’s very easy to drink being a rather light brew and avoids becoming too dry. It’s a pretty good drop.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Minimum Chips is much the same from the bottle, if not a tad better. This is getting easier and easier to drink, especially on such a warm night as it is at time of tasting. Very enjoyable.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Salty foods would suit this brew well (yes, chips would be good I suppose) such as pork or perhaps haloumi.

Best season to appreciate: Definitely a Summer beer due to its light tones and refreshing citrus-inspired flavours.

All-nighter beer? Yes I think I could easily drink this all night.


  1. Radio Snivins says:

    Nice beer. It’s probably closer to a hoppy ale than a golden lager though. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Chug-a-lug a sixer of this stuff with a wedge of pineapple fritter in the spout and you’ll be pleasantly impaired. Nine out of ten.


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