179. Monteith’s Golden Lager

Posted: April 25, 2013 in Lager
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Monteiths Golden Lager - BOTTLEMonteith’s Golden Lager

Brewery info:
Monteith’s Brewing Co
Auckland, Timaru & Greymouth, NEW ZEALAND


Bottle size sampled: 330ml

Alcohol: 5%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.65 AU

Label info: ‘Monteith’s Golden.
A golden malty lager with mellow hop characters and a cashew nut smoothness. Refresh and relax with this classic-style beer‘.

What the label really means: I like the sound of cashews. After all, who doesn’t like cashews? Could this brew have the taste of cashew nuts (not particularly known for their smooth taste). Or are they just saying the beer is as smooth as a cashew nut? If so, surely a better analogy for smoothness could have been sought.
‘…a baby’s bottom smoothness…’?
‘…a recently sandpapered piece of timber smoothness…’?
‘…the skin of a banana smoothness…’?

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: This is what I’ve said in the past for Monteith’s labels:
‘I’ve been a fan of Monteith’s labels for a while now and this is another fine label. Each of their beers has slight differences in colour and font’.
I think their colour variation labels are still working for them. Here we get a warm orange glow singing of Summer, crispness, and bbqs. It works.

I give it a label rating of 7.5 out of 10.

AROMA:  Citrussy, zesty, fresh. No real surprises here.Monteiths Golden Lager - GLASS

Taste: GLASS – Refrshingly zesty, citrus infused, and mildly carbonated, this is a very easy to drink brew. It’s good that it’s easy to drink, and certainly inoffensive, but put this beside twenty other golden-lager style beers and you’ll be hard pressed picking this out from the bunch. I just get the impression these guys just aren’t trying any more…bit of a let down.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 6.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Much the same from the bottle the predominant flavours are the zesty, citrus notes with a swirl of wheaty goodness. Again, this is one very easy to drink beer, that is super refreshing. But perhaps it’s leaning a little too far over the generic fence.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Rissoles and mashed potato would work well here I believe.

Best season to appreciate: This is a genuine Summer weather brew guaranteed to quench that unquenchable thirst.

All-nighter beer? I could quite easily drink this beer all night long.


  1. radiosnivins says:

    ‘Kazoo striketh again! Alas, I’ve gone off everything Monteith’s, including my beloved Winter Ale. Stop me if I’ve told this story before, but recently, whilst doing research for my ‘Dear Radio…’ column for The Daily Foozler, a weekly whiffle rag that is published monthly due to printing  bungles and staff benders, I discovered that Monteith’s had copyrighted the name ‘radler’ in Enzed. In layman’s terms, through legal jiggery-pokery, they trousered the upmarket name for a shandy. It’s unconscionable. Consequently, not a drop of Enzed beer touched Radio’s lips on Anzac Day. He got on the outside of a sixer of Turkish Efes Pilseners instead. Lest we forget…hic


    • radiosnivins says:

      Rant aside, I’ve just broken my self-imposed Monteith’s embargo, and guzzed a sixer of Goldens. I feel dirty, but also whiffled – a sextet of five percenters and one dim sim will do that to me…hic. It’s dangnably smooth stuff. It’s also practically sniffless, and tasteless, and I can’t remember what it looks like, but it legitimately finishes cashewy smooth, which reinforces my belief that beer is a legume. So, in conclusion, it’s a genuine nine out of tenner.


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