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Redoak Hefeweizen - bottleRedoak Organic Hefeweizen

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Company info:

Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 5%
Standard drinks: 1.4

Cap type: Non-twist

Label info:
‘Hefeweizen is Bavarian for cloudy wheat beer. Redoak’s Organic Hefeweizen is brewed using certified organic malts, direct from the farmer, malted to Redoak’s specifications, and organic hops with a classic weihenstephan yeast that gives it a distinctive flavour profile with hints of banana and cloves and a refreshing finish’.

What the label really means:
Ouch! 42 words in the second sentence! They lost me at ‘weihenstephan’ – whatever that is. In my opinion, all the marketing boffins needed to say to get the same point across is: ‘We pride ourselves on this being a great tasting, organic beer with a definite Bavarian influence. After all, Hefeweizen is Bavarian for cloudy wheat beer.’ Much simpler to understand, guys.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: Gee I don’t know about this label…..reds and pinks with dashes of gold and yellow? Hmmm…the colours turn me off straight away. It’s very unimaginative, breaking all design principles. When I think of a red oak, I think of a massive, strong, stand up in a hurricane, tree that’s been around for 300 years. I would have liked to have seen some of this imagery incorporated into this disappointing label. Perhaps the imagery could replace their prominently displayed announcement ‘Australia’s most awarded brewery 2005-2007’.

I give it a label rating of 4.5 out of 10.

AROMA: A light blend of delicious, fruity hops dance amidst a cacophony of eagerly released bubbles of goodness. Can’t wait to try this.

Taste: GLASS – This is a good tasting beer – the first thing I notice is its citrus nature. Almost sour as a result of the over-zesty nature, it took a little getting used to. It’s a bit like another Bavarian favourite, Hoegaarden, however this Hefeweizen isn’t as flavour intense and if given the chance, I would choose this over Hoegaarden.

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

Taste: BOTTLE – Surprisingly, I found this beer a lot better to drink from the bottle. It makes the citrus less intense and you really taste those organic hops shouting for sweet mercy.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 8 out of 10.

A word from the wife: ‘A strong, robust, fruitiness…don’t know if I could have more than one’.

She gave it a taste rating of 6.5 out of 10.

Redoak Hefeweizen - glass

Accompanying food: I would love to sit back with a big ol plate of Mexican and drink plenty of this beer. The full flavours and spice of Mexican would be nicely complimented with this side of the plate lemon slice.

Best season to appreciate: This is definitely a Summer thirst quencher. Drink after ploughing the fields, or thatching your roof. A big welcome to our Amish community.

Time taken to finish bottle: 5 minutes. Very easy to drink.

All-nighter beer? Yes, I think so, particularly on a warm summer’s evening

NEXT WEEK: Bighead (Australia’s first no carb beer, and our first QLD beer)


Cobra Premium - bottleCobra Premium
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Company info:
Cobra Beer 

Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 5%
Standard drinks: 1.7

Cap type: Non-twist

Label info:
‘Specially brewed to an authentic Indian recipe and double-filtered for a uniquely smooth taste’
‘The world’s most celebrated lager, a result of our quest for the perfect beer’.

What the label really means:
‘It’s a British beer but we want to make this seem like you’re drinking something exotic – Indian! Oh yeah and we’ve won a couple of awards’
(NB: The label shows that Cobra Premium has won the Monde Selection Bruxelles award from 2001 – 2008. I’m not sure what this means as the Monde website is hard to navigate but it looks impressive. Did I feel it deserved such high accolades?).

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Label: Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of gold (which this label predominantly is) – it makes me think of real estate agents and sleazy, hairy chested, open shirted car salesman. 
With a name like Cobra, I expected so much more. A Cobra attacking a poor, homeless family, or  biting the head off a tiger, or ripping the shirt off a weight lifter would immediately catch my attention. But this label has some Hindi script, Indian style picture engravings in the bottle (the etched bottle gets extra points), and that’s about it. A real shame.

I give it a label rating of 4 out of 10.

AROMA: This is one great smelling beer. It’s how beer should smell – beery. It reminds me very much of a Belgian style beer and I’m thirsty just thinking about how this will taste.


Taste: GLASS – This is nice! It has a slight bitterness that rolls off the tongue with a casual elegance. I note that the beer appears quite carbonated, but upon tasting it, it is the perfect amount of carbonation and a nice head is maintained throughout the tasting.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8 out of 10.


Taste: BOTTLE – Excellent! I’m a bit surprised that nothing is lost by drinking it from the bottle. Every mouthful of this beer is a great experience. It has a real full-bodied taste and a great after taste. I just keep being impressed with every gulp.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 8 out of 10.

Cobra Premium - glass

A word from the wife: ‘Not bad…the bubbles are tiny…like champagne. I could drink this beer from a champagne flute’.

She gave it a taste rating of 8 out of 10.

Accompanying food: I think this beer would sit nicely with Asian dishes particularly Thai or Vietnamese. These dishes would help push the full body of this beer and help appreciate it even further.

Best season to appreciate: This is another beer for the warmer seasons.

Time taken to finish bottle: 5 minutes – super easy  to drink.

All-nighter beer? Yes, I reckon it could be. I just might have to investigate further!

NEXT WEEK: Murray’s Sassy Blonde

Outback Chilli BeerOutback Chilli Beer
Outback Brewery
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Company info:
Outback Brewery

Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 4.8%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-twist

Label info: No label info

What the label really means: N/A

 The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: The label on this beer is very ordinary. It’s plain, it’s unexciting. They’ve gone for a cartoon image of a frilled neck lizard in a supposedly threatening pose.
Now, I love a good, tough looking label and if a scary animal is in a threatening pose, the label designers get extra points. The Outback Chilli Beer’s design however leaves me yawning and not frightened in the least. The text around the lizard, and on the rest of the bottle, looks like it’s come direct from MS Word and is definitely not appealing. I wouldn’t be surprised if this label has been designed by kids at a sheltered workshop – or at least someone with a very rudimentary knowledge of Indesign. Lame font, lame colours, lame non-scary lizard. It makes me wonder if this label is designed specifically for tourists. Blind tourists.

I give it a label rating of 3 out of 10.

AROMA: The smell of this beer is really quite nice. It’s very soft, and very wheaty. In a way, it reminds me in smell of a beer such as Hoegaarden. 

Taste: GLASS – Upon first sip of this ale I was hit with a stinging pang of nothingness. There was a slight hint of chilli but hardly noticeable. This alone, is a good thing (a couple of years back I tried Black Mountain’s Chili Beer and was almost blown sideways by the heat. It made it difficult to drink). Outback Chilli Beer at least has subtlety on its side. And that’s about the best thing I can say for this nothing kind of beer.

Outback Chilli Beer - glass

I give it a beer from glass rating of 5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Surprisingly (though it wasn’t too hard), this beer tastes better from the bottle. It seemed to go down easier and smoother – though I put this down to the beer being a bit of a nothing kind of beer that just needs to be thrown back quickly.
The other thing I noticed from drinking out of the bottle was that the chilli taste was a bit more noticeable. And in giving this beer a bit of taste, it was a good thing.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 5.5 out of 10.

A word from the wife: ‘A subtle chilli flavour that would go nice with Thai or Vietnamese’.

She gave it a generous taste rating of 7 out of 10.

Accompanying food: I would suggest having this beer (if you insist) as a pre-dinner drink. It would go well with nuts or chips. Drink it from the bottle for the extra hit of chilli and the beer will serve to open up your palette, get the saliva glands working and prepare you for dinner.

Best season to appreciate: I think this beer would be best suited to the warmer months.

Time taken to finish bottle: 5 minutes – I sort of threw it back once my tasting was complete as I knew no other taste sensation would emerge.

All-nighter beer? Definitely not. 2-3 of this would be my limit for a very long time. After finishing this beer I didn’t feel like another beer of any description for about 24 hours.

Other notes: After typing up this week’s entry I decided to head to the Outback Brewery website. I was somewhat amused to see that Outback Chilli Beer has three medals to its name. A gold, and two bronzes. There is no year listed for these or further information.

NEXT WEEK: Holgate’s Mt Macedon Ale