Company info:Matilda Bay Brewing Company Port Melbourne, V.I.C. [www.matildabay.com] 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: ‘A unique hand crafted specialty beer. Pale golden colour with honey aromas. A light malt palate and just a hint of bitterness on the crisp, clean and refreshing finish. It is quite simply, the Beez Neez of beers‘ What the label really means: Straight to the point and enlightening.
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Label: It’s jack-o-lantern orange makes this label very unique. It’s warming, cheery and bright. I like the bold ‘Beez Neez’ smeared across the middle of the label like it’s been ripped from underneath the traditional label above. It’s rough and ready, tough and uncompromising. I am very surprised at how well the orange works, and really think this is one well designed label. I give it a label rating of 7.5 out of 10. AROMA: Wheaty, fresh, zesty, hoppy. Smells good. Taste: GLASS – I can detect very subtle hints of honey mixed in with this very gently brew. I note an unflattering after-taste of a watered down brew where the flavours have all but dispersed. In fact it’s so unflattering it’s almost dirty dishwasher tasting. Put that aside, swallow quick, and you’ll find this is an easy to drink ale but that’s where it ends. It’s a bit too generic and boring, and I need more flavour. I give it a beer from glass rating of 6.5 out of 10. Taste: BOTTLE - From the bottle, Beez Neez cuts to the watery flavour even quicker. It’s flavourless, lack-lustre, and really tastes like it could well be Matilda Bay’s demented problem child. I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6 out of 10. Accompanying food: Lamb…lamb sausages in particular. Perhaps with some chargrilled vegies. Bring it. Best season to appreciate: An afternoon sun brew – Summer. All-nighter beer? It’s easy to drink all night, as I discovered on the weekend, so in that sense it’s an all-nighter. But expect, as I did, to feel a little cheated by it. For more tasty beer reviews, head over to Mason Hell-Cat's beer blog.