Otago, New Zealand
Imported by: New World Beverage Co.
Place: Newport Beach, CA
The Speight’s Brewery was founded on the South Island of New Zealand in 1876. Gold Medal Ale was given its name after winning an award at the Melbourne International Brewing Awards over a century ago, and the beer remains an important emblem to Southerners.
Alcohol by weight: 3.2
It’s good finally to see a flavorful offering from New Zealand. Speight’s, an old brewery with Yorkshire roots, is now a part of a large conglomerate that makes mostly “me too” beers. As ales go, it is decidedly on the light side, with a deep golden color, light-colored head, and shyness of hops. The mouthfeel is clean and refreshing with a good malt and hop balance. We enjoyed it with fresh Alaskan shrimp salad and mushroom caps stuffed with artisan goat cheese.
Golden amber with a pleasant and fruity caramel malt aroma. Refreshing palate and quenching light body. Maintains a malt and hop flavor worthy of another quaff. A rare find that is light in body, relatively low in alcohol, and balanced with real beer flavor. This beer survived the long journey from New Zealand in great shape. A great summer ale and session beer worthy of calling it “friend.”
This New Zealand beer is brewed by the Australasian giant Lion Nathan, best known for Steinlager. Speight’s of Dunedin dates from 1876, but has long since disappeared. The beer has a pale copper color with creamy malt on the aroma and a hint of licorice. There’s a sappy, woody character to the palate, but the beer dies quickly in the finish, with just the faintest hint of hops. In spite of being labeled “ale,” I suspect it’s cold conditioned. It’s a pleasant beer but not one to set the Tasman Sea alight.