#61 Waiheke Island Brewery – Baroona Original

Waiheke Island Baroona Original Name: Baroona Original
Brewery: Waiheke Island Brewery (Waiheke Island, New Zealand)
Style: Pale Ale
ABV:  4.7%
Source: Molly Malone’s, Waiheke Island.

I just got back from a weekend at my all-time favourite place in the world, Waiheke Island. I won’t brag too much about how sunny and enjoyable it was, but I will say that if you live in New Zealand and you haven’t been there yet then for God’s sake do it.

I’ll keep this short because I have two posts on Waiheke Island Brewery beers to write, and the second involves an actual visit to the brewery so should be more comprehensive. And by comprehensive I mean it will probably have a photo of me at the brewery in it.

I had this yesterday on tap at the island’s Molly Malone’s. According to the bottle and the tap, the Baroona Original is a Pale Ale, but the Breweries website classifies it as a kolsch beer. What? I don’t really know what a kolsch beer is (some kind of German style), but it tasted like a pale ale to me.

This seemed to me to be just a pretty standard, drinkable pale ale. I didn’t get a lot of aroma from it, except maybe some very faint citrus, and a distinct smell of… well, beer. It was medium-sweet with a drying finish, but could have used a bit more bitterness, I thought.


I went back today to the brewery and had it again, and found it to be a lot tastier this time. It had a stronger aroma of honey and orange peel, and generally just tasted better all-round. Obviously there’s something to be said for having beer fresh from the brewery, but also, at Molly’s it had been too cold.

In conclusion… This beer isn’t going to win any awards for originality, but it’s the right kind of beer for Waiheke Island. By that I mean – after going for a swim at Little Oneroa in the middle of the afternoon, then sweating my way up the hill to the bach, I’d be bloody grateful to find one of these waiting for me in the fridge.

Published in: on October 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

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