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Mata Beer

Whilst on a visit to the South Melbourne markets, I happened across a little NZ beer called Mata. Apparently meaning rawness, freshness or edge, Mata delivers three beers in its range, namely the “palate cleansing, spritzy fruit ale” Feijoa, the Manuka: a “smooth, clean tasting golden coloured ale, edged with a hint of NZ’s native manuka honey” and the Artesian which, sadly I was unable to get my hands on.

The Feijoa was not really up my alley, if I’m honest. Its rather bitter initial impression is balanced by a slight sweetness on the finish, however for me the bitterness is the dominant player. I must admit that I am not usually a fan of ‘fruity’ beers, so someone who is may find this a rather palatable drop.

Which brings me to the Manuka. Amazingly aromatic on the nose with the distinct manuka honey standing up and saying: “hey you, manuka here!”. The palate is clean and crisp, reminiscent of a good ale, with a nicely rounded manuka honey aftertaste. Definitely my favourite of the two.

So, not a bad effort from the team at Mata. Definitely worth a try. Check them out here.




5 thoughts on “Mata Beer

  1. feijoa beer……that’s just wrong (and I’m a kiwi, so that’s saying something….)

    Posted by teesha_adam's wifey | August 20, 2009, 2:20 pm
  2. wow the manuka honey beer strikes a chord in my heart. Must try the beer! whereabouts in south melb markets can you try this?

    Posted by cruxiefaye | August 26, 2009, 9:41 pm
    • Both of the Mata products can be found at Swords Select, Stall 73 at the markets. Check out the Alpha Queen from Boatrocker whilst you’re there, great beer!

      Posted by foodstuffmelb | August 27, 2009, 8:47 am
      • Purvis Cellars also stock Mata beers, along with a range of other Kiwi beers not available elsewhere

        Posted by SimonL - Backseat Baristas | October 31, 2009, 7:19 am

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