While in Cork for Easterfest, I stopped at the Woolshed which is an Aussie bar beside the new Porterhouse. There's one in Dublin too, well known for their sports, especially American stuff.
It could be that the beer selection in Cork is better than in Dublin though. In Dublin, I only recall some Coopers stuff as being anything worth drinking where as Cork had some Mac's (New Zealand) beers as well as Sierra Nevada. All bottles though, the taps were all the usual macro crap you get in Ireland.
Not having had these two Mac's beers before, I decided to have a go.
Starting off with a witbier, Great White is 5% somewhat typical wit. I often find that Mac's like to play with styles. Their Hop Rocker Pilsner with cascade and nelson sauvin is a lovely beer. Anyway, Great White has hints of lemon, bubblegum, coriander as you might expect and it has a slightly sour finish. All told, it's a little watery for my taste but does have enough flavour to keep it interesting. It's certainly a step above Blue Moon surely? Well, I'm not so sure about that. Perhaps on par but Blue Moon on tap is a fuller mouth feel. I don't like it in bottle but on tap it's not too bad. Perhaps Great White is better still in tap? No way to know without going to New Zealand.
Shady Pale is a little bit more up my alley. I do love my pale ales so I had high hopes for it. Not bad and quite nice are about as much complementing as I can do here. It's just dull with a little bitter orange pith and some slight tropical fruit not able to come out and save it. I could have happily had another one if I was not on my way to a beer festival but only because Porterhouse next door was not open until 2pm.
So far, Mac's have not endeared themselves to me. My experience with New Zealand beers is pretty limited. I guess I'll just have to visit some day. Maybe next year.