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Beer – #431 – Garage Project – Beer

It’s called simply “Beer”. In a can.

Brewed by Garage Project this one in the style that is Pale Lager and they are in Wellington, New Zealand

330ml can, 4.8% ABV and 1.25 standard drink units in NZ. around 140 calories in this.

Garage Project - BeerIt couldn’t be simpler.

Pilsner malt, Saaz hops and Czech yeast. That’s it.

Sometimes simple is exactly what you want.

Why bother dressing it up?

It is what it is.


Garage Project are good at the edges and not so flash in the middle, so not a lot of hope  in this, but I’m sure it’ll be passable.

Popping a can of beer, it’s been a while, Aroma seems ok.

Garage Project - Beer copy

Decent colour,  muted aroma, nice head, good lacing

But it is what it is, a pale lager, which essentially is lightly flavoured, low intrusion beer.

Nice and cold and inviting you to have another.

I’m enjoying it as a refreshing drink, as a headlining drink, nothing to see here move along.

You could probably drink a lot of this and the end result would be you’ve spent a premium amount of money on a middle of the road brew that is a lot like a lot of domestic mass produced drinking.

Fair play to them it’s very clever marketing and possibly a good way to use up a few ingredients that they might have had on hand. Nothing ventured nothing gained.


The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing. If you get given one of these as a ‘comedy gift’ it’ll be ok because it’s drinkable and you won’t be offended.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? It’s ok
  2. Would I have another? Yes I do have another in the fridge, and will get to it shortly
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I think the comedy value alone would be worth the reason to share this .


The colour of pale lager ranges from light bronze to nearly transparent and the alcohol anywhere from 4-6%. Adjunct usage may be quite high, though in some cases the beer is all-malt. Carbonation is typically forced, though not always. One thing that doesnt vary is that neither the malt nor the hops make much of an impression on the palate. These beers are brewed for minimum character, though faint traces of hop or malt may show through. More likely though is that adjuncts like corn will show through, or you’ll find notes of higher alcohols (fuel notes) due to the use of high-gravity brewing. The body will be thin and watery, and the finish is typically non-existent.


4 comments on “Beer – #431 – Garage Project – Beer

  1. beernotwar
    August 4, 2014

    Reblogged this on BEER not WAR.


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  3. Stephen Green (@Spiglord)
    August 19, 2014

    Agree with your review completely… I was underwhelmed by this beer that is really just a small & tasty step up from a Speights or Tui. If it was a choice between this and any other ‘craft’ beer, I would choose the latter. Shame, because the rest of the Garage Project range is very adventurous and out-there….

    – Spig

    Liked by 1 person

    • Philip Walter
      August 19, 2014

      Thanks for reading and stopping by. GP have some really good products (I nearly wrote Beer) and these tend to be at the fringes and edges of the thing, their more normal beers are a bit hit and miss. But you can’t like everything all the time.


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