The non-rapid taste test I urgently needed


Matilda Bay, a Victorian brewery, was kind enough to send ahead a non-rapid taste test of its latest beer, the Aussie Wheat Ale. Brewed in Australia with wheat grown by local farmers, the beer is ideal for the Aussie palate.

One unique part of the beer was that it came in a funny non-rapid taste test box, a play on the RAT tests we’ve unfortunately become familiar with following the pandemic. Inside the box was the beer (of course) as well as a medical-style checklist with testing diagrams for ease of use.

I was happy to receive a positive reading on this test as the brew went down a treat (a negative reading on another test helped me appreciate this one).

Before trying this beer, I honestly wasn’t too excited. I’m not a big fan of the wheaty beers, preferring a juicy, fruity kick to a heavy taste but I was pleasantly proven wrong. This is the opposite of what I expected and it packed its own little fruity pop.

As Matilda Bay describes it: “With delicious hints of passionfruit and Seville orange, an aroma of lime mojito, ripe mandarin and fresh cut grass, a fluffy head, a light bitterness and a silky body, Matilda Bay invites you to take a sip, do the test, and reinvigorate your taste buds.”

The new brew was meticulously developed by master brewer Phil Sexton, who spent his youth working on the Western Australian central wheat belt.

“We grow such high-quality wheat in Australia and it’s time the country’s primary grain gets more of a look-in! We’re excited to launch the Aussie Wheat Ale – it’s a beer that Australians can truly call their own,” Phil says.

“But what’s best about this beer style is its flavour, so zesty, smooth and balanced, it will awaken Aussie taste buds.”

I’d recommend this beer to anyone looking for the perfect accompaniment to a springtime picnic or get-together with friends. The refreshing ale is another addition to a long line of Australian beers ideal for warmer Aussie weather.

There are limited numbers of Non-Rapid Test getting around – think Australia circa January 2022. However, Aussies will still be able to get their hands on the AWA, and no, they won’t have to visit every pharmacy within a 100km radius to do so. Those who miss out can do a DIY test and just… drink the beer. Matilda Bay Wheat Ale is now available at Dan Murphy’s and BWS Australian-wide and online.


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