Sawmill The Doctor
What to expect:
Light, tasty, chocolate and coffee notes
This is something of a legendary beer for the Matakana-based Sawmill Brewery, as it dates back to the original brewery when it was located in a shed next to the Leigh Sawmill Café. The brewery, with its Smoko Room restaurant, moved closer to Matakana in 2016 and is now a must-stop in that part of the world. Classed as a doppelbock, this is a smooth, dark lager, with beautifully integrated flavours. The silky texture on the palate delivers milk chocolate and delicate coffee notes before finishing just on the right side of dry, like a chocolate-coated coffee bean. The judges loved the fine balance of flavours and summed it up succinctly: “Tasty”.
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This is a classic German-style beer that's light bodied but with some lovely chocolate notes. Think classic German food, from sausages and sauerkraut for a main, and apple strudel for dessert.