Crown Pilsner
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Brewed by Carlton & United Breweries (CUB)
Style: Pilsener
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 1.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Cool brewed and matured using the unique Wencelaus Hop to create Australia's finest pilsner.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, - JUN 21, 2007
Better than the original Cornw Lager, but that’s not saying much. Decently drinkable in an absurd kind of way. Is a bit crisper than it’s daddy and goes down a bit more easily. I prefer this to Crown Lager, but I don’t seek out either of them.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Lunkie (1815) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2008
Sweet malt hop spice aroma. Murky yellow brown colour with poor head and lacing. Bitter malt spice flavour. Flat palate.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
UnholyBrewing (595) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - APR 17, 2008
...I never understood why everyone thinks this beer is so good. Slight hop notes, but other than that, nothing. Just expensive, with that cardboard aftertaste, not worth it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
mpeve (28) - Bolwarra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2007
Little hop aroma. Clear yellowy colour with a flat pouring head (not to style at all). Too sweet with too little bitterness for the style. Watery body suggesting the use of adjuncts. Probably perfect for those who enjoy Crown but want to look cool by drinking something different.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Dredd (812) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2007
This is awful, plain awful. I knew it was not promising when it poured with no head (most un-pilsener like) and had no aroma (most un-pilsener like). If they had any more sugar in this, it would send most people in to type II diabetes after more than a mouthful. It is horrifically sweet and has no bitterness to balance it. I am not a huge fan of the standard crown lager, but i have to say that I would take that anytime over this rubbish. This is a new low for CUB, i thought that empire Lager was as low as they could go, i am unpleasently proven wrong.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Muggus69 (2115) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2007
375ml bottle at the Australian Hotel, Sydney. First off I can’t believe CUB actually think they can get away with making a pilsner clone under the Crown label, secondly, what the hell is the Wencelaus hop!, and thirdly, why’d a bother? I guess I must have thought that something good could have come from this...how wrong I was. Yeah, i’ll conceed its better than your average Crown Lager, less skunky and better flavoured, but that doesn’t really mean much. And it end up costing me more than $8 for a stubbie. Not worth it ladies and gents.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 I believe that you can obtain a good impression of a beer immediately after the cap has been popped and you experience the intital rush of gas escaping the bottle. The impression here is simple. Adjunct. This is sugary and corny with a real limpness on the nose that is also toally devoid of any hop aroma. Australia’s finest pilsner eh? These bastards should be shot for making such assertions. So, to the glass we go and we see the typical Aussie pale lager characterisics that are neither bad or particularly good either. The taste is weak and soapy. There is a bitteness that is more metallic than hop driven, in fact it is so similar to another in the Carlton stable that it does a Sterling job in mimicing this eponymous beer. I have been thinking of something witty to say about the hop style, you know a play on the time when the good king looked out on the feast of Stephen and saw a shload of snow. Something like at least I’m breathin, um the yeast is leaving, er the beast is heavin. Oh stuff it the best one is sukurimxest azliven, which I think is a southern Uzbek dialect translated as "these dickheads at CUB are insulting us fair dinkum quality beer drinkers again with their piss poor attempt at macro brewed beer poduction diversity while only being successful in alienating us more by failing to achieve even mediocrity through a puerile attempt at extolling the virtues of a previously unheralded hop in what should be a fine style of beer." CUB, get stuffed and get 0.5.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
ALLOVATE (2895) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2006
Now it has sadly made its way into the bottleshops of Perth after a poor performance at selected bars and pubs. Is this one Australia wide or are we destined to be the only state to try such a beautifully crafted beer. Let us please share this with the rest of OZ, in fact let them take the lot.
First beer of the night. Had to really rouse it up to get a little head on top, sadly it was a good attempt at an impossible task. Massive flurry of carbonation here, a wafer thin pad of white and just a little evidence weaving down the glass as it went. The body a dull, pale straw. Aroma from the bottle smelt just like the cap I’d just removed. A little dusted, staling cardboard from the glass. Wow, I must get a bag of those Wencelaus hops, gives off such an absorbing bouquet!!!
Candy, dishwashing liquid and week-old worn clothes still in the basket is all I can think of once this baby hit the taste-buds. Reminded me to do the washing more often. Chilled from the fridge it is instantly soapy, chemical and flabby on the palate. Bitterness is questionable, something ticks it over but this seems to bounce to a different region of the mouth with each mouthful. It has a strange vinous quality in the background. Over-attenuated to reach the 5.4% it is very watery, which could almost be a strong point. Finish - I dread the fact this one is actually going down into my precious stomach - is just a continuation on from the damage it has already done. It’s bold of these boys to say this is Australia’s finest pilsner, in fact it’s just down-right criminal to even state this on the label. Pitiful, simply pitiful!!! (375mL, 19/06/07, The Beer Store Morley)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2006
Clear, yellowy, almost gold body with a very poor head, made it flat and dull looking. Smooth bland taste, light bitterness, a little soapy. Short finish and fairly light in body. Premium priced, twist top and only available at selected on-premise venues. This was a disappointing drop but what do you expect from Fosters.

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