jdpeebs (684) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle. I’m just updating my records. A very ordinary beer, but still better than your mainstream lagers
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2010
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
more standard crap. barely drinkable brew obviously an attempt to sell to tourists
bozoNZ (716) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 3, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
330 ml bottle. Nice enough in the glass but fairly standard offering. On the sweeter side and light in any distinctive hop or malt character.
vanvenlo (1092) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2007
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
21 May 2006 - Sweet Euro hop aroma. Clear amber colour, poor head and suds lacing. Simple malt hop flavour. Medium mouthfeel and tangy bitter hop finish.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2007
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle. Not much going on here. Standard boring, sweet Aussie lager, with some metallic notes in the finish. Bland and fizzy. Not good.
Lunkie (1307) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2007
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Hop malt aroma. Clear amber colour with poor head and lacing. Bitter hop malt flavour. Flat palate.
highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Another cynical marketing exercise from Australia’s most shameless small(ish) brewer. The original ’Darwin Stubby’ was the nickname of a CUB brew called NT Draught which was sold in 2.25 litre bottles because they were easier and/or more cost-effective to transport from Melbourne. The beers became a huge hit with tourists because Darwin had at the time the highest beer consumption per capita anywhere in the world - so a big beer made the perfect souvenir. This is not that beer. This is a cash-in. As Sully says, it’s probably Bluetongue Lager travelling under a different flag. It’s actually a reasonable lager but passing this off as "a legendary beer" that is "world famous" gives me the shits. Pale gold, good head retention and lacing. Nice lemony aroma. Rounded mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, moderate bitterness. Lots of lemon marmalade fruitiness. (660ml bottle)
omhper (18327) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Golden colour, average head. There’s some grassy hopa up front. It’s medium bodied and aromatic with fairly low bitterness. No traces of adjuncts. A solid standard lager.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2004
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
The best thing about this is that I only had to pay $5 for the 660ml bottle at Camperdown Cellars. This means that if I purchased a regular Aussie stubby of 375ml it would only have cost me $2.84! Whacko the diddlyo. But that is the only positive note here. I really, really, really, really, really hate the crap that the Commercial Description embodies. Bullshit Aussie blokeiness, redundant slang and a jingoistic attitude that because this is Aussie it must be bloody beaut, bonzer, buuuuuurrrrpppp. This is quite redolent of the VB campaign that tells us when we could get a thirst, and when it was a hard earned one the best cold beer was Vic, blah, blah, blah. OK, this could be forgiven if we are going to get a really great beer. But why do I think that this will be a forlorn hope? Firstly the Bluetongue link made me sceptical and I have a serious suspicion that the recipe used for this is identical to the premium lager. Yep, I reckon it is. This presents, smells, tastes and afterburns like all of the macro brewed crap from Bundagerg to Bunbury and Broome to Bermagui. While in business it is often a good thing to sing off the same song sheet I suggest that photocopying the one recipe for pale lager and distributing it amongst all brewers in this wide brown land makes me as mopey as a wet hen and as mad as a cut snake. Oh, I should say bugger somewhere. Ok, bugger. Actually bugger me, coz this is my 800th rating. Bugger.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2004
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Aroma is very sweet, slightly plastic. Standard lager colour with short-lived head. Tastes really bad, like most other Oz macros. Only attraction is outsized bottle.