Brewed by Scharerís Little Brewery
Style: Pale Lager
Picton, N.S.W., Australia


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A traditional all malt beer, fermented in the traditional German method with a long cold storage. Quite full-bodied with a big malt start, balanced with quite a high bitterness and hop flavour and a dry finish. The Lager has a hoppy, aromatic, and sometimes honeyish nose. No added sugar, preservatives or chemicals; unfiltered and unpasteurised. Available in 780ml champagne style bottles. Should be consumed within 3 weeks of bottling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2004
A one-month shelf life? No worries there. A cloudy and tasty drop, and if youre ever in Sydney, swing by the Australian Hotel and you can get it on tap. Mother's milk! Spanner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4943) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Hazy blonde coloured body with a thin white head. Aroma of coriander seed, wheat and whole oranges. Medium-bodied; Spicey flavour with coriander seed, nutmeg & wheat-VERY flavourful! Aftertaste spicey and full flavoured. Overall, one of the best lagers iíve had-I think itís a wheat! Afterwards...STRONG meaty flavours with beef stock, potatoes & celery!! WIERD! Tasting this after the Cascade 4 Seasons, these tastes come out, but prior, the wheaty tastes come out. Still, a crazy brew that is unpasteurised and very refreshing. I sampled this pint at the Australian Hotel on the Rocks in Sydney, Australia on 09-June-2004.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7171) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 9, 2001
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2003 vastly improved. golden, crisp, some apple and an earthy hops aroma. quality stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 Very fruity, especially peaches. This is a great in-pub beer sans cool pub: very lame that heaps of losers at the Australian after a hard day selling real estate insist on a VB from the tap next door. Liked it a little better than the bock because I was in the mood for pouring it down fast after losing netball. Peace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2003
31/3 at George IV Inn (Picton): Lovely natural hop aroma. Short lasing white head on a murky yellow-amber liquid. Very fruity, malty taste balanced with the perfect amount of bitterness. Lovely hop flavour too. Smooth, medium mouthfeel. Nice lacing on glass. Great price $2.50 middie!. Slightly more ale-like in taste than a lager though I must admit (expecially with the body).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lucy99 (21) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2001

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (20449) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2003
Bottled. Deep golden and hazy. Orangey aroma. Light bodied, but still with nice malt accent. Very flavourful and promising with balanced bitterness, but also beginning deterioration in form of acidity. I really need to seek up this brewer to get their beer fresh whenever I go down under. Thanks duff for sending this and all the other beers!!!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Aroma is dominated by an objectionably high level of diacetyl. Appearance is very clear (despite not being filtered) and a beautiful gold colour with reasonable (not great) head retention. Good strong malt presence and mouthfeel, could do with more hops (especially bitterness). Really enjoyable beer if you block your nose!
RR: Geez, itís been a long time since Iíve had a good Scharers. I know theyíre pretty inconsistent but still. Perilously close to dropping quite a way down the scale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
Tap at The Australian: Hazy gold with a thin head around the rim of the glass, though with a very fine bead that sparkled quite hypnotically. Musty pale malts in the aroma, followed by fruity hop notes (peaches and apricots). The flavour is restrained but sublime - honeyed pale malts, superb butterscotch diacetyls, and subtle fruity hops. Wonderful! Far and away the best Pale Lager I have encountered. A landmark in the Australian beer topography.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2003
This can be iffy, but when on-song it is a beauty. The waft of tettnanger and hallertauer combine to give a great flowery nose. The mouthfeel is rich and has a peaches and cream character. I like the orange hue even if it is a bit cloudy when poured from the bottle. I agree with head retention comments though, in days gone by the 3 pack used to come with a flyer that advised it was best to 'bounce' the beer of the bottom of the glass to get a head.

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