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Brewed by Steel River Brewery
Style: Pale Lager
Newcastle, NSW, Australia

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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 1.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.3   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Virgin Blonde is the first organic offering from our newly certified brewery. It is a premium low-carb, blonde (it is pale) lager, made from lightly roasted barley, that has been grown in virgin soil, without the use of pesticides and herbicides. The grain hasnít been fumigated (as is normally the case) and the brewing process is independently certified free from chemical additions. This beer has no sugar added in production, and does not contain any of the following processing aids usually used in mainstream brewing.


1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
ALLOVATE (2407) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2013
Funny what pops up when going through old notebooks. Had no idea what this rating was, but it cam flashing back once I searched for its page (slight chill down the spine!)
From notes alone. Yeast pad in base of bottle - BIG question mark. Even Japanese malt doesnít come as pale as the beer I see before me. Itís a drawn pea yellow, I mean really watered down lemon cordial-like, and suffering a bad case of chill haze. Soda-pop carbonation results in a mere island of white atop. Smells of salty loaves and spent lager yeast. Oh, I taste it then I donít; it is spry, short and nearly lifeless in the mouth. So many carbís lagered out of it has rendered it close to soda water but without the biting carbonation. Yeasty, soapy and pasty in the finish resulting in a film upon the tongue. This is not beer at all. Ugh!! (33cL, BB 09/02/10, Dan Murphyís Albany)

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
deanso (5250) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2011
33cl bottle shared at a friends birthday. Great name. The beer was disappointing though. Very malty & not very exciting.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2010
Fairly clear gold body with poor head. Dull bready sweet malty aroma, flat cardboard taste, didnít really like the Platts Folly but I struggle with this one even more.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Muggus69 (1198) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2009
330ml bottle. Faint but fragrant hop aroma, bit of ripe fruit and citrus. Clean pale gold body, short-lived white head. Lean texture, somewhat drying with a medium-to-high carbonation. More subtle musky, tropical-fruit-like hop begins on the palate, and dies. Not a great deal else happening. Finishes reasonably clean, low bitterness, bready drying note. Certainly one of the better "low carb" beers iíve come across, but thatís not saying alot.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
jredmond (5330) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Bottle split with P. Straight from a white trash bag as we sat locked out of apartment. This beer sucked. Smelled like a regular macro, tasted corn, malt pretty offensive.

1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
mkel07 (3383) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2009
Poured a pale straw colour, clear with a thin small white head with not much aroma to speak of. Very flat taste.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madquacker (1041) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2008
Found this quite drinkable. Malty and fizzy sherbert taste with some spice. Donít know about the organic part.


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