Alengrin (4429) - BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
The famous VB, Australia’s prime standard lager, from a strangely shaped stubby bottle of which the cap says "twist top" - and indeed, once opened, this cap can be fixed back onto the bottle again by giving it a firm twist to the left. Medium thick but loose and dissipating, moussy, snow white head, retaining on the edges and thinly over the liquid, lacing, residing over a cristal clear beer with the warm colour of ’old gold’, calmly sparkling. Aroma of sugarloaf, old cake, corn, slightly toasty biscuit, iron, fairly strong damp cloth, industrial honey, soap and a faint whiff of grass. Clean, crisp lager taste profile, neutral at first, minerally with stronger and more ’prickly’ carb than expected, after which a simple graininess follows with a thin, slick but somewhat oily body, lightly skimming the realm of biscuit and even (lightly) white bread for a while but with a metallic tone to it, accompanying an equally simple and predictable corn sweetishness; finish is a simple continuation of this thin malt sweetness but is accompanied by a grassy and even slightly peppery hop bitterishness, as straightforward as it may be, drying a bit and feeling a bit oily. Simple, neutral and metallic like all standardized pale lagers, but pleasantly ’bread sweet’ in the nose, distinctly more so than usual, with a - for the style - sufficient dosage of drying, grassy hops in the end, this is among the better pale lagers I tasted. Not good by any means, cheap swill for sure, but a wee little bit more ’full’ than average for the style.
The_Osprey (5930) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2015
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
375ml stubby bottle, twist-off cap, 4.9% BB March 2015. Orange, clear, sparkling, bubbly white head doesn’t endure. Aroma is papery, watery syrups, damp cardboard and spice. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, pretty smooth. Taste is sugary, salty rusk, touch of butter, some tang and spice, dry finish but not really bitter. Nothing offensive, no off-putting flavours, pretty drinkable ... just very plain and sweeter than I like.
saltyfrog (6) - Baulkham Hills, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2015 does not count
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Really rubbish mass produced beer here in Australia. Some old timers have a sentimental attachment to it because they have been getting drunk on it for the last 40 years.
You can drink it if you have to but personally I wouldn’t recommend it.
It is light on the palate with only an unpleasant yeasty mildly bitter taste.
If you like generic mass produced beer with no discernible malt flavours hops aromas/taste or if you are a "super taster" that only likes the blandest of flavours, this might be right up your alley.
gieldekoning (32) - Gemert, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice Lager (amber beer maybe??). Fruity nose en fruity flavour. Subtil malty with a bitter touch
hawthorne00 (3453) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
"I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos." (Walter Sobchak, The Big Lebowski)
This is the essence of the defence people make of this beer: It’s foul, but hey! at least it’s not bland.
My 1000th Australian rating on RateBeer. Don’t think I’ve had this one since the early ’90s. Even so, memory is probably chipping a couple of points off this rating.
Longneck bottle, 3C. A$6 - not even cheap by Australian standards. Gold with a decent white head that fades but doesn’t disappear. Aroma is grainy with some light weedy hop notes. Sweet but this cold not overwhelmingly so, with a reasonably bitter finish that’s weedy and slightly metallic. Letting it warm at all is a bad idea as the malt (and presumably sugar) side of things flabs out and dulls the bitterness. But there’s no corn or cooked vegies - it’s all quite competent. And then a second cold glass I just couldn’t face.
So yes: It’s not pleasant, but at least it’s not bland. Very cold it has a biting character at the end that you’d hesitate to inflict on a slug but is a distinction of a kind. You couldn’t launch a beer with that egregious finish, but as a brand it prospers or at least endures on it, I think, as a blokey rite when passing from the degradations of work to the stupor of mateship. And from there into the void.
Better than recalled.
Wim (3636) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
on holiday, in a pub from tap gold blond-colored body with a herby hops aroma a herby hop slightly bitter taste with a bitter finish
DavidAust (190) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As mentioned in the style - not a true bitter, but a lager. The beer snob in me wants to say "it is just another macro", but to be honest (which is what we want from fellow raters), I like this beer. It smells like a macro beer, so nothing special there, and appearance wise a very thin foam that goes away very quickly, and it is a typical pale lager colour. My advice - drink from the stubbie (glass bottle) or can as the colour, head and aroma are not anything special or enhanced by a good pour.
The palate is clean, crisp and perfect for a hot day. As the advertising goes: "for a hard earned thirst"; and that is exactly when this is best - when you are hot and thirsty and want a refreshing drink that isn’t sweet.
For a macro beer it has a good full taste as a lager should, slightly bitter compared to other Australian macro’s and has a reasonable mouth feel - for a lager.
Enjoy cold from the esky (chiller) and know that it is NOT for those who want to savour a beer slowly, it is for bbqs, watching rugby league, Australian football, or a five day cricket test match in the hot sun on the hill.
P.S. and it makes a pretty good shandy (half beer / half lemonade) for the partner without wasting high quality and expensive beer.
TorbenJensen (1452) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a very low foaming as quickly disappear. The aroma is dominated by malt that fades in light hint of hops. The taste is also first most marked by malt, but mixes quickly with hops which remains in very good balance with the malty taste. I seem to feel more Czech than English touch in this lager. The finish is long, hoppy and pleasantly lager.
jamaty (1809) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 8, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Lager convencional de aspecto, aroma malteado. Bastante carbónica, en exceso, por lo demás totalmente normal, del monton. Bebible, refrescante, algo dulce y sin nada que aportar.
GuideDogSaint (1181) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUN 1, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2016 355ml bottle from Walmart, Xiamen. Pours golden amber with a thin white head. Aroma of malt and grain. Bitter finish.