Brewed by Carlton & United Breweries (CUB)
Style: Pale Lager
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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RATINGS: 706   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Victoria Bitter has been Australia’s favorite full strength beer brand for many years. VB, as it is widely known, was launched in the 1890s and since then has developed a reputation as a great beer with a tradition of rewarding Australians who work and play hard.

The alcohol percentage went down from 4.8% to 4.6% in 2009.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hawthorne00 (3311) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2015
"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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wim (3506) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidAust (169) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2015
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
TorbenJensen (1432) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2015
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jamaty (1749) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 8, 2015
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GuideDogSaint (1025) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUN 1, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2016 355ml bottle from Walmart, Xiamen. Pours golden amber with a thin white head. Aroma of malt and grain. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mzaar (2600) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2015
Flaska @ Backstage, Varberg. Guldfärgad vätska med ett medelstort vitt skum. I såväl smak som doft är malten kraftigt dominerande, och till det en näven honung och gräs. Väldigt sött, liten beska.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bill Becker (725) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAY 29, 2015
It pours a light gold with a 2 finger head of foam and leaves some lacing. A pretty good looking brew. The smell is of corn, grain, and a nondescript bitterness. The taste isn’t bad up front; there’s a decent balance between the corn and grainy sweetness and a light bitterness. On the back end it does get a bit too corny and sweet but overall, it’s not that bad. Some compliment for a beer, eh? Usual carbonation and body for the style, it’s easy drinking. It might have been even better before the best by of Aug 2011. :^)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cagou007 (871) - FRANCE - MAY 5, 2015
Pours golden with medium white head. Aromas of grass, hay, some honey. Sour and bitter taste. Light body, average carbonation. Short bitter finish.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
krzystof (1) - AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2015 does not count
VB (commonly called just ’green’) was once Australia’s most widely popular local brew. Cheaper than most alternatives and heavily marketed, in much the same way Fosters succeed overseas. As for the beer itself, there’s nothing to recommend it at all. Its aroma is reminiscent of a public urinal and the head and the finish are weak and watery.

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