Independent Breweries (Australia) Reviews




TedE
2.7
Six Stars Breweries Platinum Blonde
330ml bottle into schooner glass. Brewed & bottled for Pinnacle liquor but identical otherwise. Aroma of stale bread and distant malt. Golden amber beer with fast disappearing head. Zingy in the mouth with initial bitterness. Finish has slight maltiness followed by tinny hops. Not bad for a ísupermarketí beer.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Danev76
3.1
Six Stars Breweries Platinum Blonde
Stale and slightly fruity aroma. Clear golden colour with poor head. Fruity up front with honey finish. Light body with medium carbonation.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MRMedellin
2.2
Six Stars Breweries Platinum Blonde
Actually is not as bad as I thought when I read the label. It pours a clear dark yellow beer, small head, standard carbonation, with some grass and cereal notes. Flavor is dominated by malt flavors, not too much bitterness from the hops with a crisp and flat flavor at the end.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kita
2
Hašgen Premium Blonde
Bottle, 0.33l. Clear deep golden color with small fully diminishing white head and average sparkling appearance. Aroma is grassy, grainy and bready. Taste starts with light sweet maltiness, following is vegetably, mouthfeel is dry, while finish is light bitter. Light body, thin texture and soft carbonation in palate. Another poor lager...
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Maris
1.3
Six Stars Breweries Platinum Blonde
From a 330ml bottle on 11/8/2013. Pours a clear bright golden with a small head. Has a slight grassy, grainy aroma. The flavour features a little sweet malt followed by a common macro metallic hop bitterness. Has a light body and medium carbonation. Actually a bit better than I was expecting for a low carb beer, but still quite horrible. I canít think why anyone would want to drink this type of gear on a regular basis.
Saturday, August 10, 2013

mkel07
1.9
Bugle Bay Premium Bitter
375ml can. This is an old rating from 2010 that I found when I was going through my beer journals. The beer was brewed for Aldi stores and was only available in Victoria. Bright almost orange colour with a pillowy cotton wool white foam. Grain and hop aromas that lead to mild bitterness.
Monday, January 07, 2013

ALLOVATE
2.1
Six Stars Breweries Platinum Blonde
íViennaí bwooohahaha. Anyways....
Orange gold and bright with sodapop carbonation. Well retained, sudsy, snow-white head manages some good legs. Nose is dominated by staling hops and fresh mown grass with a hint of sour malt, fairy floss and straw. Carbonic bite upfront inside before becoming dull and flat in the back. A little cardboard, a little straw, light grass and sour edge, watery and thin in general. Dry crisp finish to its merit. Lacks definition or at least, at least, flavour. Average lawn mower beer. (33cL, BB 16/01/13, Dan Murphyís Currambine)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

lovebeer1or2
1.4
Three Kings Dry Lager
One time, I can remember waking up in a strange place with a disgusting hangover wondering how I got there... rather than take in the pain of the situation, I rolled over and drank the first thing I saw and it wasnít much different to the delightfully lacking Three Kings. It must be mentioned that the first thing I saw was an ash tray that had held some beer spillage from the night before. DONT INSULT YOUR TASTE BUDS WITH THIS TRIPE
Monday, May 23, 2011

michclark
3.5
Three Kings Dry Lager
nice crisp dry taste. Beautiful in appearance if your looking to find a "extra dry" beer with more flavour and less watery tasting this is it.
Saturday, May 14, 2011

mkel07
1.7
Snowies Blonde Cider
330ml boittle. Like most ciders this one pours a light ghostly translucent straw colour without any head at all. Clear as water with the crisp tart aroma of granny smith apples and a flavour to match. Thin and watery .
Thursday, April 21, 2011

mkel07
1.2
Three Kings Dry Lager
330ml bottle. Very poor looking in the glass with an opaque pale straw colour and a dishwater head. Aimed at the young trendy crowd with itís black bottle and marketing approach. Malty grain aroma that is basic at best and a light dry flavour.
Sunday, February 06, 2011

madquacker
2.5
Three Kings Dry Lager
Strange and somnehow not right. Balance is all over the shop. Citrus and dry?? Drinkable though.
Friday, February 04, 2011

bluebetty
2
Three Kings Dry Lager
Bottle. Pours a very clear straw with smallish white head. Aromas pretty bland as expected. Some grassy hops and corn. Not looking good. Flavours are initially quite sweet. Dry finish. Not that great
Monday, January 03, 2011

bluevegie
2
Three Kings Dry Lager
It is good to remind myself every now and then why I donít really like pale lagers fortunately I didnít pay for this. Clear pale golden body with no head, corn notes on the aroma with the taste a little metallic but not much else.
Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pyobon
2.5
Three Kings Dry Lager
Bottle. Poured clear straw, no head. Grassy / vege aroma. Light body, medium carbonation. Bread / grain foretaste with a lemony tartish finish. It would be OK if you were thirsty and there wasnít anything else, but not if you want a good beer.
Sunday, December 19, 2010

ComradeK
1.4
Three Kings Cider
330ml bottle. Pours a ridiculously pale clear yellow, with, of course, no head. The prevalent aroma is, bizarrely enough, washing powder. Weird, but there you go. It tastes of artificial lemon to begin, with some very sweet apple coming in afterwards, and a slightly too alcoholic finish. The palate falls into the sweet and cloying trap. A poor, paint by numbers, cider. Not worth trying.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Blockley
2.3
Three Kings Cider
Bottle @ home

A premium cider this is not. Pours a highly effervescent clear straw colour, no head. Nose is muted sweet apples. The strong carbonation masks most of the flavour, what is left is acidic and sweet. No noticeable aftertaste.

Nothing impressive here but considering the horrifying other products from the same brewer/brand this mediocre cider is actually rather remarkable.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

gam
1.9
Three Kings Dry Lager
Clear gold pour good head medium strong carbonation aroma rubbery grassy malt sweeetness flavour sweet grassy has a fruity hop taste metallic touch to it very sweet hard to swallow this beer has a bitter like aspirin it is really an American Pale Lager have told Rate Beer but the aftertaste is not good more metallic than anything and sweet with a terrible bitter taste
Sunday, December 05, 2010

ComradeK
2.5
Snowies Blonde Cider
330ml bottle. Pours a ridiculously pale straw yellow, with, as expected of a cider, no head. The aroma is quite sweet, mixing apple and a hint of cane sugar, but is acceptable enough. The taste, too, is very sweet, doubtless due to the apple varieties used, which are largely sweet table varieties, not proper cider apples. The finish has the merest trace of lemon. This (very) blonde cider, whilst not dreadful, and certainly not the worst Iíve tasted, is far too sweet for a proper cider, in my opinion. However, I would consider it passable on the whole.
Friday, October 15, 2010

Lunkie
1.2
Six Stars Breweries Platinum Blonde
Clear amber colour with no head or alcing. Hop malt chemical aroma with some stae ashtray thrown in. Bitter hop ashtray flavour slight hops. Flat palate.
Friday, August 13, 2010

ComradeK
0.5
Cruiser Apparella Dolce Cider
275ml bottle. As with that dreadful Cruiser lager, I was merely sampling some of a friendís, not actually buying my own. The aroma is pretty well non-existent. What is there is sweet, artificial and cloying, as might be expected from a cider of this ilk. The taste is much the same: almost entirely absent, and limited to sweet, artificial apple. Still, this is hardly surprising, given that this is a macro cider made for the sort of people who enjoy the flavour-free zone that is a Vodka Cruiser. Absolute and utter rubbish, I strongly recommend that you avoid this.
Monday, August 09, 2010

ComradeK
0.5
Cruiser Hummingbird Blonde Lager
275ml bottle. I feel ashamed to admit that I have tasted this swill. In my defence, I didnít actually buy it, just tried a bit of a friendís. Smells of nothing pleasant, maybe some artificial chemical aromas and stale malt. It tastes bland and insipid. I didnít realise there was added grapefruit, but it does explain the unusual and exceptionally unpleasant aftertaste. Not only is this monstrosity, brewed by the same people who bought you Vodka Cruisers, the classic lollywater alcopop, an insult to the name of beer, it is even an insult to the name of pale lager. Avoid it at all costs.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Dredd
2.2
Cruiser Hummingbird Blonde Lager
I think this is a lot better than what I expected, it pours golden yellow with thin white head. Citris aroma and upfront palate, this moves to a bit of a watery mid palate and finishes clean. I think the biggest handicap this beer has is being wrapped in the cruiser packaging. No worse than any of the other aussie blondeís on the market
Thursday, July 08, 2010

vanDahl
1
Cruiser Hummingbird Blonde Lager
Clear bottle. Sickly pale pour with a poor fizzy head. Citrus aroma. Offensively tangy on the tongue with "off fruit" bitter aftertaste. Very thin and bland beer. Disappointing.
Sunday, June 13, 2010

beerledgend
1
Six Stars Breweries Platinum Blonde
Bright orange in colour with thin white head that dissapeared back to countdown!!! Sweet bland water with metalic finish. Noaroma.Supermatket special!!!
Monday, March 08, 2010

Lunkie
1.2
Cuba 59
Hop malt ashtray aroma. plae yellow colour with poor head and lacing. Malt hop flavour with a lot of dirt ashtray for good measure. Flat palate.
Friday, March 05, 2010

mkel07
1
Six Stars Breweries Platinum Blonde
330ml bottle. Thin, watery and golden in colour with a modest head that disappears quickly. Offensive skunky aroma of grain and malt. Tastes as bas as it smells. Again low carb equals low flavour.
Saturday, February 27, 2010

mkel07
0.9
Cruiser Hummingbird Blonde Lager
275ml bottle. Clear with a white head consisting of tiny bubbles. One shade darker than water but at least it smells better than it looks with passionfruit aromas coming through strongly. It is a bit like a soft drink and with such a strong passionfruit aroma I expected more flavour, very dissappointing.
Saturday, January 23, 2010

bluevegie
2.3
Cruiser Hummingbird Blonde Lager
Clear pale yellow body with white head. Sweet grapefruit in the aroma and in the taste, doesnít taste much like a lager but I think thats the point.
Sunday, January 17, 2010

davidm
1.5
Cruiser Hummingbird Blonde Lager
Bottle. No passionfruit version. Not my thing at all. Aroma is light straw. Flavour is sweet, with a dry finish. Watery and thin in the palate. Yellow, with a frothy white head.
Saturday, November 28, 2009

madquacker
2.3
Cruiser Hummingbird Blonde Lager
Could have been worst. Is actually drinkable (I think). The grapefruit is quite mild and tart without being sweet. The beer itseld is quite bland though.
Friday, November 27, 2009

Dervock
2.2
Six Stars Breweries Platinum Blonde
Bottle - another generic low carb beer, did think it was better than some. Flavour was light malt and there was a bit of hop present, which is not what you get with a lot of these!
Sunday, November 01, 2009

Dervock
1.3
Cuba 59
Botle - not really much of an aroma. Light malt flavour, bit metallic, not very nice.
Friday, September 25, 2009

UnholyBrewing
1
Cuba 59
...well, basically a Mexican with a sombrero on. His piss. I think this goes into the fake corona category, thin, weak, skunky and metallic aftertaste. Oh well, it was $10 for six.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

madquacker
1.5
Six Stars Breweries Platinum Blonde
No carbonation and straw corn flavour. No head at all. Pretty awful. Thought it was a Tooheys product at first.
Thursday, May 07, 2009

DuffMan
2.1
Six Stars Breweries Platinum Blonde
Bottle. Another "low-carb" gimmick beer. Deep golden, big white head. Skunky euro-hop aroma. Simple pale malt profile, a little appley. Short clean finish. I didnít suffer through this, but not enough here to come back to. And really, what the hell is the point of low-carb beer? COME ON MAN!
Monday, April 20, 2009

winkle
0.9
Cuba 59
Poured a pale bright yellow, head lasted about 10 seconds before retiring. Light citrus nose with a faint sweet citrus (yes and some soap) flavour - very thin body, reasonable carbonation. Meh.
Monday, April 13, 2009

Davros
2.2
Six Stars Breweries Platinum Blonde
I was pleasantly surprised while rating this, as it seemed no where near as horrible as I remembered. Perhaps leaving it in a cupboard for 4 months improved it... Pale amber, white head dissipates to thin layer rapidly. Aroma is of weak grainy malt, with a very slight floral hops hint. Not so pleasant solvent notes, as well as the expected skunk. Very mild malt taste, with watery cloying finish that has next to no bitterness. Very watery, but what would you expect from a pale lager.
Friday, March 20, 2009

mkel07
1.1
Hašgen Gold
330ml bottle. Poured a very thin pale yellow with absolutely no head at all. There was very little aroma to speak of and the taste was watery and thin - no substance to this beer at all.
Thursday, January 15, 2009

mkel07
1
Cuba 59
Bottle. Poured a vey pale, sickly yellow with a large frothy head. Carbonation was okay but the the beer was thin and watery. Very light on taste.
Thursday, January 08, 2009

gam
0.5
Cuba 59
head medium recedes to no cover carbonation slowing not strong gold pour aroma rubbery lemon some hop flavour lemon lime sour chewy almost rubber taste foul tasting gone to water carbonation gone taste bad finish revolting rubbery sour bland off.
Sunday, January 04, 2009

Dredd
1.5
Cuba 59
I was expecting a little slice of Havana in this. Instead it is another average beer by our friends at Independent Breweries. Pour is yellow/amber body, literally no head. Flavour is sweetness, citrus and a slight bittering finish. This is really aimed as a low cost Corona, just plain ordinary.
Saturday, December 20, 2008

Thylacine
1.2
Cuba 59
Clear, sickly pale yellow. no head, thin and watery, bland. If this was all that was available there would be a revolution.
Saturday, December 13, 2008

bluevegie
1.9
Cuba 59
An Australian beer dressed as a Cuban. Poor colour, no head, resiny and citrus hops on the nose and a pretty bland taste. Don’t think it is really revolutionary.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

bozoNZ
1.6
Cuba 59
330ml bottle - Corona clone. Can’t really say more than that .....????
Monday, October 27, 2008

madquacker
2
Cuba 59
Damned if I can work out the connection with Cuba but the beer is a watery, soapy, fluffy sort of a beer with alot of cider tastes. Looks like cider or champagne in the glass. The soapy softness lasts and lasts. May have got the style wrong when adding this to this site. Odd but ultimaltely pretty dull.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

madquacker
1.5
Hašgen Gold
Awful corn fired watery mess with a nasty metallic aftertaste. Not even a proper kick due to low ABV. Cheap and grainy. Bad.
Sunday, September 14, 2008

UnholyBrewing
1.3
Hašgen Gold
...bottle. Didn’t realize this was a mid-strenther, but couldn’t really tell. Watery, light bodied mouthfeel, with hints of malt. Other than that, nothing, it was cheap, but still not really worth it because it has no alcohol, there are other better choices if you just want to get ripped.
Thursday, July 31, 2008

highlandlad
1.2
Hašgen Premium Blonde
"Low-carb beer" in a green bottle = low-quality light-struck experience. The only surprise with this latest addition to the dismal tide of Australian low-carb lagers is that it’s a richer, more intense gold than the others. The head is pathetically short-lived, even by macro brewing standards. Smells of metal pails, white wine on the turn and stale piss. Thinnish body with one of those where’d-it-go? finishes that characterise low-carb beers. Some muted fruits and mild bitterness register before a bone-dry finish. No idea what compelled me to pick this up. I should be wearing a dunce’s cap and standing in a corner with the brewer. At least he gets paid for this. (330ml bottle from Petersham Liquor Mart. BB 09/04/09)
Wednesday, July 02, 2008

gam
2.8
Hašgen Gold
Good head,gold colour beer,carbonation good.Head back to lace cover.Aroma good hops and malt a mushroom smell.Flavour bitter,hops,metallic taste bitter finish as well as metallic.
Sunday, April 06, 2008