O'Brien Brewing
Brewed at Rebellion Brewing (Australia)

Style: Pale Lager
Ballarat, Australia


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 1.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Released in December 2005, O’Brien Premium Lager is a full-bodied naturally craft brewed gluten free lager.

O’Brien Premium Lager has a distinct fruity aroma and flavour. The long patient fermentation and maturation periods delivers a smooth, clean and rich beer.

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Ungstrup (38867) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 9, 2011
Bottled. A golden beer with a thin white head. The aroma has notes of malt and some unfermented grain. The flavor is sweet with notes fo malt, lemon, and unfermented grain. Boring.

Dervock (1506) - AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2011
Bottle - Pours a very pale straw with a fizzy short lived head. Really strange aroma a mixture of Jeyes fluid and leather with a bit of veg thrown in? I think the flavour is comes from the malt, its not very nice whatever it is. I’m not one for wasting beer but this was a drain pour!

ALLOVATE (3087) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2010
Well passed its use by in my makeshift cellar so time to get it out the way.Time to turn on the ’remember I’m drinking GF beer’ part of the brain of which I have none!
Smells of scrambled eggs, warm anglaise and boiled glutinous rice. Pours that dull south east Asian lager hue of gold, with very little visible carbonation and nothing more than a thin island of fine white bubbles on the surface. Cleaned up slightly in the taste but the nose is still there and the swallow harbours a little of the aroma. Dusty hop flower flavours peak through, as does more starchy flavours but not as woeful as in the nose. Holds a little essence of doughy fruit like honeydew, a little lychee and pear. Body is light, the carbonation prickly and sprightly. It is actually not too bad drinking, just yields an offensive nose. Mild cardboardy note late, but not too offsetting. Good drinking as far as Gluten-free beers go, not bad! (33cL, BB 30/09/09, Dan Murphy’s)

Pyobon (1530) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear very pale straw. Aroma (when cold) is grassy / vegetable. Palate is thin and fizzy. The flavour is foul. There is a sweet start and some bitterness in the finish. Neither are particularly nice - the sweetness is cloying and the bitterness is harsh and metallic. But that isn’t really the problem. The problem is that it is overlaid on a horrible chemically / petrol / rubber taste. As the beer warms up, the aroma takes on these foul characteristics. Overall - this beer is not drinkable.

Davros (3338) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2010
Pours pale yellow with a small head. Nose shows some fruity wine-like ester but is quite cloying and sickly sweet. Flavours are slightly perfumy with lots of sweet malt and a hint of nuts. Still has a white wine character which I’m not exactly partial to. Extremely light body, moderately high carbonation.

mkel07 (6546) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2009
330ml bottle. Flat looking with no head at all, only a thin gathering of small bubbles huddled around the edge of the glass. Aroma of corn and malt with a bitter finish and metallic aftertaste.

TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 11, 2009
Bottle. Sweet malt, honeyish. Wasn’t expecting much, so it drank OK. Didn’t leave much on the palate though.

Lunkie (1965) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2008
330ml bottlw Bath Rd. Sweet hop malt aroma with smokeyness. Clear amber colour with poor head and lacing. Bitter malt flavour with stale aftertaste. Flat palate.

Muggus69 (2807) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2008
330ml bottle, served chilled. Had to try it eventually, so here’s to the first gluten free beer i’ve ever tried. Clear deep golden body, fast dying white head. Didn’t catch the aroma straightup, but as it warms it really starts to ’show its true colours’, so to speak; a somewhat sweet mouldy apple element to it, stale grog and burnt buttered corn. Medium body, low carbonation, a touch of bitterness towards the finish. Wish I didn’t spend so long sniffing this stuff, that buttery, apple-gone-bad flavour takes over, giving me the impression that if i don’t drink this fast enough i’m gonna smell like that and scare people off. Glad to see the market catering for different peoples, though this has got me wondering if beer without gluten really doesn’t work.

DuffMan (10751) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
I had originally ordered this at the Peppermint Bay Retaurant in Tasmania after being told that they were out of the Dark Isle Leatherwood Porter. I took 2 sips and ordered a Knappstein Premium Lager insteaed. This was f*cking horrible! It poors a slightly-less-than-clear apple juice yellow with no head whatsoever. It tastes like apple juice and corn syrup mixed together. I have never abandoned a beer I ordered in a restaurant until now. Unless you are gluten intolerant, and even if you are gluten intolerant, really think twice before tucking into this stuff.

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