Brewed by South Australia Brewing (Lion Co.)
Style: Pale Lager
Thebarton, Australia


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 2.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A traditionally brewed full-bodied beer with a distinctive Australian hop bitterness, which follows a slightly sweet front palate. The only remaining example of the Australian primed bitter style which was so popular in the 1940s and 50s. This is S.As most bitter beer at 25 IBUs (International Bitterness Units) yet presents as an easy drinking well- balanced beer with a broadened palate. Australias only gold medal winner at the 2000 Beer World Cup held in New York.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 9, 2001
a little too sweet but otherwise quite well-made and indeed more bitter than most aussie drops

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2003
Pretty bad, typical Aussie "bitter". Rusty metal/tinny, with the traditional POR hrashness on the finish, malt sweet (corn), i not really bitter at all, thin body. Pretty lame, but better than a lot of Aussie bitters.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2007
Pale golden body with a very short head. Fairly sweet taste with a stale soapy aroma.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ALLOVATE (2977) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 Drank this one on the odd occasion Coopers wasnt on draught in my two years in Adelaide. Pours a clear gold with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma was definitely hop driven, but not the delicate floral Kentish hops, Pride of Ringwood came to mind with a mix of grassy, metallic, stale hops of a different variety. Nose follows into the mouth with a heightened oxidised edge and biting carbonation, thin body and bitter in the back with a little sweet malt and corn starch to attempt a compromise. Finishes off quite crisp and forgettable. Come to think of it I dont know why I drank it, I suppose it was because it was beer and I was at a pub and thats what you do there. Not the best from Southwark.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jonno (2638) - JAPAN - SEP 22, 2009
Probably better than xxxx or vb but still just an industrial pale lager. A tad more bitter than most but nothing to go ape over.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
fletchfighters (1480) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2011
In the mold of VB, Tooheys, and XXXX. Sweet corn, Vegetables, sweet bread, metal, and sugar. I think a couple of hops were put in for fun. Just buy the Old Southwark and pass this by.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2003
I hate bitters that are described as lagers, especially when they are brewed to have a sweeter finish. It is sweet but there is no balance in the finished product. An inoffensive beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2006
bright orange in colour with small white head, sweet mallty tatse. Misuse of the word "Bitter". was ot very bitter at all, just another Aussie macro.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madquacker (1133) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2009
I was pleasantly suprised. Was expecting Reschs but got a malty grippy and grainy brew with a bit of character. Not as chemcially as I would have expected. How come this cannot be got outside of Sth Aust?

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2003
Not very bitter. Tastes pretty much like their "premium" to me. I guess they are owned by LN. A VB alternative.

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