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


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RATINGS: 18   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 1940’s and 50’s. This is S.A’s most bitter beer at 25 IBU’s (International Bitterness Units) yet presents as an easy drinking well- balanced beer with a broadened palate. Australia’s only gold medal winner at the 2000 Beer World Cup held in New York.

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   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jonesy99 (2) - - DEC 17, 2007
Thin body, bitter sweet flavour. Best drunk cold on a hot day. Nothing special about this one.

Penguin01 (2) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2014 does not count
Worst beer I have ever had the misfortune to taste. Even Budweiser and Millers aren’t that bad!
I was looking for negative on the rating scale, and was dissapointed.

fletchfighters (1590) - 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.

jonno (2980) - 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.

madquacker (1170) - 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?

alepig666 (78) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2009
Many people here in Adelaide call Southwark "The poor man’s Coopers". A bit severe since Southwark is capable of good stuff, but also some disappointments, and this is one of them. 25 IBU’s, but the bitterness seems almost artificially added, and overall it tastes like licking a rusty gate. Would go well with some meals (the reason for giving it points at all), but otherwise will leave you screaming for water. Not remotely sessionable to me, but I’ve heard horror hangover stories from people who’ve drank it heavily, the "Green Death" myth in action. A big disappointment.

bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2007
Pale golden body with a very short head. Fairly sweet taste with a stale soapy aroma.

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.

ALLOVATE (3074) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 Drank this one on the odd occasion Cooper’s wasn’t 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 don’t 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.

theread (58) - Wagga Wagga, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2004
Supposedly Australia's most bitter beer with an IBU (International Bitterness Unit, whatever that is) of 25.
Still it tastes pretty ordinary, I couldn't finish the bottle. I think it would be a lot better, as is VB, if it was much colder to kill the taste. Pretty ordinary stuff. Cheers folks

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