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


on tap

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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Victoria Bitter has been Australias 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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
jjsint (2592) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle from JSG Wine Merchants, Hills Road, Cambridge. Mid- to dark gold with a ring of white head. Not much aroma to speak of, a bit of corn syrup I guess. And it tastes sweet, like corn syrup flavoured fizzy water. My God this is cheap crap. But it isnt offensive or dirty or disgusting, hence the not-too-terrible rate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DerGantzel (382) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2015
Malty aroma with toasty notes of nuts. Pale clear liquid, not much head. Light-medium sweetness, medium high bitterness for the style. Average lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MGantzel (251) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2015
Denne Victoria Bitter har et klart og lidt gyldent udseende med et svagt hvidt skum. llen har en nddeagtig aroma og smag med meget bitterhed. Medium karbonering.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
delorean12 (7) - Ballarat, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2015 does not count
When rating a mass produced beer, it would seem trivial to attempt to judge it against a beer more carefully thought out with care towards production. I thought VB was worth rating as a beer that is typically on offer at a reasonable price, something to accompany you to gatherings and can be offered to others without care for cost. For what this beer is I believe it to be of high value for taste. A decent appearance and medium to light body. However, It really is what to be expected of a mass produced beer... Not to bad for what it really is.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrNosha (1910) - Baden Wrttemberg, GERMANY - NOV 24, 2015
dose und Flasche noch mit 4,9%. Goldene Farbe, flacher Schaum. Wenig herb. Ganz sicher kein "Bitter".

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
BryanL1982 (2) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2015 does not count
Schooner on tap from local pub (but only because Coopers keg ran out). Ahhhh back to where it all began. Taste - like metallic a$$. No hop presence or any redeeming features whatsoever. Avoid it like the plague.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Salwal (411) - GERMANY - SEP 15, 2015
From the bottle, pours cristal orange with little to no head. Nose is grassy herbal with dishwasher lemon smell. Taste is hints of honey and hay. Some fizzyness but overall low carbonation. Aftertaste is grassy hops. Shure an okay beer and on a german palate different to the commetcials around here. Nothing special though...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Alengrin (4826) - BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2015
The famous VB, Australias prime standard lager, from a strangely shaped stubby bottle of which the cap says "twist top" - and indeed, once opened, this cap can be fixed back onto the bottle again by giving it a firm twist to the left. Medium thick but loose and dissipating, moussy, snow white head, retaining on the edges and thinly over the liquid, lacing, residing over a cristal clear beer with the warm colour of old gold, calmly sparkling. Aroma of sugarloaf, old cake, corn, slightly toasty biscuit, iron, fairly strong damp cloth, industrial honey, soap and a faint whiff of grass. Clean, crisp lager taste profile, neutral at first, minerally with stronger and more prickly carb than expected, after which a simple graininess follows with a thin, slick but somewhat oily body, lightly skimming the realm of biscuit and even (lightly) white bread for a while but with a metallic tone to it, accompanying an equally simple and predictable corn sweetishness; finish is a simple continuation of this thin malt sweetness but is accompanied by a grassy and even slightly peppery hop bitterishness, as straightforward as it may be, drying a bit and feeling a bit oily. Simple, neutral and metallic like all standardized pale lagers, but pleasantly bread sweet in the nose, distinctly more so than usual, with a - for the style - sufficient dosage of drying, grassy hops in the end, this is among the better pale lagers I tasted. Not good by any means, cheap swill for sure, but a wee little bit more full than average for the style.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
The_Osprey (7140) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2015
375ml stubby bottle, twist-off cap, 4.9% BB March 2015. Orange, clear, sparkling, bubbly white head doesnt endure. Aroma is papery, watery syrups, damp cardboard and spice. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, pretty smooth. Taste is sugary, salty rusk, touch of butter, some tang and spice, dry finish but not really bitter. Nothing offensive, no off-putting flavours, pretty drinkable ... just very plain and sweeter than I like.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
saltyfrog (6) - Baulkham Hills, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2015 does not count
Really rubbish mass produced beer here in Australia. Some old timers have a sentimental attachment to it because they have been getting drunk on it for the last 40 years. You can drink it if you have to but personally I wouldnt recommend it. It is light on the palate with only an unpleasant yeasty mildly bitter taste. If you like generic mass produced beer with no discernible malt flavours hops aromas/taste or if you are a "super taster" that only likes the blandest of flavours, this might be right up your alley.

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