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Bluetongue Premium Lager - Bluetongue Brewery Pty Ltd

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 2.5
pDev: 27.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bluetongue Brewery Pty Ltd visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-17-2004)
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Reviews by Kulrak:
Photo of Kulrak
2.2/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light straw color with an amazing tight creamy head. Smells slightly lightstruck. Damn green bottles! Not much else in the way of aroma. Tastes a little lightstruck too. Not much else in the way of flavor either. Has a nice full creamy texture, but doesn't make up for the flavor. All in all, it's not too bad, but not very good either. I'm really getting tired of flavorless beers (most of them seem to avoid flavor like the plague) and this one is just another flavorless beer. It's fairly drinkable, especially on a hot day, which I suppose is the point. Anyway, I won't be paying for this one again.

Kulrak, Jun 16, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
1/5  rDev -60%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Want to know why this beer sucks? Not because it is the blandest Australian beer that exists, not because I was heartily disappointed when I heard about Australia's newest brewery and wanted to try the beer, but because this beer is not designed for the drinker, but rather as a marketing campaign unabashedly aimed at making money for the brewery. I went to the website (www.bluetonguebrewery.com.au) to find out more about this beer as I was drinking it, to find something to compensate for the miserable flavour.

What I found, however, was an insult to beer drinkers everywhere: "Extensive market research has shown that the Bluetongue name and packaging will have high appeal. It was greatly favoured across a full sample of males and females 18 to 50 years." At the time, there was more shameful diatribe, but they removed the extra marketing information probably because it acted as a deterrent for drinkers of genuine hand-crafted beers.

I don't know about anyone else, but I want to drink a beer because I enjoy the taste and also because I like what the brewer puts into the beer. Cooper's and its fiercely loyal ranks of followers is a case in point. I even respect people for being loyal Toohey's Old drinkers, even if the beer has gone to the shit since changing the recipe and thereby downgrading its ABV. At least the loyals are sticking up for the beer they like.

Bluetongue is a brewery aimed at making money through slick marketing and prostituting the Hunter Valley's famous wine-region name. If the beer tasted good this might be overlooked - however the beer is swill and the brewery should not be so greedy and insulting to its steadily increasing and ignorant ranks of customers.

Weizenmensch, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of rastaman
1.05/5  rDev -58%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Looked a bit like sparkling wine with the way the head formed, no head retention. Typical Aussie lager aroma, malty, with a rusty, green pride of ringwood stench. For a brief second it actually tasted nice, but its a bit sweet (honey, sugar) and bland for the most part. Watery texture. No good.

rastaman, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +52%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bluetongue's pale, straw gold lager is crystal clear and teeming with standard sized bubbles that race to the surface. The bright white head drops shortly, but a thin surface covering is maintained by the rising bubbles; and it does leave some nice rings of craggy lace in its wake.

The nose is lightly skunked (this has a green bottle, whereas their pilsner is brown), but not enough to overshadow its sweetish malt and remaining grassy hops.

In the mouth it's effervescent and crisp with a medium body.

The flavor is fuller than might be expected, and offers some lightly sweet and surprisingly grainy maltiness (I was expecting more adjunct) and grassy and floral hop flavors. It's backed by a solid bitterness, and it finishes dry with a quick passing note of grainy malt that fades to reveal some some residual hop flavor and bitterness.

Overall, this compares quite nicely with many European lagers. It's refreshing, rounded, and has enough character and integrity to keep it interesting and rewarding for more than one go round. Quite nice!

NeroFiddled, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Aussie Macro beer that aint half bad! That's right you english bitches...I used aint....and I aint gonna stop either! This beer poured Golden into a glass....style of glass I don't know and don't give a SHEET! Standard smell from a Macro brew....grain, yeast, etc. It did come off the palate dry, which to me leans more toward a Beck's/Pils Urquel grouping. SESSION....NO QUESTION! Stay parched my friends!

WoodBrew, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Rickus
2.75/5  rDev +10%

Rickus, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold pour with a rapidly fading dismal head. Lively carbonation.
Aroma is of grainy malt, lemon juice and some faint grassy and metallic hops. Typical boring aussie lager.
Very similar flavours. Grainy aussie malt combining with a weak metallic bitterness threatens to block out any other flavours.
Active carbonation suits the style well.

CrazyDavros, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of charlesw
3.48/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow. No head (sigh). Smells macro lagerish. That weird bitter ("crisp" and "clean") twinge, you know? But the taste is actually very pleasant. It is clean. Perhaps not quite so crisp, but it's a bit sweet, has a little body to it. Very pleasant drinking on warm (probably not hot) evenings on the bay...

But, hey, I'm also a sucker for the marketing aspects - I like the little lizard. The graphics on the glasses do it for me (it's the lizard again, of course).

charlesw, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of emincems
2.75/5  rDev +10%

emincems, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of MidwestBA
2.75/5  rDev +10%

MidwestBA, May 25, 2013
Photo of joecast
1.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

lightest color beer ive seen since stella ar(something or other). thin white lace head.
fairly decent grassy hay aroma.
very little, if any, maltiness in the taste. has some bite to it that dulls as it warms. not much to work with. this would make a light beer taste heavy.
fairly dull overall except for a sophisticated looking bottle.

joecast, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of Raebies
2/5  rDev -20%

Raebies, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of istarilord
2.53/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ouch, this was kind of a disappointing lager.

Light golden color with little head, very noticeable skunky smell at first, and on first couple of sips.

Skunkiness eventually gives way to a slightly malty flavor, with not much else happening.

As a plus, it has an OK finish & aftertaste, but not what I was hoping for (a lager to go with my roast chicken).

istarilord, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of Macca
2.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear golden colour. Minimal head and not a lot of visible carbonation.

I get a little bit of fruitiness but only when I give it a good shake up in the glass. Not a lot else.

Just a big glass of bland. A bit of sweetness in there which I think would get a bit too much after a while.

Not even anything to recommend it with regards to mouthfeel.

A very average brew.

Macca, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of WHROO
3.03/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw, 1 finger head...crisp, clean, amazing amount of carbonation - full on, like a spa bath nearly ;-)
S: Typical grassy lager hops, touch of fruityness. & they seem keen on using caramel in their beers
T: initial sweetness across the palate, carbonation a little milder than it looks...little fruity, followed by only a minute hint of hops bitterness to finish. Little dry, & does finish clean. Once again some caramel (their light has a heap of caramel)
M: Light to medium, crisp, & alive with carbonation.
D: very typical of a mainstream aussie macro lager...only a tad sweeter & fruitier. Still had that renowned dank chemical metallic aftertaste, but nowhere near as pronounced as VB, Melb etc. Maybe its our water!!!
Could drink more of this & would choose this over some other mainstream macros like VB, CUB, but maybe a little too alive in carbonation for me.

WHROO, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of sulldaddy
2.65/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a bottle of this chilled in a pint glass.
The beer pours a bright clear gold color with bleached white head that foams up 1 cm and fades quickly to a thin sruface layer. The aroma is grainy malt and dominant skunkiness. uh oh!
First sip reveals lite to medium body with fine mild carbonation.
Flavor is starting sweet caramel and sugar witha bit of spicy and grassy hops moving in and then finishes grainy and husky malt. The skunk does not come through on the flavor much as the nose had advertised. A decent enough drinking beer that goes down easy. i wish it didnt smell so bad!

sulldaddy, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of soju6
2.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a light golden color with a fair head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, malt sweetness and bit of grain.

T: Taste is mild citrus with some malt sweetness and bit of grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Reminds me of a Euro Lager, a bit bland but goes well served cold on a hot day.

soju6, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of adityashekhar
2.25/5  rDev -10%

adityashekhar, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of magpieken
2.75/5  rDev +10%

magpieken, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of aussielars
1.63/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I paid premium dollar for this boutique priced, beer. Label say Tasmanian bittering hops and late imported Hallertauer hops. I think that means, cheap Pride of Ringwood for bittering, and that the Hallertauer missed the wort and spilled on the floor.

It poured with a nice big quick disappearing head.

Aroma is slightly grassy with a chemical smell that is so typical for Pride of Ringwood.

Taste is similar and a tad sweet,but quite drinkable if you drink it from the bottle close to freezing point. (stay away from glassware since you might inhale the skunk aroma)

It's quite lively with more head and effervescence then VB XXXX etc. But for $60 a carton it should be gnomes dancing on my palate. Last time I felt this stupid after purchasing a carton of beer must been when I bought a carton of Hahn Ice.

aussielars, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of DogFood11
2.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Green 12 oz bottle. Reptile on the label has a blue tongue. Quick blurb on the back claims its naturally brewed in the finest traditions of Australia's Hunter Valley. Ok, fair enough, I'm just curious what the fine tradition Hunter Valley has? Anyway on to the brew at hand. Poured into a pils glass it forms a decent fizz head that falls to a thin cover and spotty lace. The body of this brew is amazingly pale and ultra highly filtered, hardly a shade of color to this.

Light, sweet malts hit the palate first. Heavy Grainy, wheat, hay aspect to this and not all that clean to me. It's always been hard for me to describe most Euro Pales, there is something about them that reminds me of a baby's diaper type funkyness too them. Must be something in the malts I would guess because as with the others this is a fresh offering. A bit of a cooked vegetables on the backside. Finishes fairly crisp.

Notes: A long way for this beer to come to be average to below average, and at 4.9% delivered from great distances I can see this being short lived. All told it was one and done.

DogFood11, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of djbx
1.75/5  rDev -30%

djbx, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of TubaManJack
2.53/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow lot of hate for this beer, but hey its suppose to be a non offending lager for all those living in Oz. Its like a gateway beer but lets be serious its a quality limited taste/offending lager. But yes it didn't live up to any expectations.

Appearance- A very pale golden lager, its full of carbonation
Nose- None wait- Like a lager, with limited sweet carmel malt,
Taste- Initially nothing, rather its all about mouthfeel and slight bitterness. After much hunting, there is sweet malt and flavors. I agree with others in that there is something sharp/herbal&grassy in there.
Mouthfeel is nice and effervescent with a slick medium/light body.
Unlimited Drinkable- because of its great mouthfeel

TubaManJack, May 03, 2009
Photo of vancurly
2.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Man I hate this beer and what it represents.

Bluetongue is (part ?)-owned by a prominent Sydney media player, and has been a remarkable success story in how one can convince the beer-swilling populace that they don't have to remain loyal to VB or New.

I wish I had a buck for every BBQ coversation I've had where the bloke says "Did you say you're into beer ? Have you tried that Bluetongue... jeez it's good".

So it's got a very, very big market: the brand-loyal beer drinker who is open to trying something "premium" (other than Crown Lager).

But for those who actually do know their ales from their lagers, it is a disappointing beer. Starts with nice grain & malt & hop aromas, but it all slips away into an incipid flavour & mouthfeel.

Stick to Cascade Premium Lager, is my suggestion.

vancurly, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of laituegonflable
2.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very pale colour like distilled urine, strong carbonation with minimal white head, retains thanks mainly to that strong carbonation. Lacing is a fairly standard streaky white. Looks alright.

Nose has a fair hit of hops with a strong POW aroma. Unpleasant sticky sweet fragrance rather like honey, but I think it's a rice adjunct aroma. Pretty standard and a bit unpleasant.

A strong sticky rice flavour on the mid-palate, quite insipid. Mostly saccharine with a bit of a very light phenolic hop towards the back. Finish is very bland, with not much, really doesn't have much of an aftertaste. A bit sweet is all, fairly boring and thin.

Mouthfeel is not too bad, a bit sticky for a pale lager though. A little bit of tingle saves it.

Not a great beer, adjuncty and dull, needs more of everything really.

laituegonflable, Jul 14, 2009
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Bluetongue Premium Lager from Bluetongue Brewery Pty Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.