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Cascade Premium Lager - Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
67
poor

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 24.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-17-2002)
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
Photo of IronDjinn
1.6/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yet another foray into overpriced Australian imported beer available here in Alberta, which has tended to end in tears in the past.

I like the bottle for this stuff, nice sturdy ergonomically designed green glass. I must admit ignorance as to the exact animal and species that is portrayed in the 1800's styled label, which also makes another cameo embossed on the bottle (jarmby1711 pointed out later that it's an extinct Tasmanian Tiger), opposing three curved embossed lines around the neck which I take to be the claw marks of this beast. Enough marketing assumptions though, lets get to the beer. Best before date says I'm still a few months in the clear.

It pours out a clear light golden colour, with a decent tight white head for a lager, and a fair amount of retention. A considerable amount of very sticky lacing. The aroma is, oh, not very pleasant at all. Cooked veggies with an underlying mystery sweetness that truly does not pair up. With some determination I can make out the faint echo of metallic grains. Things take a turn for the worse with the flavour. Bitter metallic grains with a burst of light sweetness in the middle, but that cooked veggie presence is looms over the whole ordeal, popping out on the aftertaste for a solo appearance. The mouthfeel is light, the only real body to speak of is supplied by the fizzy carbonation, but it's difficult to concentrate on it and discern it from the awful taste. The one saving grace about this lager is that it is slighly more palatable when drank straight out of the bottle. That's what it comes down to with this beer, the bottle is the only real saving grace, and it's far from enough to make up for bad beer.

IronDjinn, Mar 22, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Too fizzy and bland, some people reckon this is palatable? Yes it probably is, but why drink something with minimal flavour? A bit sweet at the start aswell, boring.

rastaman, Jun 17, 2002
Photo of biboergosum
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml green bottle, glad to have been able to grab a single, given the dear going rates for a sixer of Aussie stuff around here. Tasmania, wow, so literally far away - thank you, Pluto and your Goodbye Girl.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of off-white silky, whipped cream head, which settles evenly, leaving a decent pock-marked wall of painted lace around the glass.

It smells of mild grainy pale malt, a bit of plastic phenols, and grassy, rather Heineken-esque (quelle surprise!) skunky hops. The taste is semi-sweet pale and faint caramel malt, stale cornbread, a hard water stoniness, and musky floral, weedy, and now fleetingly skanky hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and maybe a bit airy, the body medium-light in weight, and somewhat smooth, a certain cloying nature growing as it warms. It finishes off-dry, retaining some of the bready malt, some more of the corniness, and a thankfully (I guess) waning bitter grassy hoppiness.

If this is indeed an AAL, then a bit of congratulations are in order - this does well to surpass more or less anything else I've had the misfortune of trying from this woebegone style. Sure, there's that green bottle derived, vaguely skanky odor, but it dissipates soon enough, leaving a decent (mostly) malt-forward lager, with an earthy, vegetal dryness. I can't help but see this as a silver lining, given how far this bottle has come to be in front of me - one thinks that a fresh one would be even more roundly agreeable.

biboergosum, May 11, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
1.88/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours gold with a small sudsy head.
Aroma is faint with grainy malt and subtle grassy hops. Grainy malt is quite dirty really.
Flavours include a fair bit of malt surprisingly, slight grainy, somewhat bready. Faint grassy hops also show, finishing with a restrained bitterness.
Too much carbonation. Much too much. Ridiculous.

CrazyDavros, May 20, 2010
Photo of charlesw
2.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What's weird... Is that I popped the cap and got that fresh smell of a bud. Like... Totally. Hopalicious. Um. Not really.

The color is too light. There's no head. It smells "crisp" (like that weird bud bitterness). It tastes "crisp" - doesn't have the adjunct lager sweetness. It's probably OK on a hot day but it doesn't do it for me right now (17c). Bleh.

charlesw, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3/5  rDev +13.6%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of foles
3.38/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. Its miles ahead of the typical Macros aorund Australia. Its got a bit of flavour, while maintaining that typical Aussie lager character. There is a strange kind of maltiness present, and a slight grassy quality that separates it from the pack. A good acquisition if the price is right. You can easily have a session on these

foles, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of pin
1/5  rDev -62.1%

pin, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of joecast
3.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

clear golden color on pouring. with a fine thing pack of bubbles at the top of the glass. sufficient hop aroma greets the nose.
compared to the light, its got a cleaner. less bitter taste and finish. i dont mean that "good hop bitterness", i mean that "this isnt really good beer" bitterness.
overall flavor is more malt than hops. somewhat typical australian lager flavor in that it doesnt jump out at you. very subdued.
i would expect more from a premium but it isnt a bad beer.
would like to see them do more of the seasonal things with their normal release beers, but i wont hold my breath.

joecast, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of patre_tim
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

patre_tim, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of DaveFL1976
2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I only find myself drinking Cascade Premium Lager when I end up at a CUB-only restaurant or bar. I look at it as the lesser of the evils, I suppose. Slightly grassy, macro smell. Little taste other than a bit of sweetness from what I hope is barley. It's easy drinking because there's so little character to it, and it's refreshing at least. Fairly clean aftertaste. Not great, but OK if you're in a bind.

DaveFL1976, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of MsNitch
1.83/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear like apple cider, lots of bubbles coming to a pure white, one finger head

S: Grassy, like old wet hay or rotting vegetables. Bubbles tickle the nose and it is served so drastically cold that I really can't smell much beyond the area around me. Does glass smell?

T: Carbonation masks and then coldness freezes, malts are chewy and heavy while flavors are as they smelled: last season compost. There is a definite metallic taste that could be from my glass but other gassy off notes and a sad corn syrup sweetness.

M: Dry, light body

O: In a landscape where American adjunct lagers still reign on high Cascade does a great job of keeping up the pace. It is great if you are looking for a beer that was blindly consumed by the post war crowd. I would say for sure it is "clean, crisp and refreshing." But then so is water.

MsNitch, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of rjimlad
2.28/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into standard schoner glass and the head dissipated within 30 seconds. Not much in the way of aroma. Taste is rather uninteresting but hops are well integrated and well balanced. There is a light grainy flavour and I agree with the reviewer who said it was "metallic". The carbonation is highish and the mouthfeel is very sparkly and after a while a bit too much. Drinkability is Ok and is nice on a hot day after some activity. Its an OK beer but boring. Most Australians think its a premium but its a very macro quaffer. I wouldn't buy it but I'd prefer it over any other Oz macro at dinner or after activity.

rjimlad, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of Macca
2.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours a pale straw/gold colour. What little head there was disappeared very quickly. Clear.

Both the palate and the nose are grains. A touch of hops in there but not enough to make it interesting.

Medium to light bodied.

Just another ok brew.

Macca, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of Joel12
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Joel12, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden color with a fair head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma is a bit on the mild side with bit of hops, malt sweetness and bit of grain in the background.

T: Taste is also on the mild side with a light malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp smooth and refreshing.

O: Drinkable Euro Lager. Goes best with meals.

soju6, May 30, 2013
Photo of adityashekhar
1.75/5  rDev -33.7%

adityashekhar, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of likeemdark
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of galluch
3/5  rDev +13.6%

galluch, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of JohnfromDublin
2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled this bottle on 9th Sept 2006. 5.2%ABV attractively packaged (for a green) bottle with label showing a pair of Tasmanian Devils. On the label, it said "best by: see label". No date to be seen! Twist off cap (discovered after using opener).

Poured a clear pale straw coloured body with a decent white foam. Smelled of grass and slight hops. Tasted okay with a bitter hoppy aftertaste. Reminded me of Greek beer except for this feature.
Mouthfeel: a little syrupy. Drinkability: not the worst, but I found that I tired of it well before finishing.

JohnfromDublin, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of magpieken
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

magpieken, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Buebie
1.15/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Yikes, this beer smells like a mixture of shit and skunk. I can only imagine here, that a skunk shit in my beer!

Poured from a green twist off into a tulip. The head produced is about half an inch of white. Light yellow in color, transparent, and deer god, its sitting about 3 feet away from me and all I can smell is skunk shit.

The taste also resembles poop and skunks. I cant even finish this review, this has never happend to me. This beer is terrible. Drink only before trying to capture a skunk. He might think you are a skunk too. I'm not gonna even make my dog drink this, drainpour.

Buebie, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of vancurly
3.53/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold colour, good white head & bubbles.
Lifted grain/flour aroma, subtle metallic notes of the hops.
Crisp Euro lager flavour (which, I believe, is a more appropriate category for this beer). Good Tassie hop flavour, hint of sulfur.
Balance is good; chewy malt up front, which "crisps" nicely, with a nice bitterness bringing it together.
This has always been my restaurant pre-dinner beer of choice. Always a good competition between it and it's main rival, Boag's.

vancurly, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of zerk
3.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

An Aussie friend of mine brought this back for me... so that act of beer kindness might slightly cloud my judgment of this one.

Pours a clear gold with almost no head. Aroma is a nice mix of sweet grain and a very light herbal hoppiness. Flavor is very subdued... some sweet malt and grain flavors with a light bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is fizzy.

By no means a great beer, but not bad either. An easy drinking beer that would be a decent thrist quencher for a summer day.

zerk, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of remitrom
2/5  rDev -24.2%

remitrom, Aug 07, 2013
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Cascade Premium Lager from Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.
67 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.