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Cascade Premium Lager - Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.

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67
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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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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 jarmby1711
3.48/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I reviewed this several years ago and have tried many lagers since.
I subsequently have a higher opinion
This was poured into a pint glass,clear golden and sustained head.
The smell is still a little insipid however there was a pronounced sharpish almost Pils like hop character.It is none too sweet and has a distinctive clean mouthfeel.
It is a better drink in a large glass and is a good drink at that

jarmby1711, Oct 07, 2007
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 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 Finite
3.33/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden / Pale. Ok head, Disipates at a steady rate. Leaves some lacing

S - A Naive friend of a friend once told me cascade was like drinking out of a grass catcher. I found it totaly amusing and still do (more so considering his favorite beer is XXXX). Thats hops my friend. Something this beer always does well to capture. Strong tassie hop aroma.

T - Great fresh flavours is the impression I always get from this brew. Balanced malt and hop flavours make this a great beer. The flavour balance is almost perfect. Where it looses points is that these flavours are very simple and a little on the watery side.

M - Moderate to high carbonisation. Good pairng with the flavours. Again the secret to this beer is its balance of elements. Maybe a little to much but thats personal.

D - Perfect, could gulp this drop down all day but it would get pretty boring after a few. Its a beer that excells at the balance of its elements but doesnt really push anything new and isnt all that flavourfull.

Finite, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.28/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean, inoffensive and actually pretty refreshing; this beer made for a nice wash-down of sausages after a quick swim in ketchup for this jet-lagged dude.

Recommended? Naw, but if your father-in-law offers you a beer - you are best to accept. And like he said to me after the last time I bought him a beer, "This is a great beer because I didn't have to pay for it".

burnheartsMKE, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of LittleCreature
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Pours half a finger of white head that quickly reduced over a clear straw yellow body.

Smell - 3.0
Not much in the way of aroma, but no off smells. Sweetish with grains and a little corn in the background.

Taste - 3.0
Crisp, dry refreshing and boring. Flavours of grain and husk, hops give little flavour but a pleasant lingering bitterness, finishes cracker dry.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Fine, persistent carbonation give the beer a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 4.0
Very much a sessionable, easy drinker.

OVERALL - 3.15
A better than average macro lager, nothing special, but a better choice than Heineken or Becks.

LittleCreature, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of SmashPants
3.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: brown 375mL bottle, reasonable label for a macro.

Appearance: pours a decent bright amber-gold colour with plenty of visible carbonation per the style. A white head pops up and fizzles away quite slowly to leave a solid cap after a few minutes.

Aroma: the aroma is grass hops and bread malts, some citrus there too. Pretty good for a lager - more like a Czech Pilsner.

Taste: falls away a bit here, but still decent. Just a standard American Adjunct lager - a bit bland, but refreshing served chilled.

Aftertaste: follows pretty closely - drops away pretty quickly per the style. Makes it easy drinking on a hot day.

Mouth feel: lighter in body with a higher carbonation - very refreshing.

Overall: better than your average lager, but not by much. Has the same refreshing feel on a hot day, but has a touch more lemon and grass citrus than usual. A good fit on the 'slightly premium' shelf.

SmashPants, Mar 06, 2014
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 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 bala747
3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer in this tiny little bar in Singapore, and it's my first time trying this beer.

A: Pours a golden yellow colour with a lot of fizz that dissipates rather too quickly for my liking.

S: Pretty unimpressive, typical adjunct smells and some skunkiness, thanks to the green bottle.

T: This is where this beer came to some life. The taste was surprisingly crisp, like drinking a refreshing glass of Perrier water, a very hoppy bitter aftertaste that was actually quite nice. There was some hint of citrus, but adjunct flavours predominated.

M: Dry, crisp mouthfeel

D: I could down a few of these on a hot day, simply because I enjoy crisp, dry beers on a hot day but otherwise nothing really outstanding about this beer.

Overall, a decent macro from Australia's 'oldest brewery' (as the bottle claims). I have had better but for a macro, this is pretty darn good.

bala747, Jun 01, 2010
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 BrazilianAussie
3/5  rDev +13.6%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of galluch
3/5  rDev +13.6%

galluch, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of mikelward
3/5  rDev +13.6%

mikelward, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of alexgash
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like the label, but I've always had a soft spot for thylacines. This Tasmanian lager pours a clear honey-yellow with golden edges and a clingy, tight soft-white head. Smells of ripe, hops (almost pungeant, sea-air, Saaz-ish, but not quite), over a honey-soaked bed of fruity malt. Pungeant, striking hop flavor up front. Resinous and herbal. Light Euro-hop skunk, but not too bad. Solid malt backbone comes out in the finish. LIghtly buttered bread with a hint of fruit. Not a bad lager, but needs a little work. Light-bodied with adequate carbonation. I've had much worse Aussie beers.

alexgash, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of nate1357
3/5  rDev +13.6%

nate1357, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of magnusdave
3/5  rDev +13.6%

magnusdave, Feb 26, 2013
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 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 patre_tim
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

patre_tim, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of magpieken
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

magpieken, Apr 08, 2013
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 likeemdark
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
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Cascade Premium Lager from Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.
67 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.