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Cascade Premium Lager - Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 41
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 24.19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Cascade Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-17-2002

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.83/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Pours clear orange amber with a minimal shortlived white head. Aroma is fruity, slightly malty, hay and sweetish. Flavour is malty, bitter, fruity and citric. (171 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (904 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.14/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of MsNitch
1.86/5  rDev -32.9%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.09/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (1,510 characters)

Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.27/5  rDev +18.1%
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". (367 characters)

Photo of bala747
3.02/5  rDev +9%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
1.86/5  rDev -32.9%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of Buebie
1.16/5  rDev -58.1%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of charlesw
2.38/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of LittleCreature
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of Macca
2.61/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of foles
3.4/5  rDev +22.7%
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 (349 characters)

Photo of wl0307
2.53/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

BB 10/12/2007, served chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: pours a very pale straw hue, not 100% clear; the thick, white pillowy foam lasts pretty well, on top of rather lively carbonation full of large bubbles.
S: a lively dusty note decorates the sharply sweet lemony body, backed by a light flow of grassy hoppiness, a pretty dense grainy lager maltiness. The smell almost reminds me of a dry German Pilsener, if it is not compromised by the richly sweet edge.
T: really bland... the neutrally flavoured maltiness comes with a lightly sour touch of lemons and dried grass, while the already faint flavour of malts gradually dissipates and yields to a thin-bodied lemon-zesty sour-bitterness and a chewy but semi-chemical finish.
M&D: spritzy and "loose" on the mouthfeel and very thin-bodied, while the flavour is so light that in the end only a watery taste of grainy liquid and rough dry-ness of a lager remain. Not as horrible as Bud, but really it has nothing much to enjoy, either. (984 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
3.46/5  rDev +24.9%
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 (404 characters)

Photo of rjimlad
2.3/5  rDev -17%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of Finite
3.33/5  rDev +20.2%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of JohnfromDublin
2.88/5  rDev +4%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of vancurly
3.53/5  rDev +27.4%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of DaveFL1976
2.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
1.66/5  rDev -40.1%
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. (1,687 characters)

Photo of zerk
3.02/5  rDev +9%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
1.97/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Green bottle with foil around the neck.

dull yellow body with barely any head. sea scum like lacing.

herbacious weedy nose with no hops apparent.

suprisingly maltier flavor than I expected, but then again I was expecting water. Simple soapy maltiness that has the slightest tingle of hops in the far background.

Bottle says this is traditionally brewed. Maybe they should update something because this beer needs improvement.

Bottle also says that this beer is a premium lager. I am afraid to taste something the brewers thing sub-premium is.

The ingredients read malt, hops, grains and sulfite salt. (619 characters)

Photo of joecast
3.42/5  rDev +23.5%
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. (601 characters)

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Cascade Premium Lager from Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.
70 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.