Cascade Premium Lager - Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.
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3.1/5 rDev +17.4%
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.
05-11-2011 02:10:26 | More by biboergosum
United Kingdom (England)
2.5/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
10-28-2007 17:40:05 | More by wl0307
3/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
03-02-2006 04:16:20 | More by alexgash
1.88/5 rDev -28.8%
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.
05-20-2010 12:17:47 | More by CrazyDavros
1.6/5 rDev -39.4%
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.
03-22-2005 18:06:55 | More by IronDjinn
3.18/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
05-30-2013 03:25:48 | More by soju6
1.98/5 rDev -25%
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.
02-01-2004 15:12:43 | More by Naerhu
1.15/5 rDev -56.4%
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.
04-15-2009 19:01:50 | More by Buebie
3.43/5 rDev +29.9%
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.
12-07-2003 09:21:06 | More by joecast
3.53/5 rDev +33.7%
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.
08-16-2006 04:49:16 | More by vancurly
3.25/5 rDev +23.1%
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.
02-01-2009 12:51:04 | More by LittleCreature
3.48/5 rDev +31.8%
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
10-07-2007 02:27:20 | More by jarmby1711
2.6/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
01-07-2009 10:12:08 | More by Macca
3.23/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
03-06-2014 03:33:55 | More by SmashPants
3.03/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
02-20-2004 21:46:11 | More by zerk
2.88/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
01-04-2006 23:03:38 | More by DaveFL1976
2.4/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
03-22-2009 10:04:12 | More by charlesw
Cascade Premium Lager from Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.
67 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.