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Crown Lager - Crown Beverages

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BA SCORE
56
awful

59 Ratings
THE BROS
31
awful

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.11
pDev: 32.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Australia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002)
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Tonyole

New York

4/5  rDev +89.6%

03-06-2013 00:04:04 | More by Tonyole
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Julian4077

Australia

3.5/5  rDev +65.9%

05-11-2012 10:27:54 | More by Julian4077
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TeeRex

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +65.9%

06-05-2012 20:33:19 | More by TeeRex
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nate1357

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +65.9%

03-05-2012 23:56:04 | More by nate1357
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Cs1987

Australia

3.2/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light gold. 1 finger of head, which reduced.

Smell - A little stronger than average for a macro lager. The scent is pretty much what you normally expect from an Aussie macro lager.

Taste - Fairly good quality grainy tastes, with less metallic and other off-putting tastes than most Aussie macros.

Mouthfeel - Very good carbonation and texture, poor and metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability - Another typical easy drinking lager.

Overall - Yes, it is overpriced and overrated by many, but I still enjoy a Crowny. There are much worse lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 13:16:33 | More by Cs1987
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Buebie

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My buddy picked this up in Australia for me. As well as a fe others I plan to review today.

Poured a michelob style brown bottle with twsit off, into a grain belt premium, lager intended tulip.
Off the pour a white semi foamy head takes shape, 1'' on the head. The color is asemi darker then normal, transparent gold. Plenty of champagne resemblent carbonation rise.
The head slowly receeds leaving a thin cap of retention and plenty of thick lace rings all the way down the glass.

Aroma's of corn, grains and a bready yeast aroma that is actually pretty strong.

The taste up front is somwhat sweet with a carbonation presence providing plenty of creamy thicker mouthfeel without all that carbonation sting to the toung. Corn is prevelant as is some cereal grain taste. Becoming a bit more sweet into the swallow. Thats when things take a turn for the worse though. A metallic tin flavor dominates into the finish and leaves an ill aftertaste.
Some mild grassy hops hang out with the tin, but man, thats a gnarley aftertaste that really ruins the beer.

Minus that metallic flavor, this would be an A-class brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 18:51:01 | More by Buebie
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Jamestregenza

Australia

3/5  rDev +42.2%

08-15-2013 03:45:43 | More by Jamestregenza
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LittleCreature

Australia

2.83/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.0
Poured a finger of loose white head that quickly reduced to a thin layer over a pale, golden yellow body.

Smell - 2.5
A slightly sweet aroma of grain, husk and grassy hops

Taste - 2.5
Pretty typical Australian lager flavour, a little pale malt, grain and metallic hops. A moderate level of bitterness in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Carbonation is fine and quite lively.

Drinkability - 3.5
Quite easy to drink and sessionable if you like the taste. Off flavours are there, but not enough to the extent that I would turn one down.

OVERALL - 2.8
I believe this beer is better than the majority of its reviews indicate. However, it is certainly not as good as its premium price and packaging would suggest. Average beer, poor value, undeserved reputation.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 12:32:35 | More by LittleCreature
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MylesMac

Manitoba (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +30.3%

12-18-2013 01:45:31 | More by MylesMac
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev +30.3%

05-31-2014 14:15:07 | More by Sludgeman
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DaveFL1976

Florida

2.63/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

If this beer didn't claim to be "Australia's Finest" it might not be rteviewed so harshly. Unfortunately, it claims to be "brewed with the malt and hops, true to the traditional premium brewing heritage." Well, true, it might be brewed with the finest malt and hops, but I think 2 or 3 pounds of malt might be all they use in each big fermenter. Crown Lager pours a bright straw color with a fairly thick head, but it unfortunately settles out in quick fashion leaving a thin, white skim on the beer. The taste isn't worthy of more than one sentance. Immediate metallic bitterness followed by a mild malty sweetness, followed again by the metallic bitterness. Are those some sort of zinc-based hops that Carlton is brewing? Mouthfeel is relatively smooth, with decent carbonation, but that's aboput all I can say for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 07:34:48 | More by DaveFL1976
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zerk

California

2.58/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brought to the US by a friend of mine from Australia...

Color is a light clear gold with almost no head. Aroma has some bready malt and light grass notes. Flavor s quite malty with some bread and tooasted malt notes... very little bitterness, but not overly sweet. Has an odd aftertaste... almost like wet socks. Mouthfeel is fairly watery with fizzy carbonation. All in all, not a very impressive beer, but not terrible either.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 20:29:57 | More by zerk
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Anonmatel

Australia

2.55/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While Rastaman is right by saying this is not a premium beer, i wouldn't go so far as to say that it's absolute shite. It's not too bad, but these days i can't handle more than 2-3 at a time. While it's a common methid for some people including myself, to not drink a good beer then going to drink a bad beer, it's especially not good to drink a good beer then drink a Crown Lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2002 03:56:41 | More by Anonmatel
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rec

Australia

2.53/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While this remains an Australian favourite, there are clearly far better options available for flat session beers. The price tag is unjustified and its a mockery of quality Australian brews.

As reviews below stipulate, rumour has it that this and Carlton Draught are brewed in the same vat. They taste strikingly similar, and given the option I would always opt for Carlton Draught because of the slashed price.

Like Cartlton Draught, its watery and has a strange metalic aftertaste, leaving nothing to be desired but despite the less than pleasing taste and overly high carbonation, it is still easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2007 09:50:13 | More by rec
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BrazilianAussie

Brazil

2.5/5  rDev +18.5%

10-29-2013 01:17:46 | More by BrazilianAussie
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jjkatter

Australia

2.5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-28-2011 09:48:40 | More by jjkatter
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Poupae

Thailand

2.5/5  rDev +18.5%

03-19-2013 12:25:55 | More by Poupae
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Lancair

Australia

2.48/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer looks good out of the bottle. A clear warm, golden orange. Not much head. When it hits your mouth, your impression changes. It has a sort of "before-taste", a bitter twang that attacks your mouth when you first down it that mellows as it goes down. Obviously, this hurts the drinkability of it.

I didn't like this one, and wouldn't drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 06:35:25 | More by Lancair
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WHROO

Australia

2.45/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poors very clean with 1 finger head / golden colour..
But seriously...its the same ole same ole with your mainstream Aussie Lagers...
Just because this is a 'premium' lager doesn't mean it tastes any better...
I still get the metallic lingering (iron/tin) on the tongue (& this is from a bottle)...a hint of florally malts. touch fruity, but quickly killed off by that metal stale off putting taste that is so evident with other mainstreams like VB/Melb etc.
Just not a nice beer & waaayy too carbonated for mouthfeel.
A sulphury aroma as well with a hint of egg.
Over the years I have noticed the only beer drinkers that reckon this is the bees neez are the ones who only drink a VB or Melb, or Carlton. This is maybe not as off tasting to finish but still has all the taste/aroma/mouthfeel that make it such an average drop...drink out of sufference.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 06:23:34 | More by WHROO
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btmo

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

2.42/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a bit of an odd review for me, as I genuinely used to like this beer some years ago, but on a recent revisit I found that either the beer has changed, or I have.

I suspect the latter.

The beer initially pours nicely, with a clean white head which sadly fails to linger.

Flavour and smell are flat and uninteresting with a "sharp" aftertaste I had never really noticed in the past. While I find that I still like Carlton Draught (see review elsewhere), I really wonder if they are in fact the same beer, from the same vat, with only the difference being the packaging.

I haven't had a chance to do a side by side comparison yet, or a blind test - but plan to try this as an experiment in the not too distant future.

This beer really makes me think that a new category is required here at BA - "Value for Money". It would score a 1

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 07:23:58 | More by btmo
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vancurly

Australia

2.42/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank this on a domestic flight.
Choice between Crown and VB....mmmm... decisions, decisions... at least I get a chance to review a beer I normally avoid.

a) Pours nicely. Golden honey, good carbonation, white 1cm head, which persists. Foamy lace. Surprisingly good start.
s) Aromas of salada biscuit, sulfur, boiled cabbage. Back to form....
f) Typical Aussie macro. Pride of Ringwood metal, sulfur, wet dog in a hessian sack. Finishes very quickly.
m) Foamy & light, but not thin. Refreshing, with a medium bitterness.
d) Quite drinkable, if a hot hot day, with nothing else in the fridge.

It irks me that most Aussie blokes consider this the beer to drink on a special occasion... it's no wonder we BA's have such a hill to climb in this country.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 10:11:08 | More by vancurly
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BuddhaBrowett

Sweden

2.25/5  rDev +6.6%

07-05-2014 21:28:12 | More by BuddhaBrowett
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magpieken

Australia

2.25/5  rDev +6.6%

04-08-2013 15:50:21 | More by magpieken
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harpus

Alabama

2.25/5  rDev +6.6%

03-28-2013 17:39:08 | More by harpus
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Hypersomnia

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev +6.6%

11-15-2013 01:40:26 | More by Hypersomnia
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Crown Lager from Crown Beverages
56 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.