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Crown Lager - Crown Beverages

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BA SCORE
57
awful

70 Ratings
THE BROS
31
awful

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.18
pDev: 33.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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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1.75/5  rDev -19.7%

spycow, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Standard yellow gold colour, slight filmy head.

Yeasty, reasonably unoffensive nose. Quite standard, nothing to really distinguish it - especially from the other CUB brews.

Somewhat yeasty palate - reasonably smooth (that is to say, it tastes like water). One might even say bland as all hell.

This is one very dull, bland and watery beer. Nothing to recommend it I'm afraid.

How did this become known as "Australia's Finest"? Obviously the brainwashing done by the CUB media machine.

An unpleasant beer, a waste of time and money.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of dmorgan310
2.25/5  rDev +3.2%

dmorgan310, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of harpus
2.25/5  rDev +3.2%

harpus, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
2.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

375ml bottle poured into pint glass 15/3/14

A clear straw yellow with plenty of bubbles but just a short lived finger of foam that leaves a partial ring and a few random patches

S sweet grains and some wet cardboard, very little going on, a little hay maybe

T tastes much worse, chemicals and pennies, not quite skunky but a little musky, some cooked veggies, and soggy cereal

M thin and watery, soft carbonation, about what I expect from a macro but the aftertaste is awful and lingers

O not horrible until you taste it, doesn't really improve after that

this ones a wolf in sheep's clothing, looks good before you open and drink it, well and truly overpriced avoid this one boys and girls

wordemupg, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
1.18/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours gold, with marshmallowy gelatinous head, very dense, with mega streaming carbonation that seems to be unending. I've spent a long time with this just sitting here and it's still fizzing away like a motherfucker. Looks over-fizzy. Well it looks like it should, but I just don't trust it. The head's still there, the carbonation is unending. There's something artificial about a beer that looks so much like a quintessential image of a beer. It should be natural, and have flaws.

Very unpleasant chemical aroma, smells like maybe some grassy hops, or more correctly, grass when you've just sprayed your backyard with pesticide. Very weak, what's more, and very simple. Really, genuinely bad smell.

Taste is weak and bland, with a syrupy corn sweetness that creeps up on the start and reaches you by the mid, and then a grisly pride of ringworm dankness, creating that signature CUB bread yeast character. Very unpleasant bitter hang, nothing fresh or organic about it at all.

And that mouthfeel? HOLY SHIT. How can you have so much carbonation in the glass and such a pitiful, weak feel? Where are the bubbles when I could use them, to add some texture? What a crown turd of a beer. Yes, it wins the crown. The crown for being an utter shit beer. This is so bad it's destroying my ability to write witty comments.

laituegonflable, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
1.35/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Standard pale lager appearance, although the head shows some persistence...
Aroma is pretty horrible. Dirty, grainy aussie malt, no hop aroma (guessing isohops is used).
Flavours are equally boring, if slightly more palateble. Sweet grainy malt and some weak plain bitterness.
Pretty high carbonation.
First beer that's made me feel sick after half a glass.

CrazyDavros, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of ADZA
1.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a pale golden colour with decent carbonation and average lacing,it has weak grainy,hop aromas with an average mouthfeel,the taste an overpowering malty,fruit driven taste that doesnt taste as nice as it sounds and has a offputting aftertaste,overall because ive seen the micro light years ago i sit back and laugh at this lager considered to be australias best macro,i just hope the crown ambassador ive put away doesnt resemble this at all.

ADZA, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
1.05/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Crown Lager touts itself as being the best of Australian beer since 1919. Personally, we highly doubt that, but let's give the beer the benefit of the doubt and try it.

Pale golden, lively carbonation and an ultra-tight and creamy head with a stick to the glass that puts many Double IPAs to shame--very appealing. Musty aroma, with some cereal grain and soft metallic notes. Thin-bodied and watery in the mouth. The carbonation showcased in the glass is barely noticeable on the palate--meaning the expected crispness is not present. No real hop bitterness to speak of, but there's something resembling a watery sourness that tastes a bit forced and contrived. Quite sweet--actually, it's too sweet. It's more of a corn-based sweetness that tastes processed. Mouthful of straw in the finish, drying and unpleasant.

Brewed by the Foster's Group, Crown Lager is merely a fizzy, yellow, bland beer with nothing going on other than looking pretty in a Pils glass. It doesn't even come close to standing up to other beers within its genre. One of the worst beers we've ever had from Oz.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of DIM
2.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

a: This was a very, very pale golden color. It poured with a fizzy white head.

s: A little corny sweetness, not much else to say.

t: Same as the smell, just a little corny sweetness. It actually got kind of obnoxious by the end of the bottle.

m: Fizzy and wet.

d: At least it was free.

DIM, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is an absolute pile of shit, how they have the nerve to call this a premium beer, i'll never know, its not even drinkable, sugary and sweet, if you're ever in Australia, don't bother trying this.

rastaman, Apr 04, 2002
Photo of patre_tim
3.25/5  rDev +49.1%

patre_tim, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Sludgeman
2.75/5  rDev +26.1%

Sludgeman, May 31, 2014
Photo of pin
1/5  rDev -54.1%

pin, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Poupae
2.5/5  rDev +14.7%

Poupae, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of tai4ji2x
2.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

from notes, tasted mid to late june 2009, kro's nest, beijing, china

best by date of oct09. importer label says bottled in 2009, jun 5

poured into mug

clear golden straw color. 2-finger head, slowly fades to relatively stable, thin wispy layer. splotchy lace at first, but then improves later.

aroma: some euro hops upfront w/ touch of bready malt. hints of weird esters or fusels, plus a metallic whiff.

taste: mildly toasted, bready malts and euro hops giving a crisp, moderate bitterness, but w/ weird, astringent chemical note. from fusel or phenols? makes the bitterness unpleasant.

light, not TOO thin, but still a touch watery. some smoothness, especially with the carbonation. weird chemical notes continue the uncomfortable astringency.

hard to finish. appearance is the only thing good about this beer, as the bros noted.

tai4ji2x, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Buebie
3.05/5  rDev +39.9%
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.

Buebie, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of Hypersomnia
2.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Hypersomnia, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of mulder1010
1.75/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

355 ML at Qantas club at Sydney Airport. It was free and my GF surprised me with this.

A-- Clear light straw gold color. White film for head, lots of carbonation bubbles. Some lacing left through drinking.

S-- Sweet stewed cabbage and corn. Borderline repulsive.

T-- Sweet corn, sweet bread, a little bit of cardboard.

M-- Light body, high carbonation. Bloating feeling very quickly. Metallic corn finish. Clean and boring.

O-- A few sips was enough and thought a cappuccino was a better option. It was free and a tick. Could not finish the Michelob of Australia.

mulder1010, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of joecast
1.83/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

well, "fresh cut grass" aroma gone bad. more like wet grass left in a trash bag on a hot day.
flavor and mouthfeel both buttery. i cant believe people think this beer is so great, even for people that like crap this couldnt be that good.
has a transparent look that oddly enough mirrors the taste.

joecast, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of vancurly
2.42/5  rDev +11%
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.

vancurly, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of BrazilianAussie
2.5/5  rDev +14.7%

BrazilianAussie, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of BucBasil
1.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from the 375mL bottle into a pint glass.

The beer is a nice pure golden color with lots of carbonation coming through. Head dissipated almost immediately and was foamy and offwhite. Typical.

S: The smell coming off of this one is noticeable right upon opening and that's not entirely a good thing. Typical grainy smell but also some sort of sour and vegetal note. Not skunky, but not very natural or pleasant either.

T: Watery and very light on flavor but what is there isn't even your normal beery flavor. There's a sour note in the middle with a light bitterness covered up by an unnatural sweetness. Not undrinkable, just not that good.

This reminds me of a second rate Euro Pale Lager and seems like that's what they are going for as those are hugely popular. Even so, I've had better even for the style. Not even very refreshing due to the weird flavors in the beer.

Just go for a Bud or Fosters.

BucBasil, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of LittleCreature
2.83/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

LittleCreature, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of magpieken
2.25/5  rDev +3.2%

magpieken, Apr 08, 2013
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Crown Lager from Crown Beverages
57 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.