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Crown Lager - Crown Beverages

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BA SCORE
57
awful

68 Ratings
THE BROS
31
awful

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Ratings: 68
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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Photo of rec
2.53/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

rec, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of btmo
2.42/5  rDev +11%
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

btmo, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of jarmby1711
2.13/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Surely the most over hyped beer in Australia that has created a top end premium tag for itself that has no justification.
It is very much stock standard CUB , tin flavoured bitter water.
It pours nicely enough , decent colour and bead but beyond that it is dullness personifird.
Most of the allure and razzamatazz about the beer is surely the cone shaped bottle and gold labelling.It looks the business but it aint

jarmby1711, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of Finite
1.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Golden straw color. Head retention lasted only about 1 min with a tiny bit of lacing. This beer had very low carbonization. The smell was skunked and very malty and sweet. Hints of perhaps some caramel. This beer is very flat and could benefit from more carbonization.

The aftertaste is a bit sour and off. Any Australian will avoid this brew and rightly so. It’s actually worse than VB and they have similar tastes. I’m very fortunate to have only had half of this beer because I was struggling to drink the half! It’s a really horrible attempt at a malty and yesty beer. This beer just has way to much yest in the after taste its so smooth its just wrong!

Finite, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of DaveFL1976
2.63/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

DaveFL1976, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of Weizenmensch
1.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Don't get me wrong, I hate Crown Lager as much as any Aussie with a modicum of taste. Everyone knows that just because it's got a gold label and a cool-looking, unusual bottle, it's not necessarily a good beer. But I'm reviewing this even-handedly and without bias.

I wrote the above while admiring the apt head retention, ubiquitous lacing and perfectly effervescent body of the beer. Slightly too dark amber, but good appearance otherwise.

Smell: Not as bad as the non-premium offerings from Carlton, but there is nothing natural in there to speak of. Apart from a very faint maltiness (so distant it's hardly worth mentioning), there is a smell of preservative/adjunct. I don't recognise the chemical (I'm a chemistry student and have come to recognise the smell of chemicals I encounter regularly). Wait, what is this? This is meant to be a beer to enjoy, not sniffing the glass to determine whether it contains poison. The smell is better than Carlton or VB, but not what a beer should smell like.

Taste is where this beer is really let down. It looks good, it smells... inoffensive, but the taste is rough as guts. A little bit sour, a little bit adjuncty... it would taste better if it had no taste, and was just amber bubbly water with a head. It's been so long since I've bothered to drink one of these that I forgot how shite it was. Basically no different from your ordinary Australian macro, only I'm rating it more harshly because this is supposed to be premium. This doesn't stand up against Boag Premium or Squire Pilsener, other popular macros of a similar price and style. I can't think of any other Aussie macros like this, apart from the cheap Carlton and Tooheys offerings. Still, if you slam it down, drink it cold and out of the bottle at the footy, you won't notice the unpleasant ashy aftertaste. Someone spilt beer in this ashtray! No wait, it's how it normally tastes.

Mouthfeel is pretty crap too. Rough going down, though undoubtedly smoother than its non-premium cousins, the worst aspect is the sticky afterfeel... it doesn't taste like anything except nasty beer aftertaste, but it's sticky on the roof of my mouth.

Drinkability: If it's free, ice-cold, a hot sunny afternoon, and you're doing an activity to take your mind off the taste, and you've been working hard all day, this is fine to drink. Most Australians would be happier to drink this regularly than VB, merely because of its price and 'premium' allure. But it's not great. However, it does contain alcohol.

Attention All Crown Lager Drinkers - set your sights higher. It gets a LOT better than this! Non-Crownie Drinkers - Don't bother trying this, it is a complete and utter waste of time and an insult to our country that people pay $60 a case for this crap.

Weizenmensch, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of Kulrak
1.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a straw color with a lot of head at first, then dies down to pretty much nothing. Doesn't smell like much at all, very very faint yeast scent. The taste is a not so faint yeast taste, some hop bitterness, no other distinguishable flavors, finishes dry and sour at the same time. Mouthfeel is somewhat airy, somewhat creamy, but not enough of either to really stand out. I don't really care much for this beer, seems like a pretty standard aussie macro beer, dunno why it costs any more than the others.

Kulrak, May 29, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Australias Finest.

So, so sad if this is the best Australia has to offer. Bitter, straw coloured mess that i get to drink when i go to weddings. Unlimited supply of canon fodder.

Aint too bad, ive had worse. But ain't Australias Finest thats for sure.

Also, is a very heavy beer. I find that it sits like a brick in your stomach after a few.

BeerNutta, Apr 23, 2005
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 koolk
1.33/5  rDev -39%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Now I have hit 100 reviews, I feel it is time for the obligatory review of the crown jewel of Aussie brewing..Crown Lager.

Pours a crystal clear (read filtered to hell and back) golden colour with a head reminiscent of bubble bath...looks great on pouring but once you in its back to stagnant water...

Aromas of sweet sweaty grains and that frustrating as hell ‘Carlton’ smell (as in I can’t identify it, but is stands out like dogs balls - wet cardboard perhaps?)

Palate is all front dominant with a touch of malt sweetness backed up by nothing whatsoever on the rear. No bitterness, no real flavour & no complexity - and a nasty assed aftertaste to boot.

I once met a bloke who said he worked for CUB. He claimed the only difference between Vic Bitter (~$32 a case) vs Crown Lager (~$46 a case) was that they graded each batch of beer made to the same recipe. Those that scored highest became Crown, the lowest became VB. This may explain the reason why you never see Crown on tap in Melbourne, it just tastes like the other cheaper crap. A horrendously bad beer for the price. Shame CUB, shame.

koolk, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of zerk
2.58/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

zerk, Mar 02, 2004
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 diablo14
1/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

my hatred of CUB shold be well evident by the reviews ive done of their beers. i could have reviewed all their lagers straight up and pretty much said the same thing, utter shite. but i wanted to show i knew something about other quality beers first before putting the smackdown on carlton.

what distinguishes this from any of their other beers? not a lot, looks the same, smells and tastes the same, makes you feel crook in the guts the same. how they can call this a premium beer is an absolute disgrace. its not even good enuff to be called premium swill. is it a little more hoppy? does it matter? the results are the same. crown is actually thee beer skimmed off the top of fosters lager vats. that in itself should say it all. this beer is for australian yuppies who think this is a classy beer, and for yobbos when they go out for dinner or to a wedding and think this is a classy beer. the fools!

a tip for anyone who has the misfortune to come across this beer and actually attempt drinking it. DO NOT RELEASE IT FROM THE BOTTLE!!!! this is the only way to make your way thru this vile beverage without having nightmares later, and im talking before youre alseep! its going to be hard enuff if you drink it at all...

diablo14, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of ILJAY
1.85/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had two slabs of this brew thrown in with two dozen bottles of wine I bought recently for A$200 bucks. So it was a bit of a bargain. This however meant that I had to endure a hell of drinking this very poor beer for quite sometime (sorry but I don’t like to waste the product).

Crown Lager is Australia's most overrated beer. It has an extremely tacky gold label designed to appeal to a working class man done good on the pokies.

Despite of its claims to be the Australia’s premium beer, it is not even close to the standard of other “premium” offerings such as James Boag or Cascade.

You are better off with a Carlton Cold…

ILJAY, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of Anonmatel
2.55/5  rDev +17%
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.

Anonmatel, May 01, 2002
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 mpatto
1/5  rDev -54.1%

This has to be the worst beer in Australia by far! Was given a case of this for Christmas, couldn't give it away so down the drain it went. Rubbish

mpatto, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Aussie69
1/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Just like VB

S - Just like VB

T - Just like VB with more carbonation

M - As Above

O - This actuallly IS VB with a slightly modified brewing process and a outrageous mark up. Yup my best friend works for CUB.

AVIOD LIKE THE PLAGE AND NEVER BUY THIS SHITE SO THEY MIGHT STOP SELLING IT AND RIPPING UNSUSPECTING PEOPLE OFF!

Aussie69, Oct 19, 2012
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Crown Lager from Crown Beverages
57 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.