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Reschs Pilsener - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 2.36
pDev: 27.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-03-2003)
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3.75/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favourite Australian session beer- watching the footy, Friday afternoon work drinks at the club and other low brow pursuits. It's no Chimay Blue, nor is it meant to be. But in my humble opinion it's better than VB, Toohey's New, XXXX, Foster's, Carlton Draught and any other of the mass produced Aussie lagers (yes, it's much more of a lager than a Pilsner).

5 star? No. Drinkable and worth a taste in an Aussie pub for the neophyte? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 06:17:54 | More by Hubris
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2.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I think my expectations for a bottled "pilsener" from Carlton must be low, because I thought this beer was half decent.

Poured out the usual light yellow color with a light hoppy smell (with that unfortunate hint of metallic that so many macrobrews half).

Taste is lightly malty, but more crisp and dry than I expected. Not amazing, but exceeded expectations. If I were generous, I might say light floral touches...

Easier to drink/better taste than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 10:08:03 | More by istarilord
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2.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a golden colour with off-white head, not very dense, but good retention. Very prolific bubbling throughout the glass. Alright for what it is.

Fairly weak nose with a big hit of pride of ringworm when really, really sniffed. Hint of caramelly malt. Again, alright, but very weak and dulled. Perhaps just too watered down.

Taste is full of very unpleasant, sharp flavours. Watery on the front palate, very harsh chemical flavours follow. Has a taste that is actually similar to regurgitated stomach acid. Long, very gritty hang. I begrudgingly respect this drop, because it's potent for an Australian lager. Would like it to be pleasant drinking, that's all. I'd say there's just not enough malt really, because there's practically none. It's too watery until the carbonated chemical flavour kicks in. Mouthfeel is fairly thin with no tingling to brighten it up.

The crappy aftertaste makes this really quite undrinkable. But the same is true of most Aus lagers, this one is slightly more interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2009 05:59:40 | More by laituegonflable
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2.85/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber, thin white head, good CO2.

Big Pride of Ringwood hit... this reminds me of my childhood when my Dad would give me the dregs of a longneck... For nostalgia, I give smell a good rating.

Typical Aussie macro flavour. Extra bitterness than say VB or New. Malt takes a back seat to the hops.

Touch hollow, but a fuller body than its peers. A persistent bitterness, almost nutty-bitter, like stale walnuts....

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2007 01:22:25 | More by vancurly
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2.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought a few dozen longnecks from the local because they're not going to stock this or Fosters any more (the longnecks anyway). On more than one occasion I've done direct taste comparisons between this, VB, Carlton Draught, Tooheys New, XXXX, and sometimes the light versions. Although they are all very similar, I think it's unfair to say that Reschs is as bad as the others, because it's really not as offensive at all. On tap they all have a similar chemical taste, but somehow in the bottle, you get a crisper, less obscene effect. Naturally I'll only drink this if I'm really broke, but it's OK to have a few longnecks around the house, especially if your beer-ignorant friends drop by and you feel like a nice Quadrupel but don't want to waste your quality stash on them.

Appearance-wise, just like any aussie macro. Definitely not a pilsener. An offensive smell, but less so than Carlton. Taste... let's say it doesn't bother me. This is Australia, and when it gets hot, you want a beer. You can't spend your whole salary on imported Weißbiers throughout the summer...

Conclusion - probably the best of the worst. Definitely better than the others in the bottle, but fairly close on tap. Worth buying a few for $2 a longneck!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 09:15:04 | More by Weizenmensch
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

1.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Once years I purchased this beer and was severely unimpressed to the point that I actually had difficulty drinking it. Trying it now, its not - that - bad but is pretty unimpressive. It is a pale yellow and I concur that getting a decent sized head is extremely difficult. I can't really smell much of note, few hops, possibly a "hint of chemical". Tastewise this is one of those beers that doesn't taste like much but what taste there is isn't very nice.

Serving type: can

04-09-2005 01:28:26 | More by jahsausage
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1.38/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is the beer I used to drink at the bar at uni when I didn't know any better. I had a stubby of it left from our "Aussie Cheapies" tasting, and there's cricket on so I thought I'd give it a go.

I couldn't get a head on this one, no matter how hard I tried to provoke it. It just wasn't happening. A straight vertical pour into the bottom of the glass would probably only get a slight film. Body is yellow amber.

Toxic chemical unnatural smell. It smells how Australians expect beer to smell, which can't be a good thing. Pungent, slightly sour.

With trepidation, I take a sip. Mouthful of chemicals, followed by a huge hit of wet off yeast in the back of the mouth. Tastes a lot like all the other cheap Aussie adjunct (yeah, Pilsener my ass, CUB); in fact, the taste is almost identical to Carlton Draught. Very little difference.

This is a poor beer. Offensive in almost every department. It's unfortunate that the majority of Australians think that this it what beer should taste like.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 03:46:15 | More by lacqueredmouse
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1.88/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I once had a Reschs oput of an old wooden cask, and it was truly magnificant. Unfortunatly it must have been a one off experience, cause since then Reschs has dissapointed me. tastes less chemical than other CUB beers, but the inprovements end there. still tastes bland, easy to drink, blah blah blah.. nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 12:51:42 | More by Anonmatel
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United Kingdom (England)

1.25/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very predictable Aussie lager (not a pilsner), lots of adjuncts and chemicals and really bland and thin, a beer that i probably drink more than i should, normally seen as an old guys drink, and is readily available in a lot of RSL's througout Sydney, cheap and easy.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 04:51:16 | More by rastaman
Reschs Pilsener from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
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