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Fiji Bitter - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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Fiji BitterFiji Bitter

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BA SCORE
73
okay

20 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 19.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-08-2001)
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Reviews by jackndan:
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jackndan

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev +15.2%

Poured out of a stibby brown bottle, not at all unlike Red Stripe.

Somewhat hazy deep golden color, with a solid half inch of head that dissipates quite quickly.

Notable skunk aroma after a vigorous pour, although I'll not knock this one too hard on the aroma because, after all, it has made one hell of a long trip to get to me in the bottom of a buddy's bag.

The taste is quite nice actually, very noticable malt flavors with just a bit of hop twang to avoid a cloying aftertaste. Quite light bodied, as one would expect with a beer brewed for a tropical island in mind. A tiny bit of cider is noted as well, but I'll have to assign that to the age of the bottle rather than to the beer itself.

Altogether, quite nice on a hot day.

06-22-2005 00:06:59 | More by jackndan
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev +6.6%

375ml stubbie bottle. Why the hell isn't this brewery represented on its own on this site? This is Fiji, not bloody Oz.

This beer pours a clear pale golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some decently thorough sudsy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of crackery pale malt, a separate grainy mustiness, a touch of plastic/metallic astringency, generic green vegetables, and further herbal, dead grass hops. The taste is sharp grainy pale malt, a mild cooked veggies essence, more isolated metallic notes, a hint of underlying corn pithiness, and bland earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is incredibly low and ineffectual, the body medium-light in weight, yet strongly clammy in what would normally pass for smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the lingering corn and barley malt sort of battling it out to the end for my affection.

While it is duly interesting to come across a brew from such a far-flung destination, one which I have not yet had the opportunity to visit, this is hardly worthy of repeat consumption, given its many deficiencies, except, perhaps, if you're stranded somewhere bereft of anything craft beer oriented.

12-11-2013 02:36:12 | More by biboergosum
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Griffith

Connecticut

3/5  rDev +3.8%

01-18-2014 14:52:42 | More by Griffith
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Mtadder

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

12-27-2013 17:18:11 | More by Mtadder
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +18.7%

The flagship beer of Fiji, enjoyed many many times on my recent trip to the islands
A - almost clear copper, short head dissipated quickly, minimal lacing
S - grassy, light herbals, grainy and light buttered bread
T - very pilsner like qualities, similar to the nose but with a light hop bitter
M - light with medium carbonation, slightly more feel than a typical summertime brew but not by much
O - been there, done that, bought the tee shirt, nothing outstanding but it will always be associated with great memories of Fiji

09-05-2011 03:41:19 | More by joemcgrath27
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BuddhaBrowett

Sweden

2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

07-05-2014 21:27:15 | More by BuddhaBrowett
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soulcougher

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Put it this way, it's drinkable if it is the only thing around.
I was on a tiny island in Fiji back in 1999 and Fiji Bitter was all they had at the hostel.
At first I didn't like it but after a few hours it didn't really matter.
I got used to it and fun was had by all who was also drinking it.

06-03-2014 21:46:37 | More by soulcougher
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

This beer is not good, but it is pretty cheap. I think it only comes in a can, at least, never myself caught sight of a bottle. It's got a macro-lager straw color, a light malty/skunky nose, and a metallic malt flavor. Feel is standard, almost boringly okay. Overall, one to get drunk on, but not much else.

02-06-2008 19:42:09 | More by soupyman10
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Mark

California

4.2/5  rDev +45.3%

This beer is available only in the Fiji islands. Despite it's name i do consider it in the tropical lager category. A good solid beer that is very refreshing. Has a nice malty base and decent hop bitterness. Tastes good here at home too, as I always buy some to bring home with me.

09-08-2001 20:22:31 | More by Mark
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mulder1010

Australia

2.53/5  rDev -12.5%

355 ML bottle. The can is a better presentation

A-- poured a clear copper color. Small white head. With swirling get a half finger of head. Some visible carbonation and soapy lacing with the beer.

S-- Grassy, vegetables, slightly metallic, and touches of bread.

T-- Some skunky hop presence (POR I am assuming), grassy, stewed vegetables and a funky metallic taste.

M-- Bitterness comes from a strange metallic taste. Warmer it gets the more obvious it becomes. Metal and plastic. Some bread in mouth.

O-- Can is the better way to taste this. Saw a lot of FB on uncovered trucks in Suva. Highly prone to skunking in bottle format. Taste format is almost the same to VB, also made by CUB. Is it bad? Yeah but on a beach or in a hammock and it is in the 90's and high humidity are you really going to want an Abacus? Some reason it works here. Then again, it is Fiji time.

10-12-2011 22:01:35 | More by mulder1010
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soju6

Missouri

2.59/5  rDev -10.4%

A: Pours a clear light yellow color with a small white head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma is a bit musty, with some malt sweetness and some grain.

T: taste has some hops crispness, malt sweetness and a bit of grain. Mild bitterness and has a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, a bit crisp and refreshing.

O: Not a lot here. Beer that goes well with hot, humid weather.

06-04-2013 00:55:24 | More by soju6
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Julian4077

Australia

1.75/5  rDev -39.4%

05-11-2012 10:32:09 | More by Julian4077
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magpieken

Australia

2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-06-2013 12:40:42 | More by magpieken
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jasewaaang

California

2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

09-16-2012 07:42:13 | More by jasewaaang
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -30.8%

03-08-2014 04:52:15 | More by Exeter
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benloho

Tennessee

3/5  rDev +3.8%

01-26-2014 21:45:04 | More by benloho
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev +3.8%

04-02-2014 01:36:04 | More by ZachT
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SBALDWIN

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +34.3%

appearance- light golden in color

smell- little to none almost like a coors light

taste- very smooth with some bubbly feeling in the back of your throat

mouthfeel- refreshing

drinkability- in fiji the best beer to put back and drink lots of on the beach

01-18-2009 01:36:58 | More by SBALDWIN
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Huffs

New York

3/5  rDev +3.8%

02-15-2013 01:42:02 | More by Huffs
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +3.8%

02-16-2014 04:24:21 | More by schnarr84
Fiji Bitter from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
73 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.