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Victoria Bitter (VB) - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

Victoria Bitter (VB)Victoria Bitter (VB)

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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 2.33
pDev: 30.9%

Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dwarbi on 02-16-2002)
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
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Alberta (Canada)

1.58/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I know they make good beer down in Australia, I really do, but this isn't it. I do like the stubbie bottle though, however that's about the only positive thing I can say. Here on the other side of the world from Down Under I am rather squeamish to admit how much I paid for a 6 of this stuff (knowing that in its homeland people pay less than HALF of what I did), but my sole consolation is that I can bottle my own brew in those nice little stubbies afterwards.

On to the beer. Although I poured it out of a bottle, I may as well have just drank it from a can. A watery straw colour, the hint of head is bubbly and doesn't stick around long enough to make any impression. I'm smelling chemicals here, above and beyond any hint of malt or hops. I'm tasting preservatives here, above and beyond any malt or hops. Kind of like drinking beer out of your own shoe (or worse, someone else's). That's okay, I've drank a lot of beer from all over the world, including my own country, that tastes just like this. Every country has at least one, I just hope it's really cheap there to buy in its homeland.

Ummm...can't wait to empty those bottles to put something better in them.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 09:53:42 | More by IronDjinn
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Aroma: light mix of bready malts and spicy hops

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Victoria Bitter (VB) from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
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