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

Victoria Bitter (VB)Victoria Bitter (VB)

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226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
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:
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(Beer added by: dwarbi on 02-16-2002)
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Reviews by pootz:
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Ontario (Canada)

2.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Can sampled cold and sipped as it warmed to 50DegF

Poured a clear gold liquid in the glass, must give a hard pour to get a 1 finger rocky cap, even that vanishes quickly and laces weakly.

Aroma is faint but as it warms you get cane sugar sweetness, some hop grassiness..overall smells like sweet wet cardboard...totally over processed sterile extract brew smell.

Weak thin body, virtually no lager character.

Sweetish with weak husk-graininess and a whack of rough phenolic-sulfury-acidic green beer tastes, watery weak finish some hop after taste from POringwood hops (extract?).

Overall a cheap, over processed adjunct laden beverage that approximates beer flavor. I'm told 'VB' stand for 'vomiting bogans' in Oz vernacular...seems like the demographic this weak green piss would appeal to.

Serving type: can

06-27-2010 23:42:25 | More by pootz
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It seems that this beer is ubiquitous in Australia. The "VB" is on many signs overhanging the entries of pubs. Much like Budweiser. From the bottle it pours a dark golden, very yellow color. The aroma is strong with adjunct and little else. Similar experience on the palate with some prickly carbonation to go along with it. There is a touch of bitterness at the end, putting the Bitter in to VB. Overall not my favorite.

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Victoria Bitter 4.9% 375ml can in NZ

Aroma: light mix of bready malts and spicy hops

Flavor: Mild; good balance although it is sweet up front and a bit bitter by the finish. The hops
dominate eventually in the mildly bitter and hoppy aftertaste.

Feel: medium-light body; crisp and smooth; good, medium+ carbonation.

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It is has a nice golden color... good head

Smell is musky and hoppy... simple... not in your face

It goes down smooth... slightly dry... very refreshing

Good carbonation in the mouth... its active

A good beer to drink when you don't have to concentrate on the taste... great for footy and cricket

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