Victoria Bitter (VB) - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
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1/5 rDev -57.4%
This is a beer that you only order if your at some country pub on a hot summers day and this is the only fullstrength beer available for thousands of kilometres,not a nice beer at all smells like piss water with a mass produced background as like all these types of beers its well carbonated with no love or life inside its bottle,can or whatever way you get it i can assure you i dont have it,the only thing ill be remembering this beer for is its good adverts and catchy tune.
07-03-2009 20:57:50 | More by ADZA
1/5 rDev -57.4%
as an aussie, im insulted to say this is one of our beers. in fact, CUB stands for everything that is bad in australian brewing. i cant say much more about this beer that hasnt already been said, but my personal assessment is id rather drink cats piss than this. its a disgrace. there is no nose, the taste is laden with horrible horrible adjuncts and if you want to be assured of a screaming hangover that can last for days, have a six pack of this! (or any carlton beer for that matter) if someone can tell me what the difference between all the carlton beers is, please let me know, i struggle to work it out!
10-12-2003 14:16:39 | More by diablo14
1.02/5 rDev -56.6%
Pours a thick frothy cushion of purely white head. Masses and masses of swirling carbonation. Beer shouldn't fizz that much, it'll have me farting my arse off. The beer is the most dull, uninspiring colour. Bo-o-o-o-o-ring.
Nose is almost foul, but the foul smell is completely weak, dulled and absent. I know beers are meant to have smell, because I've smelled them, so this is bad. But it's worse because whatever smell is there is quite horrible on its own.
Taste is horrible and flavourless. It tastes like dirt dissolved in water and then filtered many times to get the flavour out. The taste is terrible but the flavour is so weak you can't even taste the horrible taste, if that makes sense. Mouthfeel is sharp and drying and horrific. Like eating nails.
An abysmal, unconscionably bad drop of beer. Flavourless, horrible and harder to get down than a truck full of cement. Avoid, avoid, avoid!
03-10-2008 05:58:48 | More by laituegonflable
1.05/5 rDev -55.3%
A - This beer has golden, clear colour which is unfortunately deceptive to the flavour that lies beneath
S - The initial smell of Vic Bitter is like one of those stenches that you wake up with on your clothes after a big night on the lagers and realise you are lying in a pile of your own vomit and feces. A bitter metallic sting that digs into the nose with sharp claws. This is pub floor in a can.
T - After the horrifying initial smell, one is not really looking forward to sampling its taste, but if you force yourself, you will be rewarded with one of the worst tastes you can possibly pour into your mouth. Anyone with functioning tastebuds will recoil with disgust.
This beer is an insult to all living creatures.
Forget going within a 10m radius of this beer if it happens to rise above frozen temperature, this foul swill should tipped into a volcano.
M - Like licking a rusty bucket of nails. A sharp, disgusting mercury like feel pervades the pallet. The sickly flavour hangs on the tongue like burnt solder.
I curse this beer.
D - Hahahahahaha. After one sip of this swill, you will be tightening the rope for whoever handed it to you.
This is one the worst beers known to man (and the biggest seller in Australia, hahahhahhaa).
11-09-2007 11:50:11 | More by THEMGG
1.05/5 rDev -55.3%
Deep golden yellow. Decent frothy head. Looks quite carbonated.
Very strong nose. Quite potent - smells of off vegetable matter, with a hit of ammonia.
Musty, damp unpleasant flavours. Very flat and uninspiring. Wow. Could there be a more unpleasant beer? It's like drinking expensive pond water or something. There's very little there except the late bitter chemical inspired hit.
A very unpleasant beer this one. I'm saying that because this is a very poor beer (probably the worst I've ever tasted), not because I have something against so-called "standard" beers, or the macrobreweries.
Stay well clear.
01-15-2005 07:16:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
1.1/5 rDev -53.2%
I don't like this beer, i never have. It's watery, boring, sweet (sorry folks but Victoria Bitter aint that bitter). It tastes almost exactly as both Melbourne Bitter, and Crown Lager.
Oh and their Ad campaings run me up the wall. They look like they come straight out of the 80' (i think they did). And they promote their beer to the Working class Yobbos, Westies, Boagans (rednecks for all you Americans).
09-23-2002 11:16:37 | More by Anonmatel
1.1/5 rDev -53.2%
Here it is: one of the main offenders to the Australian beer industry, VB itself. I do have fond memories of my friend and I stealing our respective father's supply of this and drinking them in the backyard when we were younger, but as a beer itself? How does it compare?
A- It has that extremely fake appearance sported by most Aussie macros. This is cheap and factory assembled. An aggressive pour gets a miniscule head, which vanishes but for a blotch on top. The carbonation loses its bite quickly as it becomes stagnant and tepid.
S- Judging a book by its cover works when smelling this beer. It smells as it looks: artificial. Basically, some kind of awful, out of place sweetness assaults my sense of smell. The worst part is, I really can't tell what is causing this scent. Is it malt? God no. Is it hops? I sincerely doubt that. Whatever it is, smells like it should definitely not be there.
T- To this beer's credit, it is very consistent from nose to palate. That is most certainly not a desirable thing, though. This tastes quite rank. That saccharin-esque sweetness is horribly discernable throughout and leaves a sickly feeling on your tongue. Also, it finishes with the dreaded and most feared of all things- POR. I prefer the taste of XXXX to this and believe me, that is saying something.
M- It's bloating, gassy, abrasive and watery. These are not good things, people. The fizziness just does not work here. This is a true pain to drink.
O- As I expected, VB is a disgrace to the great name of beer. People, if you want refreshment, go for a hefeweizen.
09-08-2011 09:53:27 | More by aeolianshredhead
1.13/5 rDev -51.9%
Presentation: 375ml straight sided can. Metallic green with a simple oval like frontage. Victoria Bitter is in white font and wraps around a red middle that has the letters VB in black & gold. The Words Victoria Bitter AND VB ??? Are Australians that bad at working out abbreviations? A gold CUB emblem, in a circle, is atop this oval. The small print states that this can contains 1.4 (presumably midget) standard drinks, which is also 4.9% Alc/Vol.
Appearance: Filtered and pasteurized it offends no-one with its sheer clarity and supreme golden urine looks. Thin whispy white head that laces the glass with globs of foam, rather than a lace pattern.
Nose: Oh its bad even the depressed temperature cannot hide the sweetcorn, sickly, sticky malts, and a pervasive annoying aroma that screams Yuck.
Taste: I made sure I recreated the authentic Aussie surroundings so I chilled it well and strapped a Sheep to the Bed Posts for later. Man, even after one sip that Sheep looks more inviting. Sickly, corn like, and thats when its well chilled. Thinking it could not get worse, the sado-masochist in me let the last 1 of beer warm up; then it becomes 'really' disgusting, almost a syrupy sticky cloying sweetcorn that stays on the palate no matter how hard you swallow. Goodness Me, Its awful. Can I give this 0.5 ? Never, I repeat NEVER drink this - unless its extremely well chilled.
Mouthfeel: I tried not to keep it in the mouth for too long, after all, what has my mouth ever done to offend me? Thin mouthfeel that coats the mouth with a slimy warm corn-malt like syrup taste, and it stays there. Sweet ending, that gets sweeter as it gets warmer.
Drinkability: The best part about the Drinkability was the fact that I only had one of these. If I lived in Alice Springs and this was the last beer in the Fridge, I would still keep looking ..
Overall: Apart from the ring pull on the aluminum top, raised lettering states, please recycle, oh yeah Ill de doing that soon enough. I may even separate the can in the trash.
Does VB stand for Very Bad???
09-11-2003 03:40:39 | More by TheLongBeachBum
1.18/5 rDev -49.8%
I hate this beer with a passion but maybe its just me so I thought I'd give it the benefit of the doubt. This poured nearly flat into my trusty schooner glass and left little lacing. The inital aroma/stink is revolting. It's kinda like the smell of the carpet in front of the main bar in a country pub. Stale with hints of urine. It' s mercifully weak though but it gets worse with drinking. There's a metallic bland bitterness that's not there long so you're left with a glass of weak flavourless bitter water with moderate carbonation. There are Australians who think this is the best beer on Earth and won't drink anything else. There is something wrong with them. I know the rules state we should give negative reviews without being insulting so I'll stop now. This is swill.
04-05-2007 07:22:25 | More by rjimlad
1.18/5 rDev -49.8%
I tried this on tap at the 'Great' Irish Beer Festival in Galway. Actually, the festival was pretty far from great and one of the reasons I tried VB was because it was one of the few draught beers on offer. My younger sister, who lived in Australia for a while, had warned me about this stuff some time before but I just thought 'what does she know about beer?' and ordered a pint of it. Jesus, this is a terrible brew. I've had many bland, watery, insipid lagers in my time but never one that was so actively unpleasant. It poured a pissy yellow colour, had no head, and while it didn't smell of anything much in particular it had a harsh metallic taste that just got stronger the more I consumed. I took three large mouthfuls and poured it down the nearest drain. A dire drinking experience, VB is most definitely one to avoid.
04-25-2009 14:59:55 | More by Madigan
1.2/5 rDev -48.9%
I don't have much good to say about this beer. Color is straw yellow with a foamy white head. Tastes of old and moldy ingredients. It is way too fizzy and has anawful after taste. Best for cooking or giving out to transit campers. And it does not even work well for that.
05-07-2008 00:33:47 | More by rye726
United Kingdom (England)
1.33/5 rDev -43.4%
Adjuncts -a-plenty in this brew, smells awful, and no surprises it tastes awful, manages to have some flavour (even if it isn't good flavour, this is the most poular beer in Australia, but then again Budweiser is the most popular beer in america. VB was the first beer i ever had, and i still get stuck drinking more than i'd like coz often its the only beer available. Pretty nasty beer. Tastes better on the way out.
02-16-2002 19:35:41 | More by rastaman
1.33/5 rDev -43.4%
Wow finally I am "privileged" to try this brew on tap after hearing my dad talk it up that was Mistake #1. Mistake #2 was receiving an 20oz pint.
Apparance- The lightest shade of gold and poorest excuse of a head. Its really carbonation.
Smell- Generic Lager with tinges of metallic aluminum and the lines aren't contaminated.
Taste- Watery, Metallic, and Slick. The bitterness comes from out of nowhere to punish your tongue. Its akin to drinking a light iced beer, yes think back to those college days. I would have left a lone soldier, but I had to chug the last 10oz. at the bar before "that Yank left"
Avoid for your own sake and only consume this Adjuct Lager when it is explicitly handed to you by a local. Simply chalk it up as a cultural experience. I understand why people love the things they grow up with but that doesn't mean I have to enjoy it.
05-03-2009 11:12:02 | More by TubaManJack
1.35/5 rDev -42.6%
It's a funny thing that this looks alright because, otherwise, VB has about as much appeal as an STD. Its spotless clarity and deep tone of gold do not personify the beer's nauseating and raunchy character, I can assure you. Likewise, its white head may look pristine but the industrially-produced, chemical-filled, adjunct-ridden beer beneath it is anything but.
"Vic Bitter" has forever marketed itself as an unpretentious, blue-collar, working man's beer and, indeed, it smells like a big, sweaty fat man would after a long day's work under a hot sun. Even dripping with perspiration, dehydrated, exhausted from a full day of outdoor labour I doubt I could drink this. This is so bad it could turn even raccoons away.
VB is affectionately known as "Vitamin B", ironic considering the beer is evidently deficient of malt. It is full, rather, of industrial adjuncts and chemical fillers, the smell of which is as repulsive as (and conjures to mind) green mold. And, truth be told, I'd just as soon take my chances with that than risk finishing this; I think a Tetanus shot might be a good idea.
It is foul and off-putting and far from refreshing. The rawness and unpleasantness of its taste, which is like corn syrup gone bad, is heinously cloying and wickedly wretched on the palate. The fact that it's gone easy on the bubbles only makes things worse; this horrid flavour just sits on the tongue like a filthy pigeon stooped on a ledge. This may have alcohol in it but, believe me, it's a uniquely sobering experience...
I'm told that the Aussies joke that VB stands for "Vomit Bomb", "Vaginal Backwash" or 'Very Bad', none of which come close to accurately portraying the horribleness that is this monstrosity of a beer (but, if I had to chose, I'd say that "Vomit Bomb" probably comes the closest). Normally beer is, as the saying goes, proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy - VB would suggest He hates us and wants us to be miserable.
07-05-2010 00:51:22 | More by biegaman
1.35/5 rDev -42.6%
VB sucks. I could barely drink it. It was the first adjunct lager I had consumed since starting my daily beer project on the first of the year and I truly believe that I lost even an ironic desire for shit beers in less than two months.
Think soured corn cider, carbonated piss and bum-breath. This beer really put my reason to find a higher-level of meaning via brewing into perspective.
VB, thanks for making me realize I have no room in my belly or Life for beer like you anymore!
02-21-2011 11:11:40 | More by burnheartsMKE
1.43/5 rDev -39.1%
It is with a sense of foreboding that I arrive at my least favourite of all beers: VB. Well I figured I'm going to try review every beer I can get my grubby little hands on (actually my hands are quite clean and average sized). Without further ado; as I would rather not have any ado for this dreaded brew, I bring you the VB review... err, spew.
Poured from a 375ml can (or "tinnie") into a cheap, cheap 500ml pokal (no use tainting my nice glassware).
A: This is the probably the only good thing I will say about VB; it has a decent enough translucent amber body. There was a centimeter white head which fizzled down to nothing, leaving ne'er a trace of lace.
S: Smells like a trash bag full of musty grains and corn that had been left in the cupboard to dry for three months... with a hint of sugarcane sweetness. No hops. None.
T: Tastes as bad as I remember it, so at least they've managed some consistency over the years; the front palate has elements of a cider without the goodness of apples, it's slightly sweet with a mineral water element, but in the back notes is where it really messes with (and promptly takes a crap on) your taste buds; the hops in this beer give it a tangy bitter bite without any herbaceous or fruit characters and you are left with this aftertaste not unlike the one you would get if you licked a damp sewer rat.
M: Watery and far too fizzy.
D: I'm not exactly sure how to describe how much of a disaster this beer is... it fails epically on so many levels... just to illustrate how bad VB really is here is a list of colloquial names that this brew is called across our fine nation: "Vomit Beer", "Visitors Beer" (for the plethora of migrants who drink it), "Green Death", "Dirty Rotten Vic" or my personal favourite "Vaginal Backwash". You have been warned!
Food match: Slightly raw sewer rat with sautéed cat hair balls if we were going for a flavour profile match, otherwise to save your taste buds from the trauma of VB I would recommend the hottest buffalo wings you can find... trust me on that.
NB: First beer I've reviewed that I had to tip down the sink because I couldn't finish it.
09-02-2011 12:41:34 | More by doktorhops
Victoria Bitter (VB) from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
58 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.