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

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Victoria Bitter (VB)Victoria Bitter (VB)

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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 2.4
pDev: 32.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: dwarbi on 02-16-2002

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Ratings: 284 | Reviews: 142
Photo of Macca
2.63/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It looks ok when poured. A large loosely packed head sits over a light amber body. Significant lacing.

Some sweetness on the nose. A bit of grain.

Oh and the taste. When I was in my early 20s and VB started to get popular in Qld we thought it tasted so much better than XXXX. It gives you an idea of just how bloody awful XXXX is. Grainy, metallic, yuk. Does CUB brew to more than one recipe for any of its beers? Very unpleasant aftertaste.

Despite everything about this beer I still find that it goes down a treat given the right barbie/cricket game/music festival. Go figure.

Photo of xduderx
2.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

All my Aussie friends really talked this beer up, so when I saw it on the plane on my way to Australia I had to try it. Ick! This stuff is worse than PBR.

A = Terribly average. Piss yellow with little to no head.

S = Slight sweet smell but that's about it.

T = Metallic, watery, and astringent. Not good. I'm glad I downed this before it got warm!

M = Thin and fizzy.

D = I'm guessing this beer is hangover city. I wouldn't know because I stopped after one.

Photo of BlackHaddock
1.95/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Brown 375ml bottle, one of a six pack bought at a local cut-price store. I visited Oz a few years ago and was given this to drink, I am seeing if it is a crap as I remember!

Poured into one of my Duvel glasses, it is the second lager of the evening (on my drinking lager from around the world night).

Looked like a lager, golden, clear, etc, etc. The white head didn't stay long.

Fairly sweet aroma, but otherwise nothing, gets my standard 3 for lager smell.

Oh dear, there is no taste at all, it is as bad as I thought. Metallic and watery, this is a nasty beer. The other five in the pack will be going to my daughters house, her man drinks crap stuff.

It made me burp, just a fizzy liquid, avoid like the plague!

Photo of Mebuzzard
3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a Harry's bar in Singapore watching the Grand Finals of Australian rugby.
Served chilled. But no glass. Drank out of the bottle.
Nothing really outstanding about this beer. Bitter? not really, but I'm a hop head. For and American Macro, this has a bit of taste to it.
Rice or some stale grain is present. Clean drinking, though. I didn't like the shape of the bottle, didn't drink smoothly; or maybe it's just me.
would have another if I didn't see an Irish pub across the street.

Photo of WHROO
1.64/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a typical lager...golden straw colour, with a decent head. Thats about the only thing right about this beer.

Aroma is something that really gets up my nose, literally. Very metallic watery bitterness - eeewww...no nice malty aroma's - nothing.

Taste - ditto...very average, & drink it before it warms up because it only get worse. Just too tinny & watery. Some lingering bitterness, but nothing complimentary.

Mouthfeel - is definately alive due to high carbonation..but a little too soft-drinky for me.

Overall, a typical aussie run of the mill staple beer that would appeal to any beer drinker that wants to choose 1 beer for life that is affordable & can be drunk all day due to its lack of complexity. Grew up with CUB beers in the house & I thank god I dared to try other styles because this stuff nearly put me off beer for life!!! no joking either!!!

Photo of atis
1.83/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice golden straw colour, unfortunately head almost nonexistent. Quite sweet aroma, but very faint.

I was expecting something bitter, but could not feel it. I would say it was quite tasteless, kind of coloured water. At least the carbonation is good.

Anyway, there are worse beers out there. But I would never buy this one again.

Photo of Danimal
4.8/5  rDev +100%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a fan of VB. I have been to the land down under several times while in the Marine Corps. Any bar I went into, VB was the beer of choice.

Appearance: Medium head and clear yellow color

Smell: Light maltly smell mixed with a subtle sweet scent

Taste: In the hot Aussie sun, a VB is best served ice cold. Goes down great. And it doesn't have Bitter in the name for no reason. A full flavored beer. Great for anyday anytime drinking.

Mouthfeel: Felt great to me. In a can, bottle, or out of the tap.

Drinkability: I found it very drinkable. I prefered it over the other beers in Aussie Land. Prefer it over Carlton, Coopers and Fosters.

I don't understand all the bad reviews for Victoria Bitter. Maybe for me it was the environment or maybe the hot Aussie sun, but VB was the best beer in Australia. I remember going to the store and buying 4 cases for the weekend on Friday nights. That would usually last me from Friday night to Sunday night. With no hangover.

Photo of rye726
1.21/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of OStrungT
3.8/5  rDev +58.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear light golden color, with a thin but fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lace.

This beer smells ever so slightly spicy. It has a boiled cabbage odor that I usually detect from this style. It is not nearly as bad as most other beers of the style. The aroma is very subtle

This beer tastes ever so mildly spicy. It has a slightly sweet flavor also. Not too much to it, but as with the aroma, it is better than some Adjunct Lagers I have had.

This beer is crisp. It leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste. It is carbonated well for the style.

This beer would probably make a decent session beer. The flavor is not overwhelming, and not too bad. Also, the alcohol content is not high.

Overall: In the past, before I was into craft beer, I loved this beer. Every time I went to Australia, or Asia, I would get it. I have bar towels, T-shirts, beer glasses. I loved it. Now that I am into craft beer, I see that it is nothing special. But for the style, I still think it is a great beer. I stay away from the style, but I would definately drink this one again.

Photo of laituegonflable
1.03/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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!

Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a: pours headless pale straw; sad

s: very little fragrance; i get just a teeny hint of sweet grain

t: honestly not as terrible as i thought it was going to be; a very dry raw grain flavor with a hint of spicy hoppiness and a sweet malty finish; still not impressive at all but ok for super shitty macro beer

m: pretty carbonated and watery

d: i do appreciate its unique bottle shape but it is not a beer i will try again

Photo of CrazyMike
2.01/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is a pale golden yellow with decent head, smell sets of warning signals, very light and metallic. A hint of malt though.

Taste is very bitter and sour. Malt and lime is evident. Body is light and highly carbonated. After taste is extremely bitter and almost spicy.

Definitely not the greatest beer, the unbalanced mixture of tastes makes this mediocre at best.

Photo of soupyman10
1.71/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one way too often during my Peace Corps time in Tonga, where the beer options were fairly limited. Poured a light yellow piss color, very bubbly, no head. Probably best to just leave it in the bottle. Nose was skunky garbage, and they taste followed in kind. Really bitter, almost cloying, macro-lager standard crap. Feel was thin. Overall, bad, even when there's nothing else to drink.

Photo of jspruit
2.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought this at O'Neills off-license here in Dublin and drank it on Australia Day, January 26th.

No pour as I drank it out of the 375ml bottle-I can't imagine that I missed much there though to be honest.

Doesn't really smell of much-a bit metallic, certainly not hoppy or malty or bitter at all.

Some carbonation and golden in color. Tastes mostly like any generic lager, American or Australian or European, and a bit of chemicals.

Mouthfeel is light, and goes down easy with little resistance. Not much of an aftertaste really. I could see how you could pound these all day, but I dont think that I'll be doing that anytime soon. I suppose that it is the equivalent of a lawnnmower beer in the states, perhaps something you drink ice cold on a hot summer day.

Photo of THEMGG
1.06/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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).

Photo of SargeC
3.75/5  rDev +56.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear yellow with moderate carbonation movement. Fizzy white head. The can presents a classic image.

Smell: Minor herbal and light malt aromas.

Taste: Interesting balance between malt and hops. Suits the climate well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad Australian brew. A great example of one of the nation’s other beers.

Photo of LittleCreature
1.91/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - 2.5
Don't be fooled by the name - this is a lager, not a bitter! Pours a finger of fluffy, bubbly, barely off-white head that reduces quickly to a thin layer. The colour is a pale yellow that has a tinge of brown and looks to be highly carbonated.

Smell - 2.0
Remarkable, this smells entirely like beer! No skunk, which is good, but otherwise the aromas are limited to a slight malt/sugar sweetness, stale grains and a weak hoppy bitterness.

Taste - 1.5
Quite a strong flavour, with a lot more character than most macro lagers. Unfortunately, it isn't a great flavour by any means, starting with weak grains, stale bread, a slight sourness and ending quite dry with moderate hop bitterness. There is also a strong metallic taste that is prevalent throughout, especially in the finish. God this is awful.

Mouthfeel - 2.5
Hard to judge this against the terrible taste. Light to moderately weighted in the mouth with moderate carbonation. Still doesn't help it to go down easily.

Drinkability - 2.0
I have chugged back many of these in the past, as many at 18 in one day on one occasion (so it is sessionable for some). My tastebuds and liver now shudder at the thought of this, and I am struggling to get through one.

OVERALL - 2.05
This has always been one of my favourite beers for making shandys with, due to its strong flavour, which is improved by adding lemonade. However, on its own, this is currently the lowest score I have ever given a beer. I was actually a bit thirsty when I started it, but it was still hard to drink. I used to like this, it was once my session beer of choice, however hard it is to believe now. It's cheap, so if you like it, go ahead, just know that there is a whole world of beers out there that taste a WHOLE lot better.

Photo of hunteraw
2.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle of this at Devil's Advocate in Wan Chai.

Appearance was yellow and fizzy, one-finger white head but with little retention and no lacing. Smell was light and unremarkable. Not surprised to see now that it's in fact a lager and not a bitter at all. Taste was along the same lines - lager, very light bitterness. Not horrible, but below average. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy, drinkability is below average - we were ready to switch bars. The "bitter" style is misleading enough already with breweries calling lagers "bitters."

Photo of brendan13
1.69/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Pale straw colour with lively carbonation and a small 1cm head. Unfortunantly I know this will be the highest rating.
S - Some faint fruit smells. Not much else going on.
T - The famous CUB lager metallic taste. Very slight sweet malt.
M - Like a crap beer flavoured water.
D - If you want to drink as cheaply as possible then this is your answer. Marketing is a wonderful thing:)

Photo of rjimlad
1.19/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of Daredevil
2.87/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I never understood why Ozzies label some of their bottom-fermented lagers as "bitter" which is clearly reserved for topfermented brews ... but anyway ... VB has a lovely golden colour, a less pleasant nose and a herb character ... all in all a good blue collar lager ....

better than Foster's Lager (brewed in the same group), but then again that wouldn't be to difficult, would it?

Photo of Shadman
2.94/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not sure if I'm reviewing the same brew as everyone else here as the VB I purchased in Canada is a very pale amber(no hint of orange or any other color). Left a nice white 1 finger head that refused to go and great lacing.

Smell of grainy malt and some sweetness.

Tasted quite balanced between malt and hop with a decided citrus(lime) taste towards the back end. Quite a dry aftertaste as well.

Felt fairly creamy and smooth compared to most macro lagers.

Beats the bejesus out of most macros I've tried and even some so called premium/import brands.

note: Awfully pricey stuff $16.79 for 6 stubbies

Photo of lberkelmans
2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm Australian. The dirty little secret of Australian beer is that they all taste the same, and they aren't that great. It took me a few months in the US to figure this out.
VB is pretty much the same as all the other largers you get there. It's light. Not much flavour. Fizzy. However, I did grow up with it, so it does tug at my heart strings, and the advertising firm deserves an oscar for their new radio adverts.
Fortunately the beer market back home is changing a bit, but compared to what is available in the US, we are light-years behind.

Photo of TheBierBand
2.8/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first beer I tried in OZ... I walked up to the bartender and said I'd like a Foster's mate (in my best Aussie accent). He looked at me and smiled and said...."Ah... you must be a YANK. Foster's is piss! Here try this one." and he poured me a VB.

I was not too impressed. It was average on all counts. Maybe the bartender was trying to break me in easily, knowing I was a yank and probably used to the mass produced American offerings.

The color was a filtered amber color not too deep. The bartender was a professional as he gave the pour a perfect 1" head which slowly dissipated.

The smell had a hint of bitterness and the taste confirmed it. Somewhat sweet finish.

I quickly tried some other brews and settled on Toohey's OLD as my beer of choice in OZ.

Photo of btmo
2.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yet another macro. Nothing special, nothing overly offensive. Just another hot day beer, if serve cold.

VB is another triumph of marketing over taste - it is available everywhere, but apart from the green label, there isn't a damn thing to distinguish this from every other CUB offering.

Roll the dice - it won't make any difference which one you choose.

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Victoria Bitter (VB) from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
58 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.