Melbourne Bitter - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
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5/5 rDev +120.3%
Picked up one of these bad boys at my local. Was shocked at how cheap this devil is!
Cracked it on the tram home, delicious. Smashable. Aromatic hops come oozing out of this fine beer. very sessionable, recommend it to anyone! Also says melbourne on the front.
10 out of 10.
04-09-2012 08:48:10 | More by a17c
4.46/5 rDev +96.5%
This was a delicious beer.
I would definitely have another, and I will.
In fact I already did. Lots.
Pours really well into beer bong.
Minimal froth, crisp taste.
Can crushed easily upon finishing.
Best enjoyed with your m8s.
Great accompaniment to the footy/cricket.
Discount on slabs at liquorland Frankston - $37.50 for 24 cans.
06-03-2014 05:42:16 | More by Darryl_Lechte
2.83/5 rDev +24.7%
small bubbly head over generic fizzy yellow colored beer.
aroma is very light, but somewhat hoppy.
taste is rathe crisp while still fridge-cold.
this one heads pretty well down hill as it warms though. mouthfeel becomes slick and aroma turns a bit sulphery. also, the taste loses its crispness.
the trick with this one, drink it cold and out of the bottle. like that, not bad at all really.
08-24-2004 09:36:03 | More by joecast
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
2.6/5 rDev +14.5%
Yet another utterly forgettable, completely predictable CUB offering.
The only difference between this and ALL of the others is the colour of the can.
I swear I will do a blind side by side test of the lot of the one day when I have nothing better to do. It is my genuine belief that I wont be able to tell the difference.
If you are a fan of this style... sure. Why not? Give it a go. If you find it on special at the grog shop... sure. Why not.
Fire up the magic eightball. It will give you as good a clue on which of the CUB commercial beers is the better as anything else.
09-01-2006 08:53:34 | More by btmo
2.6/5 rDev +14.5%
Must be related to Victoria Bitter, a beer often consumed in Sydney
Appearance: pours into hotel glass, clear dull copper body, light fizzy head with no main character and no retention/lacing.
Smell: smell is of a macro lager herbal hop presence, bready malts, nothing too complex here
Taste: this is pretty mass-produced stuff but how can one be sure until they try it? Plus, I am in Melbourne so I figured Id give it a shot. The taste is mildly bitter, light saaz presence, bready watery and rather dull
Mouthfeel: carbonation is too high, watery
Drinkability: fine, just not very good
07-01-2007 00:07:38 | More by dirtylou
2.48/5 rDev +9.3%
Presented in a 375ml bottle and poured into a standard pint glass. Clear bronze color topped with a fizzy white head that left a hint of lace at the top of the glass.
Smell: a bit of soggy grain and some grassy hops but nothing that really stood out in any way.
Taste: ditto, except there was a more immediate grassy hops bite and a mild husky maltiness in the back of the throat.
Feel: limp, watery and light...*yawn*
Overall, nothing to separate this brew from the hordes of (for me) nasty macro lagers that permeate the beer world. Smells, tastes, and feels like most Aussie brews I've tried. Nothing here to run out and hunt down.
04-18-2008 20:47:45 | More by Boilermaker88
2.48/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours a yellowish brown, light bubblies, not much odor.
Flavor is fairly underwhelming but not terrible. Very malty, with some fruitiness coming through. Not particularly bitter, despite the moniker.
Easy enough to drink, but not the most drinkable beer, but better than VB.
08-01-2009 09:19:56 | More by istarilord
2.4/5 rDev +5.7%
Melbourne Bitter bottle
September 14 2005
Duke of Wellington Hotel
Melbourne Bitter pours a moderately darkish-straw color with a white, soap-foam-like head that quickly settles down and the beer is pretty boring to look at, with few carbonation bubbles floating up through the beer. The smell reminds you of every other inexpensive CUB product, with a metallic-like smell. The taste starts out watery, but then offers a bit of the metallic taste, followed by crisp bitterness possibly offered by a chemical equivalent of hops. Im not quite sure.
Mouthfeel is actually pretty good. Its thin-bodied, which is great for a hot Melbourne day, and carbonation is good. Drinkability has the possibility to be awesome, if not impeded by the weird, patented CUB metallic taste. This makes Bud and Miller Light taste acceptable. I think CUBs version of bitter is actually copper oxide.
Im kinda feeling ripped off for this $4.50 beer, but at least now I know that I should avoid it in the future.
09-14-2005 22:18:43 | More by DaveFL1976
2.31/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured at a good temperature with a mammoth, thick, foamy, frothy, billowy, off-white head (suspect foaming agents) and lots of lace. Color is a clear yellow. Aroma reminds me of a common lager with a bit o hop. Flavor’s like nose, bitter, sweet, and tang are actually fairly balanced, adjuncts are present, as are off flavs, body/carbonation are soft. Finish is like flavor. I just want to get it over.
01-22-2014 07:53:31 | More by drpimento
2.3/5 rDev +1.3%
Do not judge a book by its cover could not be more apt then when applied to this beer. It looks great. A good finger of head, nice retention and good lacing. Unfortunately that is where the positive elements sort of stop.
The aroma is of grains - Weet bix. The taste is metallic and husky. Some bitterness. A low carbonation.
The beer actually gets more drinkable as it goes on. Perhaps the taste buds deaden? This is not undrinkable, and I have been known to have more than one at the footy but only because there are no other options.
11-23-2008 10:22:01 | More by Macca
2.23/5 rDev -1.8%
As a University student I wa attracted to Long neck Melbournes and the Hawking Brothers song about them.Thankfully things have changed.
It has a dull honey colour with a very loose head.The smell is like old tank water, which is not necesarily unpleasanrt but is more so when the taste backs up your nose.I could get no depth of taste throughout it started and ended the same.Tinny.
Probably at its best mid February after a hot day of playing cricket.
06-15-2005 04:35:36 | More by jarmby1711
2.17/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours a sort of orangy dark golden color with hardly any head. I even poured straight into the glass, and only got about 5mm of head, and that disappeared pretty quickly. Smells yeasty and ... watery. The taste is very clean. Not much sweetness of any kind, and not much bitterness to balance it out. The mouthfeel is a little heavy, but mostly watery. Not a lot of carbonation there. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, because there's nothing there. Hard to argue with something that makes no statements. I suppose if you were inclined, you could slam them down pretty fast. I'd rather have some flavor, though.
05-28-2007 09:24:32 | More by Kulrak
2.05/5 rDev -9.7%
Pale gold pour with a small head that fades rapidly.
Dirty aroma of stale beer, grainy malt and cardboard, that's all.
Cooked corn and cardboard make up the entirety of the flavours.
Pretty high carbonation.
Utter rubbish. Does anyone drink this any more?
01-15-2010 01:54:49 | More by CrazyDavros
2/5 rDev -11.9%
A: Pours a dark yellow color with a small head that fades to no real lacing.
S: Aromais musty. Blend of yeast and hops with a bit of sweetness in the background. Has that old stale beer smell.
T: Taste is not much better, sort of funky with yeast and malt sweetness. Coarse bitterness and a sticky finish.
F: Light body, has a lot of rough edges and high carbonation.
O: Not a decent drinker, but then you can't expect too much from a poor step sister of Victoria Bitter.
08-16-2012 03:39:56 | More by soju6
Melbourne Bitter from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
61 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.