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Melbourne Bitter - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 2.36
pDev: 37.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-04-2002)
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Photo of Darryl_Lechte
4.46/5  rDev +89%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.
Attractive logo.
Best enjoyed with your m8s.
Great accompaniment to the footy/cricket.
Discount on slabs at liquorland Frankston - $37.50 for 24 cans.

Darryl_Lechte, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of a17c
5/5  rDev +111.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

a17c, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of NorCalAussie
2.25/5  rDev -4.7%

NorCalAussie, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of probert
3/5  rDev +27.1%

probert, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
2.28/5  rDev -3.4%

Stuckey_Stuckey, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of dmorgan310
2/5  rDev -15.3%

dmorgan310, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of mrjez
2/5  rDev -15.3%

mrjez, Jul 27, 2014
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2/5  rDev -15.3%

BuddhaBrowett, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of benloho
2.5/5  rDev +5.9%

benloho, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of drpimento
2.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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.

drpimento, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of schoon
3/5  rDev +27.1%

schoon, Jan 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev +27.1%

MylesMac, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of XsoldoutX
2/5  rDev -15.3%

XsoldoutX, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev +37.7%

magpieken, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of BILF
1.75/5  rDev -25.8%

BILF, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of magnusdave
2.75/5  rDev +16.5%

magnusdave, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of soju6
2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

soju6, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of braican
3/5  rDev +27.1%

braican, Jul 15, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -4.7%

bpasquetti, Jun 19, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Julian4077, May 11, 2012
Photo of Squancho
1/5  rDev -57.6%

Squancho, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.18/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Uncaps with a weedy little sizzle, and pours surprisingly flat and lifeless for an Aussie macro lager—a dull golden colour, with a wispy film of white on the top and very little visible carbonation. Body is quite fine, and what carbonation is there actually looks quite dense.

Nose is what you expect from the genre, with perhaps a little more tilt towards the American macro style, with a strong aroma of cereal adjuncts coming through. Still some metallic twinges to it, and a hint of that muddy, gritty yeast character characteristic of these beers.

Taste is repugnant. Along with the classic CUB yeast dirge, there's a lilting organic character like worm-eaten unripened tomatoes, still containing the pesticides whose job it was to keep the worms off in the first place. Rank and fetid and lingering, leaving a really unsavoury taste in the mouth. Finish is dry and weak, except for that lingering malignancy.

Horrid beer. In some ways, even though it's not as bad all over as some other beers I have, this is worse, because the appearance and the smell don't warn you about how terrible is the thing you're about to put in your mouth.

Well, let this review be your warning instead. Stay away.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of galluch
2/5  rDev -15.3%

galluch, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
1.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Single bottle picked up at a Canberra grocery store.

Poured into a small tumbler. My first clue that I had erred in my purchasing decision was the colour and appearance of this brew, which is all macro lager. Pale golden, loads of visible carbonation, thin soapy head. Doesn't look great. Even though it looks like a lager should, when a beer decidees to call itself a 'Bitter' I can't help but be disappointed when it looks like a lager. Then again, another Carlton product - Victoria Bitter - does the exact same thing. Should have guessed...

Nose is almost non-existent - pale malts, a bit of lemon, chemical. Smells like Bud.

My first sip from the bottle reminded me of those first sips of beer from my dad's nearly empty bottles when I was a kid. Not a good sign. The taste of the poured out stuff was not much better, just a macro lager with a foul, chemical character. Hard to finish. Thin-bodied, harsh carbonation. Yellow fizzy water.

Never again, nor anything else from Carlton and United. Avoid!

JohnnyBarman, Apr 24, 2011
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Melbourne Bitter from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
62 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.