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Carlton Draught - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 2.15
pDev: 34.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-04-2002)
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Reviews by Robje:
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2/5  rDev -7%

Robje, Jan 10, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
1.6/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

800mL longneck, consumed with corn chips following several other superior beers. Served in a completely inappropriate Tripel Karmeliet glass which I like drinking out of.

Appearance: Dirty gold colour, heaps of thin lacing, very little head retention except for a thin ring.

Smell: Entirely chemical. Any trace of organic produce has been smothered with the overpowering smell of organic chemistry.

Taste: Pretty bad. Much easier if you don't think about it. Thankfully, it's fairly insipid: the only other flavours are sulfury and unnatural. Pungent but watery, overall not nice.

Mouthfeel: Very thin. Fairly easy to throw back, ideally when totally inebriated. Much like the beer consumed before it, Carlsberg Elephant, only that beer had a nicer smell while you were drinking it. Little carbonation, combines well with salty food. Remember, it's cheap.

Drinkability: It all comes down to price. My girlfriend drinks it because the label at the pub has horses on it, and all the others have masculine logos, like an outline of NSW (Reschs), or a stag (Tooheys), or a pair of malting shovels (James Squire). I have no idea why my best mate drinks it, because I have introduced him to some heavenly beers and he still goes for this stuff. I think it might be because he's from Melbourne, and Carlton's a Melbourne suburb as well as a beer consumed by many in that city, and he is trying to hark back to those halcyon days before he moved to Canberra at age ten. How many Carltons he consumed before this time are known only to him, as are his reasons for drinking this O R D I N A R Y beer. Price is all it comes down to - you'd drink this over New, I suppose, if in an RSL club with $2 schooners. But why would you drink this in a place that charges the same for this as for Coopers or Squire on tap? Total bloody mystery.

Weizenmensch, May 12, 2005
Photo of btmo
2.93/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is one of Carlton's better beers. However, it appears that it doesn't travel well, it isn't too flash when poured from a can, but when it comes from the tap it is actually quite pleasant.

The flavour has a certain "nuttiness" that is nice, but as with all beers of this style (in my experience and opinion) if it ain't cold, it ain't worth the trouble.

If you find yourself in Melbourne, this *is* one to try. Don't expect great things, but it is a halfway decent Aussie macro.

btmo, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of schoon
3/5  rDev +39.5%

schoon, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of rastaman
1.7/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I reckon they filtered any resemblance of flavour out of this one, just a crappy non-eventful beer, its drinkable though.

rastaman, Jun 04, 2002
Photo of Anonmatel
1.15/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The appearance of this lager from Carlton United is usual at best, filtered and filtered anf filtered some more. No head from the bottle
The Smell, Urgh smells of urine trough cakes that too many drunks have wizzed on.
The taste is very biter, no real flaour to mention from the bottle, and way too carbonated for my tastes.
Mouthfeel, what mouthfeel ?
as for drinkability, only try this stuff if it's a stinking hot day there is no other beer left, and it's for free.

Anonmatel, Feb 06, 2003
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2.75/5  rDev +27.9%

BuddhaBrowett, Jul 05, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Rickus, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Golden amber pour, thing head.
Lots of grainy malt on the aroma, no noticeable hops (they probably use isohops...). Shows a distinct "old dirty pub" smell.
Sweet grainy malt upon tasting, some caramel. Not much else to say really! Seriously weak bitterness.
Not as watery as you'd expect for a mainstream cheap lager, but the carbonation is over the top, as per usual!

CrazyDavros, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of amicar
3/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden beer with white head.
"Bright" smell, but I can't identify much
More bitterness than some others I had in australia, but still not too much
Not much special on the mouthfeel, a little thin and unimpressive
Easy enought to drink, but I didn't get another...

amicar, Mar 29, 2005
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2.75/5  rDev +27.9%

emincems, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Kulrak
1.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a somewhat dark golden color with some crumbly white head that fades away pretty quickly, but laces all over the glass.. The smell, as far as I can tell, doesn't exist. My wife says it smells like lemonade with a beer can waved over it once. The taste is like soda water with a promise of cheap beer someday. There really is nothing to this beer. Oh wait, there's a chemical aftertaste developing. The mouthfeel is very watery and slightly fizzy. Overall, it's about as drinkable as every other CUB beer. It's beer for people that don't like beer. The most impressive part of the beer is the appearance, and even that isn't that great.

Kulrak, May 28, 2007
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1.78/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Hardly deserves to be called a beer. Usually looks ok in the glass because its widely consumed on tap and is relatively fresh. However it tastes like you have got a mouthful of the head and are waiting to get to the beer. However the taste doesnt change. Completely one dimensional and dry with no taste to speak of. Makes normally ordinary beers look pretty good. I would much rather have a swan draught or even a tooheys new when drinking in this league.

foles, May 31, 2008
Photo of Jake321
1/5  rDev -53.5%

Jake321, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of rec
2.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Near identical to the over-priced Crown Lager, it's bland and flat. It looks dissimilar to every other Australian session beer.

There's nothing stand-out in the taste department either. It's generally watery with a metalic aftertaste, but gets less noticable if you continue drinking.

I've drunk a lot of this beer in my time, and give it only credit due to its budget price and availability down-under - it is at least better than most other Australian beers in the same price range.

rec, Jan 21, 2007
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2/5  rDev -7%

MidwestBA, Apr 20, 2014
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1/5  rDev -53.5%

pin, May 22, 2013
Photo of xduderx
2.75/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had tons of this stuff while visiting Australia. Not because it was what I wanted, but because it was often times the only option. I expected more out of an Australian beer honestly and this beer and VB are no better (and maybe worse) than various miller and AB products. That being said...

A = Not bad. Has a nice coppery color and good head. I was really expecting a lot out of this beer based on apperance.

S = Maybe a slight malty bread smell, but not very strong.

T = Average. very bready. reminded me of a miller product, kinda.

M = Thinner than expected and overly carbonated.

D = Never gave me a hangover, was cheap, and went down easily. Overall an average beer with nothing special to it but nothing completely horrible either.

xduderx, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of joecast
2.7/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pale yellow, not too fizzy looking beer. appearance is definitely not its strong suit.
unoffensive, unobtrusive aroma. well, there isnt much i could pick up, so i guess that means it isnt bad...
taste is pretty much malt accented, but not to the point of being sweet. also lacks the off/metallic twang that many other aussie macros hang their hats on. and due to that, probably better than most.
while this would never be mistaken for a craft brew, it has some qualities that i think arent too bad. for a quick fix, and if nothing else is available, this is easily passable.

joecast, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of DaveFL1976
2.68/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Carlton Draught
Stork Hotel, Elizabeth St, Melbourne
Sept 7 2005 @ 3:20pm

I think that in order to appreciate good, craft-brewed beer, you need to occasionally calibrate your palate to reacquaint yourself with the local macrobrew. Here, at the Stork Hotel, just meters from the suburb of Carlton, I’ll finally review Carlton Draught.
Carlton pours a dark straw colour, and the white head lasted a lot longer than I expected it to for such a macro. Now on to smell… this might not be the most objective smell review ever, as this is a smoky bar. As I put the beer to my nose, I only notice a cooler, smokey-scented air. I certainly can’t make out any malt or hop flavour, or any adjuncts, or anything, and the bar’s not THAT smoky, so I’m just leaving it that this is not a very nose-provoking beer.
Upon first introduction to your mouth, the taste is crisp and clean. But wait, there’s more. Next comes the metallic taste. I’m not sure how Carlton United does it, but they inevitably get the same taste in the beer. Being Australia and all, I’m surprised that they’d go to the trouble of importing pennies from the United States to throw into the fermentation tanks, but evidently that’s what they do. The aftertaste is not at all unlike the sensation of touching your fingers to your tongue after rifling through a pocketful of change. Anyways, mouthfeel isn’t that bad, and perhaps that’s why it sells so much. The beer is light, thirst-quenching, well carbonated and mostly drinkable. It’s that damn copper-oxide aftertaste that gets in the way. Maybe THAT’S why it sells so well: It’s not that bad while you’re drinking it, but as soon as you swallow you become cognizant of that patented CUB metallic aftertaste and need another sip to wash away the copper taste.
In my 9 months in Australia, I’ve drank plenty of Carlton, I’ve always thought it’s less-than-good, but somehow…maybe socially…I find myself coming back for more. God help me.

DaveFL1976, Sep 07, 2005
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2.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This pours a golden colour. Clear. Not a lot of head to speak of and it disappeared quick. Looks dead.

I don't know how I can rate its aroma when it doesn't have one. Not even a bad one.

The lack of anything continues to the palate. A touch of malts perhaps.

Oh just so bland all round. Why do they bother? It is just an alcohol delivery device.

Macca, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of WHROO
1.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Drank from both a stubbie & from a jug on tap!
As in previous reviews...this is a typical example of a mass produced Aussie beer...although this definately has its own taste. Chemical, metallic, just tastes wrong for a beer. The only thing I liked about it was the lacing down the whole glass recording every unenjoyable mouthful.
Mouthfeel not too bad, just a little to carbonated - this is a more livey beer.
There is a new CUB limited batch of brew called Richmond Lager - not much better let me tell ya...although it doesn't have as much chemical stale taste, but would rate only a fraction higher - I will definately avoid both.

WHROO, Sep 18, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev +62.8%

Sachsenfreude, May 19, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev +4.7%

avschmitt, Nov 14, 2012
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Carlton Draught from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
56 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.