Carlton Draught - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
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2.85/5 rDev +33.8%
this is not a good beer, but it is uncontestably the best of the cheap aussie macros. without a shadow of a doubt, this is the least offensive, most flavorful, most refreshing beer in that genre. it is darker than yellow, more brass than anything, and makes a reasonable head when poured into a chilled glass. smells and tastes malt forward, not sweet or metallic or adjuncty, but like actual fresh barley. its pretty solid really, finishing clean and satisfying any thirst. very well carbonated and not so light as some of the others. I spent many a dollar on cases of this stuff when I lived there, and still enjoy one of these from time to time when I see it around, which is becoming more common. it takes me to a time and place that I really loved, and sometimes you just love a beer for its teleporting powers, not its fundamentals. on those grounds, I love carlton draught.
10-31-2013 17:42:26 | More by StonedTrippin
2.08/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured deep golden yellow colour, with almost no head. A very unremarkable start.
Slight yeast on the nose, unoffensive, but standard.
Very watery. Almost no discernible characteristics on the palate. Some bitterness, with a malty back-note, but very dull overall. So yeah, I guess it goes down easily.
Wow, thoroughly uninspiring. Bland, but offensive at the same time. It's almost impressive that someone can brew a beer this bad and sell it.
They obviously put all their money into the advertising campaign (which is great!), rather than into producing decent beer.
01-15-2005 07:01:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
1.43/5 rDev -32.9%
Pours a standard gold with fair amount of carbonation, virginal white head that retains well. Leaves a certain amount of lacing. Actually looks quite decent.
Strong pride of ringworm on the nose with a very carbolic edge. Nose is fairly simple, but it reminds me of my childhood impressions of beer. The ingredients are there but it doesn't smell good, rather like the Australian beer industry.
Ah, the taste. That's why I don't drink Carlton Draught. Awful. Maybe a slight hop character on the front, not much to it, and it's mostly just a chemical flavour with a corn sweetness rounding it off. The mid-palate is then subjugated by a thick, chunky, raw bread dough flavour which pervades everything.
Mouthfeel is thin but sticky and leaves a bubble of phlegm in my throat as it goes down. Seriously, this beer is a coagulate of bad yeast and bad hops and is truly repellent. Ultimately I can't say I expected anything less, though.
05-28-2009 23:50:38 | More by laituegonflable
1.75/5 rDev -17.8%
On tap at Northcote Social Club. From notes.
A - Poured golden straw and bright. Medium carbonation, half finger of white soapy head and good lace with a film of retention.
S - Virtually nothing. Some corny grain.
T - Corny, grain, nasty flavours, We grain maybe. Vegetal, creamed corn. Not good.
M - Medium carbonation, light and watery body, lingering flavours of unpleasantness.
O/D - Beers with no flavour are far superior to this. No idea why people keep this guys in business by buying this in mass quantities. Brutal.
06-29-2012 05:31:01 | More by tbeckett
2.05/5 rDev -3.8%
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!
10-05-2009 10:27:14 | More by CrazyDavros
1.9/5 rDev -10.8%
Unfortunately for me when i went to my new local this was their best offering def time to get a new local,it pours a yellow,gold macro colour with hardly any smell maybe weak grains,and it basically tastes like grainy water would never buy this beer usually was just thirsty and like i said this was their best offering.
08-01-2009 08:41:09 | More by ADZA
2.15/5 rDev +0.9%
A: Served a golden color with a small head that fades quickly to bits of lacing.
S: Aroma of sweet malt and coarse grain. Has a stale beer scent.
T: taste on malt sweetness with just a wee bit of citrus. Faint bitterness and a fairly clean finish.
F: Light body and fairly smooth. Not a lot to work with here.
O: Basic lager in an ocean of beer. Nothing to see here, move along.
08-12-2012 11:24:56 | More by soju6
1.35/5 rDev -36.6%
On tap at local RSL.
Oh dear, the Carlton Draught vs VB taste-off.
It looks like beer and has a head and lace, but I can safely say I have never been assaulted by such an immediate hit of metal. Serious Metal on the tongue.
This beer has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
Why do so many people drink it?
06-29-2012 10:38:29 | More by heygeebee
2.7/5 rDev +26.8%
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.
09-24-2004 11:42:44 | More by joecast
3.03/5 rDev +42.3%
Light amber in colour, low sudsy head. Plenty of CO2.
Aromas of metallic PoR. Reminds me of my youth... sun, sand, salt, and the smell or PoR...
Average Aussie macro. If you know what to expect, it's not bad compared to some others.
Medium bitterness, not much "body", but more than a dry beer. Refreshing.
02-19-2007 03:38:02 | More by vancurly
1.33/5 rDev -37.6%
Appearance - 2.5
Poured a finger of white head over a dark straw coloured body that looks to be moderately carbonated. The head reduced to a thin patchy layer quickly.
Smell - 1.5
Smells beery, kind of like old beer mats do. Once the head has disappeared, there is almost no smell, but what remains smells predominantly metallic, with some grains and a little hop aroma that isn't too bad.
Taste - 1.0
Wow, this is pretty much the definition of bland in beer. A little sugary sweetness upfront, with a very vague malt flavour, stale bread, a strong metallic flavour, and moderate hop bitterness in the dry finish. The aftertaste is strongly metallic. My first ever 1.0 for taste, because this truly does qualify as awful.
Mouthfeel - 1.5
The strong metallic twang seems to alter the mouthfeel also, as the beer feels somewhat filmy after it is held in the mouth for a while. Carbonation is low to moderate, and weight in the mouth is light to moderate.
Drinkability - 1.5
This was so close to being my first ever sink pour for a reviewed beer. Many use this as a session beer, and to be frank, the only thing this is good for is slamming down fast to get drunk.
The annoying thing is that Carlton Draught has really good commercials. Otherwise there is nothing worth even talking about here. Macro rubbish, and possibly the worst beer I have ever drank. The word swill sums Carlton Draught up pretty well.
10-14-2007 13:33:01 | More by LittleCreature
2/5 rDev -6.1%
Pale Yellow Amber color with a small white lasting head. Bitter sweet, very metallic, with a chemical aroma. Clean, crisp and bitter in taste. Run of the mill mass produced alcohol that happens to be beer. Not much aroma, not really any flavour. I imagine a fresh tap pour to be better but this can stuff was really poor.
07-22-2004 00:48:58 | More by stoutman
2.1/5 rDev -1.4%
This beer is dark gold to red with a weak insipid head.
It has the characteristic CUB tinny water smell
It is mildly bitter in taste but little depth of character.
It is not to be recommended , however it is better "on tap", best suited to a quick 3 or 4 before the football
06-19-2005 04:36:49 | More by jarmby1711
2.03/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
06-25-2009 08:47:53 | More by Macca
Carlton Draught from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
56 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.