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Carlton Draught - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

Not Rated.
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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

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 soju6
2.15/5  rDev 0%

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.

soju6, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of braican
2.75/5  rDev +27.9%

braican, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
1.35/5  rDev -37.2%

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?

heygeebee, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
1.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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.

tbeckett, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of bpasquetti
3/5  rDev +39.5%

bpasquetti, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.5/5  rDev +62.8%

Sachsenfreude, May 19, 2012
Photo of no8
1.25/5  rDev -41.9%

no8, May 16, 2012
Photo of Julian4077
2.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Julian4077, May 11, 2012
Photo of Kornoms
2/5  rDev -7%

Kornoms, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Bockerdoppel91
1.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Bockerdoppel91, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
2/5  rDev -7%

dmorgan310, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of galluch
2/5  rDev -7%

galluch, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Robje
2/5  rDev -7%

Robje, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of klipper
1/5  rDev -53.5%

klipper, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of IanRiley
1/5  rDev -53.5%

IanRiley, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Finite
1.68/5  rDev -21.9%

Pale, high carbonation, soft drink like appearance.

Smells of faint off grain. Straw and little hops

Very dull and plain. No hop flavour to speak of asside from a dull and artificial bitterness. A straw like malt flavour which contributes little to the body of the beer.


Finite, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of rowey77
3.6/5  rDev +67.4%

Great sessionable beer on tap, dont care what anyone says this beer is easy to drink and great for a social drink. Have had many night where i can drink 10 - 20 pots of carlton draught without batting an eyelid, there arnt many better beers out there on tap.

rowey77, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.05/5  rDev -4.7%

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 ADZA
1.9/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

ADZA, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Macca
2.03/5  rDev -5.6%

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 Otterburn
2.53/5  rDev +17.7%

This is a really average beer. But not that bad. The color is a bit amber, smells , nothing really to say and the taste is average.
I not taking note while I drankthose beer but , theres nothing to say about it. Its just a ordinary beer in Australia.

Otterburn, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
1.43/5  rDev -33.5%

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.

laituegonflable, May 28, 2009
Photo of xduderx
2.75/5  rDev +27.9%

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 WHROO
1.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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