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Reviews: 102
Hads: 137
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains and a bit of biscuit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light to medium bodied. Finishes pretty clean. (163 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains and a bit of biscuit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes pretty clean. (152 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
2.14/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Format: a 375mL brown stubbie with a standard macro label.

Appearance: light yellow in colour with chunky carbonation. Very little to no head. Looks pretty ordinary.

Aroma: light malts with a tiny bit of indistinguishable hops. Pretty boring.

Taste: some off-metal carbonation with earthen characteristics and that's about it.

Aftertaste: really not brilliant - that awkward metallic and earthen fug. I can't even pick up Coopers' normal yeasts in this.

Mouth feel: very light in feel with a lower carbonation. I think it is the lack of carbonation that jurts this lager.

Overall: pretty ordinary tasteless bollocks. Far too low in carbonation to bring the flavours through well. AU$45 a case is too high. (711 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.17/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours gold with a small fading white head.
Nose shows hay, sweet light malt, vegetal characters and bready notes.
Similar flavours, more hay and sweet light malt with cooked vegetable notes. Needs some hop character.
Carbonation could really be higher.
Not great. (265 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My liquor store in Edmonton recently got a bunch of Australian beers. While I like the idea, the six packs are really, really expensive. I decided to tear them open and sell them as singles and chose to be the first customer of this one here.

The bottle is cool, and the label looks almost a little shiny. It pours a very cool looking shade of yellow with a compelling orange glow to it - this is a shade I don't think I've encountered yet in any pale lager, but it's awesome to say the least. The aroma is faint and has a sweet, malty undertone to it. It's not the sort of smell that makes me say "damn!", but then again very few beers like this do.

The beer proclaims that it is "all malt", a term I don't see used much in Canada, so I googled it and found it means that it is brewed with only malt and hops and no adjuncts. I can tell - it doesn't have those corny tones to it that some lesser brews have. I'm sure "stralya" has its fair share of adjunct lagers crawling around, so it seems I've found a decent one. There is a definite sweetness coming from the grain which is balanced well by a hoppy subtlety on my tongue. There is a little of a bitter aftertaste when you start drinking it, but this goes away after a few sips.

Feel is solid - nicely carbonated and it feels like a cloud going down my throat when I drink it - cool to say the least.

It's a fine beer for sure. I don't know if it warrants a repeat purchase, but it's a decent sip on a hot day. (1,470 characters)

Photo of psruss
3.47/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just drank straight out of the bottle.

As others have said it's a fairly standard lager similar to a Carlsberg.

Nothing substantial in the way of aroma.

Taste is balanced, but more malt than hops. Very low on the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. Does not linger very long, but a fair session beer.

Overall, I think you could drink a good 4-6 of these without much complaints. Not very complex, but a very drinkable lager. (424 characters)

Photo of soju6
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale golden color with a small head that fades to no real lacing.

S: Mild aroma of malt sweetness and grain. not bad, just a bit bland.

T: Taste of some malt sweetness and grain. There is a mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, low carbonation, pretty boring.

O: Not a bad beer, just reminds me of a typical Euro Lager. Non-offensive probably best on a hot summer day. (403 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pale golden straw with a half finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Nice malts, hint of apple (actual fruit, not apple juice), touch of grassy grains. Unique from other euro pale lagers.

Taste - Crisp refreshing flavours of malts, grains, and light fruitiness. Very pleasant and once again, unique from other euro pale lagers.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and dry finish.

Overall - A refreshing euro pale lager from Coopers. Excellent malt flavours made this stand out from others in the style. I could see this as a session brew, especially on a hot Aussie beach. Worth giving a try. (654 characters)

Photo of wages
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - 3.5/5 - Very light orange color. It pours with 1 1/2 fingers of white head that disappears pretty quickly.

smell - 3/5 - A hint plus of sweetness is all I can discern.

taste - 3.5/5 - Light sweetness balanced with a very moderate amount of hops.

mouthfeel - 4/5 - Fairly high level of carbonation is almost the highlight of this beer. That is to say, it somehow makes up for the lightness of it.

overall - 3.5/5 - Better than your average American big business lager, but still not for me. (506 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hmmm - I am submitting a review as drunk-from-can which I would not normally choose to do. However, I didn't enjoy the can, so doubt I will be buying the bottled lager rather than their Pale or Sparkling as a summer session beer.

Had at a concert, after a Heineken can.

The two styles are the same, sadly the Coopers came across as similarly malt-driven, but with extra dough notes, which didn;t help and a really watery mouthfeel.

Not that great, there ARE a lot of beers out there, aren't there?. (501 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2 1/2" white soap suds head which faded fast. Clear light straw yellow color. Smells of corn and grass and is utterly BMC to me. Taste matches the smell. There's slightly a little more hops to it than an American lager version but truly if you swap An American's beer for this one in a blind taste test I don't think most people would notice the difference. (366 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coopers don't fail me now. Well I guess it's coming to this: I'm running out of Coopers beers to review. It's been a real milestone for me to review my old favourites from the brewery I've grown dear to over the years and I'm really trying to lengthen the inevitable (the beers I've got left). I'm sure the light will be the one I review last. Anyway lets see how the Coopers offering of an Aussie lager stacks up against the rest.

Poured from a 375ml stubbie into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: A clear bodied Coopers!? What is the world coming to? The body presents golden with a thin "no centimeter" white lacing head.

S: Sweet malts with a slight adjunct lager corn aroma, followed by grassy hops... overall sweet but nothing to write home about.

T: A very clean and crisp lager. The typical malt grain flavours are there with a back note of bitter hops (minimal back note that is). The corn and bread flavours are ever present and the finish is slightly dry. It's probably the most European styled lager I've come across in Australia. It is on the bland side but then again most lagers are.

M: Smoother than most other Aussie lagers; mid to low carbonation. The body is a little watery too, but this is common and expected in a lager.

D: Me + a hot day + Coopers lager = A sated man. Yep I could easily picture myself in a hot tin shed during summer knocking back a few of these while building myself a time machine so I can go back in time and rob a bank and give "past me" a huge pile of cash and the schematics for a working time machine. Compared to the macro Aussie lagers (VB, XXXX, Tooheys New, etc...) it's ace, and I can see no reason why it's not in every pub. Compared to European lagers though it's a little fish in a big pond.

Food match: I'm having a "chicken" (inverted commas because it's really faux chicken) burger, and I would pair this beer with a "chicken" or real chicken burger any day of the week... except Friday- that's "fish" day. (1,962 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with a good cake of foam for a head. Some decent lacing and some good retention.

Some bread dough and grassy notes in the nose.

Well crafted for the style. Grassy sweetness of the malt, some bread, and then some clean mineralized bitterness as this one dries out. Finishes lightly bitter and clean. This was highly drinkable.

Medium bodied with alot of bubbles.

Liked this for what it is. Simple, clean beer. No tricks or funky ingredients. Good for the grill, pizza, or by itself. (501 characters)

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow to gold color. The transparent body is bubbling light. The head is thin and disseminates.

Smell: The smell is somewhere between adjunct and pure grain. I can't tell what quality the malt is but the smell isn't bad. I smell processed steel cut barley and honey. It has a rich smell for a lager.

Taste: It's on the sweet side. The taste is snappy and reminds me of apples and honey.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light but not watery. It is not overly carbonated. A perfect beer for washing down food.

Overall: This is a good lager with more bad than good qualities. In fact, there isn't anything bad about this beer, it's slightly above average. It is good for savoring. (693 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.29/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It's a nod to the Land Down Under today as I make my way through a bunch of Australian beers.

From the bottle: "Real Aussie Lager"; "Brewed in Australia"; "This all malt beer is brewed with the finest ingredients. It is fermented at low temperature, using a traditional lager yeast. Coopers Premium Lager is smooth drinking with a crisp, refreshing finish. This superior lager is another Coopers original."

A finger of rocky, bone-white head from the pour. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was VERY light with a slight malt essence coming through, but virtually nonexistent. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a light, slight bittersweet taste of lager on the tongue. Finish was likewise clean, crisp and unobtrusive. Frankly, it struck me as being a bit bland. Come on, lads, I know yinz can do better than this! Give it a full-on Ho-Hum. Zzzz. (873 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This lager poured out much like most lagers do, it's got a clear yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The head fades and doesn't leave much in way of lacing at all. The smell of the beer has a typical earthy, hopped grassy aroma to it. The taste has a nice balance of malt and hops, the mouthfeel leaves you mouth feeling dry and somewhat refreshing. Overall this beer was good when I had it. I would like to say I'd drink it again if I came across it one day in the future. I haven't had this one in a few years so I would be a nice one to revisit sometime. (566 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12.7 oz. brown bottle and twisty cap

A very clear yellow gold with a bit of white haze. A 1" active, bubbly white head that dissipates pretty fast after a decent start.

The aroma is very much like an English brewed lager with sweet, bready malty aroma first and up-front with corn and light wheat, green veggie but kinda sweet overall.

A crispy and light doughy and sweet bread malt flavor, corn bread and a dry crispy feel. Herbs and cucumbers that comes across clean except for the too-sweet, bready malt effect.The feel starts out with life but quickly goes downhill, finish off kinda flat.

This one has a primo beer price but does not deliver the good, maybe it's just not what i like for this style. (712 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle, a single from Zyn's awesome wall of the same in Calgary.

This beer pours a faintly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of lumpy, foamy, and generally bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few random splatters of sudsy lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of semi-sweet bready, doughy malt - so grain and yeast, mostly - with some mild aged lemon, and floral, weedy hops. The taste is more sugary bready pale malt, a touch of caramel, some middling orchard drupe fruitiness, a bit of yeast, and tame musty, floral, and weedy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a meek frothiness throughout, the body a decent medium weight for the style, and a tad sugary, and thus cloying, in its otherwise plain Jane smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with that persistent breadiness, and very little of the already sedate hoppiness carrying onwards and upwards.

The 'All Malt' claim on the label is indeed difficult to refute - this offering has robust grainy, no-adjunct sweetness in spades. However, it could likewise do well to exhibit more than a bit of crisp, off-setting hops, though that may just be an artifact of the time and space expended for me to get my hands on this, being so far from the source. (1,265 characters)

Photo of titosupertramp
3.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light golden in color, very clear. Almost no head that quickly fades leaving next to no head and no film.

S: Grassy, bready has a kind of a vegatable smell to it as well.

T: Grass, bread and corn...has kind of a spicy quality to it as well that I kind of like.

M: Not too bad. Has a decent body about it.

O: Pretty drinkable although I can tell this is going to sit heavy so it would likely be 1-2 and done. I always wanted to give this a whirl, but $12/sixer price tag always kept me away until my local Publix started a mix six.

I liked this ok, but I would like to give this a shot a little closer to the source as I imagine a cross-global trek takes its toll on a beer. (682 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener.

A: Light golden hue. Heavy carbonation. Pours about a 3 finger, bubbly, white head. Craters into a froth, and plenty of giant bubbles of carbonation rise throughout the body of the brew. A little dry residue clings to the sides of the glass, as the head dissipates. Never fully does, though. Leaves a persistent foamy blanket on the surface. Lots of beer ring lacing.

S: Baked bread... lots o' yeast. A little lemon citrus, and subtle Italian spice.

T: Yeasty, with a little malt. Slightly sweet, with a little twang of spice.

M: Light, effervescent body, pungent flavor, with a slight bite. Yeasty aftertaste remains.

D: Refreshing and doesn't put up a whole lot of resistance. This thing will disappear quickly.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Really solid appearance. Great head, lots of lacing. Nose is simple, but a good representation of the style... a little yeast, citrus, and spice. Flavor is yeasty, with a nice balance of sweet and savory components. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff. (1,044 characters)

Photo of DijonKetchup
2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Decent head build, beautiful straw colored lager. Smells of hay and light citrus. Well carbonated, and sticky foam on my glass, but taste just detracts and ensuing mouthfeel from bittering is just terrible. There is just something not right with the bitter levels of this beer, which seems soapy and old (maybe I bought an older bottle). A macro lager should be able to stand up to a bit of time, especially because it's probably pasteurized.

If you find a newer bottle, give it a try, if not, I cannot recommend this beer at all. (561 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw golden color with medium white soapy head that fades fast. Little retention or lace.

S- Caramel malt with a touch of floral, grassy hops

T- Follows the nose. Nicely balanced, clean caramel malt with faint grassy notes. Very nice lager, but nothing that makes it stand out.

M- Medium, slick and smooth, crisp, refreshing

D- Very easy to drink, but nothing impressive. (379 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A straw gold, slightly hazy, with a small head of foam that's fading fast.

It smells of sweet malt, grain, and a touch of hop.

The tasty is very much malt sweet with some light grain and a bit of hop bitterness that grows and dominates the finish. That combo of malt and light hop flavour, imho, is easily recognizable as Aussie thing and it suits me well.

Usual decent body with zesty carbonation and overall, is very drinkable. Good stuff. (445 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A cloudy golden all-malt lager here, with substantial lacing and a very sweet yeasty nose up front. Flavor is crisp but not at all complex, really an average lager with no evidence of hoppiness to counter-balance the malty sweetness. Drinkable, but definitely not impressive. (275 characters)

Photo of faroutadventure
4.95/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear gold with a bubbly white head. Excellent carbonation presence. Looks like champagne in the glass. Gorgeous looking beer.

Smell: Light hop character. Clean malt, light refreshing bready nose.

Taste: Very clean malt flavor with a mild hop finish. Clean finish, wants you to come back for more and more.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Satisfying consistency for a lager. What a lager should be.

Drinkability: Refreshing brew. A great no-nonsense lager. (472 characters)

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