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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 16.98%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jarmby1711 on 03-27-2006

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Photo of heygeebee
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
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?.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.14/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of doktorhops
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
2.29/5  rDev -28%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.37/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.22/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of bmwats
3.53/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of DijonKetchup
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of faroutadventure
4.95/5  rDev +55.7%
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.

Photo of matjack85
3.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $2.19, so it's not exactly the cheapest lager around. Instead of a bottled on date, there is a packaged on stamp om the side of the label. Unfortunately, the space under my packaged on stamp was left blank. No one bothered to put a date in there, so I have no idea how fresh my bottle is.

The beer poured a mostly clear golden straw color and made a nice 2-finger fluffy white head that lasts forever. The head on this beer never goes away completely. A ½-finger's worth stays on top throughout the entire quaff. It also leaves some really nice lacing with each sip. Perfect marks for appearance.

Pleasant mild smell of floral hops and some kind of fruit - nothing very powerful.

Nothing too exciting about the taste. It's on the sweet side with some grain flavor. Not much hop presence in the flavior. I guess they were used more for aroma here, although there is a slight peppery spice flavor along with a hint of fruitlike tartness. Better than the average macro lager but not anything I would seek out.

Light body with lower than average carbonation.

Drinkability is easy with the undetectable 5% alcohol content. It's worth trying if you don't mind the relatively high price for a lager.

Photo of Rayek
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: I have to give credit where credit is due. This is a nice looking beer. It's bright gold with great clarity and nice tight carbonation bubbles. The dense white cap sticks as a 1/4" pillow the whole way down the glass, and a solid sheet of lace is left in the beer's wake.

S: Honey sweetness, grassy hops, plus a light whiff of corn that messes things up a bit constitutes the nose.

T: Light, crisp and unassuming. Straw like malts start things. a light lemongrass bitterness follow and the beer finishes with a hint of sweet corn.

M: The light body has about the right level of fizz for this style.

D: This is a great looking beer, but otherwise pretty midle of the road. The lightness and low ABV make it a good compliment to a warm day.

Photo of eschbach
3.01/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of this beer at Total Wine. I was there looking for new beers to try, and this looked interesting. It comes in these cool short stumpy 12 oz bottles. It even has a kangaroo on it!

I filled my pils glass with the beer. I was not impressed really. I has minimal head and it is very clear. I can see clearly through the glass. On a positive note, it is a nice rich golden color. The smell is mediocre. I cannot smell hops. I can smell some faint malty aroma and some veggie like aromas. The taste is decent. It does not taste like any lager I have had before. I cannot taste a distinct hops flavor, but it still has a bitter taste. It has a very earthy and malty taste. It feels all right in the mouth. Nothing special really. And it has a moderate drinkability.

Overall I'd say it's an average beer. Don't go out of your way to buy it. It is hard to find and it not cheap. If you come across it some place I'd say try it. It's an interesting exotic lager, but it's not a remarkable beer.

Photo of generallee
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was severed in a brown 12.7oz bottle with a mug at the Outback Steakhouse. Normally the mugs are frozen but this one came out at normal room temperature.

Appearance: The body has a good golden yellow hue with good clarity and a bright white head on top. This loosely packed head fades fast and leaves only a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is simple and light. It has just a moderate nose of light grain and husk with faint hops in the background.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor is mostly of light grain, plain biscuits and grassy hops that give it a good balance of bitterness and a crisp clean finish. On the tongue this light bodied beer has a light, crisp, and refreshing well carbonated feel.

Notes: Overall it is a very basic Lager that is clean and easy to drink on a hot day. However, 5 bucks a pop at the Outback Steakhouse is way overpriced for this style of beer.

Photo of vitalnj
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Six-pack x 12.7 fl. Oz. picked upon sale at Bottle King. Pours yellow gold color with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Smell was sweet caramel with hint of malt and oats. Light, clean and mild taste with some drying bitterness with some minor spice notes. Not very exciting but better than macro.

Photo of HugePlume
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A- Slightly darker than an american macro, it has a spongy bright white head that quickly dissapates. Not much for lacing but wouldn't expect much anyways.

S- Grains and yeast, nothing distinct. Not unpleasant but rather unremarkable.

T- Slight bitterness with more unremarkable yeast and grain notes. Distinct apple like flavor that finishes dry.

M- Carbonation is better than average,finish is nice and dry. Leaves a little foamy residue on the gums.

D- Wouldnt want to have more than this one I sampled. it leaves a fullness in the stomach more like a heavy stout.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into a pint glass. About an inch or so of head, and lots of carbonated bubbles coming to the top. Yellowish golden color. Biscuit-like bread smell, same breadlike flavors. Some mild pepper-like, some minor spice notes. All and all better tasting than average marco lager.

Photo of Brenden
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems pretty macro. The appearance isn't quite as pale a yellow as the typical "American domestic", having a bit of a deeper golden hue, but not by much. A very minimal head forms, never amounting to much more than a thin, spotty foam and leaving behind very little lacing.
Grains and yeast are up front in the nose with a faint hops aroma and a light, crisp malt. It's not especially strong or enticing and is marred by light metallic and cereal tinges.
The flavor is most strongly of grains, with a grassy taste, and a balance of malt and hops that ought to maintain a much stronger presence. Other than its weakness, it's fairly typical of the style.
The mouthfeel is dry and crisp. There's a moderate to high carbonation that seems proper here. Body is light. It may be just a little sturdier than a macro.
This is fine as what many would consider to be a crisp, refreshing brew, or a so-called "lawnmower beer," but it's far from premium.

Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden with a white head that collapses with just a trace. Minimal tracing sticks. Typical industrial lager appearance.

The smell is crackery/yeasty with some grain and floral hint. Not quite as clean as expected, with yeast coming through.

The taste is cereal-y/grainy, yeasty, with a vague hint of floral/fruity. It has a carbonated dryness in the finish.

Carbonation is fizzy, but doesn't wreck beer. Crisp enough.

A breadier, somewhat yeastier version of a typical industrial lager. Not as sulphurish as most EPL's. A rather bland beer overall.

Premium Lager from Coopers Brewery Limited
74 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.