Bluetongue Premium Lager | Bluetongue Brewery Pty Ltd

Bluetongue Premium LagerBluetongue Premium Lager
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Bluetongue Premium LagerBluetongue Premium Lager

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Bluetongue Brewery Pty Ltd

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 08-17-2004

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bluetongue's pale, straw gold lager is crystal clear and teeming with standard sized bubbles that race to the surface. The bright white head drops shortly, but a thin surface covering is maintained by the rising bubbles; and it does leave some nice rings of craggy lace in its wake.

The nose is lightly skunked (this has a green bottle, whereas their pilsner is brown), but not enough to overshadow its sweetish malt and remaining grassy hops.

In the mouth it's effervescent and crisp with a medium body.

The flavor is fuller than might be expected, and offers some lightly sweet and surprisingly grainy maltiness (I was expecting more adjunct) and grassy and floral hop flavors. It's backed by a solid bitterness, and it finishes dry with a quick passing note of grainy malt that fades to reveal some some residual hop flavor and bitterness.

Overall, this compares quite nicely with many European lagers. It's refreshing, rounded, and has enough character and integrity to keep it interesting and rewarding for more than one go round. Quite nice!

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.62/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer hasa distinct hop smell to it which gives it a pleasantly sharp taste
There is real complexity to it.
It is pure pale gold in colour , and it the mouth it tingles and cleans the palate.
Its over priced for what it is but is more drinkable then any of the CUB range.
Drink it for a Sumer Lunch by the rive
Label 6/10

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Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev +40%

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.5/5  rDev +40%

Photo of charlesw
3.45/5  rDev +38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow. No head (sigh). Smells macro lagerish. That weird bitter ("crisp" and "clean") twinge, you know? But the taste is actually very pleasant. It is clean. Perhaps not quite so crisp, but it's a bit sweet, has a little body to it. Very pleasant drinking on warm (probably not hot) evenings on the bay...

But, hey, I'm also a sucker for the marketing aspects - I like the little lizard. The graphics on the glasses do it for me (it's the lizard again, of course).

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.39/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Aussie Macro beer that aint half bad! That's right you english bitches...I used aint....and I aint gonna stop either! This beer poured Golden into a of glass I don't know and don't give a SHEET! Standard smell from a Macro brew....grain, yeast, etc. It did come off the palate dry, which to me leans more toward a Beck's/Pils Urquel grouping. SESSION....NO QUESTION! Stay parched my friends!

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Photo of madvoice
3.35/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw colour with a finger width head that dissipated rather quickly. Has a rather fruity odour which reminds me of plums and cherries. It has a rather sweet flavour and is really light and refreshing on the palate. Very easy to drink and would be something suitable for a BBQ at the beach. I was pleasantly surprised with this beer.

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Photo of WHROO
3.03/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw, 1 finger head...crisp, clean, amazing amount of carbonation - full on, like a spa bath nearly ;-)
S: Typical grassy lager hops, touch of fruityness. & they seem keen on using caramel in their beers
T: initial sweetness across the palate, carbonation a little milder than it looks...little fruity, followed by only a minute hint of hops bitterness to finish. Little dry, & does finish clean. Once again some caramel (their light has a heap of caramel)
M: Light to medium, crisp, & alive with carbonation.
D: very typical of a mainstream aussie macro lager...only a tad sweeter & fruitier. Still had that renowned dank chemical metallic aftertaste, but nowhere near as pronounced as VB, Melb etc. Maybe its our water!!!
Could drink more of this & would choose this over some other mainstream macros like VB, CUB, but maybe a little too alive in carbonation for me.

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Photo of nate1357
3/5  rDev +20%

Photo of philphilphil
2.96/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

note to begin with, this bottle was terribly skunked.
Appearance is lager like clear yellow with little head remaining.
Smell is skunk, skunk, skunk, i suggest this'd be better straight from the bottle.
Taste is actually good for a lager, not complex but smooth.
Mouthfeel is satifactory, that is all.
Drinkability is, its cheap, not bad flavour, pretty average

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
2.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Lightish champagne gold. Filmy head, which disappears very quickly. Minimal lacing and carbonation. Quite insipid looking.

Sweet hoppiness on the nose, very light. Hints of honey, but rather reminiscent of a plain lager. It's ok, but a little bland.

Nice sharp entry on the palate. Crisp bitterness and a hint of lager yeastiness. Drops away very quickly to a watery aftertaste. It's remarkably bland, but I do believe it's better than the generic Australian swill. It's an easy drinking, rather forgettable beer.

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Photo of LittleCreature
2.86/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.0
Poured a finger and a half of white head that quickly reduced to a paper thin layer over a very pale straw body.

Smell - 2.0
Barely any aroma whatsoever, all I got was an odd chemical smell.

Taste - 3.0
The lack of off flavours and pride of ringwood metal puts this a cut above the macro lagers of Australia. Sadly, there is little other taste to recommend it by - sugary sweetness, faint husk and grain flavour, very little hop character or bitterness, and a dry finish with little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Moderately carbonated, feels a little watery but goes down easily.

Drinkability - 3.5
Very easy to drink, sessionable too, but not for those who like their beer to have taste.

OVERALL - 2.85
The blokes at Bluetongue obviously believe in the philosophy that a blonde lager should be crisp, refreshing, and almost devoid of flavour. This said, I would rate this above Australian brewed Heineken and any Aussie macro lager you care to name with the exception of Boag's Draught. Not a bad beer, but hardly a craft beer.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at where else - Bluetongue Stadium!

Reviewed in the context of Beer at the Football.

Firstly it isn't VB, so that's a good start.

It actually looks OK, head is a bit frothy, but OK. Filmy lace all over which is a plus as well. Served at Stadium temp means no nose.

Taste is refreshing, which is what you want as well. Macro, yes, bland, yes, but not offensive. Mouthfeel is a plus, well carbonated for style.

Won't be buying a case, tho....

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Photo of Rickus
2.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of MidwestBA
2.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of magpieken
2.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Hypersomnia
2.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of hopnerd
2.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold pour with a rapidly fading dismal head. Lively carbonation.
Aroma is of grainy malt, lemon juice and some faint grassy and metallic hops. Typical boring aussie lager.
Very similar flavours. Grainy aussie malt combining with a weak metallic bitterness threatens to block out any other flavours.
Active carbonation suits the style well.

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Photo of Macca
2.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear golden colour. Minimal head and not a lot of visible carbonation.

I get a little bit of fruitiness but only when I give it a good shake up in the glass. Not a lot else.

Just a big glass of bland. A bit of sweetness in there which I think would get a bit too much after a while.

Not even anything to recommend it with regards to mouthfeel.

A very average brew.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.57/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a bottle of this chilled in a pint glass.
The beer pours a bright clear gold color with bleached white head that foams up 1 cm and fades quickly to a thin sruface layer. The aroma is grainy malt and dominant skunkiness. uh oh!
First sip reveals lite to medium body with fine mild carbonation.
Flavor is starting sweet caramel and sugar witha bit of spicy and grassy hops moving in and then finishes grainy and husky malt. The skunk does not come through on the flavor much as the nose had advertised. A decent enough drinking beer that goes down easy. i wish it didnt smell so bad!

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Photo of benloho
2.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of emincems
2.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of istarilord
2.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ouch, this was kind of a disappointing lager.

Light golden color with little head, very noticeable skunky smell at first, and on first couple of sips.

Skunkiness eventually gives way to a slightly malty flavor, with not much else happening.

As a plus, it has an OK finish & aftertaste, but not what I was hoping for (a lager to go with my roast chicken).

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Bluetongue Premium Lager from Bluetongue Brewery Pty Ltd
Beer rating: 2.1% out of 100 with 47 ratings
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