Bluetongue Premium Lager | Bluetongue Brewery Pty Ltd

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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

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Added by rastaman on 08-17-2004

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Weizenmensch
1/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Want to know why this beer sucks? Not because it is the blandest Australian beer that exists, not because I was heartily disappointed when I heard about Australia's newest brewery and wanted to try the beer, but because this beer is not designed for the drinker, but rather as a marketing campaign unabashedly aimed at making money for the brewery. I went to the website ( to find out more about this beer as I was drinking it, to find something to compensate for the miserable flavour.

What I found, however, was an insult to beer drinkers everywhere: "Extensive market research has shown that the Bluetongue name and packaging will have high appeal. It was greatly favoured across a full sample of males and females 18 to 50 years." At the time, there was more shameful diatribe, but they removed the extra marketing information probably because it acted as a deterrent for drinkers of genuine hand-crafted beers.

I don't know about anyone else, but I want to drink a beer because I enjoy the taste and also because I like what the brewer puts into the beer. Cooper's and its fiercely loyal ranks of followers is a case in point. I even respect people for being loyal Toohey's Old drinkers, even if the beer has gone to the shit since changing the recipe and thereby downgrading its ABV. At least the loyals are sticking up for the beer they like.

Bluetongue is a brewery aimed at making money through slick marketing and prostituting the Hunter Valley's famous wine-region name. If the beer tasted good this might be overlooked - however the beer is swill and the brewery should not be so greedy and insulting to its steadily increasing and ignorant ranks of customers.

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Photo of diablo14
1/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

i cant really say too much more about this beer other than whats already been said. its not a beer, its a marketing exercise, the likes of which puts even CUB to shame.

im not even convinced this is a beer. im not sure what it is....but surely all they have done is put something in it that makes it vaguely resemble a beer. its so light its in danger of blowing away in a stiff breeze. there is no smell, and it is one of the most tasteless ive ever come across. there is just nothing there. anywhere.

thing that annoys me is that the fancy label will get many of the less informed in to buy it. but i guess this is what they want. totally shameless...

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Photo of rastaman
1.06/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Looked a bit like sparkling wine with the way the head formed, no head retention. Typical Aussie lager aroma, malty, with a rusty, green pride of ringwood stench. For a brief second it actually tasted nice, but its a bit sweet (honey, sugar) and bland for the most part. Watery texture. No good.

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Photo of haningj2
1.31/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This will be the lowest ranked beer I will ever review. If I ever find another beer that is more repulsive than this one, I may cut off my tongue with an electric meat carver.

There is nothing special about the appearance. Lots of action going on. Very light copper-ish color. Small lacing, small head.

Smells awful. Smells like a lizard fell into my car's air conditioner, died, stayed in there for 13 days and then I turned the AC on max.

I didn't finish this beer. It tastes like carbonated piss. In fact, this is the most carbonated beer I've ever had. Bud Light and Coors Light reign supreme over this beer. Blue Tongue literally tastes and feels more like club soda than actual beer. If anyone drank enough of this to become intoxicated, they should be shot on site.

Mouthfeel is just as bad. It tastes like licking a corroding battery. Its almost as if the brewery stole a bunch of pennies from the homeless, melted them and used them as ingredients in this beer.

The drinkability is rated low because you can't stomach this beer.

May God have mercy on the creators of this beer. There is certainly a special seat in hell for whoever came up with it.

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Photo of annatar
1.41/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this on tap at the brewery in Pokolbin after a hard day's wine tasting.

Bad news dudes, it stinks. Overpriced standard watery lager trying to be a premium pilsner - one only hopes these dudes will either give up or get help.

Looked nice in the glass, but smelled and tasted like any old aussie piss lager. Sadface

Oddly during my visit the brewery had only begun to serve beer, not actually brew anything. o_O

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Photo of aussielars
1.64/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I paid premium dollar for this boutique priced, beer. Label say Tasmanian bittering hops and late imported Hallertauer hops. I think that means, cheap Pride of Ringwood for bittering, and that the Hallertauer missed the wort and spilled on the floor.

It poured with a nice big quick disappearing head.

Aroma is slightly grassy with a chemical smell that is so typical for Pride of Ringwood.

Taste is similar and a tad sweet,but quite drinkable if you drink it from the bottle close to freezing point. (stay away from glassware since you might inhale the skunk aroma)

It's quite lively with more head and effervescence then VB XXXX etc. But for $60 a carton it should be gnomes dancing on my palate. Last time I felt this stupid after purchasing a carton of beer must been when I bought a carton of Hahn Ice.

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Photo of djbx
1.75/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of joecast
1.92/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

lightest color beer ive seen since stella ar(something or other). thin white lace head.
fairly decent grassy hay aroma.
very little, if any, maltiness in the taste. has some bite to it that dulls as it warms. not much to work with. this would make a light beer taste heavy.
fairly dull overall except for a sophisticated looking bottle.

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Photo of Raebies
2/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ADZA
2.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew pours a see through urine colour with decent carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing one finger head and very little lacing,the aromas are horrible weak grains and flat wine which is almost very similar to a macro brew,it has a horrible overcarbonted mouthfeel which has body whatsoever and exudes tastes of weak grains again and some pale malts with a touch of light fruitiness right at the end,overall make no mistake this is as close to a macro brew that you will find and does not interest me at all i will avoid this brew at all costs i say you do the same.

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Photo of aBeeraWeek
2.07/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours very pale yellow and very clear with a thin head that disappears quickly.

The initial smells can only be described as grainy. There is a slight orange citrus coming through – could do with some more power on the citrus side.

The sensation of the first mouthful is surprisingly bitter, strong and heavy for a lager which is fine by me. The problem is that the initial bitterness is replaced by the metallic taste that comes through with all too many lagers.

There is plenty of carbonation and you are left with a dry aftertaste.

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Photo of bovrilburger
2.18/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'd heard good things about this beer but sadly they were all lies. Had a bottle of this with a friend at a beer tasting and it was severely unimpressive. The beer smelled like ass, and had a flavour to go with it. It had a strangely bitter aftertaste, and a relatively thin flavour. I wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.22/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light straw color with an amazing tight creamy head. Smells slightly lightstruck. Damn green bottles! Not much else in the way of aroma. Tastes a little lightstruck too. Not much else in the way of flavor either. Has a nice full creamy texture, but doesn't make up for the flavor. All in all, it's not too bad, but not very good either. I'm really getting tired of flavorless beers (most of them seem to avoid flavor like the plague) and this one is just another flavorless beer. It's fairly drinkable, especially on a hot day, which I suppose is the point. Anyway, I won't be paying for this one again.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.23/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Green 12 oz bottle. Reptile on the label has a blue tongue. Quick blurb on the back claims its naturally brewed in the finest traditions of Australia's Hunter Valley. Ok, fair enough, I'm just curious what the fine tradition Hunter Valley has? Anyway on to the brew at hand. Poured into a pils glass it forms a decent fizz head that falls to a thin cover and spotty lace. The body of this brew is amazingly pale and ultra highly filtered, hardly a shade of color to this.

Light, sweet malts hit the palate first. Heavy Grainy, wheat, hay aspect to this and not all that clean to me. It's always been hard for me to describe most Euro Pales, there is something about them that reminds me of a baby's diaper type funkyness too them. Must be something in the malts I would guess because as with the others this is a fresh offering. A bit of a cooked vegetables on the backside. Finishes fairly crisp.

Notes: A long way for this beer to come to be average to below average, and at 4.9% delivered from great distances I can see this being short lived. All told it was one and done.

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Photo of adityashekhar
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of laituegonflable
2.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very pale colour like distilled urine, strong carbonation with minimal white head, retains thanks mainly to that strong carbonation. Lacing is a fairly standard streaky white. Looks alright.

Nose has a fair hit of hops with a strong POW aroma. Unpleasant sticky sweet fragrance rather like honey, but I think it's a rice adjunct aroma. Pretty standard and a bit unpleasant.

A strong sticky rice flavour on the mid-palate, quite insipid. Mostly saccharine with a bit of a very light phenolic hop towards the back. Finish is very bland, with not much, really doesn't have much of an aftertaste. A bit sweet is all, fairly boring and thin.

Mouthfeel is not too bad, a bit sticky for a pale lager though. A little bit of tingle saves it.

Not a great beer, adjuncty and dull, needs more of everything really.

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Photo of machalel
2.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Bright yellow with a thin white head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Grain, citrus, grain, little bit of burnt rubber, and did I say grain?

Taste: Pretty bland. Grain, citrus, some more grain.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, with medium carbonation.

Overall: Yawn-worthy (unless you really like grain).

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Photo of vancurly
2.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Man I hate this beer and what it represents.

Bluetongue is (part ?)-owned by a prominent Sydney media player, and has been a remarkable success story in how one can convince the beer-swilling populace that they don't have to remain loyal to VB or New.

I wish I had a buck for every BBQ coversation I've had where the bloke says "Did you say you're into beer ? Have you tried that Bluetongue... jeez it's good".

So it's got a very, very big market: the brand-loyal beer drinker who is open to trying something "premium" (other than Crown Lager).

But for those who actually do know their ales from their lagers, it is a disappointing beer. Starts with nice grain & malt & hop aromas, but it all slips away into an incipid flavour & mouthfeel.

Stick to Cascade Premium Lager, is my suggestion.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Light colored hay with a nest of bubbles at the bottom of the glass, releasing some to float to the surface. Head is a nice, snow white pillow resting on top of the body.

S: Astringent hops, slightly sour grains, little bit of skunk and coins.

T: Ugh. Tastes like white grape juice with a stale grainy aftertaste. Finishes copper with mineral aspects. Not going to spend anymore time on this.

M: Medium body with a lot of carbo sting.

D: The beers appearance had something going for it but it went downhill fast. I wonder if this beer didn't make the trip from down under gracefully. Regardless, its not very good and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of bpasquetti
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of istarilord
2.51/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of soju6
2.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a light golden color with a fair head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, malt sweetness and bit of grain.

T: Taste is mild citrus with some malt sweetness and bit of grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Reminds me of a Euro Lager, a bit bland but goes well served cold on a hot day.

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Photo of TubaManJack
2.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow lot of hate for this beer, but hey its suppose to be a non offending lager for all those living in Oz. Its like a gateway beer but lets be serious its a quality limited taste/offending lager. But yes it didn't live up to any expectations.

Appearance- A very pale golden lager, its full of carbonation
Nose- None wait- Like a lager, with limited sweet carmel malt,
Taste- Initially nothing, rather its all about mouthfeel and slight bitterness. After much hunting, there is sweet malt and flavors. I agree with others in that there is something sharp/herbal&grassy in there.
Mouthfeel is nice and effervescent with a slick medium/light body.
Unlimited Drinkable- because of its great mouthfeel

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Photo of emincems
2.54/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of benloho
2.55/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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