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 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 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 charlesw
3.45/5  rDev +39.1%
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 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 Macca
2.62/5  rDev +5.6%
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 WHROO
3.03/5  rDev +22.2%
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 LittleCreature
2.86/5  rDev +15.3%
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 madvoice
3.35/5  rDev +35.1%
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 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 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 NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +52.4%
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 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 lacqueredmouse
2.94/5  rDev +18.5%
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 sulldaddy
2.57/5  rDev +3.6%
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 jarmby1711
3.62/5  rDev +46%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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