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Mildura Desert Premium | Mildura Theatre Brewery Pty Ltd

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Mildura Theatre Brewery Pty Ltd

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by diablo14 on 10-26-2005

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
2.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: decent brown bottle, funky label. A classy outfit.

Appearance: clear golden colour with fizzy head, dissipates way too quickly. Unappealing.

Aroma: seems a little bland. Light citrus and floral hops, but not much else.

Taste: light bitterness with that touch of hops and slight bready malts.

Aftertaste: reasonable, the hops remain, but a light metallic fug does too.

Mouth feel: medium in body, with a fairly high carbonation. Maybe a little too fizzy. Could do with some backing off.

Overall: Quite expensive for a lager, and it isn't particularly good, or special. Not worth the asking price.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of pin
1/5  rDev -62.5%

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.06/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought it looked nice enough. A bright, straw color with a fluffy, stcky white head. The combination of NZ hops (Super Alpha and Southern Cross) make this a hoppy, zesty lager, but I'm just not sure it works 100%. Throw some Saaz in there and make a pilsner, maybe? Anyways, moderate to creamy mouthfeel and pretty good drinkability once you get used to the weird hop selection.

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Photo of Macca
2.53/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear light golden colour with firm white head which drops quickly leaving a light covering.

A bit of sweet honey on the nose with some graininess hiding at the back.

Very similar on the palate.

The mouthfeel is a bit cloying.

Well that's a bit of a bland macroish lager. Why is it so hard for Australian micros to make a good lager?

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Photo of mungus
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of vancurly
3.93/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw coloured, whipped white head and good bubbling. Very appealing.

Comprehensive nose of grain, grassy & flinty hops.

Tastes a good reflection of the nose. Nice summer flavours.

Mouthfeel is light & frothy. Could have more body. A light malt sweetness. Refreshing.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.69/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Best enjoyed in a noisy setting"? What does that say about me enjoying this alone at my desk with a pad of paper in front of me? Don't tell me, I know.

Pours a clean gold with ridiculously huge off-white head that froths up to about 2/3 of the glass. I mean, incredible head. It's a lager though, not a Belgian beer mixed with bubble bath. Slow but impressive carbonation, leaves a nice cloud of lacing as the behemoth head slowly sinks. Bizarre, but really good-looking beer.

Nose is dank and musty, with a lot of woody and resiny characters dominating. Has a slight herbal phenol character and a trace of white wine vinegar. An unusual sweetness just peeks in, quite caramelly but strangled by the dankness. Smells OK I guess, but not very refreshing.

Taste is a lot sweeter, and really none of the complexity of the nose - such as it was - remains. Has a large corn sweetness mixed with a slight bready character, a slight salty hit midway through the palate and a touch of sesame. I think most of the bitter and sour characters are from suspended radicals in the head, because a puff from the head gives a very phenolic character, quite chemical and almost reminiscent of bath soap or shaving cream. It's a shame these characters don't find their way in the body proper, because in moderation a bitter tang like that could add volume to the otherwise insipidly sweet flavour.

Mouthfeels lacks a buzz from the strong bubbling, but is surprisingly full. It doesn't seem thin, just flat.

This beer desperately needs longer hopping, there are elements of bitter in the aroma that just don't come through on the taste, the beer flavour just sits meekly in the corner with its unpopular friend, the adjunct. This isn't outwardly offensive but a bit tough to swallow. Let's just say it has potential but fails to live up to it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear golden colour, with some very large bubbles of carbonation that find their way languidly to the top of the glass. Head is almost non-existent, although it fizzed itself out of effervescence on the pour. It ends up the tiniest ring of film around the edge. Looks pretty unappealing, all up, to be honest.

Nose is crisp and a little citric, indeed an acidic character seems very prominent. Quite light, otherwise. Minimal aroma hops. It seems pretty bland.

Taste is actually a bit better. For a start, there's a reasonable bitterness that clings to the centre of the palate, and lengthens the flavours. Body is very light, and there's minimal sweetness throughout, but the sharp, slightly twanging metallic bitterness sticks around for a while, until the back dips into a grainy bready yeast dryness. Feel is light and spritzy, and in some ways helps along the bitterness.

It's not a great beer, and it's not a beer to provide a lot of interest. But it is a drinkable beer, and a reasonably well-made one.

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Photo of diablo14
1.63/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This brewer came out under monster wraps, and none of their beers come close to justifying them. This particular brew is yet another boring, run of the mill lager that couldnt be more plain if they tried.

It's the standard insipid yellow looking color, way to much fizz and a soapy looking head. the smell is of mixed grain and lemon detergent. The taste is lack lustre. There is no real malt to be found, just a lot of adjunct like characters and that putrid lemony taste you always find with these micro aussie lagers. Maybe it comes from turning half decent ingredients into bad beer? the hops are astringent and disappear mighty fast. maybe thats not such a bad thing....

This is a really bad beer, and kinda scary. If so called micros are coming out with this sort of thing, this could be the worst turn of events ever to happen to brewing since CUB was formed in 1908. I'm hoping that for every bad brewer that appears like this one, a good one will arise to show the way.

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Photo of chogm54
3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, poured into half pint.

L - golden, clear, pours a 2cm thick frothy white head. good retention.

S - freshly cut grass, herbs (basil), sweet malt, honey. Nothing excessive.

T - grassy/hay hops over bready malts, with a hint of lemon. Slick sweetish finish.

F - watery texture, light bodied, full carbonation.

O - bland and a tad watery, but refreshing and nothing negative overall. Would be the ideal beer in a desert environment (as long as its cold).

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.41/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring a mid to light gold the beer was effervescent and sustained a scant head to glass end The beer was a little cloudy which I find appealing
The smell was somewhat non descript having no real tinniness and jut a touch of stone fruit about it
For a beer of this style it has a balanced bitterness with a not sweet not tart grain flavoured background.
The adequate carbonation and bite make it a crisp and refreshing lager and which has enough character to stand above many in the pack.It is a lot better than the macro brewery sludge in my view and is probably very well suited to the Mildura climate

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Photo of shambeano
3.13/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear golden yellow with about a cm of head that quickly dissipates to nothing. doesn't look too bad at all.

S- some sweetish malt, and a touch of hops, nothing really jumps out though.

T- again, a little bit of sweet malt, not too much hop, just enough to give it a bitter finish. taste is pleasant, but nothing really jumps out.

M- a very very little bit watery to begin, but the prickly carbonation quickly covers this up. slightly bitter finish at the back of the mouth, although it doesnt last for too long.

D- another one that would be pretty easy drinking, nothing great, but also nothing offensive as well.

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Photo of Finite
2.22/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation - 330ml brown bottle. brown and grey label with lizard. "A premium Australian Lager, exhibiting great freshness and length of flavour. Crisp and Refreshing."

Apperance - Pale golden / Straw colour, Good size head disipates to a thin film of white foam after only a minute or two leaving little to no lacing. A few medium size bubbles visible but a very stagmented stream.

Smell - Sweet cerial grain smell, some Dimethyl sulfide aroma, . vegtable, cabbage. Can Hardly detect any hops.

Taste - More DMS, cooked vegtables / cabbage. cerial grain / very sweet and smooth probably due to a high level of pale malt. a cirus hit also theree as malts fade. Little hop bitternes to speak of but some ok balance, aftertaste shows a glipse of hops with some hop bitterness showing up and actually making the malt profile drinkable.

Mouthfeel - thin, carbonation is a little flat, smooth down the throat until that combination of DMS and citrus comes back. Hardly crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability / Overall - A mixture of DMS, basic pale malt sweetness and sour citrus hops make this a pretty gritty mixture. Hardly fresh, malt flavours are very very simple and hops are much to faint to provide and freshness or crisp flavours.

Macro lager-like but could do much better.

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Photo of brendan13
3.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden coloured beer with a few centimetres of white head. The head hangs around for a fair while.
S - Quite a sweet malty smell. Slight honey aroma. Vauge grassy hop note.
T - Very much along the same lines as the smell but with the sweetness and honey being a bit stronger.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation level.
D - A bit one dimensional but not too bad. I guess it'd make for good summer drinking.

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Photo of revdrjbob
2.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another of the 3 given to me by my Olds as a Christmas present. Served in the Mildura Brewery pint glass, sampled with the JW (gangrel7) NYE.

Poured an insanely pale yellow/straw, worked very well, dense white head, that clung to the glass. Seems good so far.

Aroma: Very faint hop character, possibly floral, possibly Sterling? A slight hint of grain. Overall very clean, very European in my opinion.

Taste: Clean, malty, then grainy, a pleasant "noble" hop character and bitterness. More flavour than the aroma. A slight citrus hint, possibly from the hops, maybe an NZ variety? Finishes dry, then leaves me forever. No lingeringness...

Overall a nice Euro lager, not something I'd search out again.

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Mildura Desert Premium from Mildura Theatre Brewery Pty Ltd
Beer rating: 2.67 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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