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Crown Beverages
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Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

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40
Ratings:
80
Avg:
2.1
pDev:
47.62%
 
 
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Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is an absolute pile of shit, how they have the nerve to call this a premium beer, i'll never know, its not even drinkable, sugary and sweet, if you're ever in Australia, don't bother trying this.

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Photo of Aussie69
1/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Just like VB

S - Just like VB

T - Just like VB with more carbonation

M - As Above

O - This actuallly IS VB with a slightly modified brewing process and a outrageous mark up. Yup my best friend works for CUB.

AVIOD LIKE THE PLAGE AND NEVER BUY THIS SHITE SO THEY MIGHT STOP SELLING IT AND RIPPING UNSUSPECTING PEOPLE OFF!

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Photo of diablo14
1/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

my hatred of CUB shold be well evident by the reviews ive done of their beers. i could have reviewed all their lagers straight up and pretty much said the same thing, utter shite. but i wanted to show i knew something about other quality beers first before putting the smackdown on carlton.

what distinguishes this from any of their other beers? not a lot, looks the same, smells and tastes the same, makes you feel crook in the guts the same. how they can call this a premium beer is an absolute disgrace. its not even good enuff to be called premium swill. is it a little more hoppy? does it matter? the results are the same. crown is actually thee beer skimmed off the top of fosters lager vats. that in itself should say it all. this beer is for australian yuppies who think this is a classy beer, and for yobbos when they go out for dinner or to a wedding and think this is a classy beer. the fools!

a tip for anyone who has the misfortune to come across this beer and actually attempt drinking it. DO NOT RELEASE IT FROM THE BOTTLE!!!! this is the only way to make your way thru this vile beverage without having nightmares later, and im talking before youre alseep! its going to be hard enuff if you drink it at all...

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
1.06/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Crown Lager touts itself as being the best of Australian beer since 1919. Personally, we highly doubt that, but let's give the beer the benefit of the doubt and try it.

Pale golden, lively carbonation and an ultra-tight and creamy head with a stick to the glass that puts many Double IPAs to shame--very appealing. Musty aroma, with some cereal grain and soft metallic notes. Thin-bodied and watery in the mouth. The carbonation showcased in the glass is barely noticeable on the palate--meaning the expected crispness is not present. No real hop bitterness to speak of, but there's something resembling a watery sourness that tastes a bit forced and contrived. Quite sweet--actually, it's too sweet. It's more of a corn-based sweetness that tastes processed. Mouthful of straw in the finish, drying and unpleasant.

Brewed by the Foster's Group, Crown Lager is merely a fizzy, yellow, bland beer with nothing going on other than looking pretty in a Pils glass. It doesn't even come close to standing up to other beers within its genre. One of the worst beers we've ever had from Oz.

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.19/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours gold, with marshmallowy gelatinous head, very dense, with mega streaming carbonation that seems to be unending. I've spent a long time with this just sitting here and it's still fizzing away like a motherfucker. Looks over-fizzy. Well it looks like it should, but I just don't trust it. The head's still there, the carbonation is unending. There's something artificial about a beer that looks so much like a quintessential image of a beer. It should be natural, and have flaws.

Very unpleasant chemical aroma, smells like maybe some grassy hops, or more correctly, grass when you've just sprayed your backyard with pesticide. Very weak, what's more, and very simple. Really, genuinely bad smell.

Taste is weak and bland, with a syrupy corn sweetness that creeps up on the start and reaches you by the mid, and then a grisly pride of ringworm dankness, creating that signature CUB bread yeast character. Very unpleasant bitter hang, nothing fresh or organic about it at all.

And that mouthfeel? HOLY SHIT. How can you have so much carbonation in the glass and such a pitiful, weak feel? Where are the bubbles when I could use them, to add some texture? What a crown turd of a beer. Yes, it wins the crown. The crown for being an utter shit beer. This is so bad it's destroying my ability to write witty comments.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
1.23/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Well, here is another foray into the abyss that is the Australian macro-lager industry. Come to think of it, I could probably accurately review this without ever trying it.

A- Plain, plain, plain. There is no character at all to this beer. It looks like every other Aussie macro. It's that generic piss colour with a superficially well-retaining head. Big. Fucking. Deal.

S- Awkward moment when you think you have a cold, then realise you're smelling an Australian macro. Seriously, there is very little at all here- I could be an idiot and try to discern individual scents, but doing so would make me even more stupid than I already am for drinking this shit.

T- POR. Self explanatory.

M- Strikingly similar to mineral water. Pathetic.

O- I had to drink this garbage at my mate's birthday party. It should be a criminal offence to sell this to ANYONE. Even the downability on this sucks ass. It's just too repulsive to drink quickly.

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Photo of koolk
1.32/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Now I have hit 100 reviews, I feel it is time for the obligatory review of the crown jewel of Aussie brewing..Crown Lager.

Pours a crystal clear (read filtered to hell and back) golden colour with a head reminiscent of bubble bath...looks great on pouring but once you in its back to stagnant water...

Aromas of sweet sweaty grains and that frustrating as hell ‘Carlton’ smell (as in I can’t identify it, but is stands out like dogs balls - wet cardboard perhaps?)

Palate is all front dominant with a touch of malt sweetness backed up by nothing whatsoever on the rear. No bitterness, no real flavour & no complexity - and a nasty assed aftertaste to boot.

I once met a bloke who said he worked for CUB. He claimed the only difference between Vic Bitter (~$32 a case) vs Crown Lager (~$46 a case) was that they graded each batch of beer made to the same recipe. Those that scored highest became Crown, the lowest became VB. This may explain the reason why you never see Crown on tap in Melbourne, it just tastes like the other cheaper crap. A horrendously bad beer for the price. Shame CUB, shame.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
1.37/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Standard pale lager appearance, although the head shows some persistence...
Aroma is pretty horrible. Dirty, grainy aussie malt, no hop aroma (guessing isohops is used).
Flavours are equally boring, if slightly more palateble. Sweet grainy malt and some weak plain bitterness.
Pretty high carbonation.
First beer that's made me feel sick after half a glass.

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Photo of philphilphil
1.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

awfful, just awful, totally over rated.

A - not good, not quite terrible though.
S - metallic nasty unpromising, but no indicator of its true revoltingness.
T - yuck, just yuck. Metalicly fruity, truely feral.
M - over carbonated.
D - i couldnt drink this if i was wasted. had to hold my nose to finsh one bottle.

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Photo of Finite
1.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Golden straw color. Head retention lasted only about 1 min with a tiny bit of lacing. This beer had very low carbonization. The smell was skunked and very malty and sweet. Hints of perhaps some caramel. This beer is very flat and could benefit from more carbonization.

The aftertaste is a bit sour and off. Any Australian will avoid this brew and rightly so. It’s actually worse than VB and they have similar tastes. I’m very fortunate to have only had half of this beer because I was struggling to drink the half! It’s a really horrible attempt at a malty and yesty beer. This beer just has way to much yest in the after taste its so smooth its just wrong!

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Photo of Weizenmensch
1.72/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Don't get me wrong, I hate Crown Lager as much as any Aussie with a modicum of taste. Everyone knows that just because it's got a gold label and a cool-looking, unusual bottle, it's not necessarily a good beer. But I'm reviewing this even-handedly and without bias.

I wrote the above while admiring the apt head retention, ubiquitous lacing and perfectly effervescent body of the beer. Slightly too dark amber, but good appearance otherwise.

Smell: Not as bad as the non-premium offerings from Carlton, but there is nothing natural in there to speak of. Apart from a very faint maltiness (so distant it's hardly worth mentioning), there is a smell of preservative/adjunct. I don't recognise the chemical (I'm a chemistry student and have come to recognise the smell of chemicals I encounter regularly). Wait, what is this? This is meant to be a beer to enjoy, not sniffing the glass to determine whether it contains poison. The smell is better than Carlton or VB, but not what a beer should smell like.

Taste is where this beer is really let down. It looks good, it smells... inoffensive, but the taste is rough as guts. A little bit sour, a little bit adjuncty... it would taste better if it had no taste, and was just amber bubbly water with a head. It's been so long since I've bothered to drink one of these that I forgot how shite it was. Basically no different from your ordinary Australian macro, only I'm rating it more harshly because this is supposed to be premium. This doesn't stand up against Boag Premium or Squire Pilsener, other popular macros of a similar price and style. I can't think of any other Aussie macros like this, apart from the cheap Carlton and Tooheys offerings. Still, if you slam it down, drink it cold and out of the bottle at the footy, you won't notice the unpleasant ashy aftertaste. Someone spilt beer in this ashtray! No wait, it's how it normally tastes.

Mouthfeel is pretty crap too. Rough going down, though undoubtedly smoother than its non-premium cousins, the worst aspect is the sticky afterfeel... it doesn't taste like anything except nasty beer aftertaste, but it's sticky on the roof of my mouth.

Drinkability: If it's free, ice-cold, a hot sunny afternoon, and you're doing an activity to take your mind off the taste, and you've been working hard all day, this is fine to drink. Most Australians would be happier to drink this regularly than VB, merely because of its price and 'premium' allure. But it's not great. However, it does contain alcohol.

Attention All Crown Lager Drinkers - set your sights higher. It gets a LOT better than this! Non-Crownie Drinkers - Don't bother trying this, it is a complete and utter waste of time and an insult to our country that people pay $60 a case for this crap.

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Photo of ADZA
1.73/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a pale golden colour with decent carbonation and average lacing,it has weak grainy,hop aromas with an average mouthfeel,the taste an overpowering malty,fruit driven taste that doesnt taste as nice as it sounds and has a offputting aftertaste,overall because ive seen the micro light years ago i sit back and laugh at this lager considered to be australias best macro,i just hope the crown ambassador ive put away doesnt resemble this at all.

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Photo of mulder1010
1.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

355 ML at Qantas club at Sydney Airport. It was free and my GF surprised me with this.

A-- Clear light straw gold color. White film for head, lots of carbonation bubbles. Some lacing left through drinking.

S-- Sweet stewed cabbage and corn. Borderline repulsive.

T-- Sweet corn, sweet bread, a little bit of cardboard.

M-- Light body, high carbonation. Bloating feeling very quickly. Metallic corn finish. Clean and boring.

O-- A few sips was enough and thought a cappuccino was a better option. It was free and a tick. Could not finish the Michelob of Australia.

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Photo of Everydayoff
1.79/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

375ml bottle poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

Gold/yellow color with lively spectacular carbonation showcase which twirls in circle during upwards way to the top. The white head is rather small but well retain and leave good amount of lacing stick.

Soft grain and sharp metallic hit the nose with some yeast pinch, dry malt note reveals when warm. Grain upfront in taste with harsh metallic follow in the middle, finish with somewhat sour that leave quite unpleasant aftertaste. Hop bitterness is very faint. The body is between light to medium, smooth with low carbonating in palate.

Quality is so contradictory with its appearance that looks promising. Awful taste and very low drinkability, finally the crown is just a clown.

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Photo of ILJAY
1.82/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had two slabs of this brew thrown in with two dozen bottles of wine I bought recently for A$200 bucks. So it was a bit of a bargain. This however meant that I had to endure a hell of drinking this very poor beer for quite sometime (sorry but I don’t like to waste the product).

Crown Lager is Australia's most overrated beer. It has an extremely tacky gold label designed to appeal to a working class man done good on the pokies.

Despite of its claims to be the Australia’s premium beer, it is not even close to the standard of other “premium” offerings such as James Boag or Cascade.

You are better off with a Carlton Cold…

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Photo of Macca
1.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This poured a pale golden yellow with a good head including some lacing.

How boring and predictable this stuff is! Just the same as everything else they produce.

Graininess and that bloody metallic taste. Where is the fresh florals that so many other brewers can get in their lagers?

I would rather drink VB.

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Photo of joecast
1.86/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

well, "fresh cut grass" aroma gone bad. more like wet grass left in a trash bag on a hot day.
flavor and mouthfeel both buttery. i cant believe people think this beer is so great, even for people that like crap this couldnt be that good.
has a transparent look that oddly enough mirrors the taste.

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Photo of Kulrak
1.96/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a straw color with a lot of head at first, then dies down to pretty much nothing. Doesn't smell like much at all, very very faint yeast scent. The taste is a not so faint yeast taste, some hop bitterness, no other distinguishable flavors, finishes dry and sour at the same time. Mouthfeel is somewhat airy, somewhat creamy, but not enough of either to really stand out. I don't really care much for this beer, seems like a pretty standard aussie macro beer, dunno why it costs any more than the others.

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Photo of BeerNutta
2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Australias Finest.

So, so sad if this is the best Australia has to offer. Bitter, straw coloured mess that i get to drink when i go to weddings. Unlimited supply of canon fodder.

Aint too bad, ive had worse. But ain't Australias Finest thats for sure.

Also, is a very heavy beer. I find that it sits like a brick in your stomach after a few.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from the 375mL bottle into a pint glass.

The beer is a nice pure golden color with lots of carbonation coming through. Head dissipated almost immediately and was foamy and offwhite. Typical.

S: The smell coming off of this one is noticeable right upon opening and that's not entirely a good thing. Typical grainy smell but also some sort of sour and vegetal note. Not skunky, but not very natural or pleasant either.

T: Watery and very light on flavor but what is there isn't even your normal beery flavor. There's a sour note in the middle with a light bitterness covered up by an unnatural sweetness. Not undrinkable, just not that good.

This reminds me of a second rate Euro Pale Lager and seems like that's what they are going for as those are hugely popular. Even so, I've had better even for the style. Not even very refreshing due to the weird flavors in the beer.

Just go for a Bud or Fosters.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.07/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Standard yellow gold colour, slight filmy head.

Yeasty, reasonably unoffensive nose. Quite standard, nothing to really distinguish it - especially from the other CUB brews.

Somewhat yeasty palate - reasonably smooth (that is to say, it tastes like water). One might even say bland as all hell.

This is one very dull, bland and watery beer. Nothing to recommend it I'm afraid.

How did this become known as "Australia's Finest"? Obviously the brainwashing done by the CUB media machine.

An unpleasant beer, a waste of time and money.

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Photo of DIM
2.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

a: This was a very, very pale golden color. It poured with a fizzy white head.

s: A little corny sweetness, not much else to say.

t: Same as the smell, just a little corny sweetness. It actually got kind of obnoxious by the end of the bottle.

m: Fizzy and wet.

d: At least it was free.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

375ml bottle poured into pint glass 15/3/14

A clear straw yellow with plenty of bubbles but just a short lived finger of foam that leaves a partial ring and a few random patches

S sweet grains and some wet cardboard, very little going on, a little hay maybe

T tastes much worse, chemicals and pennies, not quite skunky but a little musky, some cooked veggies, and soggy cereal

M thin and watery, soft carbonation, about what I expect from a macro but the aftertaste is awful and lingers

O not horrible until you taste it, doesn't really improve after that

this ones a wolf in sheep's clothing, looks good before you open and drink it, well and truly overpriced avoid this one boys and girls

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Photo of benclimbs
2.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

£2.29/4 pack at Sainsburys - cheap cheap lager.

pours clear yellow with no head, no lacing and just a bit of fizzy carbonation - a really unappealing looking brew.

Smell is just a bit so light, almost non-present, but a bit of soapy, light perfumy and skunky notes.

very watery taste, but just a hint of bready goodness in there that saves it from being absolutely disgusting - but still pretty gross.

mouthfeel is like water that is slightly carbonate.

drinkability - eh, not so good as its not a good beer, but i guess you could put away a lot of these if you dont know beer at all - worst beer i've had in a long time, i'll wait until i'm drunk sometime to finish the 4 pack - or i can cook with it!
GREAT COOKING BEER!

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Photo of tai4ji2x
2.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

from notes, tasted mid to late june 2009, kro's nest, beijing, china

best by date of oct09. importer label says bottled in 2009, jun 5

poured into mug

clear golden straw color. 2-finger head, slowly fades to relatively stable, thin wispy layer. splotchy lace at first, but then improves later.

aroma: some euro hops upfront w/ touch of bready malt. hints of weird esters or fusels, plus a metallic whiff.

taste: mildly toasted, bready malts and euro hops giving a crisp, moderate bitterness, but w/ weird, astringent chemical note. from fusel or phenols? makes the bitterness unpleasant.

light, not TOO thin, but still a touch watery. some smoothness, especially with the carbonation. weird chemical notes continue the uncomfortable astringency.

hard to finish. appearance is the only thing good about this beer, as the bros noted.

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