Victoria Bitter (VB) | Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

Victoria Bitter (VB)Victoria Bitter (VB)
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Victoria Bitter (VB)Victoria Bitter (VB)

Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dwarbi on 02-16-2002

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Photo of Momon
2.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Shanty76
2.69/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BEER88
1.98/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of -YJ-
2.05/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of waddellc2
1/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of benloho
1.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of m_dorling
5/5  rDev +107.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kitschiguy
1.17/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

I used to drink this stuff when I was backpacking in Australia. Well, that was a long time ago and I didn't really know any better. It was cheap!

I was passing a rather scruffy and noisy Australian-themed restaurant in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong and the manager who I know called me in for a drink so I decided to have one of these for old times sake.

I poured a well chilled "stubbie" into a 350ml beer glass. Drank approximately half and thought better of it.

Poured a medium yellow with lots of loose carbonation. A thin, loose head disappeared almost immediately and left no lacing whatsoever.

Nose is that of a typically dreadful mass-produced adjunct lager; nasty. Faintly hoppy, metallic, no real complexity. Nothing in particular.

Palate is much the same as the nose; metallic, chemical, slightly bitter and no complexity. Very bland.

Too much artificial carbonation and a light mouthfeel make it quite unpleasant.

Overall an overwhelmingly awful mass-produced lager. Perhaps if chilled to just above freezing on a very hot day with a real thirst on it could be enjoyed. But not by me.

The only positive thing I can say about it, is that it's better than Carlton cold. But not much. It's absolutely terrible.

Highly unrecommended.

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Photo of mdlb44
2.88/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of molotovv
1.37/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

horrible smell followed by even worse taste

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.13/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, I get sweet malt,corn syrup and light bitterness another good beer to put down on a really hot day to quench your thirst. Very sessionable.

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Photo of Bearded_beer_guy_
3/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This was the beer of my youth and early adulthood.
I don't particularly like the beer but because I spent so much of my early life drinking it it still quenches a thirst on a hot day.

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
2.28/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of life_of_agony
2.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of toronadotornado
2.39/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Phillips Island, Australia - March of the Penguins tour - bottle poured into a plastic cup

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
2.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank this a few times while in Oz, one of my least favourite beers from there.

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Photo of Dicers
2.48/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
2.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of Joncasso
1.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My father is Australian and I shared a VB from a can on a plane to Aus with him. I took a sip and couldn't believe how terrible the flavor was.

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Photo of Andrewziggy
3.02/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad at all sweet malty taste with bitterness I actually don't mind

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Photo of SmashPants
3.43/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: so I have finally done a review of VB. This is one of my mainstay standard 'drink while out because it is reasonable and well-priced' options, so take your pick - 375mL bottle, 375mL can, schooner, pint, whatever.

Appearance: pours out a dark amber colour with plenty of carbonation per the style. A one-finger white head hangs about for a time before dropping to a thick cap. Decent.

Aroma: the typical lager aromas of grains, some light grass hops and that's about it. A bit stronger than usual though.

Taste: there are some sweet malts here with a touch of sharp hops. That lasting bitterness for which the beer has been so long a favourite of so many.

Aftertaste: the bitterness lingers somewhat, but for the most part this is a beer to be drunk, not to be savoured.

Mouth feel: a light -to-moderate body with lots of lager carbonation. Brings the flavours forward, and most importantly is an amazing thirst quencher.

Overall: Though Victoria Bitter will probably never be considered one of the world's premium beers, the reason it has been so successful is that it has more flavour than most American Adjunct Lagers, something a bit different with that nice bitterness and is equally as reasonably priced. The final - and arguably most important - reason for its success is that it is one of the most thirst-slaking of Australia's warm-weather beers. a good all-rounder, and pretty hard to beat on value-for-money at AU$42 a case of 24 x 375mL.

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Photo of mattbrat1
2.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Liammarnott
5/5  rDev +107.5%

Photo of Connorarnott
5/5  rDev +107.5%

The iconic bottle makes for a history rich pour every time with gentle aromas oozing from the perfectly formed head. Though bitters can often be deemed harsh the subtleties, or nuances if you will, of the expertly engineered mixture of A grade barley and top notch hops really elevate this delightful beer to the next level. I recommend the immediate consumption of this product to anybody with a love for fine beer.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
2.75/5  rDev +14.1%

Review: Bottle of VB beer, 4.9%ABV

Australia’s famous VB with its iconic brown stubby, and the famous aftertaste, great while watching the footie and cricket!

Pours an dark golden color, clear, topped with a thin white head with medium retention, and a little lacing left in the glass.

The aroma is mostly of faint grains, sweet malts and low hops. Sweet malty taste, there is a strong taste of creamy bitterness at the end which I guess is where the "bitter" comes into the equation.

Have to say the sour aftertaste did grow on me, wasnt sure at the start but got to like it in the end.

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Victoria Bitter (VB) from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
Beer rating: 5.6% out of 100 with 323 ratings
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