Victoria Bitter Original Ale
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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American Amber / Red Ale
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2.66 | pDev: 21.8%
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 17
Photo of laituegonflable
2.47/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown-yellowish colour with no carbonation but a viscous beige head leaving some good, sticky lacing. The liquid wobbles in the glass. Not bad, really.

A hint of gritty herbs and maybe some soiled vegetation on the nose, but man, I had to plunge my nose into the glass, tilt the liquid up and snort to get any sort of aroma from this. What a non-event smell. Bad.

Taste is not too bad. Deep and rich flavour with fair amount of hops. Very malty, actually, too much even. Slight hint of unpleasant syrupy sweetness on the mid-palate, but it's slight enough. Overall it's quite rich-flavoured, but not in a pleasant, impressive way. Just thick without any complexity on the palate. Mouthfeel is not very pleasant, sticky and cloying.

Aside from all that though I'm astonished to say it's inoffensive enough to be drinkable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Someone gave me this one as a blind tasting, and while my review isn't glowing, I was heartily surprised at it when it was revealed. Anyway...

Pours a slightly golden yellow colour, with a rocky off-white head. Minimum carbonation. It looks alright, but not amazing.

Subtle, slight vegetative aromas on the nose. Quite light, but not bad, although a bit bland.

It's very light on the palate too, and I'm starting to think "boring" might be a better description. I don't know if it's this bottle, or what, but it's also flat. Mouthfeel is appalling - it's like water.

Very short palate, not a lot of character, and not great. True, it's just dull, but boy was I surprised when I discovered what it was. Surprisingly drinkable beer from the Carlton stock.

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Photo of rec
3.23/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, I'm truly suprised at what a competant brew this is (considering how horrible your typical VB is).

The head is a rocky cream white that laces beautifully. The body itself is the is a transparent copper brown. It looks far more appetising than I had expected, if only there was a little more in the body to compliment the great head!

There isn't much on the nose, but that's better than being offensive - it revolves mostly around a certain sweet malt aroma.

Sharp sweet malt and bitterness hits my pallet first, only before rolling off into a smooth aftertaste with biscuit and farmyard notes. There's an element of metalic-twang, but it's easily ignored with the other pleasant flavours present.

The mouthfeel is generally creamy and plesant, but nothing to really write home about.

It's easy to drink, and if it didn't cost more than it's worth I'd happily throw-back a few more of these.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.36/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured three fingers of cream coloured head, although admittedly the pour was rather hard. Head retention is good, and the colour is an attractive clear amber-peach.

Smell - 3.0
Smells quite musky through the persistent head, with malt sweetness, grains, slight caramel and grassy hops mixed with a macro-like staleness. Gets clearly better as the beer warms.

Taste - 3.5
I actually quite like this. Smooth, sweet malt upfront, moves onto flavours of toasted grains, toffee, slight fruit and a rather biscuity character. Finishes with a moderate grassy hop bitterness, and quite dry. Slightly sour and metallic aftertaste marks it down.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Low to moderate carbonation and moderate weight in the mouth. Goes down quite smoothly.

Drinkability - 3.5
If it weren't for the kinda dodgy aftertaste, I would happily drink 6 of these in a night. It has enough flavour to be interesting, isn't high in alcohol, and is almost as refreshing as a lager.

OVERALL - 3.45
Did the same people who make the swill called VB make this clearly competent beer?! While it has the CUB flaw of having metal in its taste, this is less noticeable than on some of their beers, and has enough character to get away with it. I'd try this again, it is something of a celebration beer, but the price wasn't bad either, so I see this as decent value.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden caramel color with head with pretty big bubbles, almost like soap foam. The foam doesn't take long at all to dissipate. Smells of yeast and not much else. The flavor isn't too bad, but not too good either. It's pretty sweet, and just barely bitter enough to finish fairly clean, but there really isn't a whole lot of flavor there. The mouthfeel is very creamy and not harsh at all. All in all, it's fairly drinkable, mostly because there isn't a whole lot to complain about, unless you like beers that taste like beer.

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Photo of Finite
3.43/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im re-reviewing this beer since my last review was tasted on something of an inexperianced set of buds.

A - Pretty good, light amber with a decent head which sticks around and leaves some moderate lacing. Fat bubbles rise as the head settles which eventualy morph into small rising bubbles. Fine appearance.

S - Not a bad smell at all. A safe smell from the CUB boys here. they have kept the malt profile very much on the craft side with some nice aroma hops showing their floral assets but arent making it too stong.

T - A little metalic and sharp up front on the bitterness comes from using the staple Pride of Ringwood hops for bitterness. This cheap bitterness really hurts this brew from having a genuine stab at being a craft brew. Nether-the-less the malt profile is limited yet smooth and is a welcome change from the standard macro base malt blend. This beer incorporates a little roasted malt and going all grain really helps define this from your standard macro's. The roasted malt not only adds another dimention of flavour and appearance but also an added welcome bitterness to the mix.

M - Smooth and easy to drink yet a little sharp and tinny at the back of the throat. Carbonation is fine. Though also quite dry in the aftertaste, I dont mind this too much but maybe a little over the top.

D - Easy to drink brew which supplies the VB lovers with a craft alternative but also being able to remain faithfull. Obviously modeled off James Squire Amber ale but the boys at CUB fell a little short. A decent effort however, just shows with a little more budget even the big boys can throw out a reasonable brew.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle @ Mac’s Bar on Franklin, self-proclaimed the Oldest Hotel in Melbourne

At only $3 a bottle, I figured I’d give VB Original a shot. I was a little shocked when I poured it out, as I’d grown accustom to every CUB product having the same pale, straw-like color. VB Original pours a much darker golden color with a touch of red. A frothy white head settles down in a minute to reveal the lackluster skim of white bubbles.
The smell also was different from my usual CUB experience in that the trademark metallic smell didn’t greet me. Instead, it was replaced with a rather pleasant, yet fairly weak, smell of malty sweetness. No hops are perceptible in the nose.
The taste has a smooth, fairly sweet malty character with a dry finish. What I was most surprised with was the clean, dry, sweet finish. The usual Carlton/VB/Crown/Foster’s taste of sucking on oxidized coins wasn’t there. The bottle states this is “original” and “traditionally brewed.” Does that mean they were using these techniques in yesteryear and, through the miracles of modern technology they’re able to produce a horrible beer like Foster’s? Something there doesn’t make sense to me.
Mouthfeel is smooth and maybe a little creamy, and I can see drinkability being decent with this beer. Nothing about this beer is fantastic, but nothing is horrible, either. It’s what a macrobrew should taste like, and you wonder if they will learn to improve their trademark beers.
Appearance: 3.5
Smell: 3.0
Taste: 3.0
Mouthfeel: 4.0
Drinkability: 3.0

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Photo of BeerNutta
2/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Victoria Bitter Original.

A = Poured a dark copper with a finger thick foam.

S = Light hop smell with a metallic edge?

T = Watered down hoppiness. I hate to say it, but I'd rather drink VB.

M = Low Carbonation makes it a watery mess.

D = Not very drinkable. Never drinking again.

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Photo of diablo14
3.08/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is a bit of a turn up for me. im actually going to say that i like this beer. i was fully expecting to have a good old fashined rip on this brew, but i actually got a little misty eyed remembering what aussie lager used to taste like when it actually had something resembling real ingredients in it. brought back memories of my first beers as a boy, barbies, backyard cricket and drunken family members.

pours with an attractive orange gloden color, white frothy head, and plenty of carbonation straight up the middle of the glass. i will admit if you dont like pride of ringwood hops you wont like this beer one bit. huge hoppy smell, with a hint of malt and something slightly fruity in there also. the flavor isnt anything to get excited about. just your average lager taste, but it does have mammoth bitterness. fortunately it isnt as raspy and cloying as the standard VB (or anything carlton has put out). very very dry on the back palate, and with that unmistakable taste of pride of ringwood.

all in all tho its actually a pretty good aussie lager. ive had a few of these at gigs and enjoyed them and will do so again in future. not only that but it reminds me when beer was actually beer in this country.

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Photo of jarmby1711
2.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark copper to orange in colour the bead was weak and the head reluctant.
The smell was minimal but I could get a horse dung smell to it Not unpleasnatly so but defrinitely there.Flavour had a definite bitterness but not much beyond that generalCUB taste of watery"beer"
It was ok in the mouth having plenty of carbonation (which wasnt apparent in the glass).
Drink again ? Not at $5.50 a stubby across the bar , and whilst it has a little more flavour than the common VB , it is just another beer.

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Photo of goodbyesoberday
2.34/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Low malt flavour, no yeast character. There is a little hop aroma at the start if you hunt for it. Tasted faintly oxidised.

Slightly warming up the second half of the beer to get a better feel for it, the delicate hop aroma I thought I could pick up was bludgeoned out by a vaguely smelly-sock smell and it seemed to bring out the staled flavour a bit more.

Not worth the premium price.

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Photo of joecast
1.62/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

ok, here it is. so, like, this is what VB was like 100+ years ago?? i dont know. anyway...(oh, and this was given to me. i exchanged no money/item/service for this beer).

as stated on the label, this is darker than your usual macro lager. actually, an attractive, very clear copper color. forms a 1cm not quite white head of fine bubbles. head retention is below par.

serious lack of aroma hops in this. cant say much more than that.

well, the darker malts give this slightly more flavor than the regular, though not original, VB. which is sad as this hasnt got much flavor to speak of. some tart bitterness at first.

mouthfeel is really light. i suppose to make it "easier drinking" and all. fells like its been fermented and filtered to within an inch of its life. obviously though, what was i thinking.

other aspects of this beer? the packaging?a rip off of cascade first harvest cardboad six pack holder. the label is like a lame attempt at a christmas seasonal. and the bottle is a redback look-a-like.

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Victoria Bitter Original Ale from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 17 ratings