Victoria Bitter Midstrength
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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2.33 | pDev: 22.75%
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 8
Photo of SmashPants
3.16/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Format: the standard-looking VB stubby and label, but the label being bright yellow. I'm not entirely sure it suits, but that's probably because I am scared to try a mid version of an age-old macro lager.

Appearance: pours a mid golden amber colour with a thin white head that drops to a thin film and ring. Okay at best.

Aroma: some light grains in there, and some yeast. You can definitely tell it is a lighter version of VB - though not as light as expected for a 3.5% mid.

Taste: those familiar VB grains, malts and sharp hops. A bit lighter, but definitely there. Nowhere near as bad as expected, particularly considering all the vitriol being sprayed around BA.

Aftertaste: drops off pretty quickly, with a light metallic twang and some of those grains and malts.

Mouth feel: light in body with a medium to higher carbonation. Reasonable.

Overall: VB Gold is nowhere near as bad as I thought it might be due to a) the label, b) the fact that it is a mid-strength macro lager and c) I had skimmed some of the BA reviews. Not bad at all - refreshing and still VB-like which is nice in a mid. Still flavoursome, but all things considered I would probably still have Carlton Mid if I wanted a mid-strength, or a VB if I wanted a VB. Okay for AU$38 a case, but Carlton MId is cheaper too.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
1.97/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yet another of the main offenders from Australia, VB mid. I remember VB well enough, but I have honestly never tried it's mid strength twin. I have braced myself.

A- There's really nothing to report here. You've seen one Aussie macro trash, you've seen them all.

S- My 8th grade science experiment comes to mind. It is woefully artificial. Very, very minute traces of citrus. That's it.

T- Insipid, but not quite the monstrosity I was expecting. Faint sweetness then the abyss of POR destroys it utterly. Still, it's not overly offensive, I guess.

M- Painfully watery. At least there is some fair carbonation. No character at all though.

O- It's a bit of a chore to drink this. It really does fail on all counts. Yet sadly, this is not even the bottom of the barrel. In fact, I would actually choose this over some certain other Australian macro beers. Drink a hefeweizen instead.

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Photo of philphilphil
2.5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

VB gold, what you get when you let your unbeercultured mate buy for you...
A - like VB.
S - crappy yeast. CUB style.
T - better than VB. No alcohol flavour being the bettering part. Cheap Bready yeast, water.
M - okay.
D - i could drink it to be polite, not drinking for drunkenesswrothy due to low abv. Not as badd as vb by anymeans.

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.41/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Here we go with the bottom of Hades' sickbucket. VB - my most-hated of all beers, minus half the alcohol. Will it crash & burn? The excitement is palpable.

Pours a slightly orangey-gold with steady carbonation. Head is not much and sinks to leave a thin cloud, sparse, like a saliva splat. Leaves some impressive lacing, but is otherwise a bit of a dud.

Nose has a weak grassy character, and a very light carbolic aroma, like sparkling water. These aromas are OK, even desirable, in this type of beer, but only if they are actually bloody there. I mean, honestly, there's virtually nothing here. Piss-poor nose.

Oh, yeah, the taste. Dark, nuanced, rich, complex and vibrant. NOT. Very, very weak and watery on the front, with a slight carbonated touch on the mid, then a finish well short of the mark with a weird sweet flavour, almost like lamonade, with a touch of horrible Carlton Draught yeast, only not that offensive. Mouthfeel - eh, not even worth mentioning. Thin, thin, thin.

The one redeeming quality of this is it has no flavour, so it's not out-and-out horrible. But hey, morons, beer should have flavour. It's call malt and hops and shit. Losers.

Seriously, don't bother.

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Photo of Macca
2.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear dark golden colour. A very vigorous pour produces a centimetre or so of head which quickly disappears. Some lacing but no visible carbonation. It looks dead.

Typical CUB grainy aromas.

The taste isn't that bad. Not good but not awful. The grain again dominates. A bit metallic.

Spritzy mouthfeel.

Overall not worth the trouble.

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Photo of LittleCreature
2.05/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of dense white head that reduced to a single finger. The body is clear and pale gold. Left lacing right down to the bottom of the glass.

Smell - 1.5
Not much to write about here - smells like husk, grain and a little cooked vegies.

Taste - 1.5
Similar in flavour than the regular VB, but a little lighter, and therefore (seeing as VB has never tasted good), better. Tastes of husk and grain, vaguely metallic and sour in the slightly bitter, very dry finish.

Mouthfeel - 2.5
Moderately carbonated, does not feel quite as thin as some midstrength beers.

Drinkability - 3.0
Definitely easier to drink that regular VB, but those who know their beer will stay away from this one.

OVERALL - 2.25
While still a poor beer, this is definitely better than I had expected. I will hopefully never drink it again, but to be honest, with the number of brand faithful VB drinkers out there, and the number of these people who still get behind the wheel after a 6-pack, I can almost see the point of this beer.

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Photo of jarmby1711
2.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What possesses a grown man to invest $2.10 in a beer that he is reasonably confident he is not going to enjoy.
A hopeless belief that a major brewer will have realised that some drinkers like flavour? , or interest? or something ?.
Well the putrid yellow labelshould have been as far as I needed to go.
CUB have dumbed down Vb (full strength) to a watery brew of no consequence.
It bespeaks of the inanity of beer drinkers in general that the number crunchers at CUB have a belief , that this will sell
It is sprizy in the mouth Now that I have covered the positives , it is watery thin has no malt qualities and a dull boring bitterness.
Dont bother

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Victoria Bitter Midstrength from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.33 out of 5 with 8 ratings