VB Raw Dry Lager
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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2.14 | pDev: 14.95%
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
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1.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours pale gold with a small quickly fading head.
Nose shows grassy hops with grainy malt quite evident as well. Seems somewhat cardboard-y. Not offensive, but far from interesting.
Not much hops transfer through as flavours, but there's still loads of cardboard-y, stale malt, with a short-lived plain bitterness following.
Way too much carbonation, and watery as well.
Manages to keep the metallic finish of regular VB. Only 4.5%? How low can they go? Trying to follow the American way?

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a suitable sense of irony into a Unibroue tulip. A very bright, exceptionally clear filtered yellow with an initial good inch of pure white foam. Lots of streaming carbonation. No lacing, and the body looks exceptionally light bodied. Overall, though, it's hard not to enjoy the look - it's a very clear and clean-looking lager.

Some stale grain notes, with a little stomach-acid sourness on the nose, but with a clear green hop note as well. A light metallic zing is a little oppressive, but all these characters are very subdued. Overall it's a pretty bland nose.

Taste is also very bland. An initial metallic bitterness disappears to a plain tingle of nothingness like seltzer water. Finish is slightly sweet, which is at odds with everything else on the palate. Some hay-like grassy bitterness at the very end. Once again, I should note these characters are very mild, and the broad strokes of this beer are very plain, weak and dull. The finish is particularly obnoxious, especially after I've taken more than a few sips, but overall it's not terribly offensive. Mouthfeel is thin but very carbonated - at least it creates some interest.

As far as I'm concerned, this is significantly better than regular VB, but that's not saying much. Whereas VB has a great deal of truly unpleasant characters, VB Raw seems to have filtered most of the flavour out, leaving a beer that's bland and tasteless, but ultimately inoffensive. Not recommended, but not abominable either.

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Photo of LittleCreature
2.53/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - 2.5
Poured a centimetre of white foam head over a pale gold body with a slight suggestion of chill haze. Poor head retention.

Smell - 2.0
Very little aroma, slightly sweet, grain and husk.

Taste - 2.5
First things first, yes, it does taste something like regular VB, which I suppose is something of an accomplishment considering the lowered carbs. There is actually some bitterness which is a welcome surprise, although flavour is limited to stale grain, husk and steely POR. To my great surprise, when the beer warmed to below icy temperatures the flavour actually improved, with a pleasant fruity character.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Light to moderate carbonation, light body, quite dry in the mouth.

Drinkability - 3.0
A passable lawnmower beer if very cold. Otherwise quite boring, though not as unpleasant as some other Fosters Group offerings.

Actually better than I was expecting. While no where in the ballpark of being a good beer, I would suggest that it is better than a certain "blonde" lager from the Fosters empire. It will be interesting to see if it sells.

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VB Raw Dry Lager from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.14 out of 5 with 4 ratings