Pure Blonde White
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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Belgian Witbier
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2.31 | pDev: 26.84%
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 4
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2.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy pale amber with a small head.
Nose shows grassy hops, faint sweet citrus, distinct coriander and an over-riding vegetal character.
More coriander as a flavour, a bit over the top. Some citrus too. Other than that there's not much going on, pretty weak flavoured, pretty much no bitterness.
Too much carbonation, very watery body.

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.6/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

All prejudices aside, it's good that Carlton are making an attempt at brewing more flavoursome beers.

Pours an opaque pale straw colour. Head is very modest, white lace is OK but not very sticky. Looks like a typical wit except a disappointing lack of head and lace. Not bad though.

Smells grainy, blah, quite adjunct lagery actually with weak white bread grains and yeast. Smells like an adjunct lager with no twist. Spice? Orange? You're welcome to show up at any point you're comfortable... No? Oh, i forgot. CUB brewed you, i understand. The machine broke down in between 'Pour water in here' and 'how much shall we spend on marketing this beer' and skipped the 'add actual ingredients now' step entirely.

Taste is similar, lack of nuance. Sour, weak grain on the front, with a plain pale note running throughout. Maybe a slight hint of orange peel on the late-mid but I might be being generous. Weak, meekly tart. Bland actually, with sweet grain notes and a slight fruit acid that could come from any source. I'll give it credit in that I've never tasted a Carlton beer with this much grain character and this little chemical flavour. But for an ostensibly good experiment, white lager brewed as a Belgian wit, I'm not getting any interesting character from that. I'm getting a CUB beer.

Fizzy, harsh on the mouthfeel. Thin. Rubbish. Is my tolerance going down or are these mass-produced beers getting worse??

Yeah, I guess it's not offensive, but it's sour and bland, but not tart enough to be interesting. Piss-weak effort.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.3/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 4.6% "white lager" brewed as a "wheat beer with spices" by one of Australia's most notorious macro breweries. I'm sure I'd be forgiven if I scoff as I review this, but let's see how we go...

Pours a very pale and indeed hazy yellow-white colour, with a minimal but fine-bubbled head of pure white. I guess that suits the name at least. All up, it's a reasonable, if not stellar look for a witbier.

Nose is... wow, I'm kind of surprised to say it, but it's not that bad. Genuine hint of spicy citrus, quite light bodied all up, but with a pleasant zest to it. Very light on - certainly not the sharp, spicy and headily redolent characters of the best examples, but genuinely reasonably true to style.

Taste is also... not offensive (!). Very light on the front, with just a hint of witbier citric tang, and the afterpalate does get that slightly unpleasant yeasty CUB finish, but otherwise, light and fresh and really quite drinkable. Feel is very light, but that's understandable for the style.

OK, wow, so I came into this beer with some hideous preconceptions, and while it didn't completely blow them out of the water, it did deliver a surprisingly inoffensive and surprisingly drinkable faux-witbier clone.

Sure, this is no great example of the style, and I can believe it's fermented with the standard CUB lager yeast stock, but there's some true stylistic characters to it. It's far, far, far better than I expected it to be, and for the most part manages to stay away from the repellent CUB characters.

Not a great witbier, but a fantastic CUB beer.

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Pure Blonde White from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.31 out of 5 with 4 ratings