Victoria Pale Lager
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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2.23 | pDev: 22.42%
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 9
Photo of CrazyDavros
1.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours gold with a large, fading, white head.
Nose shows sweet vegetal notes, hay, light spicy hops and grainy cereal.
Flavours are restrained; faint spicy hops, sweet vegetal notes and very little bitterness. Cloying.
Carbonation is much too high.

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Photo of jarmby1711
2.46/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another triumph of the Marketing Department over the Brewers/Quality Assurance Department at CUB.
It comes packaged up in a neat green bottle with suitable guff on how classy it is.
We don't expect much and our expectations are met.
It is a hot weather guzzling beer, nothing more ,nothing less.
Gets the CUB metallic smell down pat and has not mid to end palate flavours.
Basically a fizzy bitter watery drink

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Photo of Amburner
3/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I first tried Victoria Pale Lager (VPL) while in North Queensland over the 2011 holidays. The sun is up early there and gets right to work on a person’s thirst. Most bottle shops in the small towns have quite limited selections so I was faced to choose from the basics: Tooheys, XXXX, VB, Pure Blonde and the newcomer, VPL.

There are numerous occasions for beer and a beer for every occasion. One shouldn’t pour this beer into a glass to inspect the head nor sniff it to ponder the aroma. One shouldn’t compare it to Trappist ales or other ‘superstars’ of fermentation.

VPL is crisp and refreshing when drunk cold, from the bottle, particularly when you’re hot and thirsty. You can have a few, even in quick succession without getting gas-bloated or yeasty-tongue. It is a great choice for after the game, at the beach or when you finished that DIY project. It happens to say in very fine print that it has 30% fewer carbs than “standard” beer, which isn’t part of their marketing but presumably places it in competition with Pure Blonde and various other Australian low-carb beers. I think VPL is the superior choice amongst them.

So, on to the formalities… The appearance was green, due to the bottle being green. I could mostly smell my own perspiration but the VPL has a pleasant fresh, grainy aroma as you drink it (not dusty or skunky like Pure Blonde). It tastes of beer with a small “b” – nothing assertive or offensive. What came to mind was “ahh…cold and delicious beer” and I gave no thought to the variety or complexity of malts and hops. I hope you’ll do the same. I’d actually like to see this on tap at sporting venues as a welcome addition or replacement for one of the old standards.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.89/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours immensely carbonated and very thin—huge number of large bubbles stream with speed to the top of the glass, and stick to the edges of the glass as well. Colour is extremely pale and clear, which adds to the impression that it looks like cider. There's almost nothing in the way of head—even regular VB has a crest of white foam on the top. In summary, terrible: just terrible.

Nose is pale and light, with a hint of greenness and hoppiness, but a bland, generic one. Slight grainy character, but milder and less cerealy than I expected. Overall, it's extremely bland and very light—it almost has not aroma, and I expect the aroma is not meant to be appreciated in any case—but at least it's inoffensive.

Taste is similar, in that it's pale, watery and bland. Slight grainy flavour on the back, giving a faint porridge character, and just a hint of slightly metallic bitterness to clear it out. But, really, it's almost devoid of character—it's just fizzy, weak and bland.

Yeah. It's pretty bad, but given that its progenitor is one of my most hated of all beers, it's better than I expected. It's fortunately like VB with the offense toned down—but that also removes any semblance of flavour.

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Photo of LittleCreature
2.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - 3.0
Pours a centimetre of loose, white foam head which quickly recedes to a thin, patchy layer, which disappears after a few sips. The body is a clear, yellow-gold.

Smell - 2.0
Sweetish aroma is all DMS and skunkiness.

Taste - 2.0
Grainy malt, a slightly metallic and herbal hop character. Lingering bitter finish Less offensive than most CUB offerings, but far from enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - 2.5
One of the fizziest lagers I've had for a while, it actually reminds of shandy, but without the sweetness. Light bodied, thin.

Overall - 2.0
I like tw0 things about this beer: the bottle (ok, it's green, but a nice design) and the fact that it's all malt. It's also a fair bit better than the likes of VB and Carlton Draught, which let's face it, isn't saying much. Bad beer, won't drink again.

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Victoria Pale Lager from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.23 out of 5 with 9 ratings