Byron Bay Premium Ale | The Byron Bay Brewing Company

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Byron Bay Premium AleByron Bay Premium Ale

Brewed by:
The Byron Bay Brewing Company

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Finite on 12-10-2005

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by rjimlad:
Photo of rjimlad
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I used to sell this stuff and hated it. It was worse than macro swill. It turned out to be a bad batch but I could never consider it until someone gave me a 6 pack for Chrissy. So I thought I'd have another look.
It pours a light amber with a course head that dissipates quickly. I was startled by how sparkly it looked and how much carbonation there is.
I was also pleased to detect some malt and faint esters in the aroma. The taste was also quite less horrible than I thought with a dose of malt and a hint of bitterness. There's not much too it but it's refreshing on a hot day and an acceptable barbecue beer. I'm glad I got to retry it as I'd never buy it myself. There's hundreds of better beers in this style but this one is drinkable and refreshing even if it is a bit macro.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
2.7/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330mL green bottle, no freshness date (UNFORTUNATELY).

A: Low head retention, cloudy straw in colour, moderate carbonation, some broad lacing. What I really want to know is what it tastes like.

S: Strange - I can't decide if it's pleasant or not. It's definitely borderline. There's skunky hops (freshness date would have come in handy) and a quite nice bready smell. I guess it gets a three, but only just.

T: Quite lagery in taste. I wouldn't put them past it not to know the difference between a lager and an ale - but they got the premium part wrong, so why not have a complete misnomer for a beer. Tastes like Hallertau hops and an otherwise German lager flavour, except for the unfiltered yeast. At least, I can presume this bottle has been lagered... I think it's pretty old, but who knows. I've had this beer before but didn't pay attention to it. I suppose it's average for a macro lager (even if it is supposed to be premium).

M: Thin and bad.

D: No, the drinkability's particularly bad. If I took a six pack to a party, I'd be just as happy to swap the remaining three beers for VBs... because it doesn't take long to get rid of the first three at a party does it?

Overall: Disappointing, uninteresting, but almost drinkable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a short pilsner glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear warm light orange hued body with a thin smooth film of what head that soon fades. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that pop at the surface.

S- The light graham note with some faint malt hints and a finish of herbal green that is very soft.

T- The taste of light pale malt has a soft woody quality to it with a finish of tart slightly sweet green notes and a green tonic water flavor.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish and no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a light flavor but the tart note seems to stand out more than other flavors which adds some character to the beer but not really an off flavor.

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Photo of goatherder
3.69/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pale straw-golden, small fleeting head.

s: nice, loads of saaz. Close your eyes and it's just a like budvar. A little estery fruitiness in there too.

t: the hops are the highlight here, the malt kind of falls away into the background. A little out of balance I reckon. If it were american hops I'd probably think differently. There is a hint of the ale esters in there which makes for an interesting complexity. the finish is quite long and pleasant.

m: quite dry on the finish. carbonation is lively but maybe enhances the bitterness a little too much.

d: this is quite a quaffable ale. refreshing yet interesting enough to hold my attention. another please.

This is a pretty nice beer. I agree with DaveFL1976, this aint no american macro lager. It's a toughy to review, it is hopped like a pils but brewed like a ale. Bravo to the brewer for breaking the mould. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of istarilord
2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a very light golden color with quickly fading head.

Mild fruity/malty aroma with ever so slight metallic & skunky notes.

Flavor leaves something to be desired... light malt with light citrus... almost like a radler without the soda... strange to say the least. Not bad, but definitely not that good.

Easy enough to drink but underwhelming.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.16/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At first I thought my pour might have been excessivly conservative, because what I ended up with appeared to look just like a glass of cider. Then I swooshed the remaining beer in the bottle, trying to liven the head up. That too failed to rouse any semblance of head. Anyways, it's a golden colored beer with a flat head and little carbonation bubbles. The aroma reminded me of Pilsner Urquell...not a bad thing. The taste is -dare I say- complex, because you have a bit of the back-of-the-mouth bite of a pilsner combined with the subtle fruitiness of an ale. It's tough to pin down, and the "American Macro Lager" category might be incorrect because it is, after all, an ale. It's a fairly well rounded taste, just a little bit weird and the drinkability not as great as it could be. I didn't feel like ordering another bottle.

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Photo of Brauluver
3.72/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale as in lager colour.

Hop aroma is bouncing out and very Euro(redolent of pils/lager from germany/belgium).Hints of malty esters underneath.

Big juicy sweet malt on the front palate with medium body to a dry lager finish without much bitterness in the tail.

It's more lager than ale but has a malty character that is faintly ale like(mash temps perhaps?)

I would lump this in with becks and heinekin as a summer quaffer euro lager.
As a domestically produced aussie beer it has far more upfront hop aroma than other attempts which makes it worth a taste for any local beer nuts.

Not worth the $$$$,but nice nonetheless.

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Photo of Macca
2.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a light golden colour. A very obvious carbonation results in a solid centimetre or two of head which is very well retained.

Floral hops and some sweetness on the nose. That ugly metallic-ness is in there though.

Certainly not hoppy enough for an ale. Very lagerish. Drinkable but not going to get any others.

Certainly does not have any interesting mouthfeel.

Just another bland beer.

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Photo of magpieken
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Parrotshake
2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow with a finger or so of white head, which doesn't hang around. Sure is yellow...

Smells sweet and adjuncty. Grainy, grassy, cabbage. The taste is not dissimilar. This is not an ale. Jumble of sweet grainy flavors, dry crackers, grassy slash metallic hops. A lot of flavor, actually, just not anything great.

Thin and watery. Not quite as sweet as it smells and finishes relatively clean. I put six of these away in no time at all, but i wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of vancurly
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold, frothy white head, that hangs around. Some bubbling.
Aroma of fresh hops, pale malts and grain. Hint of sulfur.
Tastes like a Euro lager to me. Very drinkable, but nothing outstanding.
Certainly not an American Macro Lager. If anything, it's more a German Lager or a Pilsner, as my learned colleagues have already suggested.
That being said, it is labelled "Ale"... but in Australia, that doesn't always count for much...

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.03/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mellow, clear light gold body with minimal carbonation. A very ineffective head fizzles for a sec and then disappears, leaving nary a trace of foam, or much more that a hint of a collar. Colour is nice, but it doesn't bode well overall.

Slightly grainy honey notes on the nose. Too sweet, and with a faint hint in the sinuses that this is going to come with a pretty strong yeast whack. Overall, syrupy, sweet and cloying on the nose.

The smell ultimately turns out to be deceptive, in that it suggested that there was going to be something on the palate. There's not much in fact. Has quite a thin palate, with the sweet notes I associate with rice in the mash - it reminds me of an Asian lager. The cloying sweetness is present, but more muted than I expected. Still, it's by no means a good drop of beer.

It's thin, weak, over sweet and difficult to drink. Not impressed.

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Photo of Finite
3.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden colour, pretty lasting head with a little lacing and nice lively carbonisation.

Smell: Floral hops and some sweetness present.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: A lively palate which was quite refreshing and had a decent range. The flavours were pretty developed but it was a bit flat at the end of the taste. It did go down smooth with a hint of sweetness on the palate which kind of refused much bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability/Overall: I could have another on a hot day but not a favorite. Another clever marketing beach side tourist beer attempt from the same brewery who bring us Blue Tongue and Bondi Blonde. Except this one is a little step up. But not by much.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of LittleCreature
2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 2.5
Pours half a finger of white head that quickly disappeared over a bright, golden yellow body.

Smell - 2.5
Strong skunk upon opening which fades, leaving behind an aroma of sweet grain, cooked cabbage, a little hard toffee and diacetyl butterscotch.

Taste - 3.0
Diacetyl is noticeable, but not to the extent that it ruins the beer in my opinion. Lots of sweet grainy flavour and more herbal, hoppy bitterness than you might expect for a beer so obviously targeted at the mainstream.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Fine and light carbonation, light body, a little watery.

Drinkability - 3.5
Utterly boring, only for those afraid of real malt and hop flavour. Not hard to drink, though.

OVERALL - 2.85
Called an ale, but listed as an adjunct lager, I wonder which is correct? Tasting seems to indicate the latter. A very average beer in every sense, though better than most Australian macro brewed options.

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Byron Bay Premium Ale from The Byron Bay Brewing Company
2.98 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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