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Coopers Brewery Limited

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jarmby1711 on 03-27-2006

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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This lager poured out much like most lagers do, it's got a clear yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The head fades and doesn't leave much in way of lacing at all. The smell of the beer has a typical earthy, hopped grassy aroma to it. The taste has a nice balance of malt and hops, the mouthfeel leaves you mouth feeling dry and somewhat refreshing. Overall this beer was good when I had it. I would like to say I'd drink it again if I came across it one day in the future. I haven't had this one in a few years so I would be a nice one to revisit sometime.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle, a single from Zyn's awesome wall of the same in Calgary.

This beer pours a faintly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of lumpy, foamy, and generally bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few random splatters of sudsy lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of semi-sweet bready, doughy malt - so grain and yeast, mostly - with some mild aged lemon, and floral, weedy hops. The taste is more sugary bready pale malt, a touch of caramel, some middling orchard drupe fruitiness, a bit of yeast, and tame musty, floral, and weedy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a meek frothiness throughout, the body a decent medium weight for the style, and a tad sugary, and thus cloying, in its otherwise plain Jane smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with that persistent breadiness, and very little of the already sedate hoppiness carrying onwards and upwards.

The 'All Malt' claim on the label is indeed difficult to refute - this offering has robust grainy, no-adjunct sweetness in spades. However, it could likewise do well to exhibit more than a bit of crisp, off-setting hops, though that may just be an artifact of the time and space expended for me to get my hands on this, being so far from the source.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.4/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, corn and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a light malt sweetness that fades very quickly leaving the dominant flavors of corn and pale hops along with a little bit of spice. However, the flavors don’t seem to mix very well or compliment each other. The after-taste is a little bready but doesn’t retain much flavor.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, doesn’t go down too easily, not very filling, I really didn’t like this beer very much and would drink it again if there were much else to choose from.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.29/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It's a nod to the Land Down Under today as I make my way through a bunch of Australian beers.

From the bottle: "Real Aussie Lager"; "Brewed in Australia"; "This all malt beer is brewed with the finest ingredients. It is fermented at low temperature, using a traditional lager yeast. Coopers Premium Lager is smooth drinking with a crisp, refreshing finish. This superior lager is another Coopers original."

A finger of rocky, bone-white head from the pour. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was VERY light with a slight malt essence coming through, but virtually nonexistent. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a light, slight bittersweet taste of lager on the tongue. Finish was likewise clean, crisp and unobtrusive. Frankly, it struck me as being a bit bland. Come on, lads, I know yinz can do better than this! Give it a full-on Ho-Hum. Zzzz.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.61/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Light pale maltiness, faint floral hints, and a few ladels of low-sodium chicken broth.

Taste: Pale malts with a mild sweetness. Slightly floral, slightly brothy. No real bitterness coming through, though. Minor hint of yeast. Floral finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Didn't care for this one, no.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sun-drenched honey with several streams of superfine bubbles blip-blip-blipping their way up to a wonderful looking head. This is one of those beers that sounded good entering the glass. We'll see if that means a good mouthfeel, as I've always contended. The cap has enough firmness to last and enough stickiness to deposit a good bit of sudsy lace.

The nose is Euro pale lager all the way, but is of higher quality than most. Maybe it's because no adjuncts are used, maybe it's because the beer is fresh, or maybe it's because I like the way Pride Of Ringwood hops smell. Actually, the beer smells most like the other member of the hop bill, Saaz. I've never even heard of the first variety, which is grown in Australia and Tasmania and is commonly used in Australian beer.

Unfortunately, things don't work out so well on the palate. Simply put, Premium Lager needs more pizzaz. The pale malt backbone provides some small measure of sweetness to go along with plenty of cereal grain flavor. I think the thing that would help the most is if the brewers could wring a little more flavor out of the hops. I'm good on the amount of bitterness though. Sometimes simple can still be interesting. Not here.

I guess my 'creamy sound equals creamy mouthfeel' theory has been shot to hell. I still think it applies in some situations though. This mouthfeel is light-medium, fading to unquestionably light on the finish. I like the small caliber feel of the bubbles, but would like more of them.

I don't know what sort of reputation Coopers Brewery Limited has in Australia. If it's good, I doubt that Premium Lager is responsible. As far as I'm concerned, Best Extra Stout is the only one of their beers that warrants a second purchase.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served cold in a nonic at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle.
A - A pale golden, the color of apple juice with an egg white head of about 1/2 an inch.

S - A light odor of malt and faint hints of yeast, but not much of an odor to speak of.

M - Crisp, light with a dry aspect of a light lager. No real bitterness in the feel, very high carbonation.

T - A very average flavor w/ a crisp light malt taste. The flavor fattens out mid bottle and a bit of grassy flavor comes forward when it warms.

D - Not one I would want to revisit, left me a bit bloated. Just not the best lager for sessions w/ its high carbonation and lackluster flavor.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light amber color. Big bubbles make up a short 1/5 inch head with no retention and no lacing. Smells of a clean lager and a little malt. Definitely fits the style. Not so smooth due to the high carbonation, but a crisp mouthfeel. Tastes of full-bodied lager with a sweet malt background. One of the better lagers I've had the chance to rate. Worth a try.

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Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, small head, not bad lacing around the edge's. Scents of hops, malts, slight yeast, and spices. The taste is hoppy/malty, nice clean finish. Light-Medium body. Not a bad lager at all. Would recommend, but most likely will not buy again.

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Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden with a white head that collapses with just a trace. Minimal tracing sticks. Typical industrial lager appearance.

The smell is crackery/yeasty with some grain and floral hint. Not quite as clean as expected, with yeast coming through.

The taste is cereal-y/grainy, yeasty, with a vague hint of floral/fruity. It has a carbonated dryness in the finish.

Carbonation is fizzy, but doesn't wreck beer. Crisp enough.

A breadier, somewhat yeastier version of a typical industrial lager. Not as sulphurish as most EPL's. A rather bland beer overall.

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Photo of plaid75
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a clean grain with a light, yet pungent hop.

The taste was light and a bit acidic. Coarse grains and musty hop.

The mouthfeel was light and a bit astringent.

Overall an easy drinking lager. Nothing all that noteworthy however.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: translucent straw colored with thin, fizzy head.

Smell: slightly sweet with light hop aroma. Not much complexity.

Taste: pretty mild all-round. Nice shot of bitterness at the end which I like.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good bit of carbonation, which in this style is appropriate.

Drinkability: this is a good lager and it goes down smooth.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this with a prime rib dinner at Outback Steakhouse.

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a crisp, clean, and refreshing pale malt scent that along with light fruity yeast esters. The taste is good also. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and refreshes. It's clean in the finish along with some light hops as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking lager and probably the best beer I've had from these guys. It's nothing special, but it does the trick.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Tom's Farm, on to the beer:

Typical pale blonde look with a little more tint to it, the head holding up adequately. Aroma is grassy and hay-like with drying husk at the end of the note. It's a simple, clean refreshing lager with a more enriched maltiness than other "plain lagers". Snappy bite of carbonation tingles the tip of the tongue as it's in the mouth. This lager is right on the mark for the style.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A straw gold, slightly hazy, with a small head of foam that's fading fast.

It smells of sweet malt, grain, and a touch of hop.

The tasty is very much malt sweet with some light grain and a bit of hop bitterness that grows and dominates the finish. That combo of malt and light hop flavour, imho, is easily recognizable as Aussie thing and it suits me well.

Usual decent body with zesty carbonation and overall, is very drinkable. Good stuff.

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Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow colored beer with a thin white head.

Smell is mildly sweet and very bready. Hops are mostly grassy with a slight spiciness to it. Fairly hearty herbal scents here more so than I would have expected from an Australian Lager.

The taste starts out a little sweet and fairly well carbonated. Taste seems on the light side. Mild on the hops and mostly just not offensive, kind of what you would expect from an Australian beer. No subtle elements to note at all.

Mouthfeel is light.

Pretty much what you get in Lagers from any place in the world that gets hot, watery and thirst quenching. Pretty much this is a lawn-mowing moment type of beer, nothing much outstanding or bad about it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.32/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear bright pumpkin orange with a thin, frothy dull white head that left no visible lacing. Visible carbonation was medium and fairly rapid in nature.

S: pleasant with soft fresh orange blossom flowers, sweet orange juice pulp and fresh orange peels.

T: lightly toasted and dry but with some metallic nature to it. Semi-sweet oranges spices things up a bit with a soft flowery hopping and stale malt. There was some slight alcohol fusels detected as well. Overall a lager that was moderately big on flavor with that finishes with a slight orange sourness.

M: light, fizzy around the tongue's edges with some sour malt and orange grinds gracing the tongue after the swallow.

D: Average drinkability overall, 1 or 2 is enough a one sitting. Wouldn't consider this a session, but was big and bold in flavor thought not particularly crisp per style.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12.7oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a small white head that quickly fizzles into a thin lacing around the edge of the glass.

S- The aroma is sweet grain with just a hint of hops. Pretty watery and nothing really special.

T- The taste like the aroma is pretty watered down with some grain and a touch of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D- Not a bad lager, but not great either. Pretty average on the scale and nothing I would really want to pick up again.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.84/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear pale yellow color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sweet grainy nose. Flavor is grainy and slightly bready with some hops at finish. $2.25 for a 375ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains and a bit of biscuit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light to medium bodied. Finishes pretty clean.

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