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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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Photo of BeerSox
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear light straw color with a white one finger head that quickly settles to a thick cap.

Sweet malt aromas with a touch of hoppiness.

Watery malts with a touch of leafy hoppiness. Light bodied with high carbonation. The finish is clean with a bit of lingering grain.

A little below average with some slightly harsh flavors.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - a lackluster pour at first, so I high-dropped the last few ounces. The fluffy, rocky head that ensued nearly went overboard. Pleasing golden color, good clarity but fairly basic. Some weakly formed lacing isn't much but it's something.

Aroma - basic sweet grain, could be MGD in there based on the sniff alone.

Taste - grain is diluted down to a macro-like level. An interesting hop character - a touch metal, some lingering acrid bitterness. is that the Pride of Ringwood flavor?? Interesting enough for a thumbs-up vote. The finish is clean with that metallic, shallow bitterness.

Mouthfeel - light body, on the thin side, but crisp bubbles make for a good showing.

Drinkability - curious, not really endearing enough for me to seek out.

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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 Shiloh
4.3/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lager had a nice hue of amber/red and was very clear. The carbonation was extremely light leaving very little lace from a short head.
The body is a medium and the nose a little grainy with elements of a light almond like presence.
The taste is exellent with its minor malt like beginning, fading to an equal hop like existance to end.
This is a very smooth and crisp lager, goes down very well and recomended.

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Photo of Washburne
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, golden straw colour, with a decent sized foamy head that lasts a good while and laces nicely.

S - Surprisingly hoppy with some good malt undertones.

T - Basically quiet and unassuming. A very pleasant lager but nothing outstanding. Slightly sweet on the aftertaste with the malts.

M - Light bodied and low carbonation, but certainly not watery.

D - Decent enough lager. Would be very drinkable were it not for the price!

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Photo of utahbeerdude
4.07/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visual: Clear medium-light golden color, strong head with good persistence that laces the glass.
Aroma: Firm hop aroma that persists to the end; a pleasant surprise.

Flavor: This lager is hop oriented – bitterness, flavor, and aroma. Very much like a good German pils, although the hops seems a tad coarser, perhaps from water that is high in minerals, or perhaps due to the variety of hops used. Enough malt to balance the hops, but nothing special in this regard.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation adds nice creaminess in the middle.

Overall: This is a very drinkable lager with a very firm hop presence. I will be buying more of this.

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Photo of rowew
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12.7 oz bottle - distinctive shape. Best before date is clearly marked. "Real Aussie Lager."

Appearance: Agressive pouring leads to about a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Just a bit darker than gold, clear, and slightly bubbly. Decent lacing on top.

Smell: Malty and a hint of sulphur. Just a little bit of hops in there, but I can't identify the type (similar to noble?).

Taste: Bready malt, mild hops, just a bit of a metallic aftertaste.

Overall impression: Decent lager, but nothing too exciting. At least this one is actually Australian, unlike the ever-present Fosters.

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Photo of GooberMcNutly
1.85/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not a bad little macro lager, but unchallenging in all aspects. It did pour beautifully with a thick, creamy white head that made the beer look wonderful. Hops utilization was a distinct Pride of Ringwood, but only a tiny amount. If you like Fosters, but want a beer with a little less of the aluminum flavor, then give Coopers a try.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered at an Outback Steakhouse. I opted for a bottle of this versus Foster's on tap. From my notes written on the back of a receipt.

Appearance: I poured the beer from the bottle into a pint-like glass that I had requested. The beer is a darker gold (a little darker than I had expected). I was able to produe a good 1 inch head. Head fades to a tight cover anbd leaves some good lacing.

Smell: Expected a Euro skunk aroma, but this is not quite there. A touch malty, leaning toward sweet malts.

Taste: Weak flavoring (although I expected little). A bit of malt following by a fleeting hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, light bodied, not too watery though.

Drinkability: Of course it's a drinkable, non offending, easy to have more than one beer. BUT, at $4.25 a bottle? This is not that special. I had this because I wanted to try something different, but at that price I'll force down the big Foster's.

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Photo of clparker11
3.76/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light golden color and clear (not "cloudy" like other Coopers varieties). Small amount of effervescence, aswell as a small head from this bottle which is dated 6months prior to my open date. Head dissipates fairly quickly. No discerning smell.

Taste is light as expected from this style, with a predominantly malt taste and a slightly hoppier finish, making for an excellent mouthfeel/experience from start to finish. Very drinkable session beer and overall nice example of a lager.

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Photo of beeragent
3.49/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a light yellow, forming a thick 2 inch head, that left very slight lacing on the glass, once it faded. Not much in the nose, but what is detectable, is very much like any of the light lagers from the Big 3. The mouthfeel is light, like a lager should be. The taste is alot better than your average lager, IMHO. Very clean finish, making this an easy beer to session, especially on a hot summer day. I'm not a big drinker of lagers, but this one was very enjoyable.

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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 vancurly
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow/gold in colour. Pours a rocky white head, with some large bubbles. Leaves a nice lace.
Smells of typical macro Aussie lager. Metallic POR hops, some subtle sulfur.
Fairly innocuous taste... grain and some nuttiness that may be Munich or somesuch, nice late burst of hop flavour.
Creamier front mouthfeel than Aussie macros, although it finishes crisp & dry.
I'd drink this over Carlton/Lion bulk beers anyday, but I think there are other Premium labels that have more character & interest.
A singlel bottle at Dan Murphy only cost $2 AUD, so it's good value IMHO.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite pale in colour , only slightly effervescentand a thin indeterminate head.
Unfortunately it has the almost obligatory metallic smell of most Australian Lagers , however there is a malt/grain background that diminishes the nastiness to the smell.
The taste to me is somewhat of a cross betwen a typical Euro Pale Lager (that has sweet malt predominance 0 and an American Macro Lager (that is bittere tastlessness)
So we end up with a rounded sweet tasting beer that finishes bitter and very dry.
It is a cut above most regular Australian Lagers and whilst not achieving any complex heights seems to be a drinkable session Lager

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