Outback Chilli BeerOutback Chilli Beer
Outback Brewery
Australian flag - small 

Company info:
Outback Brewery

Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 4.8%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-twist

Label info: No label info

What the label really means: N/A

 The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: The label on this beer is very ordinary. It’s plain, it’s unexciting. They’ve gone for a cartoon image of a frilled neck lizard in a supposedly threatening pose.
Now, I love a good, tough looking label and if a scary animal is in a threatening pose, the label designers get extra points. The Outback Chilli Beer’s design however leaves me yawning and not frightened in the least. The text around the lizard, and on the rest of the bottle, looks like it’s come direct from MS Word and is definitely not appealing. I wouldn’t be surprised if this label has been designed by kids at a sheltered workshop – or at least someone with a very rudimentary knowledge of Indesign. Lame font, lame colours, lame non-scary lizard. It makes me wonder if this label is designed specifically for tourists. Blind tourists.

I give it a label rating of 3 out of 10.

AROMA: The smell of this beer is really quite nice. It’s very soft, and very wheaty. In a way, it reminds me in smell of a beer such as Hoegaarden. 

Taste: GLASS – Upon first sip of this ale I was hit with a stinging pang of nothingness. There was a slight hint of chilli but hardly noticeable. This alone, is a good thing (a couple of years back I tried Black Mountain’s Chili Beer and was almost blown sideways by the heat. It made it difficult to drink). Outback Chilli Beer at least has subtlety on its side. And that’s about the best thing I can say for this nothing kind of beer.

Outback Chilli Beer - glass

I give it a beer from glass rating of 5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Surprisingly (though it wasn’t too hard), this beer tastes better from the bottle. It seemed to go down easier and smoother – though I put this down to the beer being a bit of a nothing kind of beer that just needs to be thrown back quickly.
The other thing I noticed from drinking out of the bottle was that the chilli taste was a bit more noticeable. And in giving this beer a bit of taste, it was a good thing.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 5.5 out of 10.

A word from the wife: ‘A subtle chilli flavour that would go nice with Thai or Vietnamese’.

She gave it a generous taste rating of 7 out of 10.

Accompanying food: I would suggest having this beer (if you insist) as a pre-dinner drink. It would go well with nuts or chips. Drink it from the bottle for the extra hit of chilli and the beer will serve to open up your palette, get the saliva glands working and prepare you for dinner.

Best season to appreciate: I think this beer would be best suited to the warmer months.

Time taken to finish bottle: 5 minutes – I sort of threw it back once my tasting was complete as I knew no other taste sensation would emerge.

All-nighter beer? Definitely not. 2-3 of this would be my limit for a very long time. After finishing this beer I didn’t feel like another beer of any description for about 24 hours.

Other notes: After typing up this week’s entry I decided to head to the Outback Brewery website. I was somewhat amused to see that Outback Chilli Beer has three medals to its name. A gold, and two bronzes. There is no year listed for these or further information.

NEXT WEEK: Holgate’s Mt Macedon Ale  

  1. BargeDave says:

    I was disappointed by this beer. I love chilli flavours and have a very high tolerance for hot food, and found I could not taste chilli in it at all. Maybe if I never ate hot food I would have found it more interesting.


  2. Sniv Whettuce says:

    I test skolled a stubby of the stuff before dinner last night and my mouth was numb for two hours after. I couldn’t taste a thing. It was the perfect accompaninet to my wife’s cooking. I give it a ten-out-of-ten.


  3. T-Mann says:

    That’s awesome!

    I found that both informative and entertaining.

    I’m glad to see your talents and wit are being utilised on a topic that means so much to us all.

    Can members of the public request reviews


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Ahh but of course T-Mann – you guys name the beers, I add it to the list.

      Glad you got something from the review!


  4. luke says:

    How can it be Outback beer if it is brewed in Loftus?
    Why didn’t they call it “Shire Fire” or something equally as atrocious?


  5. Ben says:

    I have also had this beer…absolute rubbish. It is definetly marketed towards the tourist, you can imagine a Yank bragging to his friends back home…

    Friend – “How was your holiday down under?”
    Yank – “It was great”
    Friend – “How was the VB”
    Yank – “Didn’t drink that stuff, they say only tourists drink VB, instead I sampled some of their boutique beers.”
    Friend – “Oh right..what did you have?”
    Yank – “I can’t remeber the name of it..or the taste for that matter..it had a lizard on it and it was a true outback beer, like what the waltzing matilda guy would drink..real Aussie beer…I think it had jalapenos in it…y’know”
    Friend – “Oh…”

    Their pale ale is better (i.e drinkable)


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