134. Victoria Pale Lager

Posted: February 29, 2012 in Australian lager
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Victoria Pale Lager

Company info:
Carlton United Breweries
Southbank, V.I.C


Bottle size sampled: 355 mL

Alcohol: 4.4%
Standard drinks: 1.2

Cap type: Twist

Cost: $2.99

Label info: ‘Victoria Pale Lager is an expertly brewed super crisp and refreshing all pale malt lager balanced by fresh green hop characters and subtle aromas’

What the label really means: Sounds intriguing.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: Ok, let’s put aside the fact that this is a green VB bottle and admire the raised glass lettering. Ooooo it’s pretty. Then look at the neck label which although it’s made use of a good font is nothing too special. If this was a dark glass bottle with the same raised lettering I might be able to award it more but as it stands there really isn’t a lot to go on.

I give it a label rating of 4 out of 10.

AROMA: A potent hop-filled aroma. My spider sense is tingling, and it ain’t good.

Taste: GLASS – This is a remarkably disappointing brew. It’s very, very mild in flavour, and very watery. Sure it’s easy to throw back but there are no discernible taste highlights. Maybe, maybe if I was to be lenient I’d comment that there is a slight twist of citrus and does create a bit of refreshment but lets be honest here. This isn’t a great beer. It’s dull at best, and even VB kicks its scrawny little arse.

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

Taste: BOTTLE – From the bottle, I am surprised to find this beer became ever more dull. It’s very, very ordinary. If you haven’t yet understood what I am saying here, this is mildly flavoured water and should be avoided at all cost.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: I’d like to suggest spicy Thai cuisine may suit this in the same way water suits a salad.

Best season to appreciate: More of a Summer brew if there had to be a choice.

All-nighter beer? While yes this is a very easy beer to drink, and very easy to throwback, it would become way too boring, way too quickly for me.

NEXT WEEK: There is no Santa

  1. Radio Snivins says:

    Maintain the rage, ‘Kazoo.


  2. Radio Snivins says:

    Your two cents intrigues me greatly, Diddly…


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Great stuff once again Snivelly – and what a comparison. See this is what I love about the contributors to this blog, your dedication to research and unbiased reviews.

      But wow Sniv….you get more and more intriguing every week. The Radio Snivins enigma grows and grows, and the questions only mount. What position does this fellow hold that requires that many memory sticks under the monitor? How is it he can drink beer at his desk? Did his fellow employees notice the missing microwave plate? Is that a bottle of Resch’s Real Bitter in the background? The questions are eating me alive damn you.


      • Radio Snivins says:

        For future reference, ‘Kazoo, when it’s in a microwave, it’s a microwave plate. When it’s on a dinner table, it’s a Lazy Susan, and when it’s being used in foozle analysis, it’s a whiffling wheel.


  3. Diddlysquat says:

    Great review, spot on. The session starts here apparently. I like to think of this beer as VB junior, it appeals to the diehard VB aficionado who in reality is wanting to move away from beer to something else less flavoursome and confronting such as apple cider but isnt willing to state that to his mates for fear of prosecution. And quite rightly so, a man isn’t a man if he’s sucking down fermented apples, it’s got to be hops. Or so we are led to believe.

    My two cents, It’s actually cheaper to mix VB with soda water, and with a similar result to Pale Lager.


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Diddlysquat – perfect summation! I totally agree it’s for the VB drinker that wants to ‘see other people’.


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