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Unusual flavour in VB/MB/Carlton?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Nineball, 7/6/19.

 

  1. Nineball

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    Posted 7/6/19
    Having become familiar with the taste of all different kinds of beer, I now notice that VB, Melbourne Bitter and Carlton Draught have this odd taste that I don't find in international lagers - I would (badly) describe it as a tart bitterness that comes with a faint burning rubber smell.

    Does CUB use some brewing methods/ingredients that are unique to them? Is this the taste of "traditional Australian beer" that would have been more common in the decades past?
     
  2. MHB

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    Posted 7/6/19
    Well apart from a faint Sulphur smell that comes from the yeast strain and how its used...
    All three are brewed over gravity, diluted post fermentation; brewed in fermenters about 6 stories high which puts a lot of pressure (stress) on the yeast; contain a lot of sugar (Sucrose - reportedly up to 40% of gravity); have all the hops added post fermentation as extracts/pre-isomerised hop products and are bunged through the brewery in about half the time it takes to make a typical "International Lager".
    It really surprises me how inoffensive they are all things considered!
    Mark

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    No I'm not a fan.
    M
     
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    Posted 8/6/19
    I always seem to get a bready sort of aftertaste with these beers. I'll drink them if they're free but I wouldn't buy a slab.
     
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    Posted 14/7/19 at 12:32 PM
    I notice this most in CD. Definite bread aftertaste!
     

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