Drinking beer in Australia is a national pastime. There's nothing like catching up with your mates for a few cold ones at your local pub. From the latest and greatest through to the tried and true old faithfuls, there's a massive range of Australian beers to satisfy all tastes.
When it comes to your preference and the top Aussie beers to try, it really is a matter of personal taste. However, we have hit the pubs in your aide, to bring you the ultimate Australian beer guide. Whether you like Draught, Pale Ale, Pilsener, Low Carb, Stout or the Premium Lagers - we've got you covered!
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. - Benjamin Franklin
First and foremost, the top beers you need to know about are Coopers Sparking and Pale Ale, James Boag’s Premium Lager, James Squires, Cascade Premium, Pure Blonde and Bluetongue Premium Lager.
Bluetongue Premium: Brewed in The Hunter Valley and made with 2 hops varieties, one from Tasmania and the other a German Hops, Bluetongue has a distinctly floral aroma and a crisp and bitter finish
Cascade Premium: Also brewed in Tasmania and made with superior Malt, Hops and Barley, Cascade Premium Lager is a full flavoured beer with a smoother and crisper finish due to its extended maturation process.
Coopers Pale Ale: Brewed in Regency Park, South Australia, Coopers Pale is renowned for the sediment that gives it a fine cloudy appearance, Coopers Pale is twice fermented. It has fruity and floral characters with a fresh crisp bitterness, perfect for almost any occasion.
Coopers Sparkling Ale: First made in 1862, little has changed with the making and taste of this premium beer. With its world famous cloudy sediment, Coopers Sparkling has the perfect balance of malt, hops and fruity characters. Best drunk unhurried.
Crown Lager - At first taste it's a bit fruity, followed by a rich malty flavour, and finally a crisp hop finish. Crown goes great with your red meats, along with Mediterranean and most Asian dishes.
Fosters - Easily one of Australia's most internationally known beers, its brewed using bottom-fermenting yeast. One thing to be aware of though, Fosters isn't that widely available in Australia. The majority of bars and pubs simply don't sell it, but that's not to say it isn't a top drop - it's great. If you can track it down, be sure to take the plunge and try it out.
Hahn Premium - a crisp premium lager with a bitter hoppy taste and a clean bitter finish, it's often compared to a northern German Pilsener. Best served with seafood dishes such as oysters, seafood marinara and grilled fish. It's also well suited to chicken and pork dishes with a cream sauce.
James Boag's Premium Lager: Brewed in Tasmania, this award winning beer is smooth, subtle and perfectly balanced. With fruity characteristics followed by a light malt finish, it has a slight bitterness that is in no way overpowering and a smooth, crisp, dry finish.
James Squires: This brand is brewed in Sydney and micro breweries in Melbourne and on the King Street Wharf on Sydney Harbour. Like all brands, there are several styles of beer available from this brewery. If you like something a little sweeter than normal, try the Amber Ale, it has 3 kinds of hops, a citrus bitterness and a long sweet finish. If you prefer a more traditional Ale, the Golden Ale is a great choice being fresh and fruity with a dry finish.
Pure Blonde: This was the first low carb beer to hit Australian shelves and has been a top seller ever since. Brewed longer to reduce the amount of carbohydrates, yet still a full strength beer, it is light, crisp and delivers a superior taste.
VB (Victoria Bitter) - One of the many iconic beers producted in Victoria. First brewed in the early 1900's, it currently maintains the highest market share of all beer sold in Australia, both on tap and packaged.
He was a wise man who invented beer. -Plato
Stout - A thicker, much heavier type of beer, stout used to be considered a bit of an old man's drink, but in the last twenty years Guinness, a dry stout, has become hugely popular with all ages. Ok, so it's not an Australian beer… but with our strong European heritage you can't go past it.
Light & Pale Ales - These are fuller bodied beers; more refreshing with less hops and a lighter taste. Very few types of ale are sold commercially in Australia, but there are plenty of excellent British ones to be had. Coopers Pale Ale is always an Aussie favourite.
Dark Ale - A top fermented English-style beer. It's a full-flavoured bottled ale, refreshing and slightly sweet, with little bitterness. Again, it takes a bit of getting use to, but after a couple you're hooked.
Midstrength - with a lower alcohol volume than full strength, this style fills the gap between lights and heavies. With an alcohol percentage of approx 3.5, it's a great choice for those who like a good beer taste without it being too heavy or too light. Some examples include XXXX Gold, Tasman Gold by Boag's and Carlton Mid. Depending who you talk to, Little Creatures from WA has one of the best.
Lager - Your typical Australian beer, it's made using bottom-fermenting yeast. Your best examples are those traditional Aussie staples such as James Boag’s, Bluetongue, Fosters, Crown Lager, XXXX and VB.
Pilsener - Brewed all over the world, Pilsener (which derives its name from the Czech town, Pilsen) is a mild flavoured lager with a medium hop flavour and a hint of spice. Some of the most popular local pilseners are Resch's on tap, Little Creatures and Bluetongue Pilsener.
Low Carb – Brewed all over the world and brewed longer to reduce the amount of Carbs, therefore reducing the risk of a ‘beer gut’. Pure Blonde was the first Low Carb Beer to be released in Australia but others have followed such as Coopers Clear.
Alright, brain, I don't like you and you don't like me - so let's just do this and I'll get back to killing you with beer. - Homer Simpson
Hangovers are an unfortunate side effect when drinking. What’s the best way to stop them you might ask, Simple, don't drink… but we all know that's pretty unlikely. If you do succumb to temptation and decide to have a few bevvies, the best thing to do is space drinks with a glass of water, and then drink plenty of water before bed. Another golden rule is Don't Mix - vodka, beer, tequila, followed by a red wine chaser is never going to do you any favours. Select your drink of choice and stick with it.
You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on. - Dean Martin
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