Test results for 46 premium beers priced from $11 to $23 per six-pack
CHOICE got together a panel of experts (four men and two women) to taste the beers and recommend the ones you’re most likely to feel are worth the extra money. We also threw a few more questions at them:
- Do women like the same beer as men?
- Do exotic beers (known as ‘premium’ in the trade) taste better than your normal drop?
- Is there really a difference between lager, pilsner and ale? When you buy ‘premium’ beer, is the premium on the taste or just on the price?
- If you’re into trying more exotic beers, this article’s for you — use our experts’ advice to try beers you’ll probably like and avoid expensive disappointments.
Please note: this information was current as of July 2007 but is still a useful guide today.
- Our expert tasters came up with a CHOICE six-pack of top rating beers in a variety of styles - lagers, pilsners, ales and stouts.
- Two mainstrem brews included for comparison (Victoria Bitter and Tooheys New) scored higher than plenty of more expensive premium beers.
- Beer is best when it's fresh. CHOICE would like to see Aussie brewers be more upfront and tell you on the label when their beer was actually brewed.
- Boddington's Pub Ale
- Crown Lager
- James Boags
- James Squire
- Kilkenny Irish Beer
- Kokanee Glacier Beer
- Little Creatures
- Matilda Bay
- Michelob Ultra
- Peroni Nastro Azzuro
- Pure Blonde
- Red Stripe
- San Miguel
- Singha Thai Beer
- Sol Beer
- Stella Artois
- Tiger Beer
- Victoria Bitter