About Lagers from Australia

About Lagers from Australia
Although Australia accounts for only 1% of the total worldwide beer production, beer is an important beverage in the country. While most of the beer is made by a few large corporate breweries, brewpubs and microbrews have been in existence since the mid-1980s crafting top quality versions of bitter lager, India Pale Ales and pale lagers, to name only a few. Wine is a bit of a quandary when one speaks of Australia. Here is a country that ranks sixth in the world as far as total production, yet it so too often associated these days with inexpensive, mass-produced wines. This is understandable, given that a few huge corporations produce a great majority of the country's wine, with much of its destined for supermarkets in the USA and England. But this reputation is a true shame, as there are so many excellent wine regions that are home to some magnificent producers. Shiraz is the country's signature wine; not only is it Australia's most widely planted variety, it is also the wine with the greatest reputation. Especially in the Barossa and Clare Valleys, there are explosive versions of this wine that can age for many years. Other notable reds from Australia are the Rhone blends with varying percentages of Grenache and Mourvedre added to Shiraz. Certain areas such as Western Australia are ideal for cool climate varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Probably the best white wines are Semillon from Hunter Valley and especially Riesling from the Clare and Eden Valleys. These Rieslings, thought quite different from those produced in Germany, are equally brilliant and are most assuredly world-class. Per capita consumption has decreased by 30% since the late 1970s, but it has remained at a consistent level for the past few years.

Top Picks for Australia

Lagers

Burleigh Brewing Co. Burleigh Bock
87 points
Dark copper color. Aromas of green apples with caramel, hints of bubblegum, cherry cordials, and crisp gingerbread with a satiny, lively, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a warming, medium-length cajeta, whole wheat crackers, and ripe melon finish. A warming, dense Bock with lots of fruity esters to discover.
Burleigh Brewing Co. Bighead No Carb Lager
87 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of buttered toast and dried green pear with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium body and an even, stimulating, medium-length finish displaying shades of arugula, hint of lemon rind, and saltine finish. A very nice, clean, malt-forward light lager that is a pleasure to drink.
Burleigh Brewing Co. Bighead No-carb Lager
84 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of dinner rolls, savory herbs, cheddar, and lemon with a slightly chewy, spritzy, dryish light body and an even, brisk parchment, asparagus, dough, and black tea finish. A light but toothsome reduced calorie lager that satisfies.
Burleigh Brewing Co. Burleigh Blonde
84 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of whey, green apple, water chestnuts, and nut skins with a round, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that presents overtones of dusty grain finish. A solid craft Helles for the table.
Burleigh Brewing Co. Burleigh Blonde
82 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of english peas, steamed cabbage, creamed pearl onions, and peanut flour with a lean, crisp, effervescent, dry thin body and an effortless, brisk finish displaying notes of kasha finish. A vegetal Helles for the table