By James Atkinson

Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) today launched an updated version of Crown Lager the brewer says features better quality ingredients, improved brewing specifications and more contemporary packaging.

Crown Lager general manager of marketing, Richard Oppy told TheShout the overhaul aims to make good on Crown's claim to being 'Australia's finest' beer.

He said Crown Lager's brewmaster will now hand select the best Pride of Ringwood hops each harvest, as well as barley from the country's top three barley farmers.

"We can now trace it from their fields all the way to the Crown Lager beer," Oppy said.

"That's obviously going to cost us more money and cause our supply chain grief, but if we are truly going to be Australia's finest beer we're going to have to go to these sorts of lengths." 

While cane sugar is commonly used in the production of mainstream beers, Oppy confirmed there will be no such adjuncts used in the new Crown Lager. "It will be brewed with 100 per cent Australian malt."

Crown Lager will also apply more rigour around the brewing process itself, with a much tighter alpha acid specification. 

"With a tighter specification, it just means you are going to get a more consistent bitterness, which gives you an even smoother beer," he said.

But Oppy said the changes are not in response to any decline in sales of Crown Lager.

"Over the last 12 months, Crown Lager's actually been in 10 per cent growth, so it's not like the brand's broken, it's really looking at the long-term to make sure it's sustainable," he said.

"The loyal Crown Lager drinkers will love it because it's still going to have the Crown Lager taste, but it's going to be even smoother and creamier than even before."

CUB will absorb the increased production costs. 

Oppy said the packaging has been refreshed so it looks more contemporary and premium, and a multimillion dollar marketing campaign will focus on Crown Lager's new emphasis on premium quality ingredients.

The updated beer will also be rolled out on draught to the nearly 300 venues that already have Crown Lager on tap.

The Shout Team

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9 Comments

  1. You kill me you people, you have a good product like crown. Witch I buy one carton a week and you have to stuff with it.this will go like v b . Now I will have to find a new beer.PS yes I have had the new one. Not happy jan

  2. Why would you change perfection?
    I bought 2 slabs on the weekend not knowing they had mucked around with it and I took them back saying they were green! Or off!
    Wont be touching them again until they go back to the old Crown Lager!

  3. Thanks to The Railway Hotel for sending me this link after I complained about the Crown Lagers I bought from them last night. I agree with Cougar – the beer tastes like it is off, and over the years I have experienced this many times and it has proven to be the case. If this is the flavour CUB is after they have lost a loyal Crown Lager drinker!

  4. always loved the taste of crownies ,it’s the only beer I buy . I bought two slabs this week 1 old 1 new , but I must say I really like the taste of the new . I can see where you are going with it and I think it works . Cheers .

  5. Well I can’t believe that c.u.b would mess around with another product after the VB debacle.The new Crown Lager has nothing on the old product, in fact it does taste off (like a tooheys red!) This will cost them that leading share of the market they had. Sorry to see it gone.

  6. I have been a crownie drinker for years, however last night a mate and I sent three back they tasted off

  7. Spot on CUB, the “new” Crown has lost its prior 20 years of post mix fizz aspect and is now a true premium lager , Australia’s best I believe .

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