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green can

a can of Victoria Bitter beer: Could I have a green can, please? Compare blue can, red can, white can, yellow can. Also, can of green.

Contributor's comments: You occasionally hear this in Melbourne too. The CUB beer cans are colour coded. At our Department's happy hour in the 70s, you'd ask for a can of green (Victoria Bitter), white (Carlton Draught), blue (Fosters) or red (Melbourne Bitter).

Contributor's comments: A fellow soldier who was aboriginal and worked a hotel in Weipa, Nth Qld, said it was called greencan because aboriginals couldn't pronounce the 'V' In VB: Victoria Bitter.

Contributor's comments: When Territorians ask for a beer, they do so by the colour of the can and not the brand name e.g. green can is Vicoria Bitter, red can is Melbourne Bitter, yellow can is XXXX: "Green can thanks mate!"

Contributor's comments: I never heard the term until 1980's in North East Victoria [from a bloke from Western District].

Contributor's comments: In Sydney a fella sinking a few cans of VB may make the excuse that he's getting a few greens in his diet.

Contributor's comments: We use Green can in Halls Creek, WA to mean a VB.

Contributor's comments: I moved to Alice Springs and before frequenting the pubs up here I had never heard of the term. It is definitely a Territorianism.
blue can

a can of Fosters beer. Compare green can, red can, white can, yellow can. Also, can of blue.
Contributor's comments: You occasionally hear this in Melbourne too. The CUB beer cans are colour coded. At our Department's happy hour in the 70s, you'd ask for a can of green (Victoria Bitter), white (Carlton Draught), blue (Fosters) or red (Melbourne Bitter).
red can

a can of Melbourne Bitter beer. Compare blue can, green can, white can, yellow can. Also, can of red.
Contributor's comments: You occasionally hear this in Melbourne too. The CUB beer cans are colour coded. At our Department's happy hour in the 70s, you'd ask for a can of green (Victoria Bitter), white (Carlton Draught), blue (Fosters) or red (Melbourne Bitter).

Contributor's comments: When Territorians ask for a beer, they do so by the colour of the can and not the brand name e.g. green can is Vicoria Bitter, red can is Melbourne Bitter, yellow can is XXXX: "Green can thanks mate!"
white can

1.  a can of Swan Light beer.
2.  a can of Carlton Draught beer. Compare blue can, green can, red can, yellow can. Also, can of white.

Contributor's comments: Great consternation was caused in NT when Carlton changed from white to purple cans. Early '90s ? Did they change back?
yellow can

a can of Castlemaine XXXX beer. Compare blue can, green can, red can, white can. Also, can of yellow.
Contributor's comments: When Territorians ask for a beer, they do so by the colour of the can and not the brand name e.g. green can is Vicoria Bitter, red can is Melbourne Bitter, yellow can is XXXX: "Green can thanks mate!"

Contributor's comments: aka Barbed Wire and some Top Enders consider that is the taste as well.