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Fiji Gold - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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Fiji GoldFiji Gold

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10 Ratings
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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 25.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 08-31-2003)
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2.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Julian4077, May 11, 2012
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Griffith, Jan 18, 2014
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1.8/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Came in a 355 ml light gold can. The label is bordered by the great diamond of marketing, claiming on each side respectfully: Full flavour, Full strength, Less calories, Less filling. My can was also 4.6% abv.

Pours out a hazed straw hue, fizzy head that dies out immediately, and whoa, a healthy dose of brown yeast particles that eventually settle to the bottom. No sign of a best before or freshness date on the can whatsoever.

The nose is friendly enough, sweet corn and malt, a touch of metal that is then bullied out by the sweet corn. The flavour is full of caustic chemicals at first, the malt has to fight to make itself present amongst it, and loses eventually. It give me unpleasant memories of VB, no big surprise it's made by the same company. Chemicals, all I taste are chemicals and then straight water behind it. Mouthfeel is incredibly watery, and caustic on the way down. I hope this stuff is much better at the source, because I won't be picking up another one of these until I am in those parts. I had to pour out half the glass, perhaps I got a bad can.

IronDjinn, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of Mark
3.7/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Suzanne switched to this one full time saying she found it much smoother than Fiji Bitter. I found it a bit bland and not as flavorful. Color is paler than it's cousins and head retention is on the light side. Lacing is O.K. It is smooth and balanced well unlike the Export. Just a bit to light for me but no doubt refreshing for the climate it is to be consumed in.
Worth a try if your ever there.

Mark, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of canadianbarman
2.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

--came in a 355ml can with no freshness date to be found. I paid $1.69 cdn.
--poured a cloudy, dirty straw like in color. Not much for a head and not much for lacing. There was some sediments floating around.
--Smell was sweet.
--Based on the smell, the taste was very similar...kind of sweet. This was just an average to below average beer that had nothing really to offer. I am sure it might be fun to drink in Fiji, but at home I won't search for it again.

canadianbarman, Jul 06, 2004
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3/5  rDev +13.2%

jasewaaang, Sep 16, 2012
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2.15/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not the worst beer I've ever had, but certainly not the best. And when you've been living in the bush for a month or more, with no beer in sight, it will definitely do in a pinch.

It is a basic yellow fizzy in appearance, but with a slightly richer color and a pathetically thin head.

The aroma is not offensive, but it doesn't conger up a huge desire to drink it, either. The hop profile in the nose is slightly reminiscent of a decent Pilsner, but that's where the similarities end.

The least attractive part of this beer is the sweet graininess in its taste. It's out of place, and has the same kind of malt off-flavor you usually find in a first-time homebrewer's beer, before he or she has discovered the complexities of grain and hops and just throws a pre-hopped extract brew together and wonders why it doesn't taste pro. I often describe this flavor as tasting "like a headache," though it's not usually an alcohol or ester issue.

The mouthfeel is fine. But, that's not enough to carry this beer.

Like all beer, there's a time and place for this one... As I mentioned, the time is after a long period without beer, and the place is somewhere that you can't get something better. That time and place seems to pop up a lot when I'm in the islands.

schubrews, Aug 19, 2008
3.8/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- light golden in color

smell- little skunky like heinekin, euro beer like

taste- very smooth with some bubbly feeling in the back of your throat

mouthfeel- refreshing

drinkability- in fiji the best beer to put back and drink lots of on the beach

SBALDWIN, Jan 18, 2009
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DrNo, Jan 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thin yellow-gold with a small, fizzy white head. Cereal malts, minor sweetness, euro skunk hops, metal. Taste is much like the smell: cardboard-sweet cereal malts with metallic, watery hops. Light, fizzy, cold. Not as bad as Victoria Bitter, but I wish the island had something betterÂ…

alexgash, Mar 03, 2006
Fiji Gold from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
73 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.