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Castle Lager - South African Breweries plc

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BA SCORE
61
poor

138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 24.19%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
South African Breweries plc visit their website
South Africa

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2002)
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Reviews by Ilacquin:
Photo of Ilacquin
2.2/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a straw yellow, no head to speak of and very little aroma, not very suprising.

Flavor was bland, with nothing in the malt or hop profile to really stand out. Fairly average swill, slightly better than it's "lite" counterpart.

Other than it's high drinkability, there is nothing about this beer that I would recommend.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
2.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle

Satara Rest Camp Gift Shop
Kruger National Park
South Africa

Clear golden yellow with a big, foaming, though wispy white head (which falls away quickly) that doesn't leave much to any stick down the glass.

The aroma is lacking much of anything at all. There's simple grain and a touch of something I can only describe as earthy minerals, but this is one of the faintest aromas of any beer I've ever found.

Grain, corn, and minerals combine for a simple, plain beverage. Low bitterness.

Thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A plain, typical example of an awful style. That being said, no matter what my objective thoughts on this beer are, it truly did "hit the spot" after a long, scorching, hot day out in the African bush.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 330ml can with no visible BB date. Given to me recently by a friend visiting from South Africa. The blurb on the can specifically mentions the addition of maize to soften the palate.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear straw colour with plentiful fine carbonation. Forms a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma is very weak - a faint hint of stewed veg/hops and little else.

Tastes of not much at all. Watery light malt with a hint of stewed leaves and corn. A harsh bitter note in the background. Pretty dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly. Quite good body for the style. Lightly astringent. Faint bitter aftertaste.

Hmmm - bland, watery and almost tasteless. At least it's clean; nothing too offensive going on. I guess this would be acceptable in a hot climate where no alternatives presented themselves. Otherwise, give it a miss.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.13/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had a good buddy from South Africa and he always told me that he would bring back a case on one of his trips back from South Africa, however I think I will save him the trouble and pass on this one. Appearance: Golden straw thin white head lackluster appearance, lacing is thin. Aroma: Grainy sweetness alcohol and a touch of hops overall I had to really concentrate on finding these characteristics but they are there. Taste: Adjuncts once again corn in my beer, why? Semi wheat graininess nothing flavorful not horrible but c'mon I didn't mind Tusker from Kenya it had some positive traits this one is just lacking. Mouthfeel: Thin body low carbonation what can I say nothing special, another yellow fizzy brew. Drinkability: In my humble opinion, a beer I could live without too many great beers out there, at least in the US.

Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tasted like corn! bloody awful stuff, lots of preservatives in there to make it even worse, down there with the likes of Budweiser and Corona, awful beer.

Photo of Brenden
2.01/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A completely clear bright gold color, this brew throws up a layer of foam that, to its credit, does stick around for a moment before falling to just what can cling to the edges. A few little spots of lacing can be seen here and there.
The aroma isn't offensive; there's not much at all going on. I get grains, a little syrupy sweetness, and a lightly mineral note.
The flavor is primarily grainy and sweet with a dusting of pale malts. Take away the sweetness and it's almost palatable.
The caronation holds up and the very light body actually keeps something going, while crispness keeps it from going flat. For the style, the feel is average.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

If we are trying to be an American macro lager, we've succeeded.
Pours pale clear yellow with a half finger of disappearing white.
Aroma is skunk, then American pale malts and light non-descript hops.
Mouthfeel is creamy and flavor is dry but only faintly reminiscent of beer. Honestly tastes watered down and the aftertaste gives me the impression that water was added after it was brewed.
No thank you.

Photo of biboergosum
2.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

440ml can, at the Remedy Cafe off-campus, my better half's favourite hangout, and a decent enough beer destination for yours truly, so well, win-win!

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and maybe even a tad creamy off-white head, which leaves some random sea spray lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, weirdly cheap whiskey-tinted pale grain, corn grits, stale apple skins, and skunky, stewed vegetal hops. The taste is more husky pale grain, an indistinct, yet increasingly predominant corn sweetness, subtle fusel oils, a metallic flintiness, and weedy, skunky, and vegetal hops.

The bubbles are average here, just innocuously frothy, the body closer to medium weight from below than I might have imagined, a bit oily, yet approachable in its smoothness - go figure. It finishes off-dry, with some lingering Frankenstein malt, and more muted cooked veggie stank.

None too pleasant, sure, and about bang-on for the style, the exotic origin locale not really doing much for it. Plain, ineffectual, and good only for engendering poorly rendered 'Sooth Afreeken' gentle mockery on my part.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
2.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Standard macrapo lager in a different package. SAB breweries provides this budweiser esque lager for swilling on hot days after tracking buffalo. Thin yellow gold with corn and rice adjunct taste. Drinkable in the heat, but defenitely nothing special.

Photo of Sammy
2.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing to look at, don't smell it, overly carbonated, some malts, drinkable in place of pop on a hot summer night. When I say metallic, that's its best quality.

Honest, I would not have bought it unless there was no beer left in the house and this was it, and I was stuck and thirsty in South Africa. It was a gift from a South African. Of course he bought it at the LCBO where pale lagers reside. I know South Africa can do better (at least a bit)than this.

Photo of dirtylou
3.2/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, hilton-sandton bar

a very widely available mainstream lager

appearance: clear piss-golden, light beige foam

smell: macro lager - corn, grain, mild sweetness

taste: better than many other miller products and easy enough to drink but nothing worth remembering

mouthfeel: light - watered down

drinkability : easy

Photo of WoodBrew
3.05/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Landed in Johannesburg and headed to the conference in Sandton. Had a 500ml draght Castle with dinner. The beer was golden clear with good carbonation that gave a nice finger thick head...which laced down the entire 500ml pilsner glass. The smell was mostly grain and no-descript. The taste was along the same lines a Becks, Pils Urquell, etc. This beer had some sweetness to the grain and was very crisp, meaning it came off the pallete clean. This beer ranks with most of the big american brewers.

Photo of prototypic
1.58/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Very clear, light straw color. Modest one finger head. Short retention and very little lacing.

Smell: Very light on the nose. Smells grainy and a bit skunky. No malt or hops to speak of. Pretty bland.

Taste: A bit of a grainy taste. Other than that, it's bland and boring. Slightest bit of malt is noticeable. Hops are not even remotely there. Pretty boring.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay. But, it is not pleasant to drink though. Drinkability is very low. Overall, it's just not a good beer. I wouldn't recommend it.

Photo of jackndan
2.63/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Castle Lager, from South Africa: A very plain, yet easy drinking lager. Trumpets the fact that it has “maize” on the label. Not a bad looking beer, its kind of a ruby gold, with a creamy white head, that leaves at least a little lace down the sides. The aroma is plain, with a slightly soapy smell. The taste ain’t all that bad, not good mind you, but not too bad. Its got a very grainy malt taste, but a crisp clean hops bite, and a clean finish. Fairly highly carbonated, but not bad, although for what I paid for the six, there are cases that are as good.

Photo of UncleFlip
2.15/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to a certian un-named beer distributor for slipping me this bottle and many others. He provides beer, the disappears before he's seen. We'll just call him Happy Beer Elf.

HBE left me this bottle, knowing it was a beer I hadn't tried. I'm happy to have had it, but maybe Happy Beer Elf should go back to the stouts he's left me before.

The appearance isn't much darker than water coming out of the bottle. It looks much like a BMC_ nice and cler and light, with a white foamy head, leaving little to no lace behind.

Smell gets low numbers because it doesn;t really have any. There's just a hint of spiciness and a faint glimmer of hops, but nothing else.

The flavour is sort of like a rounder, fuller BMC, with less edge. There's just a SLIGHT spicines on the back of the tongue, but other than that, it's all typical adjunct lager.

Mouthfeel is all tight carbonation up front, then a medium to thin liquid emerging out of it.

I give it average drinakbilty because it would be easy to pound these down on a hot day, but it would be equally as easy to lose interest in it.

I wouldn't be broken up if I never have this one again (that's the way I feel about just about all the African beers I've had)- but I'm happy to have had the experience. Thanks, Happy Beer Elf!

Be well
-UF

Photo of cdaddie
2.58/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First time trying this beer, 440 ML can, very chilled. Looked quite good as it was being poured, smell seemed good as the pint glass was coming up, but the taste was merely "ok". Very plain, nothing overly distinctive about it. So not a really bad beer, but certainly not a really good one either. A good "hot day outside and I just finished cutting the grass" kind of beer, to quench a thirst, but nothing special.

Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle brought back from S. Africa by my sister on a recent visit.

A: The lager is pale and yellow, with a bit of carbonation, not more than 1/2 a finger, that quickly recedes to a small white band atop the glass.

S: The nose is grainy with some sweet corn notes, and that is a result of searching for any noticeable aroma.

T: The body is all malts, grainy with a dry yet sweet element. The finish is almost medicinal with hints of tartness. The body lacks a hop presence, but the malts are sweet enough, with a big enough body, that they are not missed. I was going into this expecting the worst and yet I am pleased with the sweet body.

M: The mouthfeel is thin without hops, but the corn and grain sweetness makes this an easy drink.

D: This is a good post-lawn mowing beer, light and refreshing.

Photo of Basoos1
2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of bluejacket74
2.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass the beer pours a clear pale gold color, with about an inch white head. It smells mainly like corn, with a faint skunk smell. It has some malt sweetness in the taste, but mainly it tastes like corn/grain, but it also has a very small sour and bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very light and thin, and also a bit oily. Drinkability is a bit below average. Not a very good beer at all.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.58/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a super pale yellow color lager with a medium size pale white foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of corn adjunct with lingering sweetness. Taste is also dominated by weal malt profile and some adjunct. Body is thin with good carbonation. Nothing too exciting here.

Photo of BeerSingh
2.88/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The macro spree continues today with Castle. I'm having this after say what, 10 yrs or something. As far as I can remember it used to taste good. Now it just about makes its presence felt. Pours with the usual pale yellow / gold colour, although with a sizeable head. The head lurks around for a while while the grains (read corn) and skunk waft into my nose.
The taste is bitter and astringent with some malt flavour and the lemony finish that I had always associated with Castle. Not a bad deal after all. Its a little harsh on the palate - too much fizz I reckon to make up for the body. But on a hot summer afternoon in Delhi, I wouldn't mind to down a couple of 'em.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a six pack from BevMo in southern California, December 2007.

Pours a pale yellow with moderate white head that quickly fizzles. Aroma is grainy, on the sweet side, with no appreciable hops.

Flavor is grainy, slight notes of baked bread (white bread), and once again,with some sweetness. Hops are present, but quite gentle. Easily drinkable, but without anything to distinguish it. An OK version of the style, I guess, without having much to say up or down.

Photo of dcisco44
2/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of irishkyle21
2/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

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Castle Lager from South African Breweries plc
61 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.