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Castle Lager - South African Breweries plc

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 24.5%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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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British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +10.4%

06-26-2013 14:33:56 | More by KStark
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2/5  rDev -19.7%

06-24-2013 01:13:52 | More by beerbtl
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2.75/5  rDev +10.4%

05-30-2013 15:56:44 | More by clarknova
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

05-27-2013 20:16:28 | More by schopenhauerale
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2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

05-25-2013 15:44:41 | More by magpieken
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2.75/5  rDev +10.4%

05-09-2013 00:25:59 | More by cadaugherty
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3.5/5  rDev +40.6%

04-01-2013 21:10:08 | More by samanekag
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.61/5  rDev +4.8%

300ml Bottle for £1.49 (The Cave bottle shop, Glasgow):
Light and clear body that is a golden straw colour, topped with a half centimeter tall head that is quite bubbly looking and manages to last rather well.

A very light beer on the nose that had me struggling to detect anything much at all. There is a little grain and some clean smelling, basic lager malts. I also smelt some corn and a few vegetable adjuncts on top.

Clean lager malts and a faint, grassy hop aroma coupled with a slightly grainy taste and some light bitterness. There is some corn in there too.

A light body although not quite a thin one or watery but light nonetheless. There is a very light bitter feel and the beer is slightly grainy with a dry finish.

The beer looked quite nice and head retention was pretty good but other than that it didn't really offer anything else. Not a particularly noteworthy offering and a bit of a disappointment for my first South Africa beer, although not an entirely unexpected one.

03-18-2013 20:16:04 | More by flyingpig
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1.5/5  rDev -39.8%

03-01-2013 21:56:03 | More by BILF
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-26-2012 01:52:43 | More by blinker97
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +20.5%

11-11-2012 00:39:33 | More by cfalovo97
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2/5  rDev -19.7%

08-25-2012 20:09:18 | More by beerpadawan
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3.3/5  rDev +32.5%

First time ever trying this beer. Apparently if the liquor store runs out of it, there's a small cadre of customers who get quite upset.

A: Pale golden colour, lacey and rather foamy head.

S: Hoppy, slight bit of apples, little bit floral and herby.

T: A clear punch of refreshing taste at first, much like a Tiger or other smooth-drinking lager. Very clear and crisp, but then gives way to a distinct bitter aftertaste faintly reminiscent of a German pilsner.

M: Great - not too carbonated. Makes for easy drinking.

Overall: I really like this beer - it goes down very easily, but packs enough flavor to make for a satisfying drink. Not so big on the bitter aftertaste, but the beer goes down so easily that I can forgive that aspect. A great hot weather beer.

08-09-2012 21:25:14 | More by Thepumpkinpiper
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2.58/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

05-12-2012 23:23:47 | More by cdaddie
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2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

04-08-2012 02:07:58 | More by BrazilianAussie
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1.5/5  rDev -39.8%

02-27-2012 02:26:32 | More by kylemckinnis
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -19.7%

01-17-2012 16:11:34 | More by irishkyle21
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2.43/5  rDev -2.4%


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.

01-04-2012 15:08:05 | More by ehammond1
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3.5/5  rDev +40.6%

12-30-2011 08:57:05 | More by SargeC
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United Kingdom (England)

2.28/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

12-28-2011 22:13:31 | More by jazzyjeff13
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District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -19.7%

11-24-2011 19:27:46 | More by nmann08
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3/5  rDev +20.5%

11-23-2011 15:00:48 | More by waiting4lunch
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British Columbia (Canada)

1.55/5  rDev -37.8%

A: 1 1/2" white head that left a nice lacing over straw coloured liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Metallic, citrus, yeast.

T: Metallic and bitter, this beer leaves an acidic aftertaste.

M: Thin viscosity and low carbonation.

O: Not very drinkable at all. I thought it was stale, but it was within the expiry date period. Avoid.

08-27-2011 06:01:32 | More by DaftCaskBC
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3.05/5  rDev +22.5%

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.

06-26-2011 20:14:01 | More by WoodBrew
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New York

1.9/5  rDev -23.7%

From 03/27/11 notes. The third canned beer from Africa shared by Travir (RB).

a - Pours a clear golden color with an inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of corn, grain, and bready malts. Not good, but not as offensive as the Ndovu.

t - Tastes of grain, corn, bready malts, light sourness. A step down from the nose and a bit like a skunked BMC adjunct.

m - Light body and high carbonation.

d - Not as bad as the Ndovu, but not a good beer at all. Wouldn't want to have again.

04-01-2011 14:59:20 | More by mdfb79
Castle Lager from South African Breweries plc
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