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Castle Lager - South African Breweries plc

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Ratings: 131
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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Photo of jwoolfe
3/5  rDev +20.5%

jwoolfe, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of KStark
2.75/5  rDev +10.4%

KStark, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of beerbtl
2/5  rDev -19.7%

beerbtl, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of clarknova
2.75/5  rDev +10.4%

clarknova, May 30, 2013
Photo of schopenhauerale
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

schopenhauerale, May 27, 2013
Photo of magpieken
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

magpieken, May 25, 2013
Photo of cadaugherty
2.75/5  rDev +10.4%

cadaugherty, May 09, 2013
Photo of samanekag
3.5/5  rDev +40.6%

samanekag, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
2.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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.

flyingpig, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of BILF
1.5/5  rDev -39.8%

BILF, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of blinker97
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

blinker97, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +20.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
2/5  rDev -19.7%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
3.3/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Thepumpkinpiper, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of cdaddie
2.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

cdaddie, May 13, 2012
Photo of BrazilianAussie
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

BrazilianAussie, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of kylemckinnis
1.5/5  rDev -39.8%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of irishkyle21
2/5  rDev -19.7%

irishkyle21, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
2.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


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.

ehammond1, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +40.6%

SargeC, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Dec 28, 2011
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2/5  rDev -19.7%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev +20.5%

waiting4lunch, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
1.55/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

DaftCaskBC, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.05/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

WoodBrew, Jun 26, 2011
Castle Lager from South African Breweries plc
61 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.