Castle Lager - South African Breweries plc
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1.15/5 rDev -53.8%
Thanks to travlr for sharing this. Consumed in a SAVOR snifter.
Pour yields a very light-colored brew without any head or lacing. The nose is approaching awful, with some creamed corn, canned vegetables, and quite a bit of metal. The taste is even worse; the beer was quite hard to swallow. Slightly-rotten vegetables along with loads of aluminum. Pretty gross. Really thin with a metallic finish.
03-28-2011 10:38:24 | More by Thorpe429
2.65/5 rDev +6.4%
Sure looks good with the pour! Which is a huge, foamy, frothy, sudsy, billowy, white with lots of lace. Color is a clear yellow gold with several small bubble trails. Aroma is a scant scent of bitter hop. Flavor is a mild corn beer with slight bitter sweetness and a hint metalic. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and over quick. Best thing about this beer is having it in South Africa!
01-06-2011 16:33:56 | More by drpimento
2.93/5 rDev +17.7%
A - billowy fluffy cloud white meringue head. Clear brassy straw body with lots of bubbles. Thick foamy rabies lacing.
S - big whiff of adjunct skunk from opening the bottle. Pale malts. Corn. Mildly salty and savory.
T - yeasty creamy flavors are a big part of the experience. Hops are very mild some slight sweetness but overall underflavored.
M - creamy and smooth. Just a touch thin.
D - not bad. Easy to drink. Simple but good enough for a third string.
11-13-2010 12:20:16 | More by jeranbrews
2.88/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
07-07-2010 16:41:11 | More by BeerSingh
3.1/5 rDev +24.5%
Served in a small pils glass from a .33 liter bottle at Maulwurf Pub in Stuttgart, Germany. Offered during the 2010 South Africa World Cup.
The essence of the bigtime American style lager.
Little to write home about, but it's not meant to be special, it's meant to be drinkable in great quantites by folks who may not care that much about the subtleties of beer.
That being said, there are few of the nasty aftertastes or weird metallic notes I tend to experience in Budweiser and Miller products, so though I won't go looking for Castle, I wouldn't refuse one if offered...
06-26-2010 08:32:19 | More by stonesean
1.27/5 rDev -49%
340ml bottle 5.0% abv
Appearance: Light yellow gold - typical adjunct lager - reasonable, very short lived head, leaving no lace.
Smell: Not much here and what there isn't good. Musty maize, metallic, slightly skunky blegh...
Taste: Hmmm and I thought the smell was bad. Stale maize, metallic, almost no barley or hops. I really do not understand how people drink this.
Mouthfeel: Light, watery, horrid carbonation.
Drinkability: I've had 1/4 of a glass and I feel like I've eaten a pile of bread dough.
I always knew it was a bad beer, but don't remember it being this bad. It's disgusting that it is the beer that represents South Africa. If anyone is traveling to South Africa please BM me so I can point out our good beers and you can stay away from this crap...
05-15-2010 17:59:50 | More by Thehuntmaster
2.5/5 rDev +0.4%
Poured a 440-ml can into a tall draught glass.
Appearance - bright golden colour with a bright white head that doesn't really last. There's some minimal lace that hangs around as I drink it.
Smell - very starchy, corn-grain smell. Light smell of alcohol. Not a very complex malt aroma.
Taste - very basic, neutral-sour bready kind of taste. Fairly empty aftertaste which is a bit wet and metallic.
Mouthfeel - I will say the beer is fairly smooth. Not in a great way but there is flavour and mouthfeel consistency from start to finish.
Drinkability - not too great. I've had a six pack of these 440-ml cans for over a month and they are dwindling one by one. I've reviewed the 4th brew as there has been little excitement to share what this beer had in store.
03-15-2010 02:31:23 | More by DoctorStrangiato
2.58/5 rDev +3.6%
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep gold body with a half-finger-high head of bubbly, white foam.
Smell: Ah, a sweet-smelling aroma of light corn syrup generously brushed over some simple, basic barley.
Taste: Then, it's flavor time! Lightly grainy, excessively pale malts with sweet hints of sucrose and corn syrup. There's a lacking hop presence and accompanying bitterness, leaving the beer to finish somewhat sweet.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A bit of a disappointment. Particularly adjunct-laden and I'd prefer it to finish a bit drier. Ah well!
01-16-2010 23:36:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.6/5 rDev +4.4%
440ml can poured into pint glass oct15 2009
A straw yellow with crazy amount of carbonation that makes this one look alive. big fluffy two finger head that slowly falls forming an island leaving a fair amount of lace well down the glass
S corn, grass and skunk
T as it smells and that's not the greatest thing
M thin and too much carbonation
D perhaps I drank a bad beer, this one just looked so good I find it hard to believe I was so weak in other areas
I doubt I'll be drinking this one anytime soon, it looks much better then it tastes
10-16-2009 04:35:43 | More by wordemupg
1.58/5 rDev -36.5%
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.
09-23-2009 02:53:25 | More by Phyl21ca
2.6/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
09-15-2009 00:16:16 | More by biboergosum
2.88/5 rDev +15.7%
This is a pretty standard lager. It seems to have a bit more character than your standard American lager, but to difference is not very noticeable. It's fine for a cheap, drinkable beer, but don't expect much more than that. South African nostalgia is the only reason I go back to this one.
A: A clear, golden yellow with a head that fades quickly.
S: Mildly sweet with some fruity notes.
M: Moderately high carbonation that can overstimulate the tongue and cheeks.
D: Very drinkable. Easy to have one after another, after another.
05-03-2009 16:43:43 | More by masgniw
3.63/5 rDev +45.8%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours yellow, with a pretty long-lasting head, good lacing for a lager.
S: Very malty, sourdough, some corn, a hint of DMS, but definitely a more concentrated smell than your average macro.
T: Taste is all malt upfront, a hint of diacetyl. Hop presence is considerable for this style, noble hops give a great counterbalance to the malt, notes of grass and wet earth, a bit of pine.
M: Light in carbonation, which is a nice respite, since this style can be all carbonation. Not as crisp as I'd like, but light-bodied and smooth, easy to drink.
D: This is quite a good lager, it can be on par with the best of the Euro lager style. Don't know why it is rated so low on BA, I thought it was quite good.
06-24-2008 03:15:40 | More by Halcyondays
3.2/5 rDev +28.5%
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
06-10-2008 09:43:48 | More by dirtylou
2.42/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
05-26-2008 08:59:37 | More by AKBelgianBeast
2.65/5 rDev +6.4%
A - Poured into an Australian "pot" glass a very clear light golden colour. About 1.5 centimetres of off white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Slight grainy notes with some grassiness.
T - Like the smell but with a slight metallic touch.
M - Pretty light bodied, medium carbonation.
D - Not horrible but nothing to get excited about. I'm sure when it's boiling hot one of these served at near freezing temp would be quite nice.
04-23-2008 08:46:10 | More by brendan13
3.03/5 rDev +21.7%
decent looking macro..maybe a touch darker in hue than most...impressive head considering I poured it striaght from the beer coller. Big gobs of lacing left behind as well. Smell is fairly average...grainy, bordering musty malt and a hint of floral hop. Light on the malt side, but a bitter, almost astringent taste really rules the roost here. Luckly some malt sweetness combined with the bitterness morphing into a more citrus-like taste rescues this brew from it's more medicore macro brethern. Mouthfell is medium-lite and is moderately carbonated.
@ $13 cdn/six pack it's not a bad value per millilitre, I may use this a bridge beer in the summer for my domestic beer friends
01-17-2008 02:21:51 | More by Shadman
3.1/5 rDev +24.5%
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.
12-31-2007 22:57:00 | More by Dukeofearl
3.73/5 rDev +49.8%
Being a South African, I drink Castle quite frequently. As a matter of fact it is my fav South African beer. Castle is sometimes bitter and sometimes dry, depending on the brew. I tend to favor the dry variety. Why this variation exists, I donot know. Overall, a great beer with a proud South African heritage.
12-09-2007 11:23:42 | More by pirates
2.95/5 rDev +18.5%
Yellow in the glass with a white frothy head, about a finger's worth. Retention wasn't bad, some good lacing. Nicely and steadily carbonated. Smells of melon, cantaloupe. The taste was sharp and bitter with a snappy hop presence, some malt. Carbonated mouthfeel, gassy. It was bitter sour on the finish with a dry, lemony aftertaste. Overall this is an acceptable lager on a hot summer day but the finish doesn't make you want to grab another. The words on the label, "Brewed in Perfect Balance" didn't seem to apply to my can of beer but it's worth a try.
10-05-2007 02:45:07 | More by ThatWineGuy
2.5/5 rDev +0.4%
Had a bottle of this at the hotel in Mumbai. Another generic lager. I really couldn't distinguish this much from the other options (Kingfisher and Cobra), although it had a slightly vegetal aroma that the others managed to avoid. Not quite as carbonated either. Inoffensive, but boring.
08-07-2007 20:37:46 | More by crwills
3.43/5 rDev +37.8%
I got a sixer of thisone as we prep for our Florida vacation. I wanted to bring a few to enjoy after trek'n around the Animal Kingdom. Thought thisone just might fit the theme of the day.
It poured a fair looking copper gold. A half inch white head, fair carbonation, not so much on lace.
The aroma was more of a corn malt and grass.
The taste rides on malt with a slight hop crispness with corn, earthy grass and hey. Alittle metallic in the finish.
Drinkability, ya! I tried this on a hot, humid day. Its crisp when cold. The body is medium but solid. The brew is not watery.
After a hot Florida day of walk, this sould work just fine. cheers!
07-10-2007 01:55:20 | More by chilidog
2.6/5 rDev +4.4%
Appearance: The pour is a nice rich golden color topped by a 2 1/2 fingers of fluffy white head.
Smell: The nose has spicy and floral hops in front of grains and adjuncts.
Taste: This is a macro lager with balls. There more floral and spicy hop and soft grain flavor than MGD or Budweiser, but the adjuncts are still in here.
Mouthfeel: It medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation.
Drinkability: It's more interesting than most macro lagers, but at BevMo's price I'd have to give it a pass.
07-02-2007 06:47:54 | More by goschool
2.65/5 rDev +6.4%
I tried this on July 2, 2007 after purchasing it from my local LCBO store. It poured nicely into the glass with very little head, what head there was was gone very quickly. The colour is a medium gold colour, and translucent. Carbonation is constant. The aroma is malty and was constant throughout. The mouthfeel is crisp with mild carbonation. The taste is mellow with hints of malt and grains. An enjoyable beer.
07-02-2007 05:29:18 | More by cyrenaica
1.58/5 rDev -36.5%
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.
06-29-2007 02:51:51 | More by prototypic
Castle Lager from South African Breweries plc
61 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.