XXXX Bitter - Castlemaine Perkins
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Reviews by doktorhops:
1.6/5 rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
DH: "Hey Mr. Bottleshop Man I would like to buy a stubbie of XXXX". BM: "Really!? Why are you buying that? You usually buy the good stuff". DH: "Yeah, I know, but I was going to review it because I've reviewed most of the nice beers you sell and I need to have a basis of comparison by reviewing some crap macro brew lagers". BM: *raises eyebrow* "Good luck with that". End scene.
Poured from a 'I-wish-all-beer-bottles-were-this-size' 375ml stubbie into a tulip pint.
A: Clear (yuck!) and golden body, with a soap bubble white half centimeter head... typical Aussie lager look, in fact if you gathered together all the Aussie lagers out there and poured them into glasses you would be hard pressed to find any difference in their appearance.
S: Nothing appealing here. Grains, a slight smell of corn with no discernible hop aroma.
T: Bad... really bad, shady lager characters, the usual suspects; musty grains with a watery semi-flavourless backing. It's a train wreak of a beer, but in it's defense so are all the other macro Australian lagers. More to the point if I had to judge it against those beers it's really a contest to see how bad it gets (which ends with Victoria Bitter winning and Tooheys Red a close runner-up). By the way I've got bad news: no hops.
M: Fizzy like a soda drink.
D: How could I even get through a stubbie of this when I was younger? It's as if my palate has matured over the years and macro Australian lagers taste like nothing but tepid soda water. Getting on the subject of beer names - this is not a bitter. A bitter is a style of ale that originated in England and actually has hops and flavour in it and is drunk at room temperature... this is as far from a bitter as you can get; change the name already! (XXXX Lager works fine).
Food match: What to eat with this beer? I'm at a loss. Let me say one thing; any food you have with this (and any other macro lagers) will be a waste, so keep that foie gras and white truffle ravioli in the cupboard for when you have some Duvel in the fridge, otherwise cheap take-away will do the job (even when this beer doesn't).
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2011 09:19:57 | More by doktorhops
More User Reviews:
1.59/5 rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
Had at the recommendation of a waiter in Brisbane. He should be fed to a crocodile.
Pours golden with a slim white head. Retention is fine. Decent amount of carbonation rising.
Aroma is unassuming.
Taste is of adjuncts. Quite offensive.
Mouthfeel is a bubbly mess. Light bodied.
Overall, don't bother with this one. It is popular, so I'm assuming that is why it was recommended...but not all things that are popular are good.
Serving type: on-tap
04-20-2014 17:39:28 | More by atigerlife
4.53/5 rDev +82.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
This is my beer of choice for a good session. It has a bad rep that is not deserved.
(For some reason it is not cool to drink XXXX in Australia)
If I was at a bar to have 1 beer I would pick a beer with more flavours in the palate.
When I want to drink 12+ beers I choose to drink XXXX.
The beer has a lot of carbonation and must be consumed cold.
It is the most refreshing beer I know. More exotic beers will cause bloat/tiredness after a couple but XXXX can be consumed in large quantities without taste or thirst fatigue.
The hangover is light compared to other drinks. No headache or nausea. Only laziness and a mild resentment towards other people and the world in general.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 04:34:34 | More by Sphincta
1.9/5 rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Bottle: light brown bottle, pretty shithouse label.
Appearance: clear golden colour, with a frumpy half-cm head that dissipates immediately.
Aroma: grains, a slight smell of corn with no discernible hop aroma.
Taste: not a whole lot of taste, but what there is is not great. Off-metallic meets off grains. Avoid.
Aftertaste: not so great either, but at least most of the off flavours have gone.
Mouth feel: quite watery and very highly carbonated. Suits the hot climate we have in Australia, but this one hasn't been done very well. The carbonation actually changes the flavour, makes it even more metallic rubbishy.
Overall: this is not a pleasant beer at all. Some off grains mixed with off metallic lager rubbish. I would go a long way to avoid drinking this beer. It is only AU$40 a case (2012), but I would rather buy $40 worth of shoe-laces and eat them.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2012 09:24:04 | More by SmashPants
XXXX Bitter from Castlemaine Perkins
63 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.