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XXXX Bitter - Castlemaine Perkins

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BA SCORE
64
poor

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 29.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Australia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-08-2002)
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Photo of Sphincta
4.53/5  rDev +80.5%
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.

Sphincta, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of amberBob
4.5/5  rDev +79.3%

amberBob, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of probert
4/5  rDev +59.4%

probert, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Qdiver
4/5  rDev +59.4%

Qdiver, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of SargeC
3.78/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold color. Low carbonation. Frothy white head.

Smell: Hint of hops with solid malt backing.

Taste: Good malt profile, slightly biscuit with a satisfying bitterness. Floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Lingers in the mouth, slightly waxy.

Drinkablity: Tasty brew that is great for a session. Always makes me remember my days in Queensland.

SargeC, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

M_C_Hampton, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Tonyole
3.25/5  rDev +29.5%

Tonyole, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of tonton
3.25/5  rDev +29.5%

tonton, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of patre_tim
3.25/5  rDev +29.5%

patre_tim, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev +29.5%

endless1408, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of jahsausage
3.23/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Colour is extremely pale, leads me to suspect that in great australasian fashion that the "BITTER" on the can doesn't
mean anything regarding style of the contents. Taste wise there is an initial almost creamy non-event followed by a bitter bite as it approaches the back of the mouth. For what it is - an aussie provincial beer in the same league as VB - is quite good, suppassing VB in my opinion by virtue of its stronger bitterness and lack of VB's ever so slightly dodgy taste. Judged as a beer in its own right it doesn't rate so great.

jahsausage, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of amicar
3.23/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden- white head that quickly goes away. Very subtle spice hop smell. A little low end bitterness, very mild; would've thought it might be a touch more bitter with the name, and all. However, very smooth and thrist quenching. Clearly made not to challenge anyone, but be easy to drink.

amicar, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of Mick82
3.16/5  rDev +25.9%

Mick82, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Rickstar
3/5  rDev +19.5%

Rickstar, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of klipper
3/5  rDev +19.5%

klipper, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev +19.5%

drummermattie02, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev +19.5%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of TeeRex
3/5  rDev +19.5%

TeeRex, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of btmo
2.85/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is one of Australia's better macros, but as is common with the style, it just isn't anything special.

It is a little hard to find outside of its home in Queensland, but it is worth looking for if you are a fan of the style.

I find it overly sweet (a consequence of Qld being the home of sugar production in Australia?), but when served cold, it is worth a try.

And just for fun, and old (Australian) joke.

"Why do Queenslanders call their favourite beer XXXX?"

"Queenslanders can't spell 'BEER'"

Hahahahaha!!

;-)

btmo, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of gtg079x
2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

gtg079x, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of hopnerd
2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

hopnerd, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Rickus
2.6/5  rDev +3.6%

Rickus, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of daliandragon
2.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Despite a fairly deep study of beer drinking, I haven't had too many Australian beers, which makes me curious when I see the bottle in the local Superstore here in Incheon, South Korea (whose foreign beer section I basically consume singlehandedly). 2300 won, not horrible but the same price as a Hoegaarden. Game on.
Castlemaine XXXX Export pours an alarmingly pale yellow, reminiscent of apple juice. Another surprise when the nose is revealed to be sweet, almost sugary. Not quite skunked, but still a strange smell to be smelling from your beer.
I tasted some hoppy bitterness in the flavor but something was missing to make this a good beer. The mouthfeel is likewise even but not real substantial, and a bit over carbonated.
This is a serviceable beer but absolutely no more.

daliandragon, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of Globetrotter
2.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I found this on the shelf in Moscow's largest discount grocery store chain - a place not known for a large variety of unusual or hard to get brews. Comes in a 33cl brown bottle with a yellow and red label identifying the stuff as "Export Lager." Four big red X's on the front, with a sketch of some factory buildings just above. Back label makes it clear that, while the hops are "Australian," the brew itself is from no further down under than Italy. Ingredients on the Russian import label conform to the purity law. Best before 2/11/06, I opened it on 9/3/05.

Unimpressive. Pours clear gold under a short-lived one finger fizzy white head. No lace, collar or film. There is practically no nose at all - at least not that I can discern. The mouth is quite prickly and slightly sticky. The taste is raw. The carbonation overwhelms what malt there might be, leaving rusty metal to dominate the taste buds. A touch of sweet grain emerges late in the finish, which is otherwise quite non-descript. So, in fact, is everything else about this brew. Doesn't do it for me.

Globetrotter, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a tall water glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear body of dark yellow with a big bubble supporting no head. There is a thin wispy film during the pour.
S- There is a light dry honey hint with a stronger green sulfury finish.
T- The big sulfury bite has a finish of hop bitterness with no real flavor and a slight cinnamon bite/heat without the flavor. That grows as the beer warms.
M- There is a light mouthfeel with a big cleaning fizz.
D- This beer has a sharp sulfury flavor that hides any other flavors that might be underneath.

rhoadsrage, Nov 10, 2009
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XXXX Bitter from Castlemaine Perkins
64 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.