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XXXX Bitter - Castlemaine Perkins

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XXXX BitterXXXX Bitter

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 29.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-08-2002

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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 27
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4.45/5  rDev +79.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +61.3%

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4/5  rDev +61.3%

Photo of SargeC
3.73/5  rDev +50.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +31%

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3.25/5  rDev +31%

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3.25/5  rDev +31%

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3.25/5  rDev +31%

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3.23/5  rDev +30.2%
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.

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3.16/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of jahsausage
3.15/5  rDev +27%
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.

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3/5  rDev +21%

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3/5  rDev +21%

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3/5  rDev +21%

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3/5  rDev +21%

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2.83/5  rDev +14.1%
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'"



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2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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2.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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2.6/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of daliandragon
2.6/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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2.55/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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2.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There seems to be a lot of hate towards XXXX from outsiders (non Queenslanders) and I'm not including people who cant stand macro lagers in general.

Has a nice clear golden colour in the glass. Poured with quite a large frothy head which all but vanished to a thin surface covering by the time I was ready to take my first sip.

Aroma wise nothing too strong. All that can be said is it smells like a brewery but weaker. There is another scent too that I can't quite describe, probably what most here have described as a metallic smell. It's something bound to be (is?) unpleasant to most but it's also a smell I was brought up with so I find it almost reassuring.

Now one must remember that a XXXX is a beer to be consumed ice cold like most Australian macros. As such there are no discernible subtle flavours when the beer is drunk properly. It's carbonated enough that it almost acts as a flavour overpowering most of the drink. There is a slightly hoppy taste if you concentrate hard enough but otherwise a fairly rough flavour followed by a sharp bitterness that soon fades. The bitterness has a dull metallic quality which I suppose I'm used to but seems to be highly off putting to people who have not acquired the taste (and I'll be honest in admitting its hardly a product worth getting acquired to).

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated. Wouldn't say its light bodied but it's certainly not heavy bodied. Quenches a thirst well if if you can stand to have the stuff in your mouth.

Overall this is the macro I grew up with, and it's my cheap macro of choice. Saying that I generally never have any desire to drink a cheap macro. I'm slightly disappointed in that my memory is of this beer having a far stronger bitterness and the taste in general was a lot weaker than I recall.

I still drink this when I'm drinking with the boys at the pub and I've shattered my tastebuds to the point where they couldn't honestly appreciate a better beer. And I still occasionally enjoy slamming a bottle down as refreshment on a hot day. I don't think it deserves a lot of the bad press it gets but on the same token its nothing more than a lawnmower beer.

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XXXX Bitter from Castlemaine Perkins
63 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.