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XXXX Bitter - Castlemaine Perkins

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XXXX BitterXXXX Bitter

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 29.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Castlemaine Perkins visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-08-2002)
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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.5/5  rDev -1.6%
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
Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev +18.1%

drummermattie02, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev +18.1%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of bark
1.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Sold as “XXXX Export Lager” in Europe. Brewed under license by Carlsberg Italy.

The colour is yellow with a trace of gold. The foam is white, uneven and finger thick with some curtains left on the glass.

The smell is unbalanced with a dry chalk-like flavour. There are also some notes of honey sweets and an odd, musty scent.

The carbonation is very strong, I experienced it even as sharp and unpleasant; it really did froth in my mouth.

The taste is sweetish with a peculiar flavour of adjuncts, most probably rice. Apart from that, the taste is thin, metallic with a weak, fading bitterness. The aftertaste got delicate notes of butter and citric; it is very weak and watery.

I really wanted to give this disgraced beer a chance, but it was useless: It really was a piece of crap.

bark, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of cdwil
2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of rastaman
1.5/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Well, this is pretty screwed up. Taste like they chucked in as much adjuncts as possible, they might have an awesome climate up there in queensland, but this beer is one good reason not to move there.

rastaman, Sep 16, 2002
Photo of thierrynantes
2.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2003.
The Castlemaine 'XXXX' (pronounced four ex) could be regarded as the first national Australian beer.
Created in 1859 by the brothers Fitzgerald, the son of an Irish brewer, to Castlemaine in Victoria, the brewery Castlemaine is the oldest brewery in Australia.
In 1924, their flagship product, the Castlemaine XXXX became the favorite beer of the region.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : no aroma ?
Taste and mouthfeel : floral, It's slightly bitter taste in the back.
Drinkability : a not impressed beer in the style lager.

thierrynantes, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Globetrotter
2.55/5  rDev +0.4%
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 patre_tim
3.25/5  rDev +28%

patre_tim, Today at 10:18 PM
Photo of daliandragon
2.6/5  rDev +2.4%
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 aracauna
1.75/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I've heard that recently the beer has lost its bitterness. These were stated as complaints, but I think it may do the beer good. A bitter beer has got to have balance with a full flavor and this beer didn't balance at all. The flavor was thin and bitter and the rest of the beer was typical.

aracauna, Apr 08, 2002
Photo of klipper
3/5  rDev +18.1%

klipper, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Naerhu
2.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ingredients: malt, hops

This beer had a dark yellow color and a wonderful fine head. The lacing lasted to the bottom of the glass. Otherwise this beer was uninteresting. Attemps to discern any characteristics were difficult as this was an extremely restrained beer. I brought down the tast and mouthfeel due to the name of this beer. A beer named XXXX Bitter should in my opinion be a bitter beer. I have had ice cream that was more bitter than this. Between this beer and a glass of water, I would choose the water.

Naerhu, Jan 22, 2003
Photo of joecast
1.9/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

bitter by name, not by nature.
fizzy yellow beer appearance with thin lace head. second pour forms 1cm fine bubbly head.
sweet almost candy like aroma.
very sweet also in taste. leaning towards cloying but just shy. cutting bitterness makes an attempt to break through, but the sweetness of it is just too overwhelming. not that there is much bitterness there in the first place.
hmmm, the candy bar of the beer world? maybe
perhaps aimed at younger drinkers? probably
a good beer? most definitely not.

joecast, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of mulder1010
2.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750 ML poured into a SA perfect pint (YIKES)

A-- Poured a clear straw (yellow gold) color. One finger bright white head and lots of little bubbles on the side of the glass. Looks way carbonated. Head retention is good and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S-- Sweet/sour smelling but lacking any real distinguishing flavor. Not very impressive at all.

T-- Not a whole heck of a lot in the taste area. Watery with a bit more hop flavor to give it the bite. Has a little sweet malt taste to it as well.

M-- Very carbonated and unimpressive. The bitter taste gets a bit bigger as you drink on but it is a small bite and has a bit of a metallic taste to it. Hop taste is faint and quick disappearing. Watery is the only real thing I can say about this. Very bloated feeling in the end and that is not a good thing in drinking beer.

D-- When it is cold it is maybe passable. Australian lagers once warm are crap. Even cold Australian lagers are crap but on a hot day they do pass for mineral water or something to quench a thirst first. The question is sessionable?? NO. Left me with a bloated feeling and a stomach ache. Too much sugar and carbonation. Looked good to start but fell very flat very quick. Have tried Tooheys New, VB and XXXX and would suggest not to try any of them if you come over as a tourist and look for the craft beers that brewers that are putting an effort into their work and it does show.

mulder1010, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Agentveba
2.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Agentveba, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Bockerdoppel91
2.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Bockerdoppel91, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev +28%

endless1408, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of probert
4/5  rDev +57.5%

probert, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.5/5  rDev +37.8%

M_C_Hampton, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of LittleCreature
1.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - 3.0
Poured two fingers of fomay off-white head that steadily reduced to a thin layer over a clear golden body that has little visible carbonation.

Smell - 2.0
Aroma is sugary sweet, grainy and a little metallic.

Taste - 1.5
Not good. Flavours of grain and husk fade to leave a metallic and moderately bitter finish. Gets quite sweet as it warms.

Mouthfeel - 2.0
There is a low to moderate level of carbonation, the beer feels quite astringent in the mouth.

Drinkability - 2.0
Metallic flavour and unpleasant bitterness make this harder to drink than most macro lagers.

While this is not a truly awful beer, it is pretty bad, and I would be very happy to never drink it again. There are worse macro lagers out there, but there are some much better ones as well.

LittleCreature, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of BrazilianAussie
2/5  rDev -21.3%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of atigerlife
1.59/5  rDev -37.4%
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.

atigerlife, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of SargeC
3.78/5  rDev +48.8%
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 magpieken
2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

magpieken, Apr 08, 2013
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XXXX Bitter from Castlemaine Perkins
64 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.