XXXX Gold - Castlemaine Perkins
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Reviews by Goosehunter75:
2.7/5 rDev +15.4%
A - Pours a pale yellow with a decent 1 finger fluffy white head. Very little retention however
S - Not much aromas. Smells grainy and yeasty
T - More flavor than most American Adjunts, but still not very flavorful. Mainly malts/grains
M - Very light beer. Feels slick in the mouth.
O - Nothing special. Doesn have more flavor than a light beer. Similar to Budweiser in my opinoin. Not a bad beer, just nothing to write home about
11-26-2013 20:10:37 | More by Goosehunter75
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2.45/5 rDev +4.7%
375ml bottle, on an Aussie-themed patio on Whyte Ave, on a nice, bird-watching spring day.
This beer pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow colour, quite reminiscent of watery apple juice, with two fingers of weakly puffy, thinly foamy dirty white head, which leaves some decent fuzzy, tightly honeycombed lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.
It smells of grainy malt - barley and husky corn alike - with a thankfully small dose of weedy, lightly skanky hops. The taste is mildly sweet corn grist and spent barley awn, some stale yeast, and acrid, chemically astringent 'hops'.
The carbonation is generally quite high upfront, before petering out rather quickly, the body a pithy medium-light weight, and pretty plainly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the corn cereal sweetness, and a little skunkiness lingering in yer typical unholy duo.
Nice to try some different offerings from Down Under, but this just seems like more of the same ol', same ol' shite, and sadly, this time with less petrol! Not worthy of the price tag here all the way across the Pacific Ocean, and, I'm guessing, equally so right at home.
05-20-2009 21:18:52 | More by biboergosum
2.3/5 rDev -1.7%
Yellow with significant white head that soon dissipitates. Neutral aroma. On thin side, bit goes down easy. Not much taste and long metallic and bitter finish. Some corn. Carbonation is OK. Why does our government or any one else decide to bring this in? Proof that New Zealand, the underdog, produces the decent Australian beer.
07-29-2007 02:53:12 | More by Sammy
3.3/5 rDev +41%
If there was a Foster's commercial....like the ones they used to have...What's Australian for Michelob Ultra...XXXX Gold Lager!!! The previous people who reviewed this beer did not take into consideration the purpose of the beer. This beer was created for the hard working Australian in northern Queensland where the summers are long, hot, and humid...much like the legs on many a Sheila!!!! This beer looks, smells, and tastes like Mich Ultra. Stop being a snob and enjoy the beer as it was created. You can suck this SESSION down ...FOREVER!!!
02-16-2011 12:39:27 | More by WoodBrew
1.63/5 rDev -30.3%
Pours a nice golden color with a decent amount of white fluffy head (though I did pour into the middle of the glass) which fades away fairly quickly. Smells faintly of chemicals, not very pleasant. The flavor is about on par with the smell, faintly of chemicals, slightly sweet, and a horrible aftertaste I can't place. The mouthfeel is fairly creamy with only a slight scraping from the carbonation, not too bad until it hits the back of my tongue and the horrible taste comes in again and ruins it. All in all a horrible beer. I can't imagine why anyone would drink this.
02-11-2006 08:54:03 | More by Kulrak
1.13/5 rDev -51.7%
A- Well, no surprise here, it looks just like every single other Australian macro lager- boring as shit and a heavily carbonated straw colour. Honestly, what else could I expect?
S- That stupid, annoying, goddamn corn/starch smell which I'm sure every poor beer drinker with actual taste buds DREADS whenever he/she goes over to their mate's place.
T- Insipid, weak, diluted. People actually drink this voluntarily?!? Let alone en masse?!?! How ridiculous. Tastes as if vegemite and bread were put through a blender and "brewed" up as beer. Absolutely nothing but a stale, yeasty aftertaste on the palate.
M- Exactly like soda water. Carbonated into submission and ridiculously abrasive. Water has more body to it.
O- I can't believe this passes for beer. People always say, "It's refreshing," but these same people probably wouldn't even know what Hoegaarden was. This is no more refreshing than the average glass of tap water. A truly abysmal brew.
07-19-2011 13:45:08 | More by aeolianshredhead
2.98/5 rDev +27.4%
I drank a few or more than a few on my Queensland trip to Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef and Palm Cove, but never got a chance to do a review. I meet XXXX again at the Red Gum Hotel on the corner of Victoria and Peel in Melbourne.
It pours a dark straw (not quite golden) color with a thin white head that settles down to not much more than a cap in short order. The smell is fairly sweet and malty with little hop presence. The taste is better than your average CUB product in my opinion. The taste is light, a bit sweet. Not hoppy, but still fairly crisp. What separates this brew from Carlton, Crown and VB is the lack of the horrible metallic aftertaste. Thats a relief.
Its by no means a great beer, but its not horrible and would be great to consume in quantities on a hot day sort of the same way as iced tea or Gatorade.
Addendum: My wife and I recently took a NT trip to Kakadu National Park. It's a beautiful park and there's heaps of fantastic hikes to do that all end in waterfalls and rock pool swims. Anyways, we stopped at the 'last-chance-for-beer-before-the-park' stop where our choices were VB or XXXX. We chose XXXX because I do everything I can not to give CUB my money.
It really isn't a bad drink on a hot day. It's really closer to Sprite or Iced Tea than it is beer, in my opinion. I had like 6 of these on a hot afternoon/eve and never caught a buzz. I don't know if it's possible to get drunk on XXXX. In a way, that's good. It's a refreshing drink that doesn't taste horrible and won't leave you with a hangover.
12-13-2005 02:31:58 | More by DaveFL1976
2.03/5 rDev -13.2%
A: Pours a clear yellow color with a small head that fades to no real lacing.
S: Aroma is sort of musty with some grain and malt sweetness.
T: Tatse of sweet malt and grain. Mild bitterness and a sticky finish.
F: Light body, fairly smooth and pretty bland.
O: Pretty basic lager, bland and boring.
08-15-2012 11:37:06 | More by soju6
3.18/5 rDev +35.9%
Got a 6 of these at the LCBO last weekend, was just expecting a typical macro lager, which is pretty much what I got. Poured a standard yellow with a fizz that subsides quickly to nothing, smell is a little corny, some alcohol, little else. Flavor is not terriible, aromas of corn and weak malts, barely a hint of hops, however flavor is slightly better than your average macro. Carbonation is abundant, a little over abundant actually, but overall this was quite an easy drink.
I'd say it's slightly better than Coors Light, but certainly not worth the $11 i paid for a six pack.
01-23-2008 03:42:20 | More by funkengruven
2.75/5 rDev +17.5%
A: Clear gold, thick head with disappears very quickly leaving some large soapy-like bubbles. Moderate carbonation.
S: Hoppy and very metallic.
T: Hoppy and metallic taste also in taste profile, with a hint of Vegemite/yeast.
M: A bit thin and watery, but ok.
O: This is my preferred go to beer if where ever I am drinking at doesn't have much on offer, will drink this over most mainstream Australian beers anyday. It's definitely a beer to enjoy ice cold on hot summer days. Very simple in flavour but that isn't a bad thing at all.
02-13-2014 05:00:50 | More by Breeza
1.05/5 rDev -55.1%
Yellow, clear look. Drunk straight from a can so you can get the best of both worlds: zero taste and extra-bloating carbonation. What a treat! I avoid this beer in my haughty beer-snobbery, not because I’m a New South Welshman and loyal to Toohey’s New (because I avoid that too). This is a good beer to enjoy at a family BBQ, when you want to ‘fit in’ with normal folk who have convinced themselves that a good beer is characterised by a strong marketing campaign.
08-04-2013 11:28:54 | More by jimiboi
XXXX Gold from Castlemaine Perkins
60 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.