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XXXX Gold - Castlemaine Perkins

Not Rated.

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27 Reviews
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Reviews: 27
Hads: 76
Avg: 2.39
pDev: 49.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-16-2002

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Reviews: 27 | Hads: 76
Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
2.82/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can: a very macro-orientated yellow 375mL can.

Appearance: pours a strong yellow colour with plenty of lumpy carbonation. A fluffy white head dissipates quickly to a sparse cap. Looks a bit ordinary.

Aroma: plenty of grain and some malt - sweet barley and husk. That ol' XXXX smell. Some metallic since it's in a can (the only way to have it in Queensland).

Taste: pretty much follows the nose. XXXX is as XXXX does - a pretty simple mid-range lager.

Aftertaste: the flavours disappear pretty quickly as expected for a mid-range throw-down lager.

Mouth feel: a light mouth feel and plenty of carbonation. Easy to put back in a hot climate, which is kind of the idea.

Overall: XXXX Gold is extremely popular in Queensland due to its refreshing drinkability. A great price too, but all told I'd probably rather a Hahn 3.5 or Carlton Mid from this bracket.

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Photo of rastaman
1.1/5  rDev -54%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

even worse than the regular XXXX, this is a midstrenghth brew (3.5% ABV), and it sure as hell tastes like it, very weak, chemically and watery, most beers are better than this, too light for me.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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2.5/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Sammy
2.35/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.28/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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!!!

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1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.5/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Andrewziggy
2.91/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

watery and light bodied with a crisp medium carbonation.best on tap

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Photo of birchholz
2/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Kulrak
1.64/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of Jake321
1/5  rDev -58.2%

Photo of patre_tim
3/5  rDev +25.5%

Photo of aeolianshredhead
1.15/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
2.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. That’s a relief.
It’s by no means a great beer, but it’s 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.

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XXXX Gold from Castlemaine Perkins
65 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.