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XXXX Gold - Castlemaine Perkins

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BA SCORE
61
poor

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.38
pDev: 29.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Castlemaine Perkins visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-16-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev +89.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +78.2%

Photo of SargeC
3.8/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden color. Dense head with good lacing. Large carbonation bubbles slowly rise to the top.

Smell: Sweet tones, grass, small touch of alcohol

Taste: Very light hop flavor backed up by mild malt flavor. Good tame balance.

Mouthfeel: Good body for a lager.

Drinkability: Great session brew. This was hand carried back from Queensland to me. It is a great reminder of good times in Australia. A very high percentage of those times involved a Castlemaine product.

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3.5/5  rDev +47.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.3/5  rDev +38.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of funkengruven
3.18/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.03/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear straw with a 1 inch head. Pretty solid for a macro.

S - Sweet sort of aroma, a floral/chalky hop and maybe a touch of honey.

T - Bland, macro-ness with a bare touch of citrus in the finish.

M - light and fizzy,

D - Not bad, kinda basic, average, run of the mill macro.

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3/5  rDev +26.1%

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3/5  rDev +26.1%

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3/5  rDev +26.1%

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3/5  rDev +26.1%

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3/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of DaveFL1976
2.98/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Photo of yaegerje
2.95/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one in a bottle from some Australian Air Force I was working with, great bunch of Aussies.

I wish I could say the same about the beer. There's not much remarkable about this brew.

A - Pours nicely, good carbonation and nice color.

S - Um... leaves something to be desired, a bit skunky and reminescent of a pharmacy

T - Much better than the smell let on, pleasing malts, a little corn

M - Not impressed with the mouthfeel, really light, carbonation comes through too weakly for a adjunct

D - Totally average, no place for taste in this bottle

Photo of Andrewziggy
2.93/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of SmashPants
2.83/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of Rickstar
2.75/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Breeza
2.75/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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2.75/5  rDev +15.5%

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2.75/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Goosehunter75
2.7/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of Finite
2.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Actually better than I thought. Im from NSW and everyone says this is poison well its better than carlton or new and about the same as VB. It was a basic malt profile with some surprising hop flavours and smell. Small yet more than expected. A crisp BBQ beer for sure. An easy drinking aussie larger and probably on the better side in terms of macros but in the end its poor in the scheme of craft beer.

Photo of LittleCreature
2.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2.5
Poured a finger of frothy white head that steadily reduced to a thin and unattractive layer. Looks to be highly carbonated, the colour is a pale clear yellow/gold with a tinge of brown.

Smell - 2.5
Slight skunk upon opening, but this died away. Even when the glass is half empty I have to really snort it in to smell the vague malt sweetness and cheap bread. Nothing offensive.

Taste - 2.0
Reasonably refreshing cold, but most macros are anyway, so that's not saying a lot. Again, nothing really offensive. It is very dry from start to finish, slight malt sweetness, weak grain flavours, a bit of stale hop bitterness and a slight metallic twang. Most do it better, but certainly some do it worse.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Carbonation is moderate, despite the early appearance, although there is a bit of a sting in the finish. Moderate to heavy in the mouth, which is a bit surprising for a mid-strength.

Drinkability - 4.0
The 3.5% ABV scores drinkability points, and it is definitely sessionable for those who are not seeking taste.

OVERALL - 2.5
Despite the low score, this is actually not too bad for a mid-strength macro lager. It's cheap, highly drinkable for the masses and tastes better than some full-strength macros. Still, when there are far tastier mid-strength beers out there like Rogers (admittedly for a higher price) why would you bother with this? If you are in Queensland, you don't mid macro lagers, and you aren't afraid to be seen drinking a mid-strength, this is not a bad choice.

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XXXX Gold from Castlemaine Perkins
61 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.