XXXX Gold - Castlemaine Perkins
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2.13/5 rDev -9%
Well, well, well well well - XXXX the beer Queenslanders love to hate - nowhere else in this big brown land are people so vehemently against one of their own iconic products, but nearly every single Queenslander I met when I lived in Brisbane hated this brewery and the beers they produced. I often found myself wondering who was drinking all the XXXX and how they could stay in business, then a mate told me "It mostly gets sent down to NSW, Victoria and SA" like some form of cruel punishment to the other states for being terrible at the State of Origin. Then I found out that XXXX got bought out by Kirin, which explained everything. Anyway despite my polemic I had an ice cold XXXX Gold once and didn't mind it so much (as I recall it was a choice between that or a VB).
Poured from a 375ml Stubbie into a nonic pint.
A: Like a plethora of Aussie macro Lagers XXXX Gold presents a clear golden body with a white head that fizzles to nothing.
S: Barnyard apples that have been dropped on the floor mingle with grainy malts and vegetable hop notes. Certainly not as bad as I remember from the Bitters aroma, however it must be noted that this is the watered down version.
T: Grainy malts mostly. There is a hint of apple and the finish is an awkward dry cabbage flavour (Pride of Ringworm strikes again!). About as refreshing as a glass of sheep dip on a hot summers day (and I'm not referring to the whiskey of that name).
M: Understated, watery and light bodied with a crisp medium carbonation.
D: Look this is really a winner when the other options are VB, Toohey's New and XXXX Bitter - aside from that there is little reason to touch this with a barge pole, unless your plan was to knock it off a table to smash it on the ground with said barge pole.
Food match: Whatever they're selling at the footy match you're currently attending as that is the only reason you purchased this beer in the first place.
Side note: The classic New South Welshperson joke goes that "Queenslanders call it XXXX because they don't know how to spell BEER" [Yeah there's definitely some inferiority complexes at play between those two states].
07-26-2014 10:17:01 | More by doktorhops
2.83/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
05-06-2014 10:14:01 | More by SmashPants
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
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
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.