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XXXX Gold - Castlemaine Perkins

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BA SCORE
61
poor

72 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.39
pDev: 29.29%
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:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-16-2002)
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1/5  rDev -58.2%

Jake321, Oct 21, 2012
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1.04/5  rDev -56.5%

LouAronica87, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of jimiboi
1.05/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 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.

jimiboi, Aug 04, 2013
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.

rastaman, Sep 16, 2002
Photo of aeolianshredhead
1.13/5  rDev -52.7%
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.

aeolianshredhead, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of adityashekhar
1.25/5  rDev -47.7%

adityashekhar, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
1.35/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a dirty pale golden colour with slow, slow bead feeding a modest white head that sits listlessly and retains artificially well, with a sheet of lacing around. Looks bland, and you know, mass-produced on a factory line. Not abysmal though.

Smell is that "beer" smell that since childhood I've tried to avoid - sweet corn and grain husks with that soda-stream forced carbonation acerbicness. Touch of POR at the back, but not a lot of hop, just a weird sweet tang overall. Pretty poor.

Taste is bland; yeasty. Touch of sweet corn with rice grain on the front, then becomes bready yeasty on the mid, with an odd lemon/honey tang as a faint mid-palate. Finish is awfully sweet, just adjunct grain with a touch of children's cough medicine. Slight sweetness but otherwise just phenolic and raw. But on top of all that, it's bland as well. I'd be angry with how bad this beer is, if it didn't just suck all the spirit out of me.

No texture at all; no body. Not even carbonation sizzle. I've had tea with more fizz than this.

It's unpleasant enough to be bad and beyond just blandly drinkable. Powerfully mediocre.

laituegonflable, Nov 25, 2010
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1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

MenInVen, Jan 26, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

bpasquetti, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Kulrak
1.63/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Kulrak, Feb 11, 2006
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1.75/5  rDev -26.8%

Sambosa, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of jarmby1711
1.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The look of this beer is unusual It is the brightest clearest yellow/gold with a pure white head and the most bubbles I have ever seen.It all looks to a computer generated image of an enticing beer Wierd stuff.
The smell is off putting chemically water
The taste is stock standard bitter water with the vaguest of malt backgrounds.The more of the glass you had the less flavour there was to back up the bitterness.
It is not awful nor has it any merits to recommend it beyond being thirst quenching on a very hot day.But as there are many beers that do this AND add flavour it is hard to recommend it

jarmby1711, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of pootz
1.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Can from the LCBO

Pours a pale straw colored lager with a flaccid white cap that collases quickly...only light lacing.

Aroma of sweet rice and cardboard

Taste is bland and fizzy with light malts but mostly dextrine sweetness...clean finish, no off tastes just a boring adjunct bland lager with a watery weak character and an annoying dextrin sweet after taste.

It pains me Dogfish head 60 Min. IPA was rejected this summer so we could enjoy bland adjuct lagers like this...with a far too pricey tag for what you get...I won't go back for more...this is the Miller Genuine Draft of OZ.

pootz, May 30, 2007
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1.88/5  rDev -21.3%

Stuckey_Stuckey, Sep 23, 2014
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2/5  rDev -16.3%

birchholz, Dec 11, 2011
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2/5  rDev -16.3%

beerbtl, Jun 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -16.3%

Long813, Nov 07, 2014
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2/5  rDev -16.3%

klipper, Dec 15, 2011
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2/5  rDev -16.3%

dmorgan310, Feb 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -16.3%

XsoldoutX, Aug 05, 2013
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2/5  rDev -16.3%

mtnwesdew, Apr 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -16.3%

simplejj81, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of soju6
2.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

soju6, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of doktorhops
2.13/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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].

doktorhops, Jul 26, 2014
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XXXX Gold from Castlemaine Perkins
61 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.