XXXX Gold - Castlemaine Perkins
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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
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
2.28/5 rDev -2.6%
330ml can listed as Castlemanine XXXX Export Gold... and is by all accounts very underwhelming and painfully average...
Pours a brilliantly clear yellow body. Small bubbles drift about. There is a creamy white head that persist the entire tasting. The body is a little flat, with flavours of stale grassy hops and basic (adjuncty) malt bill. The drinkability is about average for a macro lager but I wouldn't by any stretch reccommend it.
05-24-2007 13:50:00 | More by biegaman
2.5/5 rDev +6.8%
12 oz can, from the LCBO! Sweet another premium lager!
Pours a clear straw yellow, kind of pissy, big thick white head forms, pretty tight, actually has a nice head on it, good retention and leaves a ton of lace. Smell is familiar, corn, urine, wheat, honey, bread, adjuncts of all kinds, some citrus, bit of a skunkiness. Taste is more of the same, watery adjuncts, some honey and bread, sugars, lemony twang, very weak finish, little bit of sourness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, pretty low carbonated for the style which makes it slightly more drinkable.
02-01-2008 02:23:23 | More by Viggo
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
1.35/5 rDev -42.3%
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.
11-25-2010 02:28:32 | More by laituegonflable
1.85/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
05-30-2007 22:14:35 | More by pootz
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
3.03/5 rDev +29.5%
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.
01-24-2008 03:22:55 | More by allergictomacros
2.48/5 rDev +6%
'XXXX Gold Now On Tap' proclaims my nearest club.
Joy! Celebration! or not....
Sadly this falls into the category of most other mass-produced macros with the sole plus being this is mid-strength so all the usual metallic / macro flavours have a little more reason to be present, ie to give at least some flavour.
Is it 40 deg? Drink it from the Esky.
Is it not 40 deg? Don't drink it...
10-21-2011 07:38:36 | More by heygeebee
2.25/5 rDev -3.8%
A - like flat ginger ale, absolutely no head even with an aggressive pour, the carbonation is gone within seconds and zero lacing at all
S - that very artificial beery smell without intricacies, as if based on a 'beer' flavoured jelly bean or ice cream
T - citrus and corn, very typical of the chemical macro Aussie beer
M - like water
O - the only thing going for it is it's cheap. Absolutely has to be served ice cold to be drinkable, if so - it does serve it's purpose after some hard yakka in the sun - you can really slam them down fast if you dont have to taste them. less horrible on tap.
03-27-2011 04:58:47 | More by dansmcd
2.63/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
10-14-2007 11:45:32 | More by LittleCreature
3.8/5 rDev +62.4%
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.
11-07-2007 07:25:55 | More by SargeC
XXXX Gold from Castlemaine Perkins
60 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.