XXXX Gold - Castlemaine Perkins
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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
3.18/5 rDev +35.9%
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.
01-23-2008 03:42:20 | More by funkengruven
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
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
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
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
2.28/5 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
2.65/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
12-12-2006 09:37:39 | More by Finite
1.63/5 rDev -30.3%
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.
02-11-2006 08:54:03 | More by Kulrak
2.98/5 rDev +27.4%
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. Thats a relief.
Its by no means a great beer, but its 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.
12-13-2005 02:31:58 | More by DaveFL1976
1.78/5 rDev -23.9%
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
11-19-2005 23:02:17 | More by jarmby1711
XXXX Gold from Castlemaine Perkins
60 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.