Cass Fresh - Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd

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BA SCORE
63
poor

38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 124
rAvg: 2.39
pDev: 21.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd visit their website
Korea (South)

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 03-01-2003

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 124
Reviews by jhtipton:
Photo of jhtipton
3/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notice my average marks. Yep, just average. For the most part I never met a beer I didn't like and when dining out on the economy in Korea this is probably the best choice to go with your spicy barbecue and soju. Appearance is typical of any mainstream domestic beer. I did enjoy the fact it was served in a 3 liter pitcher which made for a nice session beer. (359 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Foodnjoy
1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of dcbeers
2.75/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Reappropriated
2/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of biboergosum
2.38/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle - nice sharp-looking ice imagery on the label, which also promotes a 'fizzy and crisp taste' - um, ok.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with two fat fingers of puffy and thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some drowning cityscape lace around the glass as it hastily settles.

It smells of semi-sweet corn mush, a weaker pale graininess, nail polish, wet cardboard, and a soft weedy grassiness. The taste is more sweet, syrupy corn, um, syrup, and shamed barley malt, a certain medicinal astringency, way too stale lemon flesh, and some equally less than enthralling generic weedy dryness.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, as barely a plain frothiness arises, the body quite light in weight, and generally smooth, surprisingly enough, but with a certain cloying caveat. It finishes well off-dry, the cheap corniness unfortunately still the star of this particular gong show, doing its darnedest to put its best (and worst) foot forward.

While neither 'fizzy' (good, but really?) nor 'crisp', as the label proclaims, this is not nearly as bad as I was expecting - plain, sure, but no skunk or skank is evident, just a so-so low-brow Asian corn-fed lager - the kind where cost, ubiquity (on its home turf, I'm sure), and hot weather are its main selling points. (1,309 characters)

Photo of bearbreak
1.75/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of Wegomlegging
2.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear and watery with a flat head. Smells of tap water and barely some barley. Flavor is not bad, watery but surprisingly refreshing. If Bud Light wanted to improve, this would be the model. Typical mouthfeel of the factory plonk, but quite easy to drink a few of these. The perfect beer after a meal of kalbi and kimchi, but nothing to write home about. (360 characters)

Photo of Danflurry
2.25/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.92/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a crystal clear straw gold body with a big-bubbled bright-white head that holds OK at first as it's buoyed by a streaming carbonation. The head dissipates within a minute or so to an average collar, and drops to nothing within a few more; although the bubbles continue to rise. Obviously, it leaves no lace. The nose displays some mildly sweet malt. The body is light/medium; and initially the fine, effervescent carbonation leaves it gently crisp in the mouth. It releases it gases quite readily, however, and soon becomes much smoother (although a bit dull). The flavor offers a soft, sweet malt (and an obvious use of adjunct as there's no real grain flavor) with a touch of apple-like fruitiness. The bitterness is limited. It finishes short and dry with a mild note of sweet malt. According to the importer, this is a lighter style beer that's brewed and marketed to the younger generation. It's meant to be fairly flavorless, unchallenging, and easy to drink. It is. (981 characters)

Photo of mcthfg
2.25/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of WoodBrew
2.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm having Cass on Draft and I don't think it's as bad as its current score. Perhaps Cass from the bottle is sucky...but it's decent from the tap. It Pours like most American lagers...clear...golden thin white head that is dissatisfied over time. Not much to the scent and the taste is slightly grainy. Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's fine. (376 characters)

Photo of avisong
2/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours one finger of head on a clear light gold colored body. Low head retention.
The aroma is metallic, adjunct grain and lemon. Not good.
The taste is boldly metallic and watery.
The texture is quite fizzy with a thin and crisp body.
This beer is completely not enjoyable. (273 characters)

Photo of chrishiker1409
2.5/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Eaglefan344
2/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of tone77
3.14/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, some hints of corn. Taste is also a bit on the sweet side. Some corn and grains, not a lot of flavor. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a very mediocre beer. (295 characters)

Photo of astrickland
1.25/5  rDev -47.7%

Photo of smakawhat
2.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ho Lee Smoke Stacks (to not get so full of cursing swearing here). There I was, sitting in my Korean grocer, wanting my kimchi fix and there they still had on the shelves... Cass. Boy does this bring back memories. 17 years ago, this was much of what I drank in that beer wasteland I call South Korea. It was so not worth the time that it made Makkoli taste good, and make me discover the joys of DongDongJu in Pusan, and Soju on Taechon beach. Backpacking Soraksan and a 2002 World Cup later, how does this taste remain? We shall see, pouring this into a shaker pint (like it REALLY matters).

Appearance, boy.. an aggressive pour produces such a lifeless white head that it disintegrates into nothing flat just like I remember. WOW does this bring back memories sitting at the HOFs. Body color is extremely straw pale, it's PAST yellow, with some noticeable cola rising carbonation. Boy... I can't believe how incredibly LIGHT looking this beer is, far more so than I remember. Strangely it still manages to keep a thin collar.

Nose. What nose? I smell next to nothing on this. Faint malt but mostly just macro beer smelling lightness. Ironically it is not that offensive at all, but it barely even smells like beer. I don't find any faults either, perhaps cause they aren't really trying?? I call.... RIIIiiice!!!

Strangely after all that is said, the land of morning calm still wants to remind me of good times. Cloying slight syrup palate but strangely gives some depth. Palate fills mostly with a sugars but is strangely not that sweet. Finish is incredibly fast leaving nothing left to pick up. Wow, an unbelievably WET and watery finish on this beer, but not very carbonated either, which makes the beer lifeless in a strange way.

Overall, um, why did I buy this? Was it because I still have grand old joys of slumming in Taejon, or cavorting in Taegu and Kyongju? Stuffing my face with Po-sam and cheap beer? I'll remember the food more than anything, I think I'll skip the beer, nothing to see here folks.. move along. (2,031 characters)

Photo of LoFiDave
2.75/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of dbaker61
2.48/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Enjoyed" in the International Terminal at Incheon airport, South Korea. Quite the international experience, as I had this as a complement to German-style sausages in a Japanese-theme restaurant, on my way from China to the US.

Appearance: Pale urine yellow color, with a finger of lively, dense, pure-snow-white foamy head. That foam had no retention, gone in 60 seconds (not a movie reference). Tiniest bits of lacing, which faded fast. Clear as an E-flat trumpet on a mountain top.

Smell: Ah, memories of freshman year. Corny, sweet, Bud-esque.

Taste: What taste there is reminds one of all those other American Adjunct Lagers that one should have avoided. A small amount of malt taste, balanced against essentially no hops.

Mouthfeel: This beer's best feature, if you like overcarbonated light beers. I don't. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall: Okay, this beer is really not quite awful. It goes fine with food; washed down my sausages just fine. It may be even better with spicy Korean dishes, but I don't think I'll find that out. Yikes, I go back through Incheon on my way back to China. I think I'll look for something else. (1,134 characters)

Photo of tommy5
2.5/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Badger6
2.92/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a large bottle into a small Hite drinking glass in a 'beef and leaf' joint in Itaewon-dong, Seoul, ROK. (My second was on the KAL flight from Incheon to Dulles.)

A: Pale clear yellow body, some visible carbonation. Small white head that fades fast.

S: Grainy malt with some hops. It smells like a lager.

T: Typically lager, but not as plain as an American lager. Hints of something floral. Grainy pale malt comes through a little, but not strong. Clean, but bland tasting. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

M: Watery and thin. Clean feel on the palate.

O: So it's made with rice, guess what...Korea is covered in the stuff, its the staple grain. That said, compared to the beers available worldwide, this is typical for a local staple beer in many countries. It wasn't bad, and frankly the flavor went well with the Korean BBQ, and I'd say was nearly perfect. Would I buy it here in the US? Nope. Would I drink it regular if I was in the ROK? Absolutely...if I had some 'beef and leaf' to eat with it. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JamnesCameron
3/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a short tumbler in Korea. Pours a very pale straw, with a stark white, fizzy head. The head drops almost immediately. Fizzy carbonation persists.

Aromas of grainy, sweet malt. Very light earthy hop aroma.

Flavors of extremely light malt flavor, little to no hop flavor. Big carbonic bite. Some corn flavor as it warms up a bit. Finish is short and grainy.

Mouthfeel is light, fizzy, heavy carbonation prickle on the tongue.

Overall not a bad beer for what it is. Refreshing, not offensive or aggressive. Doesn't try to be something it's not (even claims to be fizzy on the can). (592 characters)

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Cass Fresh from Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
63 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.