Castle Lager
South African Breweries plc

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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #397
ABV:
5%
Score:
62
Avg:
2.51 | pDev: 24.3%
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
163
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South African Breweries plc
 
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Year-round
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SCORE
62
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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 163
Photo of robed
1.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

As a South African, it pains me to concede how poor this beer is. Growing up, there was nothing better than an ice cold castle in a bottle on a hot day. Now, its taste ranges from awful to metallic to metallic corn awful. Not sure if the recipe has changed or if mgmt has just let it fail.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint pale golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of slightly mottled very thin film covering a little more than 65% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts with a hint of rice + corn adjuncts and a light amount of grainy sweetness. Hints of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of grainy malts with a hint of rice + corn adjuncts and a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by very light flavors of grassy hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which slowly fades away.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a pleasantly crisp, clean mouthfeel. Similar to the big AALs from American breweries, not bad but not something that I would seek out again. Would pair easily with foods and be refreshing in a very warm climate.

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Photo of BitbEerpenguin
4.92/5  rDev +96%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Castle Lager is an excellent all around beer. It is your typical light lager but with just a touch of extra bitterness that makes the beer taste crisp and refreshing. It's good for hot summer days at the beach and good for barbecues. It's also a great beer after a hard days work no matter the season.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
1.66/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Review: 330 ml bottle of Castle Lager: ABV: 5% vol

Nice brown bottle with a a logo of a castle, go figure, but nice all the same.

Appearance is one of a clear golden colour, with a white head that doesn’t stay around, some small carbonation going on, and overall the beer is not much to look at at all.

Has a nice piercing smell of sweet corn, and a lager type aroma, very malty, grainy and lemony. Ok on the nose.

Taste has nice warmish mouthfuls. Not a strong initial taste, and a bit flat.
Bit metallic in initial taste, not nice, and in overall taste as well. Difficult to drink to be frank.

Feck me this was a disgusting beer to drink. I felt a bit sick drinking it. It’s like a chemical infused beer with little thought given to flavours or tastes.

Beer two.
Taste is very hoppy, too hoppy, too much sweet corn and all a bit sour, hard to stomach especially for what is meant to be a lager. All in the front end. It’s a dead kind of taste. No, too hoppy for me, not nice.

Very disappointing when you consider that SAB have morphed into the worlds largest brewer of beers yet their baby, Castle beer, is muck.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild, actually really balanced. Rich malt taste, good mouth feel. Less carbonation than other beers tried on my trip to Tanzania. Slight bitter taste at the end, more so than the other beers I've had while on Safari.

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Photo of stevoj
3.21/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice! Smooth, mellow, with a pleasant flavor. Appearance is great with thick, fluffy head. Bready aroma and light malty flavor, with a slight citrus tang. Very interesting...

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Photo of EmperorBevis
1.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Bottled
On a big rolling lager sampler amongst the dire adjuncts this is amongst the meh
Golden amber body tinny aroma and minimal malt flavour washed down with a little too much fizziness

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Photo of sholland119
2.13/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A pretty terrible beer. The kind of beer that I would much rather had less taste. Lacks the clean dry finish of this style with a fairly unpleasant finish. Pass.

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Photo of Brenden
2.03/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A completely clear bright gold color, this brew throws up a layer of foam that, to its credit, does stick around for a moment before falling to just what can cling to the edges. A few little spots of lacing can be seen here and there.
The aroma isn't offensive; there's not much at all going on. I get grains, a little syrupy sweetness, and a lightly mineral note.
The flavor is primarily grainy and sweet with a dusting of pale malts. Take away the sweetness and it's almost palatable.
The caronation holds up and the very light body actually keeps something going, while crispness keeps it from going flat. For the style, the feel is average.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
1.61/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

330ml bottle served in a Pilsen glass.

A: Pours a very clear gold yellow color forming a medium, white and very bubbled head. Low retention and some thin lacings left in the glass

S: Artificial plastic and adjunct malts in the nose. Terrible. Sweet grains and some flowery hops in the end

T: Sweet grains. Again, quite artificial in the mouth, tastes like plastic. Adjunct malts, mainly. Light bitterness

M: Light body. High carbonation. Adjunct malts aftertaste

O: Low drinkability. Disgusting

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.13/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours a clear and golden color. The head, about two fingers of it, is white with a medium retention.
The aroma is mild - some malts and grains can be picked up.
The taste naturally follows the nose. Sweet beginning of the malts, followed by a light bitterness, slightly watery, in the body, ending with no real finis. Lacks a bit of bitterness.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

300ml Bottle for £1.49 (The Cave bottle shop, Glasgow):
Light and clear body that is a golden straw colour, topped with a half centimeter tall head that is quite bubbly looking and manages to last rather well.

A very light beer on the nose that had me struggling to detect anything much at all. There is a little grain and some clean smelling, basic lager malts. I also smelt some corn and a few vegetable adjuncts on top.

Clean lager malts and a faint, grassy hop aroma coupled with a slightly grainy taste and some light bitterness. There is some corn in there too.

A light body although not quite a thin one or watery but light nonetheless. There is a very light bitter feel and the beer is slightly grainy with a dry finish.

The beer looked quite nice and head retention was pretty good but other than that it didn't really offer anything else. Not a particularly noteworthy offering and a bit of a disappointment for my first South Africa beer, although not an entirely unexpected one.

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Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
3.34/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First time ever trying this beer. Apparently if the liquor store runs out of it, there's a small cadre of customers who get quite upset.

A: Pale golden colour, lacey and rather foamy head.

S: Hoppy, slight bit of apples, little bit floral and herby.

T: A clear punch of refreshing taste at first, much like a Tiger or other smooth-drinking lager. Very clear and crisp, but then gives way to a distinct bitter aftertaste faintly reminiscent of a German pilsner.

M: Great - not too carbonated. Makes for easy drinking.

Overall: I really like this beer - it goes down very easily, but packs enough flavor to make for a satisfying drink. Not so big on the bitter aftertaste, but the beer goes down so easily that I can forgive that aspect. A great hot weather beer.

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Photo of cdaddie
2.58/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First time trying this beer, 440 ML can, very chilled. Looked quite good as it was being poured, smell seemed good as the pint glass was coming up, but the taste was merely "ok". Very plain, nothing overly distinctive about it. So not a really bad beer, but certainly not a really good one either. A good "hot day outside and I just finished cutting the grass" kind of beer, to quench a thirst, but nothing special.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.43/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle

Satara Rest Camp Gift Shop
Kruger National Park
South Africa

Clear golden yellow with a big, foaming, though wispy white head (which falls away quickly) that doesn't leave much to any stick down the glass.

The aroma is lacking much of anything at all. There's simple grain and a touch of something I can only describe as earthy minerals, but this is one of the faintest aromas of any beer I've ever found.

Grain, corn, and minerals combine for a simple, plain beverage. Low bitterness.

Thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A plain, typical example of an awful style. That being said, no matter what my objective thoughts on this beer are, it truly did "hit the spot" after a long, scorching, hot day out in the African bush.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.29/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 330ml can with no visible BB date. Given to me recently by a friend visiting from South Africa. The blurb on the can specifically mentions the addition of maize to soften the palate.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear straw colour with plentiful fine carbonation. Forms a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma is very weak - a faint hint of stewed veg/hops and little else.

Tastes of not much at all. Watery light malt with a hint of stewed leaves and corn. A harsh bitter note in the background. Pretty dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly. Quite good body for the style. Lightly astringent. Faint bitter aftertaste.

Hmmm - bland, watery and almost tasteless. At least it's clean; nothing too offensive going on. I guess this would be acceptable in a hot climate where no alternatives presented themselves. Otherwise, give it a miss.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
1.62/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: 1 1/2" white head that left a nice lacing over straw coloured liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Metallic, citrus, yeast.

T: Metallic and bitter, this beer leaves an acidic aftertaste.

M: Thin viscosity and low carbonation.

O: Not very drinkable at all. I thought it was stale, but it was within the expiry date period. Avoid.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Landed in Johannesburg and headed to the conference in Sandton. Had a 500ml draght Castle with dinner. The beer was golden clear with good carbonation that gave a nice finger thick head...which laced down the entire 500ml pilsner glass. The smell was mostly grain and no-descript. The taste was along the same lines a Becks, Pils Urquell, etc. This beer had some sweetness to the grain and was very crisp, meaning it came off the pallete clean. This beer ranks with most of the big american brewers.

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Photo of mdfb79
1.94/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From 03/27/11 notes. The third canned beer from Africa shared by Travir (RB).

a - Pours a clear golden color with an inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of corn, grain, and bready malts. Not good, but not as offensive as the Ndovu.

t - Tastes of grain, corn, bready malts, light sourness. A step down from the nose and a bit like a skunked BMC adjunct.

m - Light body and high carbonation.

d - Not as bad as the Ndovu, but not a good beer at all. Wouldn't want to have again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.18/5  rDev -53%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thanks to travlr for sharing this. Consumed in a SAVOR snifter.

Pour yields a very light-colored brew without any head or lacing. The nose is approaching awful, with some creamed corn, canned vegetables, and quite a bit of metal. The taste is even worse; the beer was quite hard to swallow. Slightly-rotten vegetables along with loads of aluminum. Pretty gross. Really thin with a metallic finish.

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Photo of drpimento
2.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sure looks good with the pour! Which is a huge, foamy, frothy, sudsy, billowy, white with lots of lace. Color is a clear yellow gold with several small bubble trails. Aroma is a scant scent of bitter hop. Flavor is a mild corn beer with slight bitter sweetness and a hint metalic. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and over quick. Best thing about this beer is having it in South Africa!

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - billowy fluffy cloud white meringue head. Clear brassy straw body with lots of bubbles. Thick foamy rabies lacing.

S - big whiff of adjunct skunk from opening the bottle. Pale malts. Corn. Mildly salty and savory.

T - yeasty creamy flavors are a big part of the experience. Hops are very mild some slight sweetness but overall underflavored.

M - creamy and smooth. Just a touch thin.

D - not bad. Easy to drink. Simple but good enough for a third string.

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Photo of BeerSingh
2.83/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The macro spree continues today with Castle. I'm having this after say what, 10 yrs or something. As far as I can remember it used to taste good. Now it just about makes its presence felt. Pours with the usual pale yellow / gold colour, although with a sizeable head. The head lurks around for a while while the grains (read corn) and skunk waft into my nose.
The taste is bitter and astringent with some malt flavour and the lemony finish that I had always associated with Castle. Not a bad deal after all. Its a little harsh on the palate - too much fizz I reckon to make up for the body. But on a hot summer afternoon in Delhi, I wouldn't mind to down a couple of 'em.

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Photo of stonesean
3.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a small pils glass from a .33 liter bottle at Maulwurf Pub in Stuttgart, Germany. Offered during the 2010 South Africa World Cup.

The essence of the bigtime American style lager.

Little to write home about, but it's not meant to be special, it's meant to be drinkable in great quantites by folks who may not care that much about the subtleties of beer.

That being said, there are few of the nasty aftertastes or weird metallic notes I tend to experience in Budweiser and Miller products, so though I won't go looking for Castle, I wouldn't refuse one if offered...

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
1.31/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

340ml bottle 5.0% abv

Appearance: Light yellow gold - typical adjunct lager - reasonable, very short lived head, leaving no lace.

Smell: Not much here and what there isn't good. Musty maize, metallic, slightly skunky blegh...

Taste: Hmmm and I thought the smell was bad. Stale maize, metallic, almost no barley or hops. I really do not understand how people drink this.
Mouthfeel: Light, watery, horrid carbonation.

Drinkability: I've had 1/4 of a glass and I feel like I've eaten a pile of bread dough.

I always knew it was a bad beer, but don't remember it being this bad. It's disgusting that it is the beer that represents South Africa. If anyone is traveling to South Africa please BM me so I can point out our good beers and you can stay away from this crap...

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Castle Lager from South African Breweries plc
Beer rating: 62 out of 100 with 163 ratings