Castle Lager
South African Breweries plc

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South African Breweries plc
South Africa
Lager - Adjunct
2.52 | pDev: 24.21%
Feb 06, 2020
Jan 07, 2002
Castle LagerCastle Lager
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Ratings by bark:
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2.06/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by bark from Sweden

Colour is pale straw yellow; the compact low white foam sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is very sweet with a distinct note of corn. I found some alcohol and syrup, too.

The taste is very light with notes of adjuncts. The aftertaste is extremely short wit a sweet touch and some alcohol.

The carbonation is pretty strong; medium sized bubbles.

This is probably a typical “tropical” lager: So gulpable that it becomes hard to gulp. There must be better brews to carry from the other side of the world than this one!

Nov 19, 2006
More User Ratings:
3.12 by pajfuwen from England on Feb 06, 2020
2.37 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 15, 2019
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2.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of pale malts and skunk are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a bit stronger, but still light flavors of skunked pale malts. There is a faint amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied, a bit smooth and rather clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a nice mouthfeel. It’s not that flavorful, but the skunk in the smell and taste is rather minimal.

Serving type: can

Oct 28, 2019
2.5 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio on Jul 27, 2019
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1.78/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75
by robed from California

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.

Jul 15, 2019
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2.63/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

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.

May 02, 2019
3.11 by yaron73 from Israel on Apr 15, 2019
2.79 by jrpapajcik from Illinois on Mar 10, 2019
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3/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Mclusal from Colombia


Feb 10, 2019
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4.92/5  rDev +95.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by BitbEerpenguin from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 28, 2018
3 by Winston3737 from Michigan on Dec 02, 2018
2.09 by JonnoWillsteed from England on Nov 23, 2018
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1.66/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

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.

Apr 06, 2018
3.12 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Jan 11, 2018
2.9 by DeutscheAfrikaner from South Africa on Jan 07, 2018
2.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Aug 13, 2017
2.65 by CamilleGege from South Africa on Jun 05, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by baconfromwalmart from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 22, 2016
2.48 by CBrodbeck from Florida on Jun 03, 2016
2.86 by NodakEric from Minnesota on May 03, 2016
3.02 by MartyDiBergi from Pennsylvania on Mar 09, 2016
Photo of stevoj
3.21/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by stevoj from Idaho

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...

Nov 27, 2015
2.76 by socon67 from New York on Jul 28, 2015
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1.9/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
by EmperorBevis from England

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

Jun 09, 2015
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2.13/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
by sholland119 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 05, 2015
2.23 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Jun 02, 2015
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2.81/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Tsotsi from England

Still regard this as a refreshing beer when ice cold on a hot afternoon on the South African velt

Apr 13, 2015
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2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by alisadk from California

First sip at Nkorho Bush Lodge in Kruger National Park December 2011 with Tracy.

Mar 24, 2015
2.63 by KeithE from Illinois on Jan 15, 2015
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3/5  rDev +19%
by Tom1957

Not too bad, one of the poular mass produced lagers in South Africa.

Nov 27, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -40.5%
by LeDirtyPanda from Belgium

one of the worst beers ever made. It makes Budweiser look like a trapiste.

Nov 24, 2014
2 by spycow from Illinois on Nov 01, 2014
2.44 by BierBliss from New Hampshire on Nov 01, 2014
2.75 by Oidmoe from Austria on Oct 16, 2014
2.5 by TubaDan from Minnesota on Sep 30, 2014
2.4 by WoostaBia from Massachusetts on Sep 25, 2014
2.75 by Basoos1 from Oklahoma on Sep 15, 2014
2.25 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden on Aug 09, 2014
3.5 by Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey on Aug 03, 2014
Castle Lager from South African Breweries plc
Beer rating: 61 out of 100 with 166 ratings