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Castle Lager | South African Breweries plc

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Brewed by:
South African Breweries plc
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Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2002

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95
Ratings:
150
Avg:
2.49
pDev:
29.72%
 
 
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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 150
Photo of biboergosum
2.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

440ml can, at the Remedy Cafe off-campus, my better half's favourite hangout, and a decent enough beer destination for yours truly, so well, win-win!

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and maybe even a tad creamy off-white head, which leaves some random sea spray lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, weirdly cheap whiskey-tinted pale grain, corn grits, stale apple skins, and skunky, stewed vegetal hops. The taste is more husky pale grain, an indistinct, yet increasingly predominant corn sweetness, subtle fusel oils, a metallic flintiness, and weedy, skunky, and vegetal hops.

The bubbles are average here, just innocuously frothy, the body closer to medium weight from below than I might have imagined, a bit oily, yet approachable in its smoothness - go figure. It finishes off-dry, with some lingering Frankenstein malt, and more muted cooked veggie stank.

None too pleasant, sure, and about bang-on for the style, the exotic origin locale not really doing much for it. Plain, ineffectual, and good only for engendering poorly rendered 'Sooth Afreeken' gentle mockery on my part.

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Photo of masgniw
2.89/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty standard lager. It seems to have a bit more character than your standard American lager, but to difference is not very noticeable. It's fine for a cheap, drinkable beer, but don't expect much more than that. South African nostalgia is the only reason I go back to this one.

A: A clear, golden yellow with a head that fades quickly.
S: Mildly sweet with some fruity notes.
M: Moderately high carbonation that can overstimulate the tongue and cheeks.
D: Very drinkable. Easy to have one after another, after another.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow, with a pretty long-lasting head, good lacing for a lager.

S: Very malty, sourdough, some corn, a hint of DMS, but definitely a more concentrated smell than your average macro.

T: Taste is all malt upfront, a hint of diacetyl. Hop presence is considerable for this style, noble hops give a great counterbalance to the malt, notes of grass and wet earth, a bit of pine.

M: Light in carbonation, which is a nice respite, since this style can be all carbonation. Not as crisp as I'd like, but light-bodied and smooth, easy to drink.

D: This is quite a good lager, it can be on par with the best of the Euro lager style. Don't know why it is rated so low on BA, I thought it was quite good.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.2/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, hilton-sandton bar

a very widely available mainstream lager

appearance: clear piss-golden, light beige foam

smell: macro lager - corn, grain, mild sweetness

taste: better than many other miller products and easy enough to drink but nothing worth remembering

mouthfeel: light - watered down

drinkability : easy

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
2.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Standard macrapo lager in a different package. SAB breweries provides this budweiser esque lager for swilling on hot days after tracking buffalo. Thin yellow gold with corn and rice adjunct taste. Drinkable in the heat, but defenitely nothing special.

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Photo of brendan13
2.66/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into an Australian "pot" glass a very clear light golden colour. About 1.5 centimetres of off white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Slight grainy notes with some grassiness.
T - Like the smell but with a slight metallic touch.
M - Pretty light bodied, medium carbonation.
D - Not horrible but nothing to get excited about. I'm sure when it's boiling hot one of these served at near freezing temp would be quite nice.

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Photo of Shadman
3.03/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

decent looking macro..maybe a touch darker in hue than most...impressive head considering I poured it striaght from the beer coller. Big gobs of lacing left behind as well. Smell is fairly average...grainy, bordering musty malt and a hint of floral hop. Light on the malt side, but a bitter, almost astringent taste really rules the roost here. Luckly some malt sweetness combined with the bitterness morphing into a more citrus-like taste rescues this brew from it's more medicore macro brethern. Mouthfell is medium-lite and is moderately carbonated.

@ $13 cdn/six pack it's not a bad value per millilitre, I may use this a bridge beer in the summer for my domestic beer friends

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.1/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a six pack from BevMo in southern California, December 2007.

Pours a pale yellow with moderate white head that quickly fizzles. Aroma is grainy, on the sweet side, with no appreciable hops.

Flavor is grainy, slight notes of baked bread (white bread), and once again,with some sweetness. Hops are present, but quite gentle. Easily drinkable, but without anything to distinguish it. An OK version of the style, I guess, without having much to say up or down.

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Photo of pirates
3.68/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being a South African, I drink Castle quite frequently. As a matter of fact it is my fav South African beer. Castle is sometimes bitter and sometimes dry, depending on the brew. I tend to favor the dry variety. Why this variation exists, I donot know. Overall, a great beer with a proud South African heritage.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow in the glass with a white frothy head, about a finger's worth. Retention wasn't bad, some good lacing. Nicely and steadily carbonated. Smells of melon, cantaloupe. The taste was sharp and bitter with a snappy hop presence, some malt. Carbonated mouthfeel, gassy. It was bitter sour on the finish with a dry, lemony aftertaste. Overall this is an acceptable lager on a hot summer day but the finish doesn't make you want to grab another. The words on the label, "Brewed in Perfect Balance" didn't seem to apply to my can of beer but it's worth a try.

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Photo of crwills
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle of this at the hotel in Mumbai. Another generic lager. I really couldn't distinguish this much from the other options (Kingfisher and Cobra), although it had a slightly vegetal aroma that the others managed to avoid. Not quite as carbonated either. Inoffensive, but boring.

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Photo of chilidog
3.4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got a sixer of thisone as we prep for our Florida vacation. I wanted to bring a few to enjoy after trek'n around the Animal Kingdom. Thought thisone just might fit the theme of the day.

It poured a fair looking copper gold. A half inch white head, fair carbonation, not so much on lace.

The aroma was more of a corn malt and grass.

The taste rides on malt with a slight hop crispness with corn, earthy grass and hey. Alittle metallic in the finish.

Drinkability, ya! I tried this on a hot, humid day. Its crisp when cold. The body is medium but solid. The brew is not watery.

After a hot Florida day of walk, this sould work just fine. cheers!

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Photo of goschool
2.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The pour is a nice rich golden color topped by a 2 1/2 fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell: The nose has spicy and floral hops in front of grains and adjuncts.

Taste: This is a macro lager with balls. There more floral and spicy hop and soft grain flavor than MGD or Budweiser, but the adjuncts are still in here.

Mouthfeel: It medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: It's more interesting than most macro lagers, but at BevMo's price I'd have to give it a pass.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this on July 2, 2007 after purchasing it from my local LCBO store. It poured nicely into the glass with very little head, what head there was was gone very quickly. The colour is a medium gold colour, and translucent. Carbonation is constant. The aroma is malty and was constant throughout. The mouthfeel is crisp with mild carbonation. The taste is mellow with hints of malt and grains. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of prototypic
1.58/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Very clear, light straw color. Modest one finger head. Short retention and very little lacing.

Smell: Very light on the nose. Smells grainy and a bit skunky. No malt or hops to speak of. Pretty bland.

Taste: A bit of a grainy taste. Other than that, it's bland and boring. Slightest bit of malt is noticeable. Hops are not even remotely there. Pretty boring.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay. But, it is not pleasant to drink though. Drinkability is very low. Overall, it's just not a good beer. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.47/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From my notes 6/12/07 pours a three-finger white head that quickly goes to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Skunky nose. Light carbonation and light bodied. Flavor has occasional sweetness mostly bitter, dry finish with some bitterness. S.Fr. 3.30 ($2.68) for a 330ml bottle from Drinks of the World Lucerne, Switzerland.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.45/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried a bottle of this recently on my vacation to Florida. A 12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler/pint glass. This beer pours a clear pale medium golden color. Head is about 1/4 inch when poured. It is all but totally gone within 2-3 minutes after being poured. Leaves a very thin ring lining the inside of the glass. Smells of some faint malt and corn are present and not much else. Not a horrible or offensive aroma, but not all that strong or noticeable either. The taste comprises of some fairly uninteresting malt with a bit of sweetness followed by some bitter hop hints. Has a sort of dry and bitter aftertaste. Sort of bland taste overall. Has a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel with surprisingly heavy carbonation. Easy to drink. Overall an okay beer, a bit better than a lot of American macro lagers, but nothing special here either. Worth a try I guess.

Eric

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Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle brought back from S. Africa by my sister on a recent visit.

A: The lager is pale and yellow, with a bit of carbonation, not more than 1/2 a finger, that quickly recedes to a small white band atop the glass.

S: The nose is grainy with some sweet corn notes, and that is a result of searching for any noticeable aroma.

T: The body is all malts, grainy with a dry yet sweet element. The finish is almost medicinal with hints of tartness. The body lacks a hop presence, but the malts are sweet enough, with a big enough body, that they are not missed. I was going into this expecting the worst and yet I am pleased with the sweet body.

M: The mouthfeel is thin without hops, but the corn and grain sweetness makes this an easy drink.

D: This is a good post-lawn mowing beer, light and refreshing.

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Photo of Onslow
3.76/5  rDev +51%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my starter beer so i'll start with it...Pours pure gold with a shimmer and a healthy hearty head. The taste will have a slight bitterness,and a complimenting smell, while at the end of the can it tends to leave a dry yet smooth after taste. It does the trick at your next braai and I personally like the taste, but most will label this as just another mass produced lager..

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Photo of SSBrennan
1.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a tasting glass there was virtually no head and what little there was dissipated immediately. The color is a dull yellow with little visible carbonation.

The smell is sickly sweet with noticeable corn and a hint of banana.

Taste is also sweet with a harsh finish that does not complement the hops. Very noticeable off fruit tastes as well.

The mouthfeel is unexceptional for an AML, fairly thin with mild carbonation.

The drinkability should be higher considering the mild alcohol and carbonation but the harshness of the finish makes the beer less than refreshing.

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Photo of stephendr
2.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.5 oz. bottle- color of auburn , with a thin white small bubbled head - light sweet nose of corn , melon , straw, grass , and something else I can not place – sweet taste of cantaloupe , white raisins , straw , and light bitterness– body is watery , dry , and lightly carbonated – aftertaste of , sweet corn , soapy , and slight acidity

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

If we are trying to be an American macro lager, we've succeeded.
Pours pale clear yellow with a half finger of disappearing white.
Aroma is skunk, then American pale malts and light non-descript hops.
Mouthfeel is creamy and flavor is dry but only faintly reminiscent of beer. Honestly tastes watered down and the aftertaste gives me the impression that water was added after it was brewed.
No thank you.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am not a great lager/pilsner fan, but this was OK.

Brown 750ml bottle, from Morrison's supermarket, best before 2007, drank in March 2007.

Poured into two Hoegaarden Grand Cru tulip glasses, looks like a lager. Clear golden yellow, straw blonde when held up to the light. Large white head straight after the pour, soon dispersed to almost nothing.

Lagers don't really have much aroma to my thinking, this was no different, a slight hoppy, wheaty, nothingy smell.

Crisp dry taste, hops are in there, not a bad taste, thirst quenching in my opinion.

Watery mouthfeel, but this is a lager, what do you expect? It holds it's hop flavour and dryness.

This is not a great beer, but it was just what I needed this evening, something light to go with a salad meal. I have no problems with it and would be happy to have another if asked, wouldn't buy another, but I'd drink one!

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Photo of Iguana
2.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this in a Beers of the World package for Christmas from a relative. Poured a pale golden straw color with a small off white head. Smell is like grain soaked in water, not offensive, not great, and not really much of it. Taste is quite similar, kinda like raw water soaked grain. Very very bland tasting. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated and watered down. Drinkability is high just because I could see tossing a few of these back in hot weather. Its not the greatest beer in the world, but if you go in expecting an American Macro Lager you wont be surprised and its not too bad.

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Photo of ChiSox05
2.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Good clarity, pale gold-yellow, quick dissipating head, little to no carbonation.

Grainy smell, slight wet corn no particular hop or malt standout aroma, not off putting.

Grainy blandness, touch of alcohol, flat bitterness. Hops are noticeable up front briefly.

Aside from a bitterness that is detracting because of light carbonation and weak malt, beer is smooth overall.

Smooth beer that is held back by its subpar taste. Its gulpable, but many better options out there, american macro lagers included.

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Castle Lager from South African Breweries plc
62 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.
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