Castle Lager
South African Breweries plc

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American Adjunct Lager
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2.51 | pDev: 24.3%
South African Breweries plc
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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 163
Photo of Toddv29424
2.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very interesting, and apparently very popular in South Africa. Pours a traditional golden yellow color with a slight smell of hops. The taste is unique, and has a very pungent first taste with no aftertaste. It starts like a deluge of hops and burnt malt then finishes with lots of water. Great for a BBQ or a time socializing with friends, not necessarily for just sipping.

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Photo of pootz
1.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale gold...smallish white cap that dissipates quickly. Lottsa gas in this baby! Nose: well there is none to speak of...light smell of wet paste board like the near-beers. Took a gulp and got a big mouthfull of reeking corn water...that’s all....sink pour for the rest of this do you say "hog faeces" in South African?

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Photo of BeerandBlues2
2.42/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 10.14.04. Pours gold with a tiny white head that dissipates quickly. Apples and sweet malt dominate the aroma, although it is very bland smelling. Hoppy start with a mellow bread flavor that finishes off this below average brew. Light and fizzy palate, and somewhat spicy yet sort of drinkable.

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Photo of Zorro
2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

GAH! I paid $2 for one bottle of this Crap!

Pours a clear urine yellow color with no head.

Smell is a little sour and corny.

Taste is bland corn and a little bit of lemon tartness.

Mouthfeel is THIN.

Drinkable but I can't help thinking I paid 4 times too much for a bottle of Budweiser! Thin mass-produced American beer clone NOT WORTH THE MONEY!

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Photo of tatterdash
3.3/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates rather quickly, but never completely goes away. Smell was faint, a bit of malt, some sweet smell as well. Taste was primarily hops with a nice bitter finish, there was something else in the taste, not sure what as I am not familar with adjuncts as I don't drink them often, maybe it's corn. Mouthfeel was thin but not overly carbonated. Overall not a terrible beer, inexpensive, but I prefer other lagers more.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.04/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This South African macro pours a pale gold color with excellent head retention and large swathes of lace. The aroma is of sweet corn and thin barley malts. The taste is of light malts and some adjunct character. Some flowery hops and a saltiness become evident in the finish. The is a full bodied example of an adjunct lager. Its like a concentrated version of Canadian or Blue, even better than that.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Consumed in October 2004 in a 12 oz bottle purchased at a beer and wine specialty store in Palo Alto, CA. Poured a yellow gold pee color with the slightest of head and zero lace. Smelled of grain and corn. Tasted like a decent Bud. And even a decent Bud is bad. It was fairly easy to drink. I would drink it over Bud in a minute, but that's not saying a whole lot. I would take a Tusker in a milisecond over Castle. I remember really liking Tusker and want to try it again so I can review it. I think they brewed Castle using the water in the moat....

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Photo of stoutman
3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light hop aroma, no malt. A bit of sweetness and really not that good. Pale dull yellow clear with foamy white head. Watery with med-light carbonation. Starts with a light sweetness and mild acidity finishes with a bit of grain taste and alcohol, light hops, corn. This is an unexciting, standard pale lager with a bit of extra hops.

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Photo of canucklehead
2.28/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is the South African grass mowing beer that has corn adjunct written all over its pale gold face. I can drink this beer is it offered me but why would I pay import prices for a sweet lager that has no character. This is the SA equivelent of Foster's and I would rather have a Canadian than drink this beer.

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Photo of Ilacquin
2.2/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a straw yellow, no head to speak of and very little aroma, not very suprising.

Flavor was bland, with nothing in the malt or hop profile to really stand out. Fairly average swill, slightly better than it's "lite" counterpart.

Other than it's high drinkability, there is nothing about this beer that I would recommend.

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Photo of Doiv
2.78/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml botlle. Pours amber in colour with a brief white head. The smell is slightly fruity and malty but overall there is not much to detect. The taste is crisp and cool with a salady and fruity undertone, but mainly just like your average lager. The mouthfeel wasn't great, but despite the beer being slightly below average, it would be ideal as a session offering. This beer is what I would consider an average lager. As lagers go, this is about what i'd expect. Nothing great, but still not abysmal.

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Photo of Brent
1.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hmm - proudly lists the ingredients as barley malt, maize . . . that's corn to us in the U.S., right? Pours a slightly murky golden tan. Light fizzy head that vanished in an instant. Aroma was a vague watery sweetness. Flavor . . . well, even more corn adjunct character would have been an improvement. Watery and slightly sweet with some whispy grain flavors almost beyond the threshold of perception.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm noticing in Africa that some of the the people here are shocked to find out I'm buying their local beers, instead of the imports. I tell them I'm trying their beers because I've tried the imports. It's always a good idea to try new things. But they wonder how I can drink this, while I'm Canadian and can drink what they believe better beer. Bit of a culture difference. The other people are loyal to their beer like Bud Light drinkers. Anyways, on to the review. I picked up this beer from a woman selling various items from a shopping cart. It wasn't refigerated when I got it, so I took it to camp and waited a few days for it to cool in a cooler. Castle pops like champagne. Twist the cap off, and you can hear the carbonation escape from yards away. Pours a dirty yellow/brown colour. Plenty of bubbles, but little head. Their were two rings of lace. One ring on top, the other in the middle. Pathetic. Smelled of corn, cereal and yeast. Others said the alcohol smell was strong. I didn't notice it much. Tasted better than I thought. The barley and cereal grain mask whatever amount of corn adjunct was used in the brewing. Sweet, almost pilzner taste without the hop kick. Light body, watery mouthfeel. Considering some of the other offerings here, I'd take this.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.15/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had a good buddy from South Africa and he always told me that he would bring back a case on one of his trips back from South Africa, however I think I will save him the trouble and pass on this one. Appearance: Golden straw thin white head lackluster appearance, lacing is thin. Aroma: Grainy sweetness alcohol and a touch of hops overall I had to really concentrate on finding these characteristics but they are there. Taste: Adjuncts once again corn in my beer, why? Semi wheat graininess nothing flavorful not horrible but c'mon I didn't mind Tusker from Kenya it had some positive traits this one is just lacking. Mouthfeel: Thin body low carbonation what can I say nothing special, another yellow fizzy brew. Drinkability: In my humble opinion, a beer I could live without too many great beers out there, at least in the US.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
2.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Okay--poured out of the can a very light gold with a head that just wasn't. The foam dissapated as quick as I walked from the kitchen to the dining room. Taste was bitter, but otherwise lifeless. Nothing appears for the tastebuds to really note, it simple stays plain and ordinary.

Compared to the Tusker I had recently, I'd say Castle is much better as far as African macros. But boy, that Tusker wasn't much to recommend either.

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Photo of IronDjinn
1.15/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oh my... Buckle on your crash helmets space rangers, because here comes a burn! One centralized in the pit of my stomach.

It says on the side of this creamy beige 450 ml can that Castle Lager is, and I cite, "Brewed With The Same Care Since 1895". Now if what they are trying to get at is that back in 'ol 1895 South Africa they brewed this beer with complete and utter reckless abandon, then I know we are on the same page.

It pours out innocently enough, clear pale straw colour, a bit of a head that fizzles out quickly. Then I must nearly renounce the clear part when holding it up to the light and upon further inspection I espy a great deal of suspended floating particles. In my lager. Sea Monkeys! That's exactly what it looks like.

The nose is metallic and industrial, a tad on the diesal side, the faintest cries of some ghostly grainy sweetness been swept asunder by the presence of dusty blacktop pavement. Dusty! And this is a clean glass by golly!

Flavour is of unrefined petroleum byproduct, with that ghost of grainy malt sweetness crying out for help. A hostage situation here, I am beginning to reckon.

Let's face it, this beer is not drinkable at all, and the Sea Monkey genocide that its consumption incurs adds to the bad taste already left in my mouth. Three words for you: destination sink drain. My god, I think I need to shave my tongue. And then gargle with acetone. To quote Kurtz at the end of Heart Of Darkness (set in the Belgian Congo, although close enough for what I'm getting at here), "The horror, the horror!"

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Photo of clvand0
2.95/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark yellow color (or a really light amber) with little head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is hoppy, but there's not much to it. The taste is somewhat dry and not great - but better than a bad beer. I could drink several of these just because they are smooth and easy to drink and the taste is not terrible, but it doesn't have much character and the aftertaste is a little unenjoyable.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.41/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear gold with a very nice white head. The head dissipated too quickly, but the beer did leave a very nice lace throughout the glass. Taste and mouthfeel are both below average, but not as bad many macro brews. Slight hoppiness, but generally a fairly dry beer. Glad to try a South African beer; nice to know that it can make the trip here without much damage.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
1.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

If you can't find A-B Bud, this bottle of suds is an able substitute. The pale straw color compliments the weak sweet malt. Cardboard-like aroma. The non-descript hops are barely more noticeable than seltzer. Bland and sweet/dry and flat. "For all you do, this Castle's for you!"

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.84/5  rDev +53%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I differ from the crowd on this one, thats for sure.
I was in an out-of-town LCBO and saw some beers I haven't tried as well as a couple I had a long time ago. I decided to give Castle another run at my money. I remembered that I did like it but that was years ago and I was less anal about beer then also.
I cracked the can and was immediately impressed with the nice hoppy smell and no hint of skunkyness despite the long journey this beer took to make it to my fridge.
It poured a golden yellowish colour with little head.
The taste is great, grainy at first with a little sweetness and the right amount of hop bitterness in the finish. I notice in the ingredients maize is listed - not sure what that is except that it is some sort of wheat type staple of a lot of 3rd world countries. I can't say what it does to this beer but whatever it is, they made this beer just right. A nice mouthfeel and all these qualties including the excellent smoothness make it a guzzler to boot. Now I'm pissed that I only bought one of these babies while I had the chance. I can see myself grabbing a case if I can find one in the summer.

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

Castle Lager, from South Africa: A very plain, yet easy drinking lager. Trumpets the fact that it has “maize” on the label. Not a bad looking beer, its kind of a ruby gold, with a creamy white head, that leaves at least a little lace down the sides. The aroma is plain, with a slightly soapy smell. The taste ain’t all that bad, not good mind you, but not too bad. Its got a very grainy malt taste, but a crisp clean hops bite, and a clean finish. Fairly highly carbonated, but not bad, although for what I paid for the six, there are cases that are as good.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.88/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a nice lager, not to be confused with a good lager. Nothing really special here but certainly consumable in quantity.
Very light colour and head disapates quickly to a glass ring of medium proportions. The taste is a mini malt sweetness that does not linger. This brew is acceptable.

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Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tasted like corn! bloody awful stuff, lots of preservatives in there to make it even worse, down there with the likes of Budweiser and Corona, awful beer.

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

I guess this would be the Budmilloors of South Africa? Pours with a large white head, clear pale yellow in color. Faint whiffs of maltiness, saltiness. Light body. Some slight maltiness throughout, but not much else. No aftertaste. Not really a whole lot to say about this beer, I guess I'll have to try Tusker and see why Hemingway preferred it to this beer.

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