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XXXX Bitter | Castlemaine Perkins

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XXXX BitterXXXX Bitter

Brewed by:
Castlemaine Perkins

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 04-08-2002

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Photo of Long813
1.25/5  rDev -51%

Photo of rastaman
1.5/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Well, this is pretty screwed up. Taste like they chucked in as much adjuncts as possible, they might have an awesome climate up there in queensland, but this beer is one good reason not to move there.

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Photo of JackieKu
1.5/5  rDev -41.2%

I supposed the Bitter means English pale ale but it is not. We have this kind of adjuncts everywhere, and this one isn't any better than others nor cheaper.

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Photo of remitrom
1.5/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of Sambosa
1.5/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of BILF
1.5/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of aeolianshredhead
1.53/5  rDev -40%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is probably Queensland's most popular beer. It's been a good while since I've had it, so lets see where this one stacks up.

A- Very artificial appearance. Head is exceptionally bubbly and dies its inevitable death all too quickly. Just a piss-esque yellow.

S- Adjuncty to the max- that is to say, to the least. Corn. Nothing else at all. No malt presence, no real hops. Disappointing to say the least. To say the most, terrible.

T- One thing comes through- pride of ringwood hops. Anyone with taste buds would almost wretch at the thought. It's maybe not as bad as Carlton Cold, but still, that is no compliment. Far too bland to be pleasant.

M- Extremely watery mouthfeel and almost nothing in the way of body. Aggressive carbonation but little else. This is empty and dull.

O- Just as I remember, XXXX "Bitter" is pretty much devoid of any real beer characteristics. It is exceptionally forgettable and extremely flavourless. People need to remember that something being popular does not make it good.

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Photo of doktorhops
1.61/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

DH: "Hey Mr. Bottleshop Man I would like to buy a stubbie of XXXX". BM: "Really!? Why are you buying that? You usually buy the good stuff". DH: "Yeah, I know, but I was going to review it because I've reviewed most of the nice beers you sell and I need to have a basis of comparison by reviewing some crap macro brew lagers". BM: *raises eyebrow* "Good luck with that". End scene.

Poured from a 'I-wish-all-beer-bottles-were-this-size' 375ml stubbie into a tulip pint.

A: Clear (yuck!) and golden body, with a soap bubble white half centimeter head... typical Aussie lager look, in fact if you gathered together all the Aussie lagers out there and poured them into glasses you would be hard pressed to find any difference in their appearance.

S: Nothing appealing here. Grains, a slight smell of corn with no discernible hop aroma.

T: Bad... really bad, shady lager characters, the usual suspects; musty grains with a watery semi-flavourless backing. It's a train wreak of a beer, but in it's defense so are all the other macro Australian lagers. More to the point if I had to judge it against those beers it's really a contest to see how bad it gets (which ends with Victoria Bitter winning and Tooheys Red a close runner-up). By the way I've got bad news: no hops.

M: Fizzy like a soda drink.

D: How could I even get through a stubbie of this when I was younger? It's as if my palate has matured over the years and macro Australian lagers taste like nothing but tepid soda water. Getting on the subject of beer names - this is not a bitter. A bitter is a style of ale that originated in England and actually has hops and flavour in it and is drunk at room temperature... this is as far from a bitter as you can get; change the name already! (XXXX Lager works fine).

Food match: What to eat with this beer? I'm at a loss. Let me say one thing; any food you have with this (and any other macro lagers) will be a waste, so keep that foie gras and white truffle ravioli in the cupboard for when you have some Duvel in the fridge, otherwise cheap take-away will do the job (even when this beer doesn't).

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Photo of atigerlife
1.63/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had at the recommendation of a waiter in Brisbane. He should be fed to a crocodile.

Pours golden with a slim white head. Retention is fine. Decent amount of carbonation rising.

Aroma is unassuming.

Taste is of adjuncts. Quite offensive.

Mouthfeel is a bubbly mess. Light bodied.

Overall, don't bother with this one. It is popular, so I'm assuming that is why it was recommended...but not all things that are popular are good.

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Photo of rjimlad
1.66/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Like most civilized people, I shun XXXX, but in the interest of science and no other alternative drink at work on a Friday afternoon, I decided to do a little review.
It pours a pale amber with a sparkly head like a soft drink that disappeared instantly leaving no lacing. Aroma is faint but smells beer-like. There are no discernible characters here except a faint boozy whiff of something associated with beer.
Flavour is less offensive than I normally expect. There's not much to complain about except the lack of flavour. It's weak and grassy with none of the underpinnings of beer character. If you have it icy cold in the manner of Oz, then it is a refreshing throw-down thirst quencher. Treat it like an alcoholic soft-drink (soda) with grass flavouring and you have XXXX. Let it warm up at your peril. DO not leave it linger in your mouth but get it down as fast as you can.

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Photo of aracauna
1.78/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I've heard that recently the beer has lost its bitterness. These were stated as complaints, but I think it may do the beer good. A bitter beer has got to have balance with a full flavor and this beer didn't balance at all. The flavor was thin and bitter and the rest of the beer was typical.

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Photo of bark
1.86/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Sold as “XXXX Export Lager” in Europe. Brewed under license by Carlsberg Italy.

The colour is yellow with a trace of gold. The foam is white, uneven and finger thick with some curtains left on the glass.

The smell is unbalanced with a dry chalk-like flavour. There are also some notes of honey sweets and an odd, musty scent.

The carbonation is very strong, I experienced it even as sharp and unpleasant; it really did froth in my mouth.

The taste is sweetish with a peculiar flavour of adjuncts, most probably rice. Apart from that, the taste is thin, metallic with a weak, fading bitterness. The aftertaste got delicate notes of butter and citric; it is very weak and watery.

I really wanted to give this disgraced beer a chance, but it was useless: It really was a piece of crap.

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Photo of LittleCreature
1.86/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - 3.0
Poured two fingers of fomay off-white head that steadily reduced to a thin layer over a clear golden body that has little visible carbonation.

Smell - 2.0
Aroma is sugary sweet, grainy and a little metallic.

Taste - 1.5
Not good. Flavours of grain and husk fade to leave a metallic and moderately bitter finish. Gets quite sweet as it warms.

Mouthfeel - 2.0
There is a low to moderate level of carbonation, the beer feels quite astringent in the mouth.

Drinkability - 2.0
Metallic flavour and unpleasant bitterness make this harder to drink than most macro lagers.

While this is not a truly awful beer, it is pretty bad, and I would be very happy to never drink it again. There are worse macro lagers out there, but there are some much better ones as well.

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Photo of joecast
1.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

bitter by name, not by nature.
fizzy yellow beer appearance with thin lace head. second pour forms 1cm fine bubbly head.
sweet almost candy like aroma.
very sweet also in taste. leaning towards cloying but just shy. cutting bitterness makes an attempt to break through, but the sweetness of it is just too overwhelming. not that there is much bitterness there in the first place.
hmmm, the candy bar of the beer world? maybe
perhaps aimed at younger drinkers? probably
a good beer? most definitely not.

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Photo of SmashPants
1.95/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: light brown bottle, pretty shithouse label.

Appearance: clear golden colour, with a frumpy half-cm head that dissipates immediately.

Aroma: grains, a slight smell of corn with no discernible hop aroma.

Taste: not a whole lot of taste, but what there is is not great. Off-metallic meets off grains. Avoid.

Aftertaste: not so great either, but at least most of the off flavours have gone.

Mouth feel: quite watery and very highly carbonated. Suits the hot climate we have in Australia, but this one hasn't been done very well. The carbonation actually changes the flavour, makes it even more metallic rubbishy.

Overall: this is not a pleasant beer at all. Some off grains mixed with off metallic lager rubbish. I would go a long way to avoid drinking this beer. It is only AU$40 a case (2012), but I would rather buy $40 worth of shoe-laces and eat them.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of beerbtl
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of mungus
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of bsopko
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of ggourde
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of Kulrak
2.02/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a deep gold color with a lot of tight white head, looks pretty decent. Deja vu, I just reviewed XXXX Gold, and the smell is exactly the same, like chemicals. The taste is bad as well, chemicals, some sweetness and an odd horrible bitterness that makes you want to pour it out. The mouthfeel isn't too bad, nice and creamy, but the taste ruins it. All in all, another horrible beer that isn't very drinkable. I'm glad I only bought the one.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750 ML poured into a SA perfect pint (YIKES)

A-- Poured a clear straw (yellow gold) color. One finger bright white head and lots of little bubbles on the side of the glass. Looks way carbonated. Head retention is good and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S-- Sweet/sour smelling but lacking any real distinguishing flavor. Not very impressive at all.

T-- Not a whole heck of a lot in the taste area. Watery with a bit more hop flavor to give it the bite. Has a little sweet malt taste to it as well.

M-- Very carbonated and unimpressive. The bitter taste gets a bit bigger as you drink on but it is a small bite and has a bit of a metallic taste to it. Hop taste is faint and quick disappearing. Watery is the only real thing I can say about this. Very bloated feeling in the end and that is not a good thing in drinking beer.

D-- When it is cold it is maybe passable. Australian lagers once warm are crap. Even cold Australian lagers are crap but on a hot day they do pass for mineral water or something to quench a thirst first. The question is sessionable?? NO. Left me with a bloated feeling and a stomach ache. Too much sugar and carbonation. Looked good to start but fell very flat very quick. Have tried Tooheys New, VB and XXXX and would suggest not to try any of them if you come over as a tourist and look for the craft beers that brewers that are putting an effort into their work and it does show.

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2.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured out a light golden color with foamy head that dissipated quickly.

Though there was a skunky smell when bottle was first opened, I did not notice it after pouring and there was only a hint of it on the palate.

The beer is fairly lacking in flavor... it's not particularly bitter and has a light citrusy taste with a bitter/sour aftertaste that turns sweet. I guess the bottle says "tough on thirst," so I should expect a light flavor.

Not too carbonated, but particularly smooth either. Goes down easily enough, but far from my first choice.

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Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
2.2/5  rDev -13.7%

Photo of thierrynantes
2.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2003.
The Castlemaine 'XXXX' (pronounced four ex) could be regarded as the first national Australian beer.
Created in 1859 by the brothers Fitzgerald, the son of an Irish brewer, to Castlemaine in Victoria, the brewery Castlemaine is the oldest brewery in Australia.
In 1924, their flagship product, the Castlemaine XXXX became the favorite beer of the region.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : no aroma ?
Taste and mouthfeel : floral, It's slightly bitter taste in the back.
Drinkability : a not impressed beer in the style lager.

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XXXX Bitter from Castlemaine Perkins
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