Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

XXXX Bitter | Castlemaine Perkins

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
XXXX BitterXXXX Bitter
68 Ratings
XXXX BitterXXXX Bitter

Brewed by:
Castlemaine Perkins

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 04-08-2002

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of spycow
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

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

(Served in a tall water glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear body of dark yellow with a big bubble supporting no head. There is a thin wispy film during the pour.
S- There is a light dry honey hint with a stronger green sulfury finish.
T- The big sulfury bite has a finish of hop bitterness with no real flavor and a slight cinnamon bite/heat without the flavor. That grows as the beer warms.
M- There is a light mouthfeel with a big cleaning fizz.
D- This beer has a sharp sulfury flavor that hides any other flavors that might be underneath.

 551 characters

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.

 803 characters

Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of cdwil
2.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of patre_tim
3.25/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
2.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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.

 604 characters

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.

 200 characters

Photo of Agentveba
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of daliandragon
2.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Despite a fairly deep study of beer drinking, I haven't had too many Australian beers, which makes me curious when I see the bottle in the local Superstore here in Incheon, South Korea (whose foreign beer section I basically consume singlehandedly). 2300 won, not horrible but the same price as a Hoegaarden. Game on.
Castlemaine XXXX Export pours an alarmingly pale yellow, reminiscent of apple juice. Another surprise when the nose is revealed to be sweet, almost sugary. Not quite skunked, but still a strange smell to be smelling from your beer.
I tasted some hoppy bitterness in the flavor but something was missing to make this a good beer. The mouthfeel is likewise even but not real substantial, and a bit over carbonated.
This is a serviceable beer but absolutely no more.

 786 characters

Photo of Globetrotter
2.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I found this on the shelf in Moscow's largest discount grocery store chain - a place not known for a large variety of unusual or hard to get brews. Comes in a 33cl brown bottle with a yellow and red label identifying the stuff as "Export Lager." Four big red X's on the front, with a sketch of some factory buildings just above. Back label makes it clear that, while the hops are "Australian," the brew itself is from no further down under than Italy. Ingredients on the Russian import label conform to the purity law. Best before 2/11/06, I opened it on 9/3/05.

Unimpressive. Pours clear gold under a short-lived one finger fizzy white head. No lace, collar or film. There is practically no nose at all - at least not that I can discern. The mouth is quite prickly and slightly sticky. The taste is raw. The carbonation overwhelms what malt there might be, leaving rusty metal to dominate the taste buds. A touch of sweet grain emerges late in the finish, which is otherwise quite non-descript. So, in fact, is everything else about this brew. Doesn't do it for me.

 1,069 characters

Photo of probert
4/5  rDev +56.9%

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.

 291 characters

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).

 2,107 characters

Photo of BrazilianAussie
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
2.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.5/5  rDev +37.3%

Photo of Naerhu
2.38/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ingredients: malt, hops

This beer had a dark yellow color and a wonderful fine head. The lacing lasted to the bottom of the glass. Otherwise this beer was uninteresting. Attemps to discern any characteristics were difficult as this was an extremely restrained beer. I brought down the tast and mouthfeel due to the name of this beer. A beer named XXXX Bitter should in my opinion be a bitter beer. I have had ice cream that was more bitter than this. Between this beer and a glass of water, I would choose the water.

 519 characters

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.

 866 characters

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.

 509 characters

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.

 1,415 characters

Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
XXXX Bitter from Castlemaine Perkins
Beer rating: 2.55 out of 5 with 68 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.