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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3.25/5  rDev +40.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +40.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -35.3%

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2/5  rDev -13.8%

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2/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev +29.3%

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2.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +50.9%

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2.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of SmashPants
1.95/5  rDev -15.9%
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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3/5  rDev +29.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -3%

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2/5  rDev -13.8%

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2/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev +29.3%

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2.5/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of SargeC
3.73/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold color. Low carbonation. Frothy white head.

Smell: Hint of hops with solid malt backing.

Taste: Good malt profile, slightly biscuit with a satisfying bitterness. Floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Lingers in the mouth, slightly waxy.

Drinkablity: Tasty brew that is great for a session. Always makes me remember my days in Queensland.

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2.5/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of aeolianshredhead
1.53/5  rDev -34.1%
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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1.61/5  rDev -30.6%
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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1.66/5  rDev -28.4%
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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2.04/5  rDev -12.1%
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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XXXX Bitter from Castlemaine Perkins
2.32 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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