XXXX Gold | Castlemaine Perkins

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Castlemaine Perkins
Australia
lion-nathan.co.nz

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
29
Avg:
2.39
pDev:
29.71%
 
 
Wants:
4
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4.5/5  rDev +88.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +77.4%

Photo of make-beer-not-war
4/5  rDev +67.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The weak little brother of XXXX Bitter. A welcomed introduction to allow red blooded Aussies to consume 2 tins in the first hour, and 1 every hour after that and still be able to drive home without the risk of losing your licence for 2 years and having your car crushed under the draconian, nanny state eye. Thanks XXXX.
PS. It's actually pretty ordinary, but hey, any beer on the way home is better than none.

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Photo of SargeC
3.78/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden color. Dense head with good lacing. Large carbonation bubbles slowly rise to the top.

Smell: Sweet tones, grass, small touch of alcohol

Taste: Very light hop flavor backed up by mild malt flavor. Good tame balance.

Mouthfeel: Good body for a lager.

Drinkability: Great session brew. This was hand carried back from Queensland to me. It is a great reminder of good times in Australia. A very high percentage of those times involved a Castlemaine product.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.52/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, Pours golden yellow with a medium head. No nose that I would smell. Watered down hints of hops and malt, but they do work together. Nice summer quencher.

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3.5/5  rDev +46.4%

Photo of OsoRojo
3.5/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +46.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.28/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

If there was a Foster's commercial....like the ones they used to have...What's Australian for Michelob Ultra...XXXX Gold Lager!!! The previous people who reviewed this beer did not take into consideration the purpose of the beer. This beer was created for the hard working Australian in northern Queensland where the summers are long, hot, and humid...much like the legs on many a Sheila!!!! This beer looks, smells, and tastes like Mich Ultra. Stop being a snob and enjoy the beer as it was created. You can suck this SESSION down ...FOREVER!!!

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3.25/5  rDev +36%

Photo of funkengruven
3.12/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a 6 of these at the LCBO last weekend, was just expecting a typical macro lager, which is pretty much what I got. Poured a standard yellow with a fizz that subsides quickly to nothing, smell is a little corny, some alcohol, little else. Flavor is not terriible, aromas of corn and weak malts, barely a hint of hops, however flavor is slightly better than your average macro. Carbonation is abundant, a little over abundant actually, but overall this was quite an easy drink.

I'd say it's slightly better than Coors Light, but certainly not worth the $11 i paid for a six pack.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.03/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear straw with a 1 inch head. Pretty solid for a macro.

S - Sweet sort of aroma, a floral/chalky hop and maybe a touch of honey.

T - Bland, macro-ness with a bare touch of citrus in the finish.

M - light and fizzy,

D - Not bad, kinda basic, average, run of the mill macro.

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3/5  rDev +25.5%

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3/5  rDev +25.5%

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3/5  rDev +25.5%

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3/5  rDev +25.5%

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3/5  rDev +25.5%

Photo of DaveFL1976
2.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank a few…or more than a few on my Queensland trip to Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef and Palm Cove, but never got a chance to do a review. I meet XXXX again at the Red Gum Hotel on the corner of Victoria and Peel in Melbourne.
It pours a dark straw (not quite golden) color with a thin white head that settles down to not much more than a cap in short order. The smell is fairly sweet and malty with little hop presence. The taste is better than your average CUB product in my opinion. The taste is light, a bit sweet. Not hoppy, but still fairly crisp. What separates this brew from Carlton, Crown and VB is the lack of the horrible metallic aftertaste. That’s a relief.
It’s by no means a great beer, but it’s not horrible and would be great to consume in quantities on a hot day…sort of the same way as iced tea or Gatorade.


Addendum: My wife and I recently took a NT trip to Kakadu National Park. It's a beautiful park and there's heaps of fantastic hikes to do that all end in waterfalls and rock pool swims. Anyways, we stopped at the 'last-chance-for-beer-before-the-park' stop where our choices were VB or XXXX. We chose XXXX because I do everything I can not to give CUB my money.

It really isn't a bad drink on a hot day. It's really closer to Sprite or Iced Tea than it is beer, in my opinion. I had like 6 of these on a hot afternoon/eve and never caught a buzz. I don't know if it's possible to get drunk on XXXX. In a way, that's good. It's a refreshing drink that doesn't taste horrible and won't leave you with a hangover.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.93/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Andrewziggy
2.91/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

watery and light bodied with a crisp medium carbonation.best on tap

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Photo of yaegerje
2.89/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one in a bottle from some Australian Air Force I was working with, great bunch of Aussies.

I wish I could say the same about the beer. There's not much remarkable about this brew.

A - Pours nicely, good carbonation and nice color.

S - Um... leaves something to be desired, a bit skunky and reminescent of a pharmacy

T - Much better than the smell let on, pleasing malts, a little corn

M - Not impressed with the mouthfeel, really light, carbonation comes through too weakly for a adjunct

D - Totally average, no place for taste in this bottle

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Photo of SmashPants
2.82/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can: a very macro-orientated yellow 375mL can.

Appearance: pours a strong yellow colour with plenty of lumpy carbonation. A fluffy white head dissipates quickly to a sparse cap. Looks a bit ordinary.

Aroma: plenty of grain and some malt - sweet barley and husk. That ol' XXXX smell. Some metallic since it's in a can (the only way to have it in Queensland).

Taste: pretty much follows the nose. XXXX is as XXXX does - a pretty simple mid-range lager.

Aftertaste: the flavours disappear pretty quickly as expected for a mid-range throw-down lager.

Mouth feel: a light mouth feel and plenty of carbonation. Easy to put back in a hot climate, which is kind of the idea.

Overall: XXXX Gold is extremely popular in Queensland due to its refreshing drinkability. A great price too, but all told I'd probably rather a Hahn 3.5 or Carlton Mid from this bracket.

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2.75/5  rDev +15.1%

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2.75/5  rDev +15.1%

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2.75/5  rDev +15.1%

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XXXX Gold from Castlemaine Perkins
2.39 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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