Cass Fresh
Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #428
Ranked #50,497
2.38 | pDev: 28.15%
Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
Korea (South)
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PFDR0054 from Illinois

2.27/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

The secret to drinking Cass:

Step 1. Buy it in the large plastic bottle variety...multiple bottles

Step 2. Buy bottles of Soju.....multiple bottles

Step 3. In a safe location; IE; barracks room, day room, place of residence, etc.... pour beer into a solo cup, pour a shot or two of Soju in solo cup

Step 4. Drink and enjoy...responsibly....or something

Dec 27, 2020
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tomocracy from Washington

2.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Let's be real here. This beer becomes pretty good in your memory after a night in Hongdae mixing it with Soju and having to call the bars to see if they had any lost phones turned in the next morning. I remember the good times with friends from Cass, but I guess my mind purposely blocks out the taste. At the end of the day, it's a potable liquid that contains alcohol.

Jun 17, 2020
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1.31/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

L: color seems fine, but the beer head which comes up after pouring in the glass looks so rough.
S: Smell of hop&grain litely comes first, like ordinary american lager. But smell that comes later is awful.
T: Taste at the front is quite fine as an american larger. Little bit sweet and tast of corn comes first. But with the smell after swallowing, only bad taste remains in the mouth.
F: Very fresh because it is highly carbonated. But the smell & taste ruins everything
Overall : I recommend to mix it with Soju. It highly reduces awful taste at the behind.

Dec 28, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

2.62/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle at a restaurant in Seoul. Clear golden color with white head. Grassy smell. Light body. Tastes of cracker malts with some grassy hops. Typical Asian lager, goes well with food but not that interesting on its own.

Apr 05, 2019
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sokol_1993 from California

2.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Got a bottle at Samhae Jib in Seoul.
Went well with the fatty food at the restaurant though, but when it's by itself, just a bland mass brew with little taste.

Mar 28, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

1.02/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Cerveza de cuerpo ligero y carbonatación baja. Del aroma se perciben granos y algún toque de pera. En boca es una cerveza olvidable, con poco que destacar. Mas que una cerveza parece una gaseosa.

Nov 18, 2018
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Foyle from North Carolina

3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into pint glass. A thin white head falls quickly with virtually no lacing. Color is clear straw with mild streaming carbonation. Aroma of strong grassy hops and yeasty bread. Mouthfeel is thin and light. Flavor is mild -- cracker with some hint of grassy hops. Overall it is decent but just very underwhelming.

Jun 24, 2018
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dave_ackbar from Hawaii

2.93/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There really is nothing like drinking a ice cold lager on a hot day in an Asian country.

This is how I had this lager.
Nothing at all special, but it just tastes perfect in the right environment.

Jun 14, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.18/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film with light lacing. Aroma of lightly grainy biscuit malt, grassy hops and a hint of lemon. Flavor is attenuated biscuit malt with a little husky grain, a hint of caramel, grassy hops. Flavor tuckers out into a bland, grainy and grassy finish. Light to medium bodied with sharp carbonation. If it looks, smells and tastes like a adjunct lager duck, then that what it is. I tend to rate this style higher than the average, mostly because, although I rarely crave one of these, their strength is being mild and inoffensive to the most people, and I find them to be drinkable if unmemorable. This is not one of the better adjunct lagers, and the flavor is simultaneously a little grainy rough and quite muted. This could be partially because, despite the unfortunate "Fresh" in the name, this has probably been sitting around for a long time, both in shipping and distribution. I know I've been watching for an opportunity to buy a single bottle for quite a few months (my favorite beer store got quarts of this; I wisely waited for a 12 oz. single). Bland and a bit a rough, a satisfactory, but forgettable adjunct lager, as so many commercial beers are from Asia. A boring, but painless tick of this brewery.

May 31, 2018
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.24/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cass fresh 4.5%

Served in a plastic beaker from a can, 9000 meter above the ground in korean air plane

Crystal clear, yellow and fizzy, foam fine and pretty stable

Pilsner malt sweetness, grainy, some fruity esters as well, banana?

Little grainy sweetness from the malts. Ends really crisp from rice(?) adjuncts. Little metallic. Very faint bitterness 3

Thin, fine refreshing carbonation

Typical asian lager but a little less clean than expected (esters), but that could be blamed on the elevated senses on a flying airplane, drinkable and certainly refreshing. However, barely any hops

Feb 27, 2017
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MFMB from Idaho

1.81/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours almost clear with a faint light yellow hue. Highly carbonated. Nose is of light sulfur and sweet corn almost a bit fruity. Taste is a bit like carbonated water, minimal flavor. What is there is a vegetal corn like taste and a little sweetness. Very light mouthfeel. No hop profile whatsoever but it does have a bite to it from the carbonation. Not a good beer. Not here just to bang on a cheap AAls but really I have had much better AALs.

Dec 23, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev +57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, rice, slight hop, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of adjunct. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of adjunct, rice, slight hop, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, good appearance and blend, with a decent body.

Dec 21, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

500ml can from a Tops supermarket in Thailand.

4.50% ABV.

Impressions below are regrettably brief:

Overcarbonated and insipid; the "fizzy yellow" cliche applies. Smooth, wet, sharp, light-bodied.

No hop profile whatsoever.

Your typical bland but drinkable fare. No offensive notes (booze, metal, et al.).


Jun 02, 2016
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BucBasil from Rwanda

2.85/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this on my most recent trip to Seoul South Korea. It seems to be the national beer of South Korea and is everywhere. Fizzy, yellow. Yep, tastes like your typical adjunct beer. Doesn't really stand out for me, but is refreshing along with some Korean BBQ. Not bad but not that good either.

Apr 07, 2016
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metter98 from New York

2.4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at Kristalbelli, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has slightly stronger flavors. Only faint amounts of sweetness are present. Neither hop flavors nor associated bitterness are noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and doesn't have any "off" or "skunked" flavors. It was a pretty good accompaniment to some kimchi.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 29, 2016
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tzieser from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +63.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 640ml bottle into pint glass. Best by 12/14/15. Cutting it close! Today is 12/8/15. I have very low expectations

L: pale yellow in color, crystal clear with a bone-white head that slowly settles into a thin lacing. A nice looking lager

S: herbal, grassy hop aroma with a hint of skunkiness. Hint of sweet malt. Interesting, I was expecting a bland aroma, this had a bit more to it than your standard of the style. Nice

T: a bit of sweet corn malt, some rice, quickly followed by hints of herbal hop bitterness. Finishes extremely dry. Pleasantly dry, with no after taste. Watery yet refreshing. Incredibly smooth flavor from start to finish. Reminds me of a hopped up Coors light. Keeping the style in mind, you could do much worse.

F: very crisp mouthfeel. Well done

O: an excellent Asian Adjunct Lager. Better than most of its counterparts. It's unfortunate this beer is getting slammed because many reviewers here tend to compare this to other beers that aren't even in the same category. Yes, this beer may be a 2/5 compared to a Ballast Point, but compared to others of this style it's easily a 4/5. Reviewing against style guidelines is a waste of time. This is a good adjunct lager, don't let the other reviewers tel you otherwise

Dec 10, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

2.4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has lemongrass hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a lemongrass flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent lager

Aug 16, 2015
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

1.48/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle at Blue Bella Korean restaurant (while waiting for a table @ Gu with Garlic). Clear dull pale straw. Metalic hop and sweet malt nose. Taste is sweet corn, metalic hops. Pretty terrible.

Aug 04, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

2.35/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Best by 12/4/15.

Pours a clear light golden-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, sweetened corn flake, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, grass, and plastic flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that smells somewhat decent, but there is a distinct plastic flavor that dominates and makes this one hard to drink much of.

Serving type: bottle.

Aug 02, 2015
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WoodBrew from Ohio

2.95/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm having Cass on Draft and I don't think it's as bad as its current score. Perhaps Cass from the bottle is sucky...but it's decent from the tap. It Pours like most American lagers...clear...golden thin white head that is dissatisfied over time. Not much to the scent and the taste is slightly grainy. Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's fine.

Mar 10, 2015
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mejimw from California

1.4/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

No taste at all, fizzy, labelled as 4.5% alcohol, so I guess it has a kick after a few. But after one, I just wanted a beer with some taste, glad I only bought a 6-pack!

Feb 26, 2015
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Badger6 from Virginia

2.92/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a large bottle into a small Hite drinking glass in a 'beef and leaf' joint in Itaewon-dong, Seoul, ROK. (My second was on the KAL flight from Incheon to Dulles.)

A: Pale clear yellow body, some visible carbonation. Small white head that fades fast.

S: Grainy malt with some hops. It smells like a lager.

T: Typically lager, but not as plain as an American lager. Hints of something floral. Grainy pale malt comes through a little, but not strong. Clean, but bland tasting. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

M: Watery and thin. Clean feel on the palate.

O: So it's made with rice, guess what...Korea is covered in the stuff, its the staple grain. That said, compared to the beers available worldwide, this is typical for a local staple beer in many countries. It wasn't bad, and frankly the flavor went well with the Korean BBQ, and I'd say was nearly perfect. Would I buy it here in the US? Nope. Would I drink it regular if I was in the ROK? Absolutely...if I had some 'beef and leaf' to eat with it.

Jun 07, 2014
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Fatehunter from Oregon

2.03/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours one finger of head on a clear light gold colored body. Low head retention.
The aroma is metallic, adjunct grain and lemon. Not good.
The taste is boldly metallic and watery.
The texture is quite fizzy with a thin and crisp body.
This beer is completely not enjoyable.

Feb 17, 2014
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Bigman from Malaysia

2.36/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A bit of a citrus aftertaste, however it went flat very quick once opened and poured into a Sam Adams Glass. For a beer to help cool down instead of coke on a warm day by the pool it would do the trick but would really need to be followed by a good ale.

May 31, 2013
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draheim from Washington

2.88/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a large bottle into a small Hite drinking glass at Old Village Korean Restaurant (or whatever it's called now) on Aurora Avenue, Seattle.

Pours a pale clear yellow with a 1-finger white head, moderate carb.

Aroma is faint floral hops and grainy malt.

Taste is surprisingly floral and clean, with some Kölsch-like qualities. Some grainy pale malt too. I haven't had a lager in a while but this isn't bad, nowhere as bad as other reviews indicate. If anything it's just watery and boring.

Mouthfeel is pretty watery and thin, as would be expected from a 4.5% adjunct lager.

Overall just an average AAL, after a long day of housework it went well with the bulgoki pot and pajeon.

Sep 23, 2012
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